Comedian/activist Margaret Cho has come a long way since her heady, pre-9/11 days of youthful dysfunction. (Read our Q&A with Cho here.)
In 2005, she wrote a collection of essays on all subjects political and pop called I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight; she starred in a feature-length documentary (Notorious C.H.O.) and starred in and wrote the script for the low-budget indie comedy, Bam Bam and Celeste. Then, of course, there was that stint on Dancing with the Stars.
In addition, shes performed in a burlesque-style show, toured with 80s pop stars like Cyndi Lauper, and is happily married to offbeat experimental artist Al Ridenour, with whom she collaborates on occasion.
This year, Cho did what many of us fantasize about she became a rock star and collaborated with her favorite musicians. In addition to learning to play guitar and polishing up her already gifted singing voice, Cho released a comedy-pop album, Cho Dependent, August 2010. It includes Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, A.C. Newman (of the New Pornographers), Ben Lee and Fiona Apple. She performs a few tunes from the album during her live performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight at 8 p.m., along with her usual rants, anecdotes and self-deprecating admissions. $39.50, $50. rutheckerdhall.com.
On Dec. 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In commemoration of the date, and in partnership with Eckerd College and Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force, the [email protected] presents the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees photo exhibit Invisible in the City: the lives of urban refugees for its Florida debut this week.
The international touring photo project offers a glimpse of compelling black-and-white photographs taken by Zalmaï Ahad, a former Afghan refugee. Opening reception for the exhibition is today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hiram Ruiz, Director of Refugee Services for the Florida Department of Children and Families, speaks, and local refugees share their resettlement experiences. Iraqi refugee Abbas Abboud performs on piano. Also tonight, in conjunction with the event, the Florida premiere of the refugee documentary, The Last Survivor, screens at 7 p.m. at Baywalk Muvico (151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg). The film follows the lives of four survivors from the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur and Congo. Dec. 7-11. [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-895-6620.
For something more lighthearted, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad is a mashugana mix of comedy, music, spoken-word and bawdy burlesque. The feisty one-night-only show (oy, vey!) features women who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than chuppah, say the producers. They also say the show is Fear Factor for Jews and that you don't have to be of the tribe to love these broads.
It stars comedian Dana Eagle, Sister Schmalz and the Goddess Perlman. Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg. $17 advance, $20 at the door. nova535.com.