Several free festivals and absurd doses of comedy await you this week. Read on to get the scoop.
The Terrible Them
at The Experiment Comedy Gallery, 20 Broadway, Williamsburg. 8pm. More info here.
The Experiment Comedy Gallery, a newly opened waterfront space for offbeat comedy, brings this one-night-only play (previously seen at The Creek and The Cave in 2014) by Gonzalo Cordova and Nick Naney, inspired by the dramatic sci-fi horror of filmmaker John Carpenter. Created and performed by comedians but billed as theater in a satisfying collision of artistic disciplines, The Terrible Them tells the tale of a disgraced journalist who gets the chance to revitalize his career in the midst of an alien invasion. Featuring a large cast of funny folk, visual effects and an “original synth soundtrack” by Steven DeSiena.
Miss Chthonic Star Dream Pageant
Three experimental theater companies (Psychic Readings Company, Title:Point, and Object Collection) join forces with Ric Royer and sound artist G. Lucas Crane to whip up this beauty pageant from the underworld, promising to explore sexual and economic oppression and exploitation all while presenting a catwalk full of glamour. This live show features real live locals as contestants (one of which is Jaime Wright of Too Many Lenas). These companies have a knack for weirdness and visuals, so their imagining of a warped interactive beauty contest will surely be interesting, if anything.
Just Like A Woman
continues through October 25 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side. Times vary; all events are free. Full schedule available here.
London-based group Live Art Development Agency in collab with Chelsea Theater takes over LES art hub Abrons for a couple days to present talks, cabarets, performances, and panels all centering around the performance and presentation of femininity and queerness. Saturday’s highlights include a panel featuring Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches, an exploration of 1920s Parisian “negrophilia” through the works of Josephine Baker and Charles Darwin, and monologues about female masculinity by a group of “masculine-presenting butches, transmen and gender rebels.”
Big Outdoor Site-Specific Stuff (BOSSS) Festival
also on Friday and Saturday. Times vary; all events are free. Located throughout the Hudson River Park, full schedule and map here.
Roam freely (quite literally) and take in a day or several of live art in this no-cost site-specific festival of works produced by award-winning downtown theater company En Garde Arts, one of the first New York theater companies to produce site-specific work in the 1980s and ’90s. BOSSS is one of En Garde’s first productions post-hiatus (rescheduled from earlier this month due to ye olde Hurricane Joaquin) and has assembled a large group of contemporary theater artists to create works designed to be performed at locations across the Hudson River Park, including musician Julian Koster, formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel.