Yourself, Your Body
Thursday, April 4 at Union Hall, 9:30 pm: $10
Arti Gollapudi, who we interviewed back in 2017 about her aggressively inclusive Comedy Cunt Collective, has been quite busy lately. One of her many endeavors include the recurring show Yourself, Your Body, a comedy show (produced by Amanda Justice, also of Comedy Cunt Collective) perhaps unsurprisingly about how bodies and brains alike can be, well, extremely weird. Anyone with a human body (and maybe some without) knows there’s a lot to be mined from this topic. This time around, the funny folks waxing humorously about this weirdness include Rachel Sennott, Rebecca O’Neal, Drew Anderson, Mia Myles, Amanda Justice, and guest co-host Maya Deshmukh.
Friday, April 5 at Club Cumming, 7 pm: $5
It may not seem logical, but there can be a sense of relief to failing. At least you did something, at least it’s over with, at least you know the end result now. This week’s edition of Ragamuffin and La Llorona’s queer performance showcase Failure will be imbued with a similar sense of relief, whether that’s relief from evading certain disaster or relief you even made it out of the house today. As always, the show welcomes a variety of queer performers working in different disciplines; this time it’ll be Fantasy Grandma, Alissa Brianna, Minx Arcana, and Novaczar.
Untamed Burlesque: Black Magic
Saturday, April 6 at Bizarre Bushwick, 8 pm: $10
Burlesque performer and producer Foxy Belle Afriq continues Untamed, her monthly showcase of afro-burlesque, with an evening centered around “the magic that is black existence in America and beyond.” This time, they’re welcoming CeCe BrownSugah, Burgandy Jones, Shay Au Lait, Junior Mint, and Vera Safire to the Bushwick stage. Untamed is known to draw a lively crowd, so get there early if you want a good view of the action—though performers are often inclined towards strutting throughout the audience or climbing up on the bar, so it’s likely you’ll get a memorable experience no matter where you’re situated.
now my hand is ready for my heart: intimate histories
Now through April 7 at La MaMa, 3 pm (other shows at 7 pm): $30 ($25 students/seniors)
You might know Nicky Paraiso from his current role as curator and programming director at the historic La MaMa theater in the East Village, but he also has an award-winning, decades-long history as a performer and theater artist who has worked with people like Meredith Monk and Anne Bogart, and crafted solo performances that explored topics like queerness and the immigrant experience far before matters of identity became as prevalent in culture as they are now. With a long and tender title, now my hand is ready for my heart: intimate histories sees Paraiso returning to the stage in an autobiographical work about aging, artistry, race, sexuality, and more. Paraiso is joined by a small ensemble of dancers/choreographers, with John Jesurun providing direction.