Get weird at the Exponential Theater Fest, dance for Bowie and 20 more ways to have a wild weekend

So much experimental theater! (#)
Banana Bag & Bodice presents some strong and peculiar women (#4) (pic by Sue Kessler)

1. Booze it up with the Beerded Ladies at a collaborative tap takeover, featuring special brews from Other Half and Tired Hands. (Friday, Covenhoven, FREE)

2. Party with wild arts foundation Bruce High Quality as they open their new digs in Sunset Park with a performance spectacle and dance party with queer collective House of Ladosha. (Friday, Industry City, FREE)

3. Get immersed in the final weekend of The Spinning Wheel, an interactive multimedia gallery show conceived by hip-hop theater artist Baba Israel, director Leo Kay, and musician Yako 440. (Friday, BRIC, $15)

4. The Exponential Festival of experimental theater is on all weekend (and next week too!); highlights include Banana Bag & Bodice’s highly anticipated LongYarn and Jeff Seal’s super silly The Goddamn Truth. (Friday through Sunday, varies)

5. See a bunch of popular kids at Cool Show (Not Lame), a variety hour featuring Pat Regan, Matt Strickland, Tessa Skara, and Christi Chiello. (Friday, Legion Bar, FREE)

6. Dance out your sorrows saying a tearful goodbye to the Starman at Feeling Gloomy’s Emergency Bowie Farewell—which was so popular it became a three-night event. (Friday through Sunday, Littlefield & Grand Victory, $6) [UPDATE: Friday is sold out! There are limited door tickets for Saturday and Sunday.]

7. Buy yourself some guilt-free treats at this month’s Vegan Shop-Up: Ready Set Go. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

8. Growl your heart out at Punk Rock Karaoke to benefit NYC Animal Defense League and No New Animal Lab. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $5)

9. High-five the dark lord at the Satanic Panic Propaganda Video Show, followed by a taped speech by the former High Priestess of the Church of Satan. (Saturday, Catland, $10)

10. Get a hilarious dose of old-fashioned sex-ed at The Wonderful World of Boning, hosted by Lux Alptraum and with guest comics Giulia Rozzi and Mike Brown. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

11. See a slapdash slapstick smorgasbord at the 24-Hour Theater Festival, where teams were given only one day to write, produce, and rehearse short plays. (Saturday, Standard Toykraft, $5)

12. Let it all hang out at Bizarre’s Third Anniversary Party, with music, burlesque, and performance art from the likes of Sasha Velour, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Fritz Donnelly, and Merrie Cherry. (Saturday, Bizarre, $5–$10)

13. Dress to impress at the 6th annual Fishnets & Ice Cream Party, which will feature plenty of dessert as well as music from Janna Pelle, Kahli Abdu, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsk and more. (Saturday, Secret Loft, $5)

14. Get your laughs and your super fresh booze at the same time at Captains of Industry, a comedy show in a distillery. (Saturday, Industry City Distillery, FREE)

15. Dance smooth at the Soul Night 2nd Anniversary, with Motown and girl group sounds from Fancy Cat, Mikey Post, Mr. Fine Wine and One Mint Julep. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

16. Or dance insane at Superstar Funhouse, presented by debaucherous art partiers CHERYL and with tunes from DJs Nick, Grandma Internet and Social Justice. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

17. Slurp something wonderful to take off the winter chills at the Brooklyn Soup Takedown. (Sunday, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, $20)

18. Trick out your manicure at the Nail Art Make-a-Long crafting party and nail polish exchange. (Sunday, NYC Resistor, $12)

19. Hear some ethereal tunes at Found Sound Nation’s A Living Together, with art curated by Nomadique and music from Black Sea Hotel, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Alpenglow and Tenores de Aterue. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, $10)

20. Celebrate the life of lesbian party pioneer Ellie Conant at Memoirs of a Gaysha, with performances by queer DJs, dancers and musicians. (Sunday, Knitting Factory, FREE)

21. Get cosy (and naughty) at Wasabassco’s Pajama Party, featuring burlesque from Dangrrr Doll, Doc Wasabassco, Hazel Honeysuckle, Nasty Canasta and many more. (Sunday, Bell House, $20)

22. There’s another comedy show in a distillery this weekend — because Brooklyn, amirite? — this one with jokes from Chris Gethard, Joe Pera and Charles Gould. (Sunday, The Shanty, FREE)

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