Queer as in Fuck You Presents Just Kids
Thursday, May 30 at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 10:30 pm: $10
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.
La Mama Squirts
May 31-June 2 at La MaMa, 7 pm: $20 ($15 students and seniors, a limited number of $10 presale tickets available with code 10at10)
Every year near Pride, East Village space La MaMa teams up with Dan Fishback’s Helix Queer Performance Network to present Squirts, a festival of queer performance and theater in all its variance and vibrance. In the past, they’ve showcased generations of queer performers on the same stage, but this time, on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, they’re handing the reigns to three trans women curators: performer and activist Cecilia Gentili, drag and performance artist Charlene Incarnate, and actor and musician Mizz June. Each curator is in charge of one of the festival’s three days, and expect a wide range of live art from an exciting array of trans creators working in drag, music, satire, dance, performance art, storytelling, and even showtunes, including an appearance from Stonewall veteran Miss Major Griffin-Gracy on Saturday night.
Now through June 4 at Joe’s Pub, 7:30 pm (June 1 at 9:30 pm): $20
This new pop-rock musical, written by musician Greta Gertler Gold and playwright Alexandra Collier, set its sights on a band called Triplight. In the nineties, they were all the rage, the type of group that gains buzz before they even have any albums out. In fact, they “mysteriously disappeared” around the time their debut album was slated to be released. Fast forward twenty years, and their frontwoman (Kristen Sieh, of The TEAM and many other downtown theatrical ventures) finally feels the ability to show her face and delve into the complexity and chaos of what happened during the band’s heyday, which she will do for you on the Joe’s Pub stage.
Hot Teens: Summer Vacation
Sunday, June 2 at Brooklyn Comedy Collective, 9:30 pm: $10
What is there to say about teens? They use TikTok, or so I’ve been told. They Juul, maybe, even though they’re not supposed to. And some teens, particularly the ones inhabited by comedians Mary Houlihan and Ian Lockwood, fancy themselves hot as well. Not only are they hot, but they live lives full of glamour and drama, and simply must share all of it with you in the form of a comedy show. As summer is just on the horizon, Mary and Ian will be dishing about their vacation plans, and have invited guests Julio Torres, Brett Davis, Joe Rumrill, and sketch group Simple Town to help them along the way.