You probably haven’t forgotten, but it’s Pride month. To sex-worker-centric event series Stigma Unbound, Pride means something more than merely slapping a rainbow flag onto your coffee mug or banner ad. “In contrast to corporate and official pride celebrations, we come together on this night to share personal stories and perspectives on what pride really means if you’re queer, a person of color, gender nonconforming, trans, or a sex worker,” they say. At a secret dungeon in Brooklyn, a variety of performances from sex workers and their allies will unfold, exploring topics such as queerness and trans identity, white supremacy, lost loved ones, and fantasy. After the show, the evening will turn into an inclusive, consent-focused, all-gender play party for those who want to engage in a little post-show steaminess. Keep Reading »
Teenage Dick Now through July 15 at The Public Theater, 7:30 pm (weekend matinees at 1:30 pm): $50+
As I’ve discussed several times before, wacky Shakespeare adaptations are a dime a dozen. Normally, this manifests in the form of doing something other than the expected set design, costume design, or casting, while leaving the original script—and sometimes other age-old practices—intact. Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick, presented by the Ma-Yi Theater Company in association with The Public Theater, does something different. It portrays Richard III (“the most famous disabled character of all time”) as a high school junior with cerebral palsy who is determined to become class president, and will do whatever it takes to get there. Given that most productions of Richard III feature an able-bodied actor in the titular role even when breaking with tradition in other parts of the staging (yes I’ve written about this topic before), this play’s focus on both authentic casting and disability is a breath of fresh air. Keep Reading »
What may be the “most unique studio in New York” (and the only one to continually throw a party featuring a live llama) has left its longtime home on Williamsburg’s North 3rd Street and Kent Avenue. As of June 1, ACME Studio has moved its operations entirely to its Bushwick warehouse location on Meserole Street, as well as consolidated its business to focus on props. Keep Reading »
From left: Nelson Antonio Espinal, Rob Granata, Ned Shatzer (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Bushwick/Bed-Stuy venue The Gateway was forced to close on May 23 and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to reopen, according to an email from the space’s owner Ned Shatzer. Keep Reading »
The trailer for Long Goodbye opens with a straight shot of a woman with shoulder-length hair and a jean jacket walking briskly away from the camera through the Morgan Ave subway station. We can’t see her face. One of the next scenes lingers on two friends chatting on a couch, with one of the guys uttering some language that feels rather stalker-y: “I drive around and clear my head and find myself parked outside of her place. I’m not going to do anything…I don’t know. Maybe she wants me to?”
The passionate queerdos that comprise burlesque/drag collective BEEFSquad have cooked up yet another performance creation for you, just in time for pride. So, rather than bowing to the forces of rainbow-tinged capitalism as more and more brands trumpet just how proud they are of everyone (while really also saying, by the way, you should buy their stuff), perhaps consider supporting local independent queer performers instead. A BEEF show is always full of surprises, from the salacious to the scary, and Friday night’s show hosted by C’etait Bontemps and Angelica Frankenstein should be no different. Keep Reading »
REZZ performing her Sunday headlining set at the Earth Stage, 5/27/18 at 11pm. (photo: Manny De Tatkieto)
Neighbors from Long Island City waiting together for a shuttle bus to the parking lot, 5/28/18 at 10am.
The Keep owner Stephanie Jankowitz-Castilo with her husband Diego alongside DJ NSR and his girlfriend as they waited to leave the festival, 5/28/18 at 10am.
BAE members transporting their Wellness gear (left photo) alongside the Trash Pirates waste management staff (right photo), 5/28/18 at 8am.
DJ Be Svendsen with his audience at the conclusion of his headlining set at the Alchemy Stage, 5/28/18 at 7:30am.
The partiers in around at Camp Pickleback's Pickle Perfect party cabin with host Dimitri (top left photo, in reflective jacket) and guest DJ's Hannah and TR(OTTER) (bottom right photo, left and right), 5/28/18 at 6am.
The BAE late night dance party underneath their tent at the Wellnest, 5/28/18 at 2am.
Bang On! co-founders Brett Herman (left photo) and Tim Monkiewicz (center photo) walking the coals before their fellow fire walkers posed for a a group portrait (right photo), 5/27/18 at 11pm.
Brett Barker lighting his bonfire for the walking coals alongside an Elements fire ceremony, 5/27/18.
Fire walking hosts Brett Barker (left photo) and Kaytibunny Roberts (right photo), 5/27/18 at 8pm.
BAE founders Hannah Ross and Reem Abdou (left photo, first and third from left) with the attendees of their connection circle with host Analise Hobal (left photo, second from left), 5/27/18 at 4pm.
Costumed stilt walkers performing in the rain at the Water Stage, 5/27/18 at 3pm.
DJ TR(OTTER) (top, third fro left) with friends after opening up the Water Stage in the rain, 5/27/18 at 2pm.
Orijins DJ Slav Mysto Vynnytsky (center) with fellow DJ's 2Melo (right) and Matt Sebastian (left), 5/27/18 at 1am.
Festival dancer Tonya Karina in costume as a forest fairy (left photo, center) and dressed for a night of partying (right photo, right), 5/26/18.
