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12 Hours on a Bed Of Salt and 4 More Performances You Should See

(photo: Nick McManus)

(photo: Nick McManus)

WEDNESDAY

Circus of Dreams
At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 10pm. $7 suggested donation. More info here
This monthly performance art variety show has been going on for a couple years now and still never fails to surprise me. Though it’s impossible to predict or even properly describe what shenanigans will occur, there will be gender-blurred burlesque, shocking circus stunts, a senior citizen contortionist who has had several hip surgeries and is still going strong, dominatrix performance art, and zany audience participation. And that’s just a sampling. This month is glam-themed, so I’m sure there will be sparkles and over-the-top outfits everywhere the eye can see. Get there early to beat the inevitable crowd, it’ll make getting a drink in a timely manner much more feasible and you can see some nice preshow go-go dancing.

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Performance Picks: A Prince Tribute, a Rent Parody, a ‘Pot Noir’ Comedy and More

(photo: Greg McMahon)

(photo: Greg McMahon)

WEDNESDAY

Ignite
At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 10pm. $10 suggested donation. More info here
Fire is normally regarded as a bad thing to be around, especially with the added element of drunk people at a bar. But don’t forget, Bizarre isn’t your average bar. I’ve seen my fair share of fire performances there, whether it be fire eating, fire breathing, fire dancing, or just someone who looked really hot. Miraculously, I felt safe for almost all of them. Tonight, you can see all that and probably more at this variety show that’s more fiery than average, in the most literal sense of the word. And don’t worry, these are professionals, so the only thing catching fire (aside from what’s regularly scheduled to) will hopefully be your heart.

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Performance Picks: Erotic Monologues, Black Mass, Durational Dance

Missed January’s exhausting theater festivals and still crave stuff to see? This week brings variety shows (as usual), erotic monologues, a black mass, durational dance, and more.

WEDNESDAY

(photo via Circus of Dreams / Facebook)

(photo via Circus of Dreams / Facebook)

Circus of Dreams

At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9:30pm. $7-20 suggested donation. More info here

This is one of the first weird variety shows I ever went to, and I haven’t looked back since. Circus of Dreams, an unpredictable and odd monthly variety show formerly hosted by Matthew Silver and now helmed by the vivacious Lindsee Lonesome (one-half of brash music group Marital Dispute), is both a strange wonderland and warm community of weirdo artists who consistently bring their wacky ideas to life in the typically welcoming and aptly-named Bizarre Bar. Sometimes you’ll see naked people. Sometimes you’ll get cake thrown on you. Sometimes both will happen. Either way, you certainly won’t be bored. And admittedly this week I’m working the door, so come say hi.

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Performance Picks: Another Festival, Literally Dark Comedy, Duane Reade Love

(Flyer via the Exponential Festival)

(Flyer via the Exponential Festival)

While you still have a staggering amount of Manhattan performance festival shows going on this week, don’t be afraid to take a break from sifting through show schedules in order to check out some of these other options.

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Performance Picks: Pup Benefit Show, Holiday Bonanzas, and a ‘Smutcracker’

(Photo via Revjen Miller / Facebook)

(Photo via Revjen Miller / Facebook)

If you’ve decided that Stairwell Theater’s scatological Ubu Rex seems a little too extreme for you, there’s no shortage of oddball performance events around every corner this week. But sorry to all you straight-laced folk out there, none of them are particularly traditional.

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Performance Picks: Tarot Card Donner Party, New Play Readings, and More

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Would you rather spend a short evening watching stuff in a bar or dedicate your whole day to the wildest and most visceral of performance art? This week, you can do both.

WEDNESDAY

Where The Wild Things Are 8
At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9pm; $7-20 suggested donation. More info here
Party moguls Brooklyn Wildlife present the eighth edition of their evening variety show at Bizarre Bar, home to all shapes and sizes of variety show. At any given moment, you can catch “aggro” raps by Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, beats by Star Falcon and Rob Interface, performance art poetry by Terminal Intrusion (Nyssa Frank, owner of The Living Gallery), burlesque, and more. The event asks attendees to wear a costume from a childhood story, a mascot outfit, or just to come half naked. So, suit up. Or down.
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Performance: Bushwick Vaudeville, Secret Apartment Show, Trans One-Woman Musical

This week, catch some clowning, site-specific apartment theater, and more vaudeville than you probably knew existed.

THURSDAY

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The Folk Circus Presents: A Valley Son

at Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9pm; $7-20 suggested donation. More info here.

Concept album plus circus freaks equals a devilishly good way to spend a Thursday night. The Folk Circus takes an album by a local band and puts their unique twist on it at aptly-named haven for offbeat performance and parties, Bizarre Bushwick. This time they’re taking on music by chill NY-based rockers A Valley Son. Expect aerial routines, fire-breathers, burlesque, clown, dance, music, and anything unexpected.

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Bushwick History Photo Walk with Meryl Meisler

We all know Bushwick has changed, but none of us more so than Meryl Meisler. The photographer, who worked as an art teacher in Bushwick from the early ’80s, recalls that at the time the neighborhood “looked like the photographs that I had seen of Beirut.”  She set about capturing the life among the ruins. Now, perfectly safely, you can join the photographer for a tour of her current exhibition of “Disco Era Bushwick” photographs, and a walking tour of the neighborhood. Bring a camera.

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The Schlep Sisters Celebrate Ten Years of Schtick

(Photos by Melody Mudd) Darlinda Just Darlinda (L) and Minnie Tonka (R) perform at their anniversary show.

(Photos by Melody Mudd) Darlinda Just Darlinda (L) and Minnie Tonka (R) perform at their anniversary show.

The Schlep Sisters, the burlesque duo of Darlinda Just Darlinda and Minnie Tonka, have celebrated ten years as a team, performing what they call “the sexiest slap-‘schtick.’” Their acts lean towards the ridiculous, with unison choreography and ditzy frozen smiles often  accenting music by The Barry Sisters. Themed shows take the oy-vey to the extreme, such as The Burning Bush vs. The Second Coming, which offered Jews and Christians a way to duke it out goodnaturedly about Passover vs. Easter—and featured an audience game of “Hide the Afikomen” using Tigger’s body for maximum hilarity.

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Because a Burlesque Tribute to Marina Abramovic Needed to Happen…

photo-7The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present.
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