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Mediocrity Is the New Black: Penny Arcade On Making It in ‘The Big Cupcake’

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The performance artist Penny Arcade called us back after getting out of a show that ran late. So, even in the midst of her own show Longing Lasts Longer (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10 at Joe’s Pub), she’s making time to support the work of other artists. The legendary downtown icon is, wonderfully, still underground and still outraged. The new show and her preoccupations are deeply intertwined, as her work is primarily autobiographical, and our conversation ranged from why New York is now “the Big Cupcake,” to what makes Lena Dunham so special, to the young “creative soul” in the Times paying $3,700 rent.
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Send in the Sad, Bad, Singing, Stripping Clowns

Alas, the New York Clown Theatre Festival just passed, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see life through the eyes of a clown. Or at least, catch a “clown peep show.”
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Stephin Merritt, Al Jaffee, Simon Rich Got Grilled; Tom Colicchio Got Grilled Cheesed

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Last night at Joe’s Pub, Catie Lazarus bestowed “Employee of the Month” honors — while taping her podcast of the same name — on humorist Simon Rich, musician Stephin Merritt, Mad magazine legend Al Jaffee, and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, who was literally forced to admit that he preferred another restaurant’s grilled cheese to his own.
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Bridget Everett: ‘Rock Bottom’

She’s big, she’s baudy, and we once saw her serenade/abuse an audience member and then sit on his face. If you’re sitting in the front row of this cabaret-on-crack act, you’ll probably see things you can’t unsee, and good luck getting the beer out of your clothes. This is a special preview of “Rock Bottom,” a show co-written with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, among others. 

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Bridget Everett at Joe’s Pub

She’s big, she’s baudy, and we once saw her serenade/abuse an audience member and then sit on his face. If you’re sitting in the front row of this cabaret-on-crack act, you’ll probably see things you can’t unsee, and good luck getting the beer out of your clothes. This is a special preview of “Rock Bottom,” a show co-written with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, among others. 

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Make Music NY Returns With Block Parties, Ukulele Jams, Billy Joel Karaoke

Last year's block party at Joe's Pub. (Photo: Erica Martin)

Last year’s block party at Joe’s Pub. (Photo: Erica Martin)

If you’re a live music completist, the next few weeks are going to be simply overwhelming. Not only does the Northside Festival kick off today, but on June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music NY returns with a mind-boggling 1,000+ free shows in public spaces. Highlights include a 90+-band punk rock marathon on Staten Island, a hootenany on Governor’s Island, and (God help us all) Billy Joel karaoke from the back of a pickup truck.
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