This week is a week of variety… shows, that is. Plop down at a show featuring way more than just one performance. Take it all in.


(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

A Ride On the Irish Cream

Continues through February 6 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. More info here

Full disclosure: I’m performing in this show. But even if I wasn’t, I would still be telling everyone to see it. Erin Markey (who we saw perform at the St. Marks Is Dead party a few months ago) and a team full of champions has created a deeply personal ode to relationships and childhood full of strange but plentiful humor, bright-eyed wonder, and honestly some of the best live music I have heard in a piece of theater in a long time. Unlike some of those bland poppy posers billing themselves as rock musicals up in midtown, this show is the real deal.


(Photo via Trauma Salon / Facebook)

(photo via Trauma Salon / Facebook)

trauma salon: disorder and detachment

at Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole Street, Williamsburg. 8pm. More info here

Small-but-mighty performance art space Panoply Lab presents the latest iteration of their monthly “trauma salon,” an evening of various performance art works co-presented by experimental cabaret The Super Coda. This salon features work from the grotesque and surreal artist/performer Jon Konkol, dance and physical artist Coco Karol, violist Jeanann Dara, dancer Karl Kooney, bassist and composer Thomas Bell of the Oxygen Music Collective, and the frantic and visceral cello-driven music of Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nest.


(by Mark Toneff)

(by Mark Toneff)

SalON!: Don’t Look Straight At It

at Gravesend Recordings in The Silent Barn, 13 Stanwix Street, Bushwick. 8:30pm. $7-10. More info here

Theresa Buchheister, founder of Silent Barn’s resident theater company Title:Point and curator of the new Exponential Festival has been doing this performance salon with musician and host CATFOX for several months now, and it’s always been full of surprises. This time, the fresh art being whipped up in Silent Barn’s cozy recording studio space includes Dale Buchheister with “deep frying tips,” plays by Ric Royer and Megan Meehan, “a mystery,” and more.



(image via Cartoon Monsoon / Facebook)

Cartoon Monsoon: The Lost Episodes

At The Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg. 9:30pm. More info here

We recently interviewed the delightful comedian and artist Mary Houlihan, and if you missed her one-woman show you can stop by The Annoyance to see her in animated action. Together with co-host Joe Rumrill and music man Steven DeSiena, they create a colorful episode of cartoons, puppets, comedy, characters, and everything in between. We’ve got the buzz that this week’s episode involves bees.


(photo via The Macaulay Culkin Show / Facebook)

(photo via The Macaulay Culkin Show / Facebook)

The Macaulay Culkin Show

At Shea Stadium, 20 Meadow Street, East Williamsburg. 7pm. $5. More info here

Though the show’s namesake will most likely not be in attendance, don’t let that stop you from spending your Sunday evening at this romp of a comedy show hosted by Brett Davis and Sally Burtnick. This Culkin crack-up will feature SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata, Edy Modica (of last year’s naked-alien show Body), Mary Houlihan (told you, she’s everywhere), WFMU’s Pat Byrne, and more.