TUE.SEP.23: Katharine Cole Performs Brooklyn
According to Curve Magazine, Outmusic Award winner Katharine Cole’s “latest CD belongs in every lesbian’s collection between Rosanne Cash and Mary Gauthier.” Cole performs as part of the monthly Songbird Series at the Branded Saloon. 603 Vanderbilt Ave. at Bergen St., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Sep. 23, 7 p.m.
THU.SEP.4-SUN.SEP.21: Those Guns of August 100 Years Ago
At the centennial of World War I’s start, Horizon Theatre Rep presents ”Culture Shock 1911-1922,” an evening of German Expressionist plays born of that age. Conceived and directed by Rafael De Mussa, the production includes “Sancta Susanna” (1911) by August Stramm; “The Guardian of the Tomb” (1916) by Franz Kafka; “The Transfiguration” (1919) by Ernst Toller; “Ithaka” (1914) by Gottfried Benn; and “Crucifixion” (1920) by Lothar Schreyer. All five were responses to Europe’s apocalyptic mood and agitated spiritual state then, and the evening’s conceit involves a group of soldiers, cooped up together in a bunker, who find the plays, read them aloud, and act them out as “bunker theater.” Access Theater, 380 Broadway at White St. Sep. 4-21: Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444.
TUE.SEP.23: Katharine Cole Performs Brooklyn
THURSDAYS,THROUGH NOV.6: Hey, Big Spender
In “Bad With Money,” Ben Rimalower — who previously explored his obsession with La LuPone with “Patti Issues,” to much acclaim — charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem or get rich trying. “People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug addiction — and I’ve got those, too,” Rimalower says. “But spending money I don’t have is really my drug of choice.” Aaron Mark directs. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Sep. 4-Nov. 6: Thu., 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50 at purplepass.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THROUGH MON.SEP.22: Mama Rose Got Nothing on Her
Composer Marvin Laird, longtime conductor for Bernadette Peters, puts down his baton and picks up a pair of pantyhose to take on the role of Sylvia St. Croix in “Ruthless!,” an Off Broadway musical comedy hit from the 1990s that has been called “the stage mother of all musicals!” Joel Paley, who wrote the show and directs this production, also appears in the cast. “Ruthless!” runs for nine performances to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Stage 72 @ the Triad, 148 W. 72nd St. Sep. 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20 & 22, 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$45 at ruthlessthemusical.com or 800-838-3006, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THURSDAYS-MONDAYS: Champagne of Bottled Camp
Dan Derby and Michael Rheault’s “Fabulous! The Queen of New Musicals” is a “Some Like It Hot”-style tale of two down-on-their-luck female impersonators — Josh Kenney and Nick Morrett — on a cruise ship trying to keep their cool and all the while creating confusions worthy of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography by Mary Lauren, “Fabulous!” was an Off-Off Broadway hit last season and now opens at Write Act Repertory Theatre, Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd St. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Mon., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 at brownpapertickets.com.
THROUGH FRI.OCT.3: Drifting on a Tennessee Williams Dream
In “The Drift,” Justin Vivian Bond creates a new free-associative collage of spoken word and song inspired by Tennessee Williams’s novella “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” about a retired actress named Karen Stone who drifts from one space to another through couture, bed, or her own mind. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Sep. 11-12, 18-19 & Oct. 2-3, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555, and there’s a food & drink minimum for table service.
FRI.SEP.26: All Stripped Down
Lauren Molina (“Marry Me a Little,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Rock of Ages”) and Nick Cearley (“All Shook Up”) became YouTube sensations when they burst on the nightlife scene as the Skivvies, an undie-rock, comedy-pop duo. They don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Sep. 26, 11 p.m. The cover is $35-$45 at 54below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.28: New Acquisitions
In “Permanency,” the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art presents an exhibit of recently acquired works from the past 60 years including pieces by James Bidgood, Dyke Action Machine (DAM), Robert F. Figueroa, Nan Goldin, Red Grooms, Peter Hujar, Harmony Hammond, Robert Indiana, Deborah Kass, George Platt Lynes, and Annie Sprinkle. 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Tue.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. (8 p.m. on Thu.) through Sep. 28. Information at leslielohman.org.
