At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 7 pm: FREE.
If you’re not the type to sit around watching short-form video clips all day, this is the show for you. Impressively funny ladies Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla are bringing their Refinery29 web series, “Womanhood,” to a real, live venue. No more straining your eyes staring at bright screens to get your laugh on– these are 100% in-person joke-tellers, which is probably a lot more fun than 100% in-person bank tellers. Firestone and Nancherla have graciously assembled a group of nice folk to help them teach you all about the complex terrain of women’s bodies and lives, including Dylan Marron, Naomi Ekperegin, Marlena Rodriguez, and Diana Kolsky (who will truly contain multitudes as “The Haters.”) You might wanna take your headphones off for this one.
At Joe’s Pub, 9:30pm: $15.
Champagne Jerry, the rap persona of performance artist Neal Medlyn, often brings his wacky beats n’ rhymes to the stage of Joe’s Pub. This Thursday he rings in September by returning to that very stage. But, there’s a bonus: everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a copy of a film the Champagne folks made depicting “that weird tour we did from Maine to Texas and included a bunch of Walmarts,” so if you catch yourself swigging too much champers during the show you’ll be able to go home and relive a different, but probably similar, show. The future of media is here. Plus, past special guests at CJ shows have included Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock, and Bridget Everett, so who knows who’ll show up poppin’ bottles.
At Dixon Place, 7:30pm: $15 advance, $18 doors, $12 students.
This play by John J. Caswell, Jr., a finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award, takes us to the humble location of a cake shop (no, not that Cake Shop) in Denver. But everything is not calm: they’ve recently garnered bad buzz and plummeting business for their refusal to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples. So, it’s up to a “gender-fluid femme queer with lots of hair in many places” to put them in their place and bring them into the present day. Naturally, this will be done live and on-screen for a national audience through a reality show called, of course, “CAKE.” Well, not without the help of a talking wedding cake, who will preside over everything.
Good Girl Gone Bad
At HERE Arts Center, 8:30 pm (also August 31-Sept 2): tickets are $15.
Maybe you missed Rihanna’s performance on the VMAs, or maybe you loved it so much you just can’t think about anything else. While I have no tips on how to encounter the actual Rihanna aside from staring lovingly at her well-curated Instagram, I do have a fun alternate option. This bio-concert created by Alex Tobey centers around the starlet’s life and musical career. Somehow, they will go through 20 costume changes, eight albums, and a seemingly endless stream of men, including one who is well known for his involvement with a hotline and some bling. They will do all this with only two performers—does this mean they’ve figured out the trick to cloning? Is this an 11-year-long show? Only one way to find out.
At This N’ That, 7 pm: FREE.
If you’re tired of going to formal performances where you have to like, sit in a seat the entire time, perhaps you’d be interested in this Sunday evening affair. Designer Casey Caldwell will be dressing up a gaggle of drag queens in his unique designs (think an entire gown constructed mostly of elaborately arranged zipties) and they will be giving shows for you to drink in with those eyeballs of yours– all while you use your mouth to sip on drinks and also cheer, because they are doing a great job. Not only that, but Caldwell and several other local designers will be turning the hallowed halls of This N’ That into a pop-up shop, so you can take home a little of this n’ that.