It’s been a long time coming, and even though House of Yes officially opened on New Year’s Eve, the Bushwick performance collective’s brand new (and impressive) space is finally complete, with all the the licenses and permits it ever dreamed of, and it appears to be running on schedule, no less. Kae Burke– the co-founder of House of Yes along with Anya Sapozhnikova– played host last night and, strutting across the stage in impossible heels and sequined bikini number, reminded the audience, “This is our first variety show in two-and-a-half years.” Proof that even a fire, raids by the cops, and a colossal construction project couldn’t keep House of Yes down.
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This week and next: more performance festivals than you ever knew could happen at the same time. And plenty more to choose from.
FESTIVALSPS122’s COIL Festival
Through Jan. 17, various times and various venues. Full programming, schedule, and tickets here. They may not have moved into their renovated East Village space yet, but that’s not stopping Performance Space 122 from presenting their contribution to APAP, the COIL Festival. Exploring the theme of transformation, they’ve hunkered down in venues all over, including La MaMa and Paradise Factory in the East Village and New Ohio Theater in the West Village. Offerings include Annie Dorsen’s live musical piece utilizing algorithms to slowly transform The Beatles’s Yesterday into Tomorrow (from the musical Annie) and Frank Boyd and the TEAM’s one-man live jazz radio show.
Because this new falafel joint is located at House of Yes, they’ve got all kinds of insanity planned for their “brunch party” grand opening, happening this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 23 noon to 3 pm, performances will start immediately and one food item gets you into the show)– including the usual aerial acrobats, dancing, and live music from a Middle Eastern ensemble and a band featuring the sitar. But the HoY crew has also planned some special Queen of Falafel-themed performances including a falafel juggler. Performances start at noon sharp. Buy a food item (starting at $6) and you’ll get into the show.
Read more about Queen of Falafel here.
This weekend in Bushwick, you can jam on some Middle Eastern fare and peep in on the progress over at House of Yes during Queen of Falafel’s grand opening brunch party. As the acrobatic DIY performance collective continues to put seemingly endless layers of crazy on their new Jefferson Street home before the space can officially raise the curtains, cousins Justin Ahiyon and Ilan Telmont (both partners at HoY along with co-founders Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke) have gone ahead and opened up their falafel joint inside a small corner of the building.
The competition for summer weekend destination has been fierce: while Rockaway added a skate bowl and a (still forthcoming) palm-tree paradise, Coney Island leveled up with a Smorgasburg and some murals. Coney’s latest gambit? A freaking trapeze school. That’s right: Trapeze School New York, which has an outdoor rig at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park, is adding another location in Coney.
House of Yes is nearing rebirth, and co-founder Anya Sapozhnikova (who along with her partner Kae Burke was dubbed a member of the Brooklyn Establishment) promised that a “next level” venture is on the horizon. “Everything here has to be really fucking awesome,” she explained. When we dropped by the new House of Yes today, just steps away from the Jefferson stop in Bushwick, it was hard to believe the place was part of the craziness of Bushwick Open Studios last weekend. “It was so packed, like wall-to-wall, people couldn’t even get in,” Anya recalled. For now, the place has once again kicked up the sawdust and instead of performers, aerialists, and burlesque babes, we were met with sweaty construction workers. But Anya– who’s been through a fire, police raids, and evictions– seemed intent on forging through the final weeks of wood saws, drills, and hammers.
This morning, the New York Post ran a brief item about a bust this weekend at House of Yes, an East Williamsburg warehouse space that hosts an eclectic array of performance art and other creative endeavors, like experimental musicals, variety shows, and high-wire circus acts.
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