Bizarre Bushwick celebrated its fifth anniversary last Saturday with an eight-hour performance marathon that spanned its entire repertoire. Venue co-owners Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and Greg Baubeau welcomed longtime performers Madam Vivian V, Lee Valone, Darlinda Just Darlinda and countless others for a night that literally went out in a ball of flames. The thrills were true to Bizarre Bushwick’s motto of “assorted madness and the unexpected.”
Since opening in 2010 inside a building bought and renovated by Sauvaire while location scouting for his New York film, Bizarre Bushwick has hosted some of Brooklyn’s most outlandish performance art. For its anniversary, local band The Boobies soundtracked aerial artists that swung above the crowd only feet from their faces. Performance art from Mitchell Murdock lead to a parade of drag shows hosted by Ragamuffin.
As the show raged on, there were performances of the type that folkes pay a fortune to see at The Box. Artists Steph and Mystere
After this exhausting evening, I asked Greg Baubeau what he predicted for the next five years. He told me: “We just want to keep Bizarre as a place of creativity and freedom, with the same integrity we had when we first opened five years ago. A safe home for artists and performers to experiment and express themselves that the patrons can also be amazed by.”