November 1-3 at Abrons Arts Center, 7:30 pm: $20
It might seem morbid to plan one’s own funeral, but the way Ashley R.T. Yergens seems to do it sounds like fun. His world premiere dance piece doubles as a “premature funeral,” as well as an “extremely loose re-imagination” of the 2011 documentary centering around Chaz Bono’s transition. On top of all that, it’s also an exploration of living as a trans masculine person. Perhaps you’ll leave the theater with a newfound desire to enhance the flexibility and openness of both your body and your mind.
Friday, November 2 at Caveat, 8:30 pm: $8 advance, $10 doors
You’re probably all worn out after doing so much Halloween partying, so why not relax with a nice book? Well, something slightly resembling a book: Literati, a comedy show about books at LES’s brainy venue Caveat. Hosts Colin O’Brien and Michael Wolf gather some of the most literary laugh-makers in town (or at least comedians who are joking about books for this show) to give you jokes that are the comedic equivalent of page-turners. This time, they’ve got Dan Chamberlain (who has an excellent Twitter account), Karen Chee (a frequent New Yorker humor writer), Last Week Tonight’s Moujan Zolfaghari, and comedy duo X Mayo and Shenovia Large.
Beauty School Dropout
Saturday, November 3 at The Bronze, 8 pm: $8-10 suggested donation
Has Halloween got you in the mood for dressing up, even after it’s over? If you’re fond of pomade, crinoline, and questionably voluminous hairstyles you can dress in your vintage best for Beauty School Dropout, a night at Bushwick DIY space The Bronze (yes, named after that Bronze) filled with live bands, drag performances, and some chances to get your hair actually cut and styled. Indie pop, electro-pop, and “jingly jangly rawk from cute straight (?) guys” awaits from bands Verdigrls, Privacy Issues, and DJ Silky Smooth, plus lip-sync extravaganzas from Angelica Sundae and reigning Mx. Nobody, Pinwheel Pinwheel. After the shows, the night will become a party with tunes by DJ Gay Panic.
Sunday, November 4 at Vital Joint, 9 pm: $5-10 sliding scale
Though the recent climate report served as a good reminder, I’m pretty sure we all already knew that climate change is going to lead to our scorching demise one way or another. Why not bring that thought to the forefront of your mind by going to a comedy show? Drifters, a recurring comedy show created by William Banfield centering around “three millennial internet celebrities who survive climate apocalypse,” returns for another installment. This time, they meet some new friends (or enemies) who are similar to them, but not quite. There’s also stand-up sets by Tim Platt, Caroline Doyle, and Dash Turner.