Thursday, December 12 at The Deep End, 7:30 pm: $10 suggested donation
Lana del Rey talked about summertime sadness, but we all know that wintertime is when the blues truly come to stay a while. Though sure, the initial shock of seasonal depression is starting to wane a bit, it’s still dark and cold all the time. Rather than isolating yourself, bond with other bleak-minded folk who just happen to be talented performers at SadBoyClub, a “queer and weird” variety show at The Deep End in Ridgewood. Your $10 suggested donation gets you a cornucopia of drag, burlesque, sideshow, circus, and other surprises.
Sleeping Car Porters
Now through December 14 at The Brick, 8 pm: $20
While this is a play, it’s by the folks at experimental company Title:Point, so Sleeping Car Porters is certainly no ordinary piece of theater—and, it’s a NYT Critic’s Pick. Written by Ryan William Downey, the western-inspired “pitch black comedy” follows two people named Billy the Kid and Zodiac trying to make their way through a world that isn’t exactly kind to them. That may sound familiar to anyone who has existed in today’s society, but their world is even more peculiar, containing magical cowboys, ghosts, and other haunting elements. Before the oddities present themselves, there will be a short music set by songwriter Dakota Kirke, who may or may not be a character in the play, too.
The Greatest Show: A Holiday Extravaganza
Saturday, December 14 at LP n Harmony, 9 pm: FREE
Drag contains multitudes. It can be campy, glamorous, scary, poignant, humorous, overwhelming, or somehow, all of those things at once. Performers Madame Viven V (who you may know from House of Yes) and Zalika Parsons know this, but want to lean even further into the absurdity of it all with The Greatest Show, a “psychedelic, satirical drag experience” that is sure to be the holiday special of your greatest nightmares. There will be pegging, religious undertones, crossdressing reindeers, and much, much more.
An Evening In With Nat and Gwynn
Sunday, December 15 at Pine Box Rock Shop, 9 pm: FREE
Ok sure, this show name is misleading. It’s called “an evening in,” but you have to leave your house to get there. But at the same time, it’s being entirely truthful. This show, hosted by comedians Gwynn Ballard and Natalie Markiles, takes place indoors. Thus, it is undeniably an evening in. Case closed! In any case, you won’t regret trudging through the cold, because the lineup is filled with funny, memorable folk like Ayo Edebiri, Andrés Govea, Colin Burgess, Juliet Prather, and Rachel Pegram. Plus, there’s affordable drinks, it’s indoors so it won’t be cold, and the bar used to be a coffin factory. What more do you want?