Nightlife: the week ahead

December 10, 2009

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TODD BARRY Anderson Comedy brings its weekly show, “The Gas,’’ to Great Scott one day early to host Todd Barry. His wary wit prompted The Onion to name his “Medium Energy’’ one of the best comedy albums of the decade, and he’s a treat live. 9 p.m. Dec. 10. $15. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

ELON JAMES WHITE The Brooklyn comic takes on race and politics on his Web show, “This Week in Blackness,’’ and this show, “This Life in Blackness,’’ reflects that. The uninitiated can check out White’s constant blogs and tweets to get a sense of his comedy and politics. 21+. 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. $20. Mottley’s Comedy Club. 877-615-2844,

IMPROVBOSTON’S HOLIDAY FUN-RAISER ImprovBoston is a nonprofit organization, which means every so often it needs something like this star-packed “fun-raiser’’ to help pay the bills. The bill includes Jonathan Katz, NPR’s Adam Felber, Tony V., Shane Mauss, MC Mr. Napkins, and video appearances by Janeane Garofalo and Wendy Liebman. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. $50. The Estate Nightclub. 617-576-1253, NICK A. ZAINO III

THE SLUTCRACKER Overwhelming ticket sales for this bawdy burlesque retelling of the classic “Nutcracker’’ apparently shut down the Somerville Theatre’s online ticketing system last year, according to organizers. Get your tickets early and get ready for an evening of belly dancers, ballerinas in black leather, and raunchy humor. 18+. 8 p.m. Dec. 10-13, 17-20; 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20. $25, $20 in advance. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700.

HOLIDAY SOIREE Tis the season to indulge. Hoof it over to Copley Place tonight for gingerbread and pumpkin martinis, appetizers from Legal Sea Foods, and chocolate-covered strawberries and mini cheesecakes made by Style experts will share holiday fashion tips and there will also be a raffle to benefit Dress for Success. RSVP to 21+. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Copley Place. 617-262-6600.

PUMA HOLIDAY REMIX PARTY Sure, you’ve mastered “Iron Man’’ and “Higher Ground’’ on Guitar Hero. But how are your scratching skills? Try your hand(s) at DJ Hero at the Puma Store tonight. Actual DJ Master Millions will also spin a few sets and show you how it’s done. Bonus: Everything in the store will be 20 percent off and there will be refreshments. RSVP to 6-10 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Puma Store. 617-369-7091.

“ELF’’ QUOTE-ALONG “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.’’ Let this be your mantra as you shout and croon along to this Will Ferrell-as-a-manchild holiday classic. Action Pack Boston is hosting the event and they’ll have props, jingle bells, and sweet treats to go around. Elves, humans, even cotton-headed ninnymuggins are welcome. 11:55 p.m. Dec. 11. $10. Coolidge Corner Theatre. 617-734-2500.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Did someone say momo-eating contest? Don your elastic waist pants and scarf down as many dumplings as you can at Tremont 647’s 13th anniversary fete Monday. If you still have room in your stomach, sample Chef Andy Husbands’s appetizers and wash everything down with cocktails. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14. $13 suggested donation to Show Our Strength. Tremont 647/Sister Sorel. 617-266-4600. COURTNEY HOLLANDS