The Modbo Ho Ho: A Christmas
Cabaret for Grown-Ups, Shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m., The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., $15, email, email@example.com to reserve tickets, themodbo.com.
hile sugary sweetness and sentiment has its place in holiday celebrations (that place being, well, everywhere), it’s nice to get a little irreverent now and again. As the warm-hearted messages of familial love and selfless gift-giving roll in, we are always grateful when it comes time for the annual Modbo Ho Ho, a show that swoops in like a wrecking ball to bust through the seasonal monotony. Featuring variety performances from local stars such as Joy Armstrong and Max Ferguson, plus the raunchy musical stylings of dynamic duo Swelter and Burn, this adults-only cabaret blends music and dance to create an alternative but no less festive celebration. Modbo owner (and one half of Swelter and Burn) Lauren Ciborowski does promise “a few brief moments of holiday earnestness,” but if you want to admit you’re attending just to see a sexually liberated Santa Claus we promise we won’t judge you. “Fun for the whole family,” says artist Jo Carol Ciborowski, Lauren Ciborowski’s mother, “as long as your family is over 18.”