FEBRUARY IS A FROZEN HELLSCAPE, GREETING CARDS BE DAMNED

We celebrate St. Valentines day in February along with a great swath of the Western World due to our particular Abrahamic theological lineage. It used to be a religious feast day in observance of the martyrdom of one St. Valentine and it wasn’t until Chaucer got involved that it became a smoochy boochy affair. Nowadays, much like the Christ’s Mass, it’s another excuse to max out your credit line on stuff your significant other neither wants nor needs and another night it’s impossible to get a table at any restaurant worth eating at.

Fun.

Don’t believe the hype, religion died in the northeast right alongside the steam engine and the gramophone and we are all well aware that no half baked converted feast day is going to save us from the bitter winds and wretched precipitate of our foul winter lives. Maybe if there was a cheerfully decorated coniferous plant or more Holiday appropriate Claymation specials

. . . but I digress.

Aurora, on the other hand, is pleased to offer the time tested remedy for suffering too far from our equatorial origins, ie. staying indoors, turning up the heat and tying one on. You can do that here with us and we have ample excuses in February to do so…

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Saturday  the 4th

An enchanted evening of the regions finest Hardcore punk and related subgenres featuring followers of the ethos and champions of the ethic:

Sweet Jesus

Hairspray Queen

Open City

and

Weak Teeth

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Friday the 10th

Full moon dance party

Big Moon weirdness for all the night lifers featuring DJ’s from Boston and NYC spinning out Reggaeton, Soca, Grime, Tropical, Dub, Future . . . an evening of contemporary and classic dance music for the discerning electronic music enthusiast. Featuring DJ’s:

RIOBAMBA [Picó Picante/Que Bajo?! NYC]

SLICK VICK [All Good, BOS]

WACKLIKETHAT [PVD]

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Saturday the 11th

The Stunt Queen Tour:

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco is an artist that is hard to put into words, The Wire describes their work as “One of the hardest and most consistent recent statements in US hip-hop“.

From Wikipedia: “Blanco has been called one of hip hop’s queer pioneers, although he does not identify with the label of “gay rap” or “queer rap”. Blanco also disagrees with those who portray him as a drag artist, saying “You can’t tag me as the rapping transvestite. I never vogued in my life. I’m from a punk and Riot Grrrl background.” Blanco is self-described as transgender and multi-gendered.

Mykki will be performing alongside long time collaborator Cakes Da Killa, you don’t want to miss this oppurtunity to see an artist of this caliber in their ascension. Sure to be an evening of powerful performances that will undoubtedly be one of the best of 2017.

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Sunday the 12th

Story Lab

The Long awaited 3rd installment of Aurora’s storytelling series. Curated by Jaime Lowe and hosted by Reba Mitchell and Jack Prime, February’s incarnation of Story Lab is themed Heart of Glass: First Crushes in step with the pertinent and impending commercial holiday disaster. Hear tales from local personalities Michael Dates, Courtney Denelle, Brian Mullens, Chachi Carvalo, Kat Cummings, Jenny Young, and in remembrance of Mark Baumer.

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Tuesday the 14th

Luv U Better Valentines Day

If you’re going to go out and do a thing on V-day with or without a date you might as well do something you will enjoy like dancing to 90’s R&B with your friends, sipping on some Henney and drunk texting your crush all hopped up on sour apple blow pops and pizza rolls. You know how Stay Silent does it. Only the best for our fam.

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Wednesday the 15th

The Love Hangover Show

Had enough of Valentine’s? So have we.

The Love Hangover, now in its eighteenth year (and its sixth city and second country), is an annual event held on February 15th. On this day-after evening, the world-weary and the true believers alike huddle in pairs, playing songs to heal broken hearts and break whole ones. 

Local luminaries of the music scene come two by two and each duo performs love songs to hold forth on love in all of its many guises: the joy, the pain, the humor, the frustration, the ecstasy, the agony, the list goes on and on, just like love.  The songs can be originals or covers.

Performances by:

Tai + Moon
The Van Nostrand Sisters
John Fuzek + Amy Bedard
Ian Fitzgerald + Molly Pinto Madigan
Chrissy Wolpert + Patty McGee
Jen Long + Brian Jablonski
the ‘Mericans

More information can be found here: http://www.auroraprovidence.com/events/the-love-hangover/ 

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Friday the 17th

Gay Goth Nite: Hardened Hearts

This is the best Goth night in Providence. The sister act to Montreal’s Gay Goth Night featuring the same tastes and talents, this is a true display of soul deep Gothiness, this is no Hot Topic costume party this is the real deal, a roomful of beautiful freaks living their own personal truths. From Sun Goths to Cyber Goths, Gay Goth Night is where we can all be alone together.

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Sunday the 19th

Modular Meetup

Do you like bleeps? How about bloops? How do you feel about pricey electronics and tangled masses of multi colored wires? If you like any or all of these things you may have future in the exciting world of modular synthesis. If you don’t know what a Modular Synthesizer looks or sounds like picture a HAM radio vomiting its innards to the tune of the spooky whistles and drones of 1950’s sci-fi. That’s pretty close. If you want to go hands on and experience The Matrix for yourself, come to Aurora for a full rodeo of synth delights, including demonstrations, synth petting zoo and performances from local notables.

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Sunday the 26th

Refugee Benefit

The Second installment of Jon Wisehart’s benefit concert series with all ticket proceeds being donated to aid refugees of war torn areas.