At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 10pm. $10 suggested donation. More info here.
Fire is normally regarded as a bad thing to be around, especially with the added element of drunk people at a bar. But don’t forget, Bizarre isn’t your average bar. I’ve seen my fair share of fire performances there, whether it be fire eating, fire breathing, fire dancing, or just someone who looked really hot. Miraculously, I felt safe for almost all of them. Tonight, you can see all that and probably more at this variety show that’s more fiery than average, in the most literal sense of the word. And don’t worry, these are professionals, so the only thing catching fire (aside from what’s regularly scheduled to) will hopefully be your heart.
House of Yes Circus Revue
At House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick. 8pm. More info here.
If you missed the fire show and are still in the mood to witness spectacular feats without taking the train into Manhattan, look no further than House of Yes and their celebrated circus revue show. Here, you can catch acrobatics, aerial work, comedy, burlesque, and stuff that’s probably indescribable, including a Prince-themed “supergroup” ensemble consisting of performers and dancers from House of Yes, The Love Show, and Modern Gypsies. And I’ll say this every time I write about this venue, but please check out the bathrooms because they are beautiful.
FRIDAYR*NT (or, What You Own: another dirge for a city remembered)
Continues through April 30 at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side. 8pm. Tickets are $15 ($10 students/seniors) and can be purchased here. More info here.
Whether it’s the movie or the long-running stage show (this year is the show’s 20th anniversary) or just hearing a bunch of theater kids you passed in Midtown yelling about it, you have probably heard of the musical Rent, a portrait of East Village artists in the midst of gentrification and AIDS. With this show, performance artist Chris Tyler takes cues from high school drama club, writer/activist Sarah Schulman, queer nightlife, and more to create a raucous parody of the musical. My adolescent self has never been more intrigued, and also maybe kind of scared.
At Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg. 7:30pm. $5-10 sliding scale. More info here.
The folks at Slutist have curated a pop-up art event at this Williamsburg performance spot centering, unsurprisingly, around female sexuality. These works seek to explore, among other themes, cultural representation of female sexuality in porn, advertising, and mass media with regard to how these are affected by race, class, and culture. They’ve assembled visual artists, films, readings, panel discussions, and performances all under one roof to explore these themes. Come ready to learn, question, think, and enjoy.
She’s Totally Dead
At 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 W 13th Street, Union Square. 8pm. More info here.
Billed as a “pot-noir comedy,” She’s Totally Dead follows a stoner who loses his girlfriend and must go to the wild world of Columbia University to attempt to track her down. Worst of all, he can’t call her or contact anyone because his iPhone 4 is dead. I think the biggest unsolvable mystery here is finding out who still carries around iPhone 4 chargers. If you want to find out the answer, you’ll have to try and snag a standing room ticket, because initial seating is already sold out.