Prior to acquitting herself as a celebrity apprentice and becoming a heroine to the LGBTQ community, Cyndi Lauper made her bones as a tomboy pop icon. Playing the granola-boho downtown foil to Madonna’s widescreen Euro-moll, Lauper injected 1980 radio with an undisguised emotionality and heart that belies the plasticine nature of her then-peers. Time hasn’t dulled the power of “True Colors” and “Time After Time” so much as it’s underlined those singles’ howitzer brilliance, that inimitable commingling of vulnerability and grit. With Dr. John.
Fri., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., 2011