FRIDAY

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Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)
February 7-9 and 13-16 at The Kitchen, 8 pm: $25 

One of the most common ways people encounter opera is when very old compositions from well-known classical greats like Mozart are revived. This opera at The Kitchen is also a revival of sorts, but a more modern one: it has “newly reconstructed” a work from 1985 by late experimental composer Robert Ashley, staging it with a chorus of live vocalists and an “electronic orchestra.” The opera centers less around the Don in the title, but around a woman named Linda. She embarks upon many types of ventures spanning many locations and historical periods throughout the opera, all with varying degrees of success—something that should spark some level of familiarity in us all.

SATURDAY

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Primal Scream: Love Sick
Saturday, February 8 at Bizarre Bushwick, 10 pm: $10-30

Some stick with traditional notions of romance for the time surrounding Valentine’s Day, but if that’s too boring and heteronormative for you, you may want to look into attending Primal Scream, an evening that’s half burlesque-drag-cabaret, half kinky dungeon experience. Consent and the embrace of anything non-normative is front and center here, but don’t expect to be pressured into anything you’re not comfortable with or get away with any ethically-questionable shenanigans. This one’s theme is “love sick,” which seems applicable for the single, the loved, and the heartbroken, so there’ll probably be something for everyone. The organizers note this may be the last one for a while, so if you’ve been meaning to check it out, now is the time.

SUNDAY

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Woof!: Simple Town and Jesse Roth
Sunday, February 9 at The Brick, 8:30 pm: $10

The newest endeavor by the always-active Brooklyn Comedy Collective (founded by members of now-closed Williamsburg comedy venue The Annoyance) is called “Woof!”. It doesn’t require the involvement of any canines (though I suppose it could), but rather is an evening consisting of two half-hour experimental comedy shows. What does that mean? Honestly, it could mean anything, and that’s part of the fun. Sunday, expect to see a creation by sketch group Simple Town revolving around a sofa  and a dose of stand-up, music, and dance by Jesse Roth.