Sometimes it can get a little old going to the same bars, galleries, shows, knowing the kind of stuff you’ll see there. So, shake it up with…
A live band at karaoke:Be Yourself Karaoke!
Saturday, July 30 at Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side. Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. $10. More info here.
Karaoke is always a fun choice (I’m aware many would disagree) but karaoke backing tracks can often be in weird keys and sound like an early 2000s MIDI version of the song you actually wanted to sing. That’s all about to change with Be Yourself Karaoke, a live band that specifically plays ’90s/early 2000s emo and pop-punk songs with audience members as the lead singer. The setlist of songs to choose from is much less overwhelming than those huge karaoke binders and includes hits from Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, Say Anything, Good Charlotte, and more. Yes, that means you too can relive that dream of bopping around your bedroom yelling to MCR while wearing too much eyeliner, only this time you’ll have a microphone and a stage.
Nacho cheese in a chocolate fountain:Feed Me
Saturday, July 30 at Associated Gallery, 245 Varet Street 3rd Floor, Bushwick. Opening reception 7-10pm. More info here.
Messy food and art galleries typically don’t go hand in hand, unless maybe it’s performance art. Art exhibition Feed Me takes a note from classic works of art inspired by food, such as Warhol’s soup cans, Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, and so many still lives. This one-night-only show takes these images of food and combines them with themes of American capitalist consumption, making for a show that will cause both mind and stomach to stir. At the opening, there will of course be stuff to snack on, and you guessed it: a nacho cheese fountain. As well as a ketchup fountain. Just don’t mistake them for like, caramel and strawberry or something, oh god.
Theater at a metal bar:Igor Mortis
Monday, August 1 at Saint Vitus, 1120 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint. 8:30pm. Tickets are $10. More info and tickets here.
A while back we chatted with experimental theater company Lilac Co, who had been doing their strange and nonlinear performance pieces in places like Trans-Pecos and Secret Project Robot, rather than more traditional theater spaces. They mentioned in our interview that they’d be interested in doing something at Greenpoint metal/rock bar Saint Vitus, mostly because it would be “totally confusing.” Now that dream is actually coming to life with their latest creation, Igor Mortis. During this full night of stuff, they’ll be doing their show but also expect poet Edgar Olivier, “soulful voodoo funk” band Sonic Graffiti, Brooklyn trio Shining Mirrors, songwriter Kristen Knack, and a DJ set by Brad Truax. I’d try to articulate what this theater piece is about, but that’s not really the point with Lilac Co. Just delight in the weirdness of seeing theater where you’d usually be moshing.
Street art in a gallery:Some/bodyThursday, August 4 at 212 Arts, 240 E 4th Street, East Village. Opening reception from 6:30-10:30pm. More info here.
This art show, on view til August 15, showcases the works of artists who typically make their works for the very public eye, creating street art on walls, discarded objects, public transit and so on. The group show will feature work by graphic artist Abe Lincoln Jr., ultra-Orthodox Jew turned self-taught artist Sara Erenthal, creator of murals and surprising train signs Caroline Caldwell, and several other artists. Some of these works may cause you to look twice and realize you’ve actually passed by this artist’s work while on your daily commute or trudging home late one night.