Performers with fiery weapons at the Fire Stage during The Golden Pony's DJ set, 5/26/18 at 10pm. (all photos: Nick McManus)
Incendia founder Cory Glenn (right) with his pyrotechnics crew behind the fire stage, 5/26/18 at 9pm.
Artist Melissa Pressler (left photo, top, first right)) with friends inside her art installation for BAE's Wellnest alongside jewelry designer Jane Rizzo (right photo, left), 5/26/18 at 5pm.
DJ Dirty Looks (left photo, center) and The Golden Pony's Tim Monkiewicz (right photo, left) during their DJ sets at the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 10pm.
Attendees aboard the Molly Rodger on Fork Mountain Pond behind the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.
The crowds behind, with and in front of the Water Stage as DJ's 1989 and Matt Sebastian spun back-to-back, 5/26/18 at 1pm.
Attendees enjoying the basketball courts and hockey rink with party personality Rawb Lane (right photo, center), 5/26/18 at 4pm.
BangOn! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) with his father Frank (right) as they hung out by the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.
Interior panorama of the Earth Stage party bus driven by Tycho (second from left), 5/26/18 at 12pm.
Friends from Maryland and Washington D.C. partying at their off-site cabin at Lakewood Retreats, 5/26/18 at 2:30am.
DJ Claude VonStroke (top, second from right) with friends at the conclusion of his set, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.
DJ Claude VonStroke spinning for fans from the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:45am.
DJ Oona Dahl (top, second from left) at the conclusion of her set at the Air Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.
DJ Penny Lane (at right) with friends before her set at the Wub Hub Stage, 5/25/18 at 11pm.
Saturators backstage with Elements Lakewood's live band booker Brian Stollery before their set, 5/25/18 at 4pm.
The cast of the immersive play "Moonveil" at the conclusion of their Friday performances, 5/25/18 at 9pm.
JunXion's DJ 2Melo (right) opening up the Earth Stage with support from fellow DJ Dreeemy (left), 5/25/18 at 4pm.
Attendees posing with the Cookie Monster bus alongside a nearby mural by the Fire Stage, 5/25/18 at 4pm.
Philly Disc Ball Mansion resident Sam Gumienny (top, center) as she and her friends settled into their West Village cabin, 5/25/18 at 4pm.
The crew of the Munchie Monsters Grill and Catering with their truck on the Center Camp, 5/25/18 at 3pm.
Elements Lakewood's Director of Marketing Daniel Leinweber (right) surveying the grounds with DJ 1989 (left), 5/25/18 at 2pm.
Elements Lakewood's performers at the conclusion of their staff meeting, 5/25/18 at 2pm.
The ice hauling staff during a delivery (left photo) and and their crew portrait (right photo), 5/25/18 at 12pm.
Friends from the 'Philly Pham' (left photo) outside their shuttle bus and the rest of the riders inside (right photo), 5/25/18 at 11am.
The toast of Brooklyn’s nightlife descended on the Poconos for BangOn!’s Elements Lakewood Festival, now in its second year. The best of our local DJs, performers, and party organizers united with an international roster including Claude VonStroke, REZZ, and Jamie Jones to create an extrasensory experience for the roughly 5,000 attendees, with music and more going well past dawn every day. Keep Reading »
Last week at Bushwick gallery Powrplnt, a group of colorfully-dressed folk sat down and discussed gender. They spoke of societal constructs, deadnames, toxic masculinity, and how norms surrounding body hair can be racist, all while surrounded by eager listeners and an array of art and zines. While some gallery exhibitions have just one night of special programming, this was but one mere component of the multifaceted Death Becomes Her, a show curated by Liberian-American multidisciplinary Vei Darling exploring how concepts of death and femininity intersect in both spirituality and society. Keep Reading »
Awards shows may be a great way to spend an evening, but at the end of the day you’re usually watching a bunch of fancy rich people give shiny trophies to a bunch of other fancy rich people while even more fancy rich people watch. Plus, the elite group who voted for the nominees? They’re more than likely to also be fancy rich people. But then, there’s the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards, where the performers getting trophies (well, more like bricks with plaques on them) may look fancy, but it’s probable they creatively cobble together most of their eye-catching outfits and props using stuff from thrift shops and the dollar store, just like the rest of us. Keep Reading »
Stuck in town this Memorial Day weekend? You’re better off avoiding the mile-long airport lines anyway, so consider yourself lucky. But just in case you’re tired of hitting up to Smorgasburg for the third weekend in a row or staring at your computer screen as you Netflix your life away, Bedford + Bowery has put together plenty of options to keep you entertained over the long weekend.
The mythology of Greek gods have been around for ages, and usually comprise a large chunk of one’s education, whether that be in grade school or college theater classes. But something that is often glazed over or diminished in seriousness is the deep-seated misogyny inherent in many of these powerful characters, and how their actions may have laid a foundation for how our world operates today. Artist Susanna Coffey published an art book in 1988 centered around these tales of gods (men) taking what they want (women, usually), and woodcuts made from these images will be on view alongside self-portraits imbued with the same passionate feminine anger. “Now I see that the tale told in The Homeric Hymn is more of an ongoing truth than a myth,” Coffey writes in an essay included with the exhibition, and it’s worth wondering if the opposite will ever be true.Keep Reading »