Brown Privilege Comedy
Thursday, March 21 at Friends and Lovers, 8:30 pm: FREE (donation suggested)
The 39th edition of Saurin Choksi and DJ Sareen’s Brown Privilege Comedy returns to Crown Heights bar Friends and Lovers tonight. As always, the show spotlights some of the best comedians of color the city has to offer, with nary a token white person to be found. This time, they’re bringing along Gibran Saleem, Aminah Imani, Ayanna Dookie, Kevin Iso, and Alex English. After all the jokes have concluded, stick around—DJ Sareen takes the stage and the show becomes a dance party.
Friday, March 22 at Cloud City, 8 pm: $9 advance, $14 doors
Weekends are usually for going out and getting drunk. At comedian-musician Tessa Skara’s show High Notes, the focus is a bit greener, and we don’t mean environmentalism (though that’s important too!). Come Friday, Williamsburg art space Cloud City will be filled with the hazy, chill vibes of queer comedy and music (and perhaps some consumable stimulating surprises), including performances by Cole Escola, Milly Tamarez, Stephen Phillips-Horst, David Perez, Francesca d’Uva, Lilly Marotta, and of course, Skara and her rock band.
Real Sexy Variety Party
March 22-23 at Arlo NoMad, 7:30 pm and 10 pm: $5-25
They—whoever they are—say variety is the spice of life, and as I produce variety shows myself, I’m inclined to agree. Real Sexy Variety Party, or RSVP, is one of the newer variety shows to hit New York you’ll be wanting to, well, RSVP to. Hosted by drag performer Vodka Stinger, RSVP does include a legitimately wide variety of performances. There’s theremin player Cornelius Loy, Japanese singer-songwriter Shihori, comedian-magician Tanya Solomon, storyteller Sharon Spell, dancer Vipe X Feetz, percussionist and beatboxer Iiino, and more. Tickets come in two price tiers: $5 for a cushion on the floor, or $25 for chairs and couches. Plus, all ticket include a free drink and 15% off dinner at Arlo, if you feel so inclined.
Grimm, a Night of Dark Fairytales
Sunday, March 24 at Huron Club at Soho Playhouse, 10:30 pm: $12
Many people grew up with Disney versions of popular fairy tales, only to learn that these stories had original source material that was much more morbid. Cinderella’s stepsisters mutilate their toes to try and fit into the fated glass slipper instead of just shoving their feet in; the Evil Queen desired to eat Snow White’s liver as proof she was dead. A new night of drag and burlesque seeks to bring those more morbid tales to life, drawing on Rumplestiltskin, Red Riding Hood, and more for a chilling and compelling evening featuring C’était BonTemps, Angelica Sundae, Ash Blight, The Rusty Bat, Seedy Edie, and Chevy Lace.