The Perfect Play
Wednesday, December 21 at JACK, 7 pm: $15
Not much seems perfect in 2016, especially in these last few moments. However, at Clinton Hill art space JACK, experimental performance ensemble Banana Bag and Bodice will summon a crop of luminaries of the downtown theater and performance world in a grand attempt at perfection. If a pursuit of flawlessness makes your eyes roll into oblivion, let me clarify that what these folks are actually doing is staging their fourth annual adults-only musical weirdo version of the classic Nativity story. You know, the perfect child, the virgin birth, etc.? Perfect. There’s certainly a lot to unpack here. Particularly the virgin birth– I still have a lot of questions about that. But I trust that this merry gang of creators, who have also dreamt up concoctions like a Beowulf musical and an experimental piece on political prisoners scored by a soundscape of found objects like fishbowls and license plates, will do the whole thing justice. After the formal show, stick around for drinks and “special Christmas musical maneuverings.”
Shtick A Pole In It
Thursday, December 22 at DROM, 7:30 pm: $20 advance, $25 doors
Are you an avid attendee of both comedy shows and pole dancing performances? Have you spent your days wishing the two were not so separate? Avenue A music venue Drom will welcome you with open arms and take all your troubles away. Not just with shelter from the cold, but with their recurring “Shtick A Pole In It” show, the only show I’ve heard of that showcases both stand-up comedy and pole dancing on the same stage. Not at the same time though, that sounds like a lot of stimulation at once. Come ready to laugh and be awestruck by impressive abs and sliding bodies, with comedy by Dan Goodman and Joanna Ross, and choreographic pole stylings by a group of powerhouse dancers.
The oddly specific theme for this seasonal edition is “Bruno Mars Christmas,” so bust out those hats and coiffed hairstyles, and perhaps add a Santa hat or two. “If you don’t see shows like this why are you even paying the crazy NYC rents?” the event page asks. Honestly, a fair point.
Pinc Louds Christmas Spectacular
Friday, December 23 at Bizarre Bushwick, 9 pm: $10 suggested donation
Pinc Louds is no ordinary band. Sure, they make music, but that is just one pleasing component to the ensemble experience they’ve assembled. Highly theatrical, at times confusing and other times heartwarming, Pinc Louds is the fantastical puppet-and-falsetto-laden musical ensemble you didn’t realize you desired. For the holidays, this unexpected gift is particularly special. They’re pulling out all the stops, too, adding their own special garbage-dwelling twist to the the many various “Christmas Spectacular” shows cropping up this season.
Back at their usual haunt Bizarre Bushwick, where they’ve had benefit shows in the past to raise funds for their album recording, the band and friends will have music, puppets, games, masks, and more. Plus, a “very bizarre Nativity reenactment,” in case you’re craving that trope again. You could even take home your own special Pinc Louds action figures crafted by Jamie McGann, among other treasures like stickers and children’s books, available for sale in a toy store of their own creation. If you haven’t gotten those Christmas gifts…