Ablaze: an A Capella Musical Thriller August 22-24 at New Ohio Theater, 7:30 pm (Sunday shows at 2 pm and 8 pm): $20
Traditionally, the only music associated with the horror or thriller genres (well, aside from the actual song Thriller) is ominous background noise, or instrumental tracks featuring a lot of minor keys, creepy strings, and other such sounds. A cappella singing usually isn’t involved, or even considered. However, in Ablaze, a new musical thriller from Prism House Theater Company, it stands proudly front and center. Yes, this is an a cappella thriller musical, and it’s about a group of teens who survive a fire only to find themselves stuck in a secluded basement with a mysterious presence. What else to do but sing about it?
The Mx. Nobody Pageant Week 2 Thursday, August 15 at Brooklyn Bazaar, 7 pm: FREE
Drag Race isn’t on right now, but if you’re still itching for a competition involving lip-syncing and creative outfits, look no further than the Mx. Nobody Pageant, which will give you all that, but with less commercialism and restrictive notions of what a drag performer looks like. Anyone can compete in this pageant, and new performers are particularly welcomed. So, head on over to Brooklyn Bazaar to get a peek at what the future of drag might look like, and how diverse such an art form can truly be.
Red flags. They’re stressful and bad, sure, but they sure are fun to talk about. This mindset permeates Red Flags, a queer comedy show all about the signs you ignore time and time again even though you told your friends you’d stop doing that. Hosts Nora Jefferies, Jovough Jackson, and Andy Ward want to hear all about your red flags, and not just the ones involving yourself or the people you’ve slept with. Any red flags are fair game—maybe there’ll even be discussion about an actual red flag, the kind you fly in the sky. Joining the trio of hosts to discuss their most crimson of banners will be Mark Stoll, Chris Murphy, Meghan Frank, and Mila Myles.
Hotline Comedy Thursday, August 1 at 2A, 7:30 pm: FREE
Drake sung all about hotline bling, but if that wasn’t quite your thing, now you have the chance to get some hotline comedy at this weekly show hosted by Kendall Payne and Allison O’Conor—sorry that last part didn’t rhyme. It’s free, it’s stand-up, it’s at a reasonable hour; what more do you want? To start August off, they’ve assembled Randall Otis, Rebecca O’Neal, Lili Michelle, Diego Lopez, and Mariah Oxley to fill your ears with the dulcet tone of jokes. And if you don’t make it this week, you can come next week, or the week after. Weekly comedy shows happen impressively often!
While I want to say I haven’t sent a “u up” text, a brief moment of rumination on my college days makes me think that is probably not true. Thankfully, this monthly comedy show hosted by Youngmi Mayer and Blair Dawson starts at 8:30 pm, an hour when most people are probably up, so if you want to bring someone you can just text them some other kind of less embarrassing thing. Whether you go alone or with a pal of sorts, you can expect stand-up by Aparna Nancherla, Andrés Govea, Alex English, Atheer Yacoub, Andrew Casertano, and Olga Namer, who happens to be the only one on this lineup who doesn’t have a name that begins with A.
July 4th weekend tends to come with less events happening than usual, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of quality fun to be had between the days of July 5 and 8. The night after the 4th, you can finish digesting all those processed meats at Cry Baby, a recurring comedy show and party in a DIY Bushwick venue hosted by performers Dekunle Somade and Abe Gatling. It also has iterations in DC and Philadelphia, in case you want to become a comedy show’s groupie. The latest Brooklyn edition features Sydnee Washington, Shane Torres, Devon Walker, Sam Evans, Chanel Ali, and Pockets Graham.
Oh, Such A Huge Show, Oh! Saturday, July 6 at The Bell House, 7 pm: $18 advance, $23 day of show
As you might have gleaned from the title, Josh Nasser and Ethan Beach’s Oh, Such A Huge Show, Oh! is in fact a big show with a long, hefty lineup, and the proceeds will be going to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Long lineups can become dreary over time, but this one is too jam-packed with fun and talent to feel that way. A taste of the performers that await: The Lucas Bros, Ziwe Fumudoh, Conner O’Malley, Ana Fabrega, Anna Drezen, Emmy Blotnick, Josh Sharp, and even more.
Get Your Panties In A Brunch Sunday, July 7 at Dromedary Bar, 1 pm: FREE
Brunch can feel like an event in and of itself, but if eating eggs while calculating how many mimosas you can down before your bottomless time runs out isn’t enough for you, there’s a way to make brunch feel even more like a show. Enter drag brunch, where (you guessed it) drag performers strut their stuff right before your hungry eyes. There are several drag brunches out there to choose from, but a solid one in North Brooklyn can be found at tiki bar Dromedary, where the drag-collective-with-a-penchant-for-wrestling The Nobodies take over every Sunday. Expect a rotating cast that includes Emi Grate, Lady Beatrice Andrews, Ariel Italic, and Blvck Laé D.
Failure Pride: Idols Thursday, June 20 at Club Cumming, 8 pm: $10
Queer culture is full of idols: pop icons like Madonna and Lady Gaga, classic stars of the stage like Barbra, drag queens of all sorts, activists like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the list goes on. Plus, we needn’t forget American Idol, which must at least count for something here. Tonight, the recurring performance series Failure: A Queer Workshop, hosted by Ragamuffin, La Llorona, and Le Petit Dumdum, will present a conversation on idols in all their forms, featuring guest performers Cher Noble, Lu Reyes, Agave Lamour, and Jojo Soul.
Who is Stacy? I personally don’t know, but comedians Marissa Goldman, Caroline Doyle, and Charlie Bardey might, considering the trio hosts a show boasting that name every month at cozy, colorfully-lit Bushwick bar Rebecca’s. Apparently, this Stacy has recently embarked upon an archaeological dig, but it was not so successful, and she’s feeling a bit downtrodden. (Who wouldn’t, if they were promised dinosaurs and didn’t discover any?) The three hosts have gathered an evening of laughs to serve as the antidote, which will be delivered by Rachel Pegram, Pat Regan, Tim Platt, Jolie Darrow, and Rufat Agayev, with an additional dose of drag from Chola Spears.
Theater artists Normandy Sherwood and Craig Flanigin, who together run the company The Drunkard’s Wife, are always up to something colorful. They specialize in the zany, the musical, the site-specific, the historically-inspired. Their latest creation, Madame Lynch, is sure to be no different. It centers around the self-proclaimed “Empress of Paraguay” Eliza Lynch, a woman who is not in fact from Paraguay but from Ireland. To help tell this tale of imperialism, they’ve enlisted the Paraguayan “folkloric dance group” Ballet Panambí Vera as choreographic collaborators.
Though technically Pride month doesn’t kick off till June, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy some good old fashioned queer performance before then (and, of course, during Pride month too). Tonight, it’s the return of Vylette Tendency’s punk drag showcase Queer as in Fuck You, taking up residence at East Village bar for tiki weirdos, Otto’s Shrunken Head. This time, they’re paying tribute to the OG punk poet, Patti Smith. Grab a drink, park yourself in the back room, and have a queer old time watching performances by C’était BonTemps, Ash Blight, Chris of Hur, and winner of this year’s Brooklyn Nightlife Award for Drag King of the Year, God Complex. More →