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Performance Picks: Parental Comedy, Suburban Theater, Radical Vaudeville

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It’s December. Instead of thinking about how time is quickly passing you by, take a pause from reality and step into one of the many intriguing performances available this week. Some of them are even free.

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Transfernation, the 'Uber for Food Waste,' Will Take Care of Those Holiday Party Leftovers

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In Brookline, Massachusetts, former governor Michael Dukakis recently invited folks to bring their unwanted turkey carcasses to his house, so Dukakis (or rather, DuCarcass?) could save them and make soup out of them.

That may be charming and resourceful, but in New York, there’s something bigger and better brewing. It’s called Transfernation, a non-profit founded in 2013 by current NYU seniors Samir Goel and Hannah Dehradunwala. More →

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The Walls Have Eyes at This Interactive Exhibit Where Tech And Art Collide

If The Walls Had Eyes by Luxloop.

If The Walls Had Eyes by LuxLoop (photo: Skye Morse-Hodgson)

Art openings are interesting entities. They’re often more of a social event than a chance to really take in art. At the opening of MediaLounge, a refreshingly engaging exhibit of new media art at the Westbeth Gallery curated by Katherine Freer, attendees got not only the characteristic smalltalk and free wine but the chance to make electronic music, watch a film on a virtual reality device, create bursts of color with a few quick smacks, wander through a forest of light, view Star Wars in the form of one LED light and more.

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Gaby Hoffmann, Jennifer Tilly And More Perform 100 Monologues To Benefit PS122

(photo: Maria Baranova)

Eric Bogosian (photo: Maria Baranova)

Not all fancy benefit performances open with a casually-dressed Eric Bogosian nursing a Brooklyn Lager and proclaiming in a deep drawl to the cocktail-clutching audience, “I’ve got a long, thick, well-shaped prick,” but Performance Space 122 isn’t your typical theater.

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Performance Picks: Tween Twins, Social Media Scripting, And A Helping Of Violence

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As it turns out, most of this week’s performances to catch are in Williamsburg. Maybe there’s hope for culture there after all… Aside from The Bedford Stop, of course.
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Stare At Queer Films And Sip From Kitty Nipples At The MIX NYC Festival

Art direction by Diego Montoya (photo: Ben Boyles)

Art direction by Diego Montoya (photo: Ben Boyles)

Off the 4th Avenue / 25th Street stop on the R Train, you can visit the Green-Wood Cemetery. Or, from tonight through November 15, you can stroll on over to the MIX Factory. Don’t be fooled, it’s not a new operation drumming up artisan cocktail mixes; rather it’s the name of the venue for MIX NYC, the annual New York Queer Experimental Film Festival now in its impressive 28th year.

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Secret Project Robot Team Opens A Bar-Cafe-Gallery With ‘Zine Vending Machines’

(Photos: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photos: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Erik Zajaceskowski and Rachel Nelson, the husband and wife behind art/music space Secret Project Robot and hoppin’ Bushwick bar Happyfun Hideaway, are putting the finishing touches on their latest project, a tavern, cafe, and gallery on Dekalb Avenue, in that blurry area between Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. With the grand opening of Flowers For All Occasions set for Thursday evening, the smell of fresh wood still lingers in the air and there’s a bare back room of sorts where a “zine vending machine and cabinet of curiosities” will eventually stand.

As I’m checking things out, Erik comes in, gleefully brandishing a small sparkly object.

“Look!” he says with a grin. “Pink pepper spray!”

“These are the things you get excited about after five months of construction,” Rachel says.

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Tonight: A DIY Riff On Shakespeare That’s Been ‘Grappling With Issues of Blackface’

(photo: Mark Gowers)

(photo: Mark Gowers)

It’s raining when I head to Greenpoint to meet writer Sean Edward Lewis and actress Claire Campbell, theater artists making experimental work under the name Lilac Co. They’re a unique pair, reminiscent of the muse and the artist: Campbell, fresh-faced and young, is from Brighton, England (“Lots of hippie mums by the sea”), fresh out of drama school overseas. Lewis, older and gruffer, grew up north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, attended CalArts for graduate school, and has been in New York writing and showing his own experimental work as an auteur of sorts for ten years now.

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