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Performance Picks: Queen Cabaret, Comedy in a Well, Solo and Group Lovin’

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This One Night at the Opera
Continues every Wednesday through April 29 at The Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, East Village. 8pm (April 29 show at 7:30pm). Tickets are $20. More info here
For over a year now, cabaret artist Salty Brine has undertaken what he calls his “Spectacular Living Record Collection,” where he takes a classic or beloved album (anywhere from Weezer to The Beatles) and performs it in full, giving it his own personal touch. This often includes delightful and surprising reinterpretations of songs, larger-than-life costumes, and storytelling interludes. After working in this style for so long, it’s only fitting Brine is taking on Queen’s harmonic behemoth A Night at the Opera, spinning it into a grand evening of theatrics and betrayal fittingly directed by opera director Jordan Fein.

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Performance: Champagne Jerry, Powerful Females, an Ionesco/Hitchcock Cocktail

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(photo: Kevin  Yatarola)

(photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Champagne Jerry in the Champagne Room feat. Neal Medlyn
Continues through March 5 at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, Chelsea. 7:30pm (March 5 at 10pm). Tickets start at $15. More info here.
Performance artist Neal Medlyn and his comic rap star alter-ego Champagne Jerry join forces (yes, you heard that right) for a regular performance bonanza celebrating the release of CJ’s new album. Not only that, but a slew of guests will be joining him. Tonight: Bridget Everett and Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys). Get those bubbles ready, this show is sure to be sparkling.
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5 Performance Picks: Corey Haim, Mary Shelley, and ‘Bad Theater’

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(photo via The Bushwick Starr)

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I’ll Never Love Again
Continues through March 19 at The Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr Street, Bushwick. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here. More info herePlaywright and actress Clare Barron premieres a new work at the Bushwick Starr exploring the formative teenage events of first love and first heartbreak, constructed from her actual teenage diary. The piece is brought to life chorus-style by a group of celebrated performers, and features original music. Barron has recently won awards for playwriting, and from what I’ve read of hers in the past, her work is soft and strange, relatable but very specific. This show is sure to carry the same satisfying flavors.
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4 Performances Not to Miss This Weekend

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(photo: Patrick Moore)

(photo: Patrick Moore)

Lear
Continues through February 20 at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, Chelsea. 7:30pm; Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here
Acclaimed dance artist Valda Setterfeld, sporting a shock of white hair, crafts her own version of Shakespeare’s Lear in collaboration with Irish choreographer John Scott. Interestingly, Setterfeld herself plays Lear while the King’s daughters are played by three men. Don’t expect this to be an evening of period dress and Classical language. Setterfeld may be the right age to play Lear, but this unique and movement-driven creation seems anything but typical.

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Memory Palaces, a Splash Zone, and Some More Performance Picks

Distract yourself from the inexorable approach of Valentine’s Day with some soul, some goo, some cinema, and some sparkles.

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(Photo via Lady Rizo / Facebook)

(Photo via Lady Rizo / Facebook)

Lady Rizo: 5th Annual Nina Simone Tribute

Continues through February 11 at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village. 7pm; tickets are $30 and can be purchased here

For the fifth time, comedienne and cabaret songstress (as well as “entertainer, dream maker, chanteuse, [and] superstar“) Lady Rizo will enchant your Hump Day with her unique renditions of the great soul singer’s work. She’ll be joined by a live band and some choice special guests, including TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, The Wiz‘s Mykal Kilgore, and Carol Lipnik. Rizo has been acclaimed for both her vocal prowess and her comedic quirks, so expect a hearty serving of both.

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Performance Picks: Erotic Monologues, Black Mass, Durational Dance

Missed January’s exhausting theater festivals and still crave stuff to see? This week brings variety shows (as usual), erotic monologues, a black mass, durational dance, and more.

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(photo via Circus of Dreams / Facebook)

(photo via Circus of Dreams / Facebook)

Circus of Dreams

At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9:30pm. $7-20 suggested donation. More info here

This is one of the first weird variety shows I ever went to, and I haven’t looked back since. Circus of Dreams, an unpredictable and odd monthly variety show formerly hosted by Matthew Silver and now helmed by the vivacious Lindsee Lonesome (one-half of brash music group Marital Dispute), is both a strange wonderland and warm community of weirdo artists who consistently bring their wacky ideas to life in the typically welcoming and aptly-named Bizarre Bar. Sometimes you’ll see naked people. Sometimes you’ll get cake thrown on you. Sometimes both will happen. Either way, you certainly won’t be bored. And admittedly this week I’m working the door, so come say hi.

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Here’s What It Looks Like When an Artist Shows You What’s on His Hard Drive

(photo courtesy of Garis & Hahn)

(photo by Brett Wood, courtesy of Garis & Hahn)

Glancing at Eric Corriel’s new show at Garis and Hahn, you might think the works are strange zoomed-in views of plant life. Or maybe they’re depictions of those tiny glowing jellyfish you once saw at the aquarium. Or are those mold spores? Maps?

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Performance Picks: Salon, Salon …Macaulay Culkin?

This week is a week of variety… shows, that is. Plop down at a show featuring way more than just one performance. Take it all in.

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(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

A Ride On the Irish Cream

Continues through February 6 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. More info here

Full disclosure: I’m performing in this show. But even if I wasn’t, I would still be telling everyone to see it. Erin Markey (who we saw perform at the St. Marks Is Dead party a few months ago) and a team full of champions has created a deeply personal ode to relationships and childhood full of strange but plentiful humor, bright-eyed wonder, and honestly some of the best live music I have heard in a piece of theater in a long time. Unlike some of those bland poppy posers billing themselves as rock musicals up in midtown, this show is the real deal.

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Pass a Tortilla Factory and Enter a Phantasmagoria of Art

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, "Breathless" (image courtesy of IDIO Gallery)

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, “Breathless” (image courtesy of IDIO Gallery)

Rice paper aerobics exercises, blotchy watercolor eeriness, and vast colorful landscapes all intermingle in a dance of shapes and shades in Phantasmagoria, an exhibit of works on paper that opened this past Friday at Bushwick’s IDIO Gallery, curated by Gillian Zinser and IDIO’s director Montana Simone.

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Journey Through the Blizzard to See This Expedition Exhibition

(photo courtesy of apexart-nyc)

(photo courtesy of apexart-nyc)

What exactly is an expedition, who goes on them, and why? That’s what curators Shona Kitchen, Aly Ogasian, and Jennifer Dalton Vincent set out to explore in Setting Out, their exhibition of expeditions (say that five times fast) large and small, real and imagined.

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