Thursday, January 26 at Bizarre Bushwick, 10 pm: $10 suggested donation
Sinister and sultry variety show Bordello, hosted by Madame Vivien V, features a slew of out-there performers who will brighten up your night with acts of drag, dance, performance art, fire, and more. On the lineup this time is B-boy and boylesque dancer Eckszooberante and drag performer Chris of Hur, along with performer Amber Von Toxn and Heather, who appears to proudly carry the title of “The Worst.” This iteration of the show, which has been billed as “punk rock meets burlesque meets performance art,” has a psychedelic bent to it, so who knows what sensorial adventures your eyes will be asked to behold. Let the aptly-named DJ Penny Lane spin you into color-crazed oblivion, fix your eyes to the stage, and trip out.
January 26-29 at The Glove, 8 pm: $10
This show, which was performed as one of the final hurrahs at Secret Project Robot’s space on Melrose Street, is making a comeback as part of this year’s edition of The Exponential Festival, a Brooklyn-based theater and performance festival for the weirder and more up-and-coming independent artists out there. Presented by theater ensemble Saints of an Unnamed Country, featuring works written and directed by Cameron Christopher Stuart, the play takes place in a world where men chat endlessly with computer programs, revealing their deepest desires to machines specifically programmed to lend an ear. However, a bug in the system reveals that the faces behind the bots aren’t actually on these men’s sides. How sad, for men to find out the world does not in fact revolve around them. It seems a certain orange Twitter-lover might benefit from this piece of culture…
Each night of the play will be accompanied by theatrical “opening acts” by A Theater Genesis with guest performance by Elena Light. On Sunday, there will be a daylong festival of goings-on featuring the accompanying performances as well as a panel discussion on the unique practice of doing theater in DIY venues.
Slavic Goddesses—A Wreath of Ceremonies
January 26-28 at The Kitchen, 8 pm: $20
In this collaborative piece, artist Paulina Olowska looks to the work of Polish artist and art deco visionary Zofia Stryjeńska, who created scenic designs and costumes for stage productions and created a series of paintings in the early 1900s based on Slavic folklore. Notably, she was largely discredited by the government post-WWII but simultaneously infiltrated popular culture, as her work was mass-produced in the form of postcards and calendars without her permission. Olowska will bring her work and legacy even moreso into the public eye with Slavic Goddesses. She has created a series of costumes based on Stryjeńska’s folklore painting series, and Ballez artistic director Katy Pyle will be working with an ensemble of dancers to perform solo pieces inspired by folk steps. All this will be set to an original score by Sergei Tcherepnin that mixes “spiritual disco” with traditional Slavic song, and a lighting design by Madeline Best that merges generations by featuring quotations from both Olowska and Stryjeńska.
Snowbound in Sunken Harbor
Sunday, January 29 at the Slipper Room, 7 pm: $10 advance, $15 doors
Today the weather is oddly sunny, but the skies have been so inconsistent this winter it’s really anyone’s guess what will be going on tomorrow or the next day. And with all the EPA gag orders, we may soon never actually know what the future holds! If you’d once again like to get a feel for what snowy weather is like (and perhaps, distract yourself from the current hellscape of our world), consider dropping by Fireside Mystery Theater’s latest production, Snowbound in Sunken Harbor. The old-timey radio show centers around a mysterious town called Sunken Harbor, supposedly “the last place you’d want to be stuck in the dead of winter.” But, in classic theatrical conflict, a blizzard has indeed trapped the people of this town and whoever happens to be visiting that day. Whatever happens after that will unfold in the form of an old-fashioned live radio show, complete with live music and comic sketches.