Get gloriously gay with wife-and-wife dancing duo Kitten n’ Lou, Friday (photo courtesy of Blunderland)
For several years, experimental theater company Title:Point has put on semi-regular salons, showcasing a wide variety of different artists for an evening of strange delights, from dance to song to photography. I Am a Beast with Eyes on All Four Sides is part of this year’s Exponential Festival, and it’s a huge salon, with more than 30 presenters. There will be photography from Walter Wlodarczyk, comedy by Andres Govea, poetry from Kevin Chen, burlesque by Merritt Christensen, drag from Teresa Braun, piano from Brian McCorkle, and much, much more.
Monday, January 14th, 7:30 p.m. // Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn // Tickets: $15
Franklin Park Reading Series: Short Fiction Night @ Franklin Park Bar
One of the most consistently excellent literary events in the city is the monthly Franklin Park Reading Series, which Penina Roth has been expertly curating for an entire decade. This week marks the 10th annual Short Fiction Night, and the headliner will be the same bestselling author as the very first one: Hannah Tinti, who is also the founder of the nonprofit literary publisher One Story. She’ll be joined by an excellent bunch of debut authors, including Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Laura Adamczyk, Kem Joy Ukwu, and Matthew Daddona.
Monday, January 14th, 8 p.m. // Franklin Park Bar, 618 St. Johns Pl., Brooklyn // Free
Artists’ Night @ The Frick Collection
Head to the Frick for a decadent evening surrounded by art while creating your own. Visitors are invited to sketch in the gallery, and costumed models will be onhand, inspired by the current exhibition, Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome, a showcase of more than 60 works by the esteemed silversmith. There will be live music and gallery talks throughout the evening, as well as after-hours access to the collection. Materials like pencils, paper, and drawing boards will be provided until they run out.
Thursday, January 17th, 6 p.m. // The Frick Collection, 1 E 70th St., Manhattan // Free with registration
Dance ’til the end of the world at an immersive nightclub musical (photo by Ted Alcorn)
Oscar at the Crown @ 3 Dollar Bill
As dystopian futures go, this one sounds… well, kind of great. Oscar at the Crown is billed as an “immersive queer nightclub musical” that takes place in a secret bunker far in the future, where nothing has survived except for sequins, reality television, and the complete works of Oscar Wilde. Somehow the play also incorporates The Real Housewives, our modern social media obsession, and dancing in the face of fascism. It’s all created by experimental theater troupe Neon Coven and runs until February 2nd.
Opens Friday, January 18th, 10:30 p.m. // 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $25
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival @ Grand Prospect Hall
If you’re looking for an excuse to kick up your heels and really let loose on a huge dance floor, you will not want to miss the Golden Festival, two rollicking nights of Balkan music, dance, and food. This annual festival was started by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band in 1986 and has grown into a massive showcase of music from Romania, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, and beyond. There will be more than 60 bands on multiple stages, including Eastern European harmonists Amerykanka, Psychedelic jazz-rockers Choban Elektrik, Hungarian folk musicians Fėnyes Banda, Gypsy swingers Orchester Praževica, polyphonic Georgian singers Supruli, and so many more. Not to mention the ample and complimentary buffet of Balkan meats, vegetables, and sweets to keep your energy up into the wee hours.
Friday, January 18th, and Saturday, January 19th // Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn // Tickets: Friday, $35; Saturday, $55; both nights, $80
Blunderland Variety Show @ House of Yes
Since 2012, producer, avant-clown, and performer Eric Schmalenberger has curated his Blunderland Variety Show, filling it with a wild bunch of unusual acts. The show has toured to New Orleans and will be heading over the pond to London later this year, but for now it’s here, with a two-night blowout. Expect exotic aerial by Blaine Petrovia, elegant neo-burlesque by Amber Ray, “homo-fabulous” wife-and-wife cabaret dancing from Kitten n’ Lou, some sort of fascinating entertainment from “500-million-year-old enigma” Claywoman, and plenty more.
Friday, January 18th, and Saturday, January 20th, 6:30 p.m. // House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn // Tickets: $20
Take an acrobatic adventure across a flooded stage (photo by Billy Bustamante)
Breaking Surface @ Secret Williamsburg location
This acrobatic adventure starts with a journey: the location of the play is a secret, and guests will be led to the performance just before it begins. Breaking Surface is a gravity-defying dance-theater piece that takes place in a whimsical world where books come to life, chairs fly, the stage floods, and still the performance keeps going. VIP ticket-buyers can even have their own flying experience. The show is produced by 5th Wall Studio, whose “AiRealistic” acrobatics have been featured on NBC’s I Can Do That, and it continues through the end of the month.
Friday, January 18th, 6:30 p.m. // Secret Williamsburg location // Tickets: $70–$200
Visions of Silence @ St. Peter’s Church
Here is a wild evening of very unusual music. Visions of Silence is a “transcendent and highly meditative show” that includes a 30-minute piece barely louder than a whisper based on a 17th-century mystic; a “disturbing and violent” version of the Lord’s Prayer for violin, oboe, trumpet, tuba, and big wooden box; a composition played by placing hollow objects on the resonating board inside a grand piano; and a solo lute piece intended to “gather all listeners into a world of solitude.” It’s all performed by Cantata Profana, an ensemble that juxtaposes masterpieces from the medieval era with those from today.
Friday, January 18th, and Saturday, January 19th, 8 p.m. // Saint Peter’s Church Chelsea, 346 West 20th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $30
Listen to very soft and very strange music by Cantata Profana (photo by Henry Chan)
Metamorph @ Secret Brooklyn location
Rest up for this one: Metamorph is going to take you on a 14-hour sonic journey through live electronic music. The event is a slow transition from ambient to techno, with the whole atmosphere changing as the music does. During the ambient portion, ramen will be served, and the room will be scattered with beanbag chairs and pillows so attendees can take in the music and accompanying visuals in comfort. As the acts proceed, all that gets removed and the space turns into a dance floor, culminating in the NYC debut performance by Julianna, a rising star in Colombia’s techno scene. Other musicians and DJs include Bilål, Dan Snazelle, Jaclyn Kendall, Sheepshead, and more.
Saturday, January 19th, 2 p.m. // Secret Brooklyn location // Tickets: $20
Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today @ The Apollo
Spend your Sunday paying homage to the heroes who paved the way for the 1960s Civil Rights Movement as well as today’s social justice activists. WNYC’s 13th annual MLK celebration will include interviews and panel discussions with featured guests like Brian Lehrer, Jami Floyd, the NAACP’s Dr. Hazel Dukes, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Andrea Taylor. There will also be an exhibition by New York Times photographer Chester Higgins, Jr., as well as performances by Rutha Harris and members of youth literary arts organization Urban Word NYC.
Sunday, January 20th, 3 p.m. // The Apollo, 253 W 125th St., Harlem // Free with RSVP