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5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend


Sean L. McCarthy

The New York Times

From left, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang will host “Las Culturistas Live: I Don’t Think So, Honey!” | Photo: Mindy Tucker

Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

‘THE BREAKDOWN WITH BORIS KHAYKIN’ at the Red Room at KGB Bar (April 24, 7 p.m.). Every fourth Wednesday of the month, upstairs at this East Village bar, Khaykin hosts a talk show with a twist in which guest improvisers perform scenes based on the interviews he conducts alongside his sidekick, “Uncle” Jawnee Conroy. This month, they welcome the comedian Ted Alexandro and the writer Eric Levitz from New York magazine’s Intelligencer, while Rebecca Vigil, Katie Hartman and Emma Vernon provide the play-by-play and color commentary through improv. Katie Hannigan performs a stand-up set, and the beat boxer Exacto serves as the house band.

Absinthe and Jazz Party Dispels the Green Fairy’s ‘Strange, Outlandish Reputation’


Bradley Spinelli

Bedford + Bowery

Absinthe Tasting at Red Room

The Red Room above KGB— the former black box that you were probably dragged to by college friends doing DIY theater in the early aughts— has become a swanky, prohibition-themed bar. Every bit as tuxedo as the KGB is shirtsleeves, it boasts warm lighting and art deco details, with a tiny stage and a copper bathtub. “The Green Fairy” event showcases a monthly absinthe tasting paired with era-appropriate entertainment: August’s episode features live piano by Chris Johnson, absinthe history by Kellfire Bray, and Nelson Lugo on the Victrola during breaks. Ticket prices drop for those in “vintage, evening wear, unmentionables or intimate attire,” encouraging you to help create the ambiance. >> read more

Why so many NYC buildings boast tin ceilings


James Nevius

NY Post

KGB Bar’s tin ceilings date back to the 1880s, per manager Lori Schwarz

New York’s most beloved architectural innovation might be among its most overlooked: the humble tin ceiling.

Today, people view the geometrically embossed covering with rosy nostalgia. But tin ceilings came of age in industrial Soho and other downtown neighborhoods in spaces ranging from shops and factories to the secret lairs of anarchists. From the 1850s onward, developers erected cast-iron facades along southern Broadway, which provided a cost-effective way for architects to provide elegance on a budget. (The alternative was expensive stone, like limestone or marble.) >> read more

Night Spots Come Back to Life Online


Tony Perrottet

Wall street Journal

Late on a recent Sunday night, dozens of adventurous urban explorers wandered into Manhattan’s storied Chelsea Hotel. In rooms decorated with antique mirrors and windows draped with velvet curtains, a Fellini-themed party was under way. At various points during the evening, a dancer performed burlesque, a soprano sang Puccini and an accordionist, whose face was painted a ghoulish white and body covered with intricate piercings, played a 1934 ballad, “Midnight, the Stars and You.” >> read more



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