WED.SEP.17-SUN.SEP.28: Broadening Queer Art’s Parameters
The Queer New York International Arts Festival — which explores and broadens the concept of queer (in) art returns for a third year with an international cast of artists, some appearing in New York for the first time. For Brian McCormick’s feature about last year’s festival, visit gaycitynews.nyc/remaking-ourselves-image. “The exclusive reading of queer(ness) through sexuality and gender prisms too often neglects other aspects like social status and background, race and ethnicity, geography and other norms that influence positioning of queer in society and art,” said Zvonimir Dobrović, the festival’s curator and producer. “QNYIA expands the parameters of what queer performance can be and means. QNYIA deliberately opens other areas of investigating queer that go beyond identity art.” This year’s festival presents US premieres from Croatian theater director Branko Brezovec, Bulgarian performance artist Ivo Dimchev, New York interdisciplinary artist Marissa Perel, US and India-based choreographer Sujata Goel, Spanish interdisciplinary artist Abel Azcona, and American ex-pat dance artists Jeremy Wade (Berlin) and Mark Tompkins (France). Sep. 17-28. Venues include Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.at Pitt St.; La Mama, 74A E. Fourth St., btwn. Bowery & Second Ave., second fl.; the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts.; the Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave. btwn. Vernon Blvd. & Fifth St., Long Island City; and Grace Exhibition Space & Gallery, 840 Broadway at Park St., second fl., Bushwick. For complete information, schedule, and tickets, visit queerny.org.
SUN.SEP.28: Multimedia Mashup
Visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and performers Jack Waters and Peter Cramer present “Show Show Show,” an immersive cacophonic multimedia blitz morphing talk show, game show, televangelism, and TV news. Part of Queer New York International Arts Festival, “Show Show Show” also features DJ David Sokolowski, cellist and multimedia artist John Michael Swartz, actor, performance artist, and occasional drag queen Chris Tyler, video artist Ethan Weinstock, and Paul Leopold performing “Boywolf,” the story of a suburban prince who falls into urban decadence in an orgasmic bacchanal drenched with animal sexuality, and blending song, movement, poetry, video, ritual, and myth. La MaMa’s The Club,74A E. Fourth St., btwn. Bowery & Second Ave., second fl. Sep. 28, 6 p.m. Tickets $10-$18 at ovationtix.com.
THU.SEP.18-SAT.OCT.11: Revisiting the Sexual Revolution
Dana Leslie Goldstein’s newest play, “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution,” is set in Westchester County in 1976 and swings back and forth between the households of two women who are in love. Joyce, 40, is having an affair with Judy, who is in her early 30s. Judy’s psychiatrist husband Liam tries to control her with Valium, while Joyce’s husband Ed, in his 50s, in an understanding guy who focuses on the couple’s college age daughter Stacia, a volatile and hotheaded girl discovering sex for the first time with classmate Simon. WorkShop Theater, 312 W. 36th St. Sep. 18-Oct. 11: Thu., 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for students & seniors at workshoptheater.org or 866-811-4111.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.21 Getting the Audience Involved
After a sold-out benefit run for Broadway Cares in February, producers of “Pageant — The Musical” (reviewed by Christopher Byrne in the new issue) bring the show back in a limited Off-Broadway engagement. “Pageant” features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara, with swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions. The prospective queens include Nick Cearley, from “The Skivvies,” Frankie J. Grande, from “Mamma Mia,” and Alex Ringler, from “West Side Story.” Each night a different winner is crowned by the audience, who get to vote for the winner. The Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Mondays, 7:30 & 10 p.m., through Sep. 21. Tickets are $49.50-$79.50 at telecharge.com.
WED.NOV.5-SAT.JAN.3: Lypsinka, in Repertory With Herself
John Epperson performs a rotating best of Lypsinka repertoire with “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set,” “The Passion of the Crawford,” “John Epperson: Show Trash.” Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St., btwn. Aves. A & B. Nov. 15-Jan. 3. For complete schedule and tickets are $45, visit ovationtix.com.