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Performance Picks: Parental Comedy, Suburban Theater, Radical Vaudeville

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It’s December. Instead of thinking about how time is quickly passing you by, take a pause from reality and step into one of the many intriguing performances available this week. Some of them are even free.

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Welcome to The Happening, a ‘Place For Stuff That’s Not Safe For Galleries’

Zoe Williams brings her sculpture-performance to the street

Zoe Williams brings her sculpture-performance to the street (Photo: Walter Wlodarczk)

Greenpoint artist Allison Sommers is once again gathering the most unconventional art from 30 local artists for a popup art show called The Happening, held this year at Cloud City. Tomorrow the Williamsburg art space, founded in 2013 from the ashes of Dead Herring, will be overrun with artists hanging their work and preparing music and dance performances. It promises to be unlike anything you would find at a traditional gallery.

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Photo Show Says RIP To 30 DIY Venues of Yore, But Punk Ain’t Dead Yet

Nicki Ishmael, curator of  "RIP DIY" exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Nicki Ishmael, curator of “RIP DIY” exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)

You might remember a show space in Williamsburg called Dead Herring. It was around for six years — practically decades in DIY years — before it closed in 2013. “I knew it wouldn’t last forever,” Nicki Ishmael admitted. “It’s that whole DIY has-an-expiration-date thing.” But it’s a wonder Nicki can keep it together when reminiscing. DIY’s the only home she’s ever had in New York City. From the moment she arrived here Ishmael has been deeply involved in the underground music scene. “I immediately moved into a DIY space when I moved here back in 2006,” she recalled. So it’s only natural that Ishmael and others from Dead Herring refused to let their own closure, and dozens more around them, get them down.

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