Volume 80, Number 43 | March 24 - 30, 2011
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Just Do Art!

Compiled by Scott Stiffler

CHEF TASTING & BENEFIT FOR HOUSING WORKS
Housing Works provides lifesaving services for people living with HIV. This foodie event/fundraiser lets you help the cause while enjoying some quality life-sustaining items of your own. “A Taste of Home: A chef tasting benefit for Housing Works” is hosted by Alexandra Guarnaschelli (Executive Chef of Butter Restaurant and The Darby, and host of Food Network’s “Alex’s Day Off”). It features food by Brad Farmerie (Executive Chef of PUBLIC, The Monday Room, Double Crown and Madam Geneva); Colleen Grapes (Pastry Chef, The Red Cat and The Harrison); Luis Nieto (Executive Chef, The Palm Tribeca); and Tessa Liebman (Executive Chef of The Works Catering). The evening also includes Dos Caminos’s famous guacamole, Hendrick’s Gin cocktails, wine by Broadbent Selections, beer by Whole Foods, and Intelligentsia Coffee. Tues., March 29, 7pm. At Housing Works Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St.). For tickets ($65; $100 VIP ticket gets you a 6-7pm mingle with the chefs), call 212-966-0466 or visit housingworksbookstore.org. Twitter: twitter.com/housingworksbks. Facebook: facebook.com/housingworksbookstore.

A VARIETY SHOW FOR THE HUNGRY HEART
This all-female comedy/variety show is hosted by Rachel Cole, alter ego of…well, we’re not sure. But all you really need to know is singer and songwriter Cole’s “A Variety Show For the Hungry Heart” is a monthly comedy show hosted by NEW YORK’S BEST LOVED EXPERT FEMINIST SINGER/SONGWRITER. The use of caps is to call attention to that fact — not hyperbole, mind you; FACT. This time around, to celebrate the end of a very bad month, Cole has decided to soothe her soul by inviting her hungry sister-friends Amy Albert, Naomi Ekperigin, Umberto Macdougal, Jackie Zebrowski and Beth Mirarchi & Rachel Tiemann for a night of comedy, variety and comedic variety. Free. Tues., March 29, 9pm. At Le Poisson Rouge (185 Bleecker St.).

THE PINK ROOM: DAVID LYNCH BURLESQUE
We can’t say where, exactly, that Downtown gal who goes by the (stage?) name Franny Fluffer hails from — but it must be a place where the birds sing a pretty song, and there’s always music in the air. Oz, maybe, as imagined by David Lynch and Mark Frost. Their dark and trippy TV show asked the soap opera-friendly question “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” — and it’s a safe bet that little girl who’d morph into Franny Fluffer was inspired by the damaged beauty of “Twin Peaks.” Ms. Fluffer and friends do their tribute thing, with the ongoing series “David Lynch Burlesque.” Last month’s premiere installment sold out fast, so get your tickets, like, NOW for the March 30 edition. “Special Agent” Bastard Keith hosts. Performances by Amelia Bareparts, Foxy Vermouth, Franny Fluffer, Gemini Rising, Madame Rosebud, Miss Rose (from Philadelphia) and go-go dancing by Doctor Flux PhD. Wed., March 30, 9:30pm, at Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St. at Attorney). $10 cover, two-drink minimum. Ages 21+ only, please — it is, after all, a burlesque show. Visit frannyfluffer.com. Twitter: twitter.com/frannyfluffer. Facebook: facebook.com/frannyfluffer.

FREE SCREENING: YOUTH EXPRESSION PROJECT
The National Coalition Against Censorship and the Youth Free Expression Project present “Youth Voices Uncensored! Youth Free Expression Film Contest Awards Screening.” This free all-ages event features short films from the winners of NCAC’s nationwide Youth Free Expression