Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns
Thursday, April 20 at National Sawdust, 8:30 pm doors, 10 pm show: $18 advance, $22 doors
If you live in Brooklyn and are watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, there’s probably a pretty good chance you’re only a degree or two of separation from some of the queens competing. One of these hometown heroes is Sasha Velour, who has continued to host the unique drag variety show Nightgowns on a regular basis. The show is typically at Bizarre Bushwick, but is making the move to dear old Williamsburg and its funky, classy music hall National Sawdust.
Given that they’re moving to a bigger, swankier space, the lineup is pretty big too. You can see shows after fabulous show from Francesca, Hystée Lauder, Kandy Muse, Olive d’Nightlife, Pearl Harbor, Severely Mame, Scarlet Envy, Untitled Queen, and Vigor Mortis. And hey, it’s 4/20, so there’ll probably be some sort of relevant performance themes going on.
Fridays at The Cobra Club, 7:30 pm: $5
After The Annoyance closed their doors last month, comedians did not joke around with finding new places to do their thing. There’s a new weekly night at South 4th Bar, comedy shows at Brooklyn Bazaar, and many other shows scattered throughout the city. Postmen, an improv and sketch trio consisting of Anthony Oberbeck, Carmen Christopher, and Matt Barats, are now bringing their recurring wild n’ absurd show to the back room of Bushwick bar The Cobra Club.
The Postmen had a special relationship with The Annoyance, as they helped establish the theater’s NYC location and created one of its most popular shows, The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour. Though their home base is now no more, that certainly won’t stop them from bringing the laughs week after week. The weekly show itself consists of half-hour sketches mixed with improv, plus opening sets by notable local comics (past guests have included Chris Gethard, Kate Berlant, and John Early.)
Astor Poetry Jam
Saturday, April 22 at The Astor Place Cube, 1 pm: FREE
Everyone’s favorite big public cube is turning the ripe old age of 50 this year. Yes, it’s the Astor Place Cube, technically known as The Alamo but you probably just call it the Cube like everyone else.
One of the ways this geometric marvel is celebrating is through an all-day poetry jam, because I guess the Cube spends its days catching up on the latest spoken word offerings. Plus, it’s also Earth Day and National Poetry Month, so why not? Get ready to be immersed in versatile verse with poetry readings by local poets from Bowery Poetry Club, St. John’s University Poetry Society, and more, plus poetry workshops so you can write (and perform) your own writings, and a pop-up gallery of poems and stories on paper by The Stranger Project for those who are more readers than listeners. And don’t worry if you can’t make it right at 1 pm, as this event will go on until 7 pm.
Nothing Beyond the Light Matters
Sunday, April 23 at A.R.T./New York, 7:30 pm: FREE
What happens when a punk anarchist and a born-again Christian meet in the hallowed halls of a Portland porn shop on New Year’s Eve? Will they become friends? Mortal enemies? Lovers? Or maybe they’ll just have a nice moment of discussion about the bevy of pornographic selections surrounding them. With a concept like this, the possibilities seem endless in this new play reading by Daniel McCoy from Project Y Theater’s Queer Plays Reading Series.
Project Y has certainly been doing the work to elevate writer and theater artists, as they were also the ones behind last year’s Women in Theater Festival, an entirely female-produced showcasing writing by women performed by casts of at least 50% women.