¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn
March 15-31 at Abrons Arts Center, various times: $20
It’s far too common to see comedians, storytellers, and other performance-based creative types make quips about living in Brooklyn, but usually these are predominantly white transplants talking about how quirky it is to live there, with all the cute cafes and niche boutiques and all that. I typically find this very grating, because living in a place is not a personality trait, particularly when you are a white person being all “Haha, how funny is Brooklyn” about what is almost always a gentrifying neighborhood. But if you’re looking for a different kind of love letter to the borough, look no further than Modesto Flako Jimenez and the Oye Group’s latest multimedia production, ¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn. Using projections, bilingual storytelling, poetry, music, and more, Jimenez waxes quite literally poetic about his unique life, the multifaceted place he calls home, and all the complicated forces currently at work within it.
Friday, March 16 at Pete’s Candy Store, 7 pm: FREE (donations will be collected for TransWomen of Color Collective)
If you’d like to turn your Friday into a Fri-gay, then walk yourself on over to Kweendom, a monthly storytelling and comedy show hosted by Bobby Hankinson that, in their words, is “not just gay, it’s GAAAAAYYYYY.” That’s five a’s and five y’s, so you know they are simply not messing around. Providing this high level of LGBTQ energy will be performers Rosa Escandón, Philip Alvin Henry III, Philip Markle, Sammie James, Mike Cotayo, and David Goldberg. In addition to the performances, the show collects donations for a different organization every month, typically matching the first $50 dollars. This month, they’re giving to the TransWomen of Color Collective.
A Day At The Precinct
Saturday, March 17 at Brooklyn Comedy Collective at The Brick Theater, 9:30 pm: $10
Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. It seems nearly certain that some amount of boisterous beer-filled bros will be spending a day at the precinct; instead of joining them, why not check out a comedy play of the same name? Created by and starring the always-wacky Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica and presented as part of the new Brooklyn Comedy Collective in residence at Williamsburg’s The Brick, A Day At The Precinct appears to show cops as some people might argue they should be portrayed: loud, bumbling, drawing the ire of their wives, and probably stressful to be in the presence of. And, similar to my grandma as of late, they love using caps lock. So, smuggle in some green beer (or better yet, skip it entirely, I don’t trust it and neither should you) and chuckle at these comedy cops… And probably try to avoid the real ones.
Not Dead Yet
Sunday, March 18 at C’mon Everybody, 8 pm: $5 advance, $7 doors
Months, days, hours pass, and somehow those reading this remain alive. To further prove that you are indeed not dead yet, why not spend your Sunday existing at local multi-talented weirdo Lorelei Ramirez’s comedy variety show. The lineup features allegedly-living performers Martin Urbano, Chanel Ali, Jordan Temple, Karen Chee, and Sam Kogon, and videos from Tim Platt, Charlie Hankin, Alyse Lamb, and Aasia Bullock. Because these will be videos, we actually have no way of proving if the participants are dead yet or not, but you can just go ahead and take your best guess. If you’re wanting to get a little advance preview of what Lorelei is about, this new Splitsider interview about her curious Twitter presence should do the trick.