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Squeaky Wheel celebrates 30 years with ‘Merry Glitchmas’

For many years, Squeaky Wheel’s annual “Dysfunctional Holiday Meltdown” party has injected a welcome bit of strangeness into a season of staid traditions.

But this December, the media arts center’s holiday celebration, renamed “Merry Glitchmas,” will take on special meaning. In addition to its usual collection of holiday absurdity and frivolity, the Dec. 12 event at 617 Main St. will serve as a 30th anniversary party for the venue and a going-away party for outgoing executive director Jax Deluca, who has taken a new job in Washington with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The party will feature live performances from Brooklyn-based electronic artist Philip Stearns and local artists Ay Fast and Projex, in addition to a screening of work by local and national video artists. There also will be an interactive photo station where revelers can have their pictures taken with “Mr. and Mrs. Glitch-Claus,” along with food and drink from Big Suzie’s Little Bakery, Dolci Bakery, the Lloyd taco truck and Community Beer Works.

Tickets are $7 or free for Squeaky members. Call 884-7172 or visit

-Colin Dabkowski

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