Hotsy Totsy Tribute to Stephen King
Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St.
Yes, that’s right: Your fantasies and nightmares collide in one confusingly fun night of burlesque as the ladies of Hotsy Totsy perform the art of strip-dancing in an ode to horror master Stephen King. Handsome Brad and Cherry Pitz host a lineup including Dot Mitzvah, Apathy Angel, Fem Appeal, Rosie Cheeks and Tiger Bay. Stage kitten Miranda Raven is, they say, fresh from the "Pet Sematary" to help these ladies devote their best moves to some of our worst fears.
An Evening with Matt Groening
Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
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“The Simpsons” is the longest-running primetime television show, and it might never die. Neither, it seems, will the love affair between series creator Matt Groening and cartoonist Lynda Barry, who went to art school together and have been friends for 40 years. They discuss their mutual love of comics and animation, as well as their ongoing working relationship in a seminar called “Love, Hate and Comics: The Friendship That Wouldn’t Die” taking place tonight at 8 at BAM.
EMA’s ‘I Wanna Destroy’
Feb. 15, 2-6 p.m.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC
Video games, visual arts, rock music and dystopia: It’s like an orgy of hipster buzzwords. And if it got your motor running, then you’re in luck, because they all come together this weekend in performer EMA’s “I Wanna Destroy.” EMA’s experimental music consistently explores concepts of the future and destructive alternate realities. Now she’s bringing her vision to life through a custom virtual reality experience for this week’s PS1 Sunday Session.
Through Feb. 16, Various times
Gramercy Theatre, 137 E. 23rd St.
This weekend, you have five chances to catch Dave Chappelle performing live at Gramercy Theatre on four nights. There are early and late-night shows to accommodate your other weekend plans, so there’s really no excuse (until these tickets start selling out, that is – but don’t freak out, tickets just went on sale this week). The stand-up comedian, known for his own series on Comedy Central, usually shines at small and mid-size venues like this one. And let’s be real: This is where the singles go on Valentine’s Day.
‘Destiny Rising’ Benefit
Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Joyce, 175 Eighth Ave.
Here’s your chance to feel like a big-shot philanthropist and impress your date on Valentine’s Day: Give them a ticket to “Destiny Rising,” a montage of eclectic dance pieces that benefit a great cause. Several of NYC’s most acclaimed dance troupes are coming together as part of NYC Dance Alliance Foundation’s college scholarship fundraiser. Participants include Cedar Lake Company Ballet, Intermezzo Dance Company and Keigwin and Company, plus special guests from across America’s dance scene.
‘The Subtle Body’
Through March 1
59E59, Theaters 59 E. 59th St.
The Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and you can start celebrating early by checking out “The Subtle Body,” which premieres this weekend at 59E59 following a sold-out run in Shanghai. The play unravels the story of an English doctor and his wife who travel to China in 1702 to learn more about the mechanism of the human pulse. But it’s his wife who ends up learning more about matters of the heart when she falls for her Chinese translator. “The Subtle Body” is a bilingual production.
‘The Spirit of Vision’
Through March 22
Dorian Grey Gallery, 437 E. Ninth St.
A reason to get gussied up is the perfect cure for the mid-winter blues, and a gallery opening is the perfect place to mingle in your LBD without feeling overdressed (plus: wine!). Artist Chuck Connelly’s works are a colorful and accessible set of paintings that blend everyday scenarios with absurd or surreal slants. His new collection, “The Spirit of Vision,” premieres at the Dorian Grey Gallery tonight from 6-9 p.m. and is open to the public. If you can’t make it, Connelly will also make an appearance on Valentine’s Day from noon to 5 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged.