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Performance Picks: Trashy Comedy, Asian Drag, 4/20 Monotony

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What’s Your Damage?
Wednesday, April 18 at Wonders Of Nature, 8 pm: $5

A show called What’s Your Damage taking place at a space called Wonders Of Nature sort of feels like it could be a metaphor or political statement talking about the ways we have irreparably damaged the natural world, because at this point it would be hard to deny we haven’t. However, that’s not what this show is about. Quite simply, hosts Sachi Ezura and Halle Kiefer will ask performers what exactly their damage is, which is just a snappier way of asking them to reveal past embarrassments and drama that have shaped them into “the weird, wonderful people they are today.” This time around, Carmen Christopher, Aaron Jackson, Marcia Belsky, and Joyelle Nicole are the ones to tell all. Keep Reading »

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Sesame Street Drag, Disabled Comedians, and More Performance Picks

Asia Gagnon’s ‘The Kind of Thing You Don’t Talk About’ at SipFest

SipFest
Now through March 14 at Wild Project, various times, various prices

The nature of live theater is that anything can happen at any time. Sometimes this is good, but not always. Spaceman, a high-tech play from Loading Dock Theater about a woman astronaut’s journey to Mars, was supposed to have a run at Wild Project currently, but had to be canceled due to an injury sustained by the lead performer. However, the venue will not be empty. A last-minute festival of original performance works by women and queer artists called Sipfest will run at the Lower East Side venue in its stead. There, you’ll find a solo show digging into how we discuss sexual assault, drag performances, femme ballads, a play inspired by the fanfiction epic My Immortal, and more. Keep Reading »

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A Very Fragrant V-Day, Noise + Drag, and More Performance Picks

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Valentine’s Day with SSION
Wednesday, February 14 at Secret Project Robot, 8 pm: $15

If you somehow haven’t made Valentine’s Day plans yet (and yes, I count staying home and groveling as ‘plans’), consider attending this sensorial sensation of a show at Secret Project Robot tonight. In addition to serving as home for the high-energy SSION’s first Brooklyn performance, you can also expect a hefty spritz of performance art, installations, and even perfume. The multi-talented Ziemba will not only be performing some new “boudoir songs” from her soon-to-be-released album ARDIS (which, might I say, doubles as a “feminist sci-fi fragrant musical”), she has also created a new fragrance specifically for tonight. On top of all that, Ziemba and SSION will be joined by performance art vixens Caitlin Baucom and Pauli Cakes, and they’ll be doing their thing in an installation created by Monica Mirabile that was once likened to a “modern Brooklyn dollhouse.” Plus, if you wear Valentine’s colors, you could score a free beverage. So, open your heart (and your nose) and get to SPR. Keep Reading »

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Responses To The Inauguration Anniversary, And More Shows To See

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Citizens United II: What Happened?
Wednesday, January 17 at Ars Nova, 8 pm: $15

If you couldn’t tell from the title alone, this is a political show. Though just to clarify, it’s not a staged reading of the Hillary Clinton book. At least, I don’t think it is. “Leftist performance collective” Citizens United returns once more to the Ars Nova stage to parse through these troubled political times by way of drag shows, poetry, performance art, punk music, and more. The group joins the many artistic efforts happening this month to commemorate-slash-mourn the one-year anniversary of the presidential inauguration. In fact, the last time Citizens United brought their unique stylings to the stage was January 2017. What has happened since that fateful month is dizzying and often cringe-worthy to think of, and possibly perfectly summed up by a night of chaotic performance. Keep Reading »

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Get Your Relationship Turned Into a Musical, and More Performance Picks

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(image courtesy of Rebecca & Evan)

Your Love, Our Musical
Wednesday, November 22 at Caveat, 7:30 pm: $15

If you’ve ever dreamed of turning your latest Tinder date into an original musical, I don’t know what kind of a person that makes you, but you can take a stab at making this odd dream a reality at the return of Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman’s Your Love, Our Musical, now presented at new brainy venue Caveat. It’s fairly self-explanatory; the duo selects an actual couple from the audience and interviews them. After that, they work their magic and craft a whole (and wholly improvised) musical about what they’ve just heard. If you’re looking for a new perspective on your relationship but can’t afford therapy, this could be the way to do it. Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Cavemen Presentations, Bodily Explorations, Socialist Talents

WEDNESDAY

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What Is A Body?
Wednesday, August 30 at 58 Kent Street, 7 pm: FREE

What is a body? Well, that’s a good question. For one, it’s a sack of flesh with some organs in it. But it’s also so much more. This performance and panel discussion delves into the inherent relationship that live performance has with bodies. If you make something and perform it yourself, the way your body exists, moves, and functions affects how that performance happens. Additionally, the societal constructs regarding bodies and how they should act and appear will affect the audience’s perception of the performance. Is there a way to prevent or subvert this? Performers Erin Markey, Neil Goldberg, and Jonathan Gonzalez will all show you some of their work, and then discuss what you’ve seen and how it relates to the big wide world of bodies. Keep Reading »

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Sasha Velour on 4/20, The Postmen Move to Bushwick, and More Performance Picks

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Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns
Thursday, April 20 at National Sawdust, 8:30 pm doors, 10 pm show: $18 advance, $22 doors

If you live in Brooklyn and are watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, there’s probably a pretty good chance you’re only a degree or two of separation from some of the queens competing. One of these hometown heroes is Sasha Velour, who has continued to host the unique drag variety show Nightgowns on a regular basis. The show is typically at Bizarre Bushwick, but is making the move to dear old Williamsburg and its funky, classy music hall National Sawdust.

Given that they’re moving to a bigger, swankier space, the lineup is pretty big too. You can see shows after fabulous show from Francesca, Hystée Lauder, Kandy Muse, Olive d’Nightlife, Pearl Harbor, Severely Mame, Scarlet Envy, Untitled Queen, and Vigor Mortis. And hey, it’s 4/20, so there’ll probably be some sort of relevant performance themes going on. Keep Reading »

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Winter Festivals, A Play On 4Chan, Gay Shows For All, and More Performance Picks

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Under the Radar
Wednesday January 4 through Sunday January 15, various showtimes at The Public Theater and other spaces: $20 and up

Ah yes, it’s that time again, when the slew of January performance festivals sail in every winter to overwhelm you with a seemingly endless supply of shows. One of these is The Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival, which presents a wide variety of music, performance, and more from artists based across the U.S. and all over the world.

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Christmas Spectaculars, Gay Horses, and Other Seasonal Performance Picks

WEDNESDAY

(flyer via Andrew Ayres / Facebook)

(flyer via Andrew Ayres / Facebook)

Sexxxplosion!
Wednesday, December 14 at The Rosemont, 9 pm: FREE 

This event is for the later crowd, especially if you like to experience a show and a party all at the same time, in the same place. Queers, colorful folk, and nightlife crawlers alike will gather in jazzy Bushwick cocktail bar The Rosemont (opened by Trash Bar’s Aaron Pierce) for a night of lip-sync and general debauchery. The lineup, hosted by Andrew Ayres, includes ultra-flexible burlesque babe Apathy Angel, “vegan goddess” Slater G. String, photographer and performer Gypsy Hill, and “part dandy part showgirl” Nellee Dii. Rounding out the evening is Neon Music, spinning tunes all night. Performances begin at 11 pm, which is late enough to feel mysterious and nightlife-y but early enough for people to actually be conscious for them. Grab one of the Rosemont’s bespoke cocktails (or a beer and a shot) and prepare for a “Sexxxplosion.”

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Photos: This Year’s Bushwig Festival Was So Not a Drag

Will Sheridan (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Will Sheridan (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Sequinette and West Vargina (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Sequinette and West Vargina (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bearica Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bearica Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Rify Royalty (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Rify Royalty (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bunny (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Lady Bunny (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Erika Klash (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Erika Klash (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Merrie Cherry. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Merrie Cherry. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Akira (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Akira (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

06)	Reggi Regina throwing tacos into the crowd.

06) Reggi Regina throwing tacos into the crowd.

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

B Hollywood (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

B Hollywood (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Fantasy Grandma (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Fantasy Grandma (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziemba (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziemba (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Pulp Friction. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Pulp Friction. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Macy Rodman (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Macy Rodman (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziptie suit by Casey Caldwell (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Ziptie suit by Casey Caldwell (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Boywolf (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Boywolf (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Internet has been quietly aflutter lately with a sort of drag debate: drag kings rallying for their place in the scene after RuPaul recently said kings and queens “don’t really mix”; “faux queens” or “bio-queens” asserting that their drag is as valid and subversive as other drag queens only to garner an entire response essay picking apart their argument. Though drag is indeed replete with layers and a multifaceted history, including its ongoing relationship with trans and gender non-conforming folk, Ru did classically say, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” However, one could look to the ever-growing medium of Internet Thinkpieces and get a sense that the scene is much more fragmented than that.

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Performance Picks: Womanhood, Rihanna, Cake, and Fashion

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(image via Housing Works)

(image via Housing Works / Facebook)

Womanhood Live!
At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 7 pm: FREE. 

If you’re not the type to sit around watching short-form video clips all day, this is the show for you. Impressively funny ladies Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla are bringing their Refinery29 web series, “Womanhood,” to a real, live venue. No more straining your eyes staring at bright screens to get your laugh on– these are 100% in-person joke-tellers, which is probably a lot more fun than 100% in-person bank tellers. Firestone and Nancherla have graciously assembled a group of nice folk to help them teach you all about the complex terrain of women’s bodies and lives, including Dylan Marron, Naomi Ekperegin, Marlena Rodriguez, and Diana Kolsky (who will truly contain multitudes as “The Haters.”) You might wanna take your headphones off for this one.

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A Safe Space to Swap VHS Tapes, Share Banana Spit, and Get Brunch-Level Ripped

(image via Horror Boobs / Tumblr)

(image via Horror Boobs / Tumblr)

Some of us have the distinct memory of weaving up and down the aisles of Kim’s Video– or really, any old-school place of a similar disposition with B-film and cult-movie analogue tapes galore– while an endless stream of campy horror flicks played on the junky old TV set. Did you ever feel a burning desire to run your fingers up and down the spines of those dusty VHS tapes? Then use those same gritty fingers to grab handfuls of mushy bananas and stuff them into your face?

If somehow the answer to this twisted fantasy is “yes,” then you best get over to Terra Firma tonight, because believe it or not all these things will be available to you there, coz lord knows the days of the video store (it’s kind of like Netflix, only IRL) are over and done with. This is where your people are now.

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