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Performance Picks: Demystifying Sex, Activist Storytelling, Adolescent Witchcraft

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The Sex Myth: A Devised Play
August 16-20 at HERE Arts Center, 8:30 pm (Sunday at 4 pm): $35

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to state that most of America had either an awful sex ed or none at all. Sure, you can take to the internet in all its glory to learn a thing or two, but formal sex education programs are notoriously lacking. This has created a hush-hush attitude around carnal matters, which leads to shame, misinformation, sensationalism, and a whole host of other not-so-great stuff. A new devised show, The Sex Myth, uses real stories and experiences to expand conceptions of what is “normal” in bedrooms and bodies alike.

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Times Square Elmo En Español, Comedy For Charity, and More Performance This Week

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(image via The Bushwick Starr)

(image via The Bushwick Starr)

Furry! / La Furia!
Continues through November 26 at The Bushwick Starr, 8 pm (November 20 show at 3 pm): $15.

Imagining the everyday life of someone who dresses up as Elmo and roams around Times Square for tips is entertaining enough, but now you have a chance to see it on stage, in two different languages. Playwright William Burke has teamed up with Modesto Flako Jimenez and the Brooklyn Gypsies Collective for a “Spanish/Spanglish/human” translation of his play FURRY to be performed by Jimenez and Olander “Big O” Wilson. Also, this play isn’t even about the regular life of an Elmo in Times Square, however odd and intriguing that may be. It’s about “a street Elmo who rises to power by taking over the streets of 42nd to 46th Street by using The Art of War.” I don’t think I could imagine the details of such a thing if I tried, so you’re better off checking it out for yourself. Keep Reading »

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Edgar Oliver Recounts Love and Loss, Beggars and Bakeries in Attorney Street

(photo: Maria Baranova)

(photo: Maria Baranova)

Edgar Oliver is a memorable man. I feel as though I could listen to him recite a portion of the phone book and throughout it I would find humor, joy, and sorrow. That’s not to say he has a terribly wide range of vocal inflection, but rather quite the opposite. Somehow he treats every word nearly the same way, with the same great deal of care and dramatics, and yet an entire world opens itself up among the syllables.

In Attorney Street, Oliver’s third solo storytelling show, he explores a new chapter of his life in a new apartment on the Lower East Side after being made to leave the small East Village SRO he’d remained for decades. With this major change, he also tracks other shifts in his life and surroundings: a vacant lot he cherished is now no more, a young boy that awakened desire in him as a child now has a child of his own, and so on.

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Back-to-School Tales, Sexperiences, and More Performance Picks

(image via Harvest Moon / Facebook)

(image via Harvest Moon / Facebook)

THURSDAY

Harvest Moon: A Freak-Folk Cabaret
Thursday, September 22 at The Wild Project, 8 pm: $10-20 sliding scale. 

Come ring in the soon-arriving autumn with this mystical evening of live art, from music and dance to film and fairytales and everything in between. A gaggle of artists based in Bushwick and beyond (some are regulars at Bizarre Bar staple Circus of Dreams, others frequent the nearby Tarot Society or Living Gallery) will assemble to bring you their artistic bounty. And it’ll be a bounty, all right– there are over 15 acts on the bill, including Jason Trachtenburg, Tarot Society’s Darcey Leonard, Omer Gal‘s music ensemble Cookie Tongue, and a Texas-themed Butoh troupe. If you’re pressed for time, you can just pop in for the second act at 9:30pm (there are two entry times) but all tickets earn you access to the whole shindig. The weather may get to the high eighties today, but fall is a-comin’. Eventually.

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Performance Picks: Fearful Comedy, Fainting, and Queer Drama

WEDNESDAY

(photo via Shark Party Media)

(photo via Shark Party Media)

Mara Wilson’s What Are You Afraid Of?
Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Williamsburg. 8pm. $10. More info here

Writer, comedian and former child actress Mara Wilson is back with the latest iteration of her show What Are You Afraid Of?, which rounds up choice comedians and storytellers to share their greatest and most interesting fears. This time around: Jasmine Pierce (Reductress), Anita Flores (Awkward Sex… And The City), and Anna Rose Roisman (UCB). And don’t fret, the extra fearful can always arm themselves with a booze blanket.

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TALE: NYC’s Finest Storytelling

Tale-of-Sand-GN-CoverThe legendary TALE returns – with a vengeance! (Minus the vengeance part.) No hokey themes. No dumb gimmicks. TALE is pure straight-up pro storytelling.(Plus a musician.)

Featuring NYC’s finest storytelling – with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, VICE, McSweeny’s, The Nation, and HBO, including DC Benny (Comedy Central, Sharon Spell (UCB, Harmon Leon (This American Life), Brändy Rowëll (Gotham Comedy Club), Sharif Ali (The PIT), Jennie Sutton (Carolines).

 

 

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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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Sideshow Goshko

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) hosts this monthly storytelling show, which invariably follows the same format. Goshko invites three top writers and storytellers to join her in sharing true, bizarre tales about their lives for ten minutes apiece. Four challenging trivia questions are asked, and one lucky audience member will receive a portion of “Sideshow Sauce” (aka a delectable bottle of Trader Joe’s vino). This particular evening’s line-up will include stories from Ryan Britt (The New York Times, Gotham Writers’ Workshop), David Crabb (The Moth,Bad Kid), and Gail Thomas (Funny or Die, Tribeca Film Festival).

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Split Personality: Comedy and Storytelling

Broad City fans, you might want to earmark this one. Split Personality is a weekly storytelling and comedy show hosted by husband-and-wife team Patrick Clair and Jiji Lee. Their basic formula is part slam-style open mic (during which anyone can put their name in a bag for a chance to perform a five minute true story or sketch character), and part curated show, featuring special guest performers from New York’s comedy and storytelling elite. August’s first offering will showcase the comedic genius of Chris Kelly, writer for SNL, Emmy nominee (for the above sketch), and one of the driving forces behind Comedy Central’s runaway success, Broad City (which began in 2009 as a “cult hit” web-series). Kelly will be joined by Joanna Bradley of Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and laughs, no doubt, will be in plentiful supply.

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This Daily Show Writer Tried to Pack Cats and Fro-Yo Into a Marriage Proposal

Matt-KoffEarlier this week at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Daily Show writer Matt Koff told a very East Village engagement story involving fro-yo, cats, and a trip to Halloween Adventure. Koff was the third of five readers at “How I Learned Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” the latest iteration of the monthly “How I Learned” storytelling series hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

In 2006, Koff moved to NYC and found himself a girlfriend on MySpace. Three years later, they were on the phone and she asked, “Why aren’t we engaged yet?” Koff started saving up his unemployment checks to buy a ring — he’d recently been laid off from a proofreading agency — but quickly discovered that it was a lost cause. Instead, with his mom’s help, he got a diamond from his grandmother’s ring and paid for a new setting.
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Warm Up For Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival Kicks With Some Free Booze

(Illustration: Kate Gavino)

(Illustration: Kate Gavino)

To get people psyched for Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival, tonight Housing Works Bookstore Cafe will host a happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where the first 100 drinks are free.

The Downtown Literary Festival was created in 2013 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown Manhattan. “Downtown’s been the crucible of New York for so long,” said Amanda Bullock, director of public programming for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, which is presenting the 15-event line-up with McNally Jackson Books.
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