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House of Yes Inches Toward Completion, Will Be All Kinds of Awesome By Fall

A makeshift entrance (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A makeshift entrance (Photo: Nicole Disser)

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.

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Journey to Jackson Heights Without Having to Hop On the 7 Train

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Audiences of the latest play to appear at The New Ohio Theater can relish the sweetly comedic absurdity of an Indian man handing an Ecuadorian woman a mango as if she might not know what it was, and of a Latino drag queen tenderly assuring his straight-laced, off-duty policeman one-night stand, “Being a cop is nothing to be ashamed of.”
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The 10 Fringiest of This Year’s Fringe Fest

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It’s that time again, folks. The time when the world’s most avant-garde and experimental theater types descend on the East Village and Lower East Side for a fortnight of moderately insane adventure know as the Fringe Festival. The 18th edition of the Fest will be deluging the metropolis with playful peculiarities from August 8 to 24.
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On Stage: Art Nerds, Bike Mechanics, Swinging Singles and Sad Clowns


Visual artist, performer, and gay stage icon Chris Tanner brings true-life tales, and, in his words, “humiliating stories of the sexual awakening of a nerdy art queen,” to the stage in Football Head. Tanner sings and tells the stories, accompanied on the stage by three doo-wop singers and collaborator Lance Cruce. The show is first and foremost about his family, intermingled with shame, guilt, and celebration thrown in for good measure.
La MaMa, East Village, begins June 20, tickets $10-$18
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Our Favorite Faux Drive-In Theater Is Relaunching With a Horror Film Series

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

After an eight-month intermission, reRun Theater reopens tomorrow night.

Located inside reBar gastropub, reRun debuted in July 2009 as Dumbo’s take on a drive-in (more duck fat popcorn, less exhaust fumes). The audience watches a 12-foot screen from 47 minivan seats from a Staten Island junkyard. Open to a 21-and-over crowd, reRun sells draft beer, wine, liquor, and cinema-themed cocktails. Drinks start at $5, and each person’s first drink is half-price.
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A Boardwalk Empire Star Showed Up at This Amazing Time Warp to the Prohibition Era

Frank Spano worked his way down a line of guests, welcoming the men in fedoras and women in flapper dresses to his hidden nightclub. He was tall, wore a grey suit and spoke with old-fashioned politeness. When he shook my hand and introduced himself, I shared a knowing smile with the other guests. We were all aware that Frank Spano would soon be shot dead in the narrow alleyway where we stood. We were here to find out why.
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Josh Brolin’s Stepsister Made a Rock Opera About a Swamp Goddess in Space

The year after Molly Brolin (stepsister of Josh Brolin) and her fellow Berklee grad Justin Johnson moved to Greenpoint in 2010, Johnson saw “a dark sorceress cast a spell of calm over all the bodega workers in Manhattan” while he was working in a stockroom in Soho.

That stress-incited hallucination evolved into Smile Swamp Princess, a rock opera co-composed by Megan Lui and directed by Molly’s neice Eden Brolin. It debuts at Wild Project next week.
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Theater This Month: Caribbean Carnivals, Activist Cats, Singing Bros

SmokeBreakForest artwork by director Diane Exavier

SmokeBreakForest artwork by director Diane Exavier

The shining star of downtown theater events this month is undoubtedly the Fringe Festival, but for Brooklynites and those who have panic attacks when faced with choosing from a 1,200 show set list, there’s a vibrant selection of other plays in the B+B domain this August. Read on for our picks.
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Theater for the New City Got a Facelift But Not the One It Wanted

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you’ve walked down First Avenue recently, you might’ve noticed that Theater for the New City has spruced up the building it’s been in since the late ’80s with a circus-inspired paint job. Definitely a step up from the drab facade of yore, but what happened to that crazy makeover that the designer of the Shake Shack had planned?
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Drinking Games, Puppies, and Some Paintings, Too: The Weekend in Art

Artwork by Jack Jerz.

Artwork by Jack Jerz.

The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival wraps up this weekend. Also on deck: a dog-friendly pool party, eco-power theater, and haunting portraits of underground celebs. Read on for our weekend art picks.
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Mark Your Calendar For These Two Outdoor Arts Festivals in the East Village

2012's FAB! Festival. (Photo: Whitney Browne)

2012’s FAB! Festival. (Photo: Whitney Browne)

The East Village’s cultural institutions are taking it to the streets again, as the details of two big outdoor arts festivals were announced today.

Theater for the New City is preparing to kick off its annual Summer Street Theater Tour, which has been bringing free outdoor theater to low-income communities since the 1970s. This year they’ll be hitting up neighborhoods in all five boroughs, including Bed-Stuy, the South Bronx, Jackson Heights, Coney Island, Harlem, West New Brighton, and the East Village.
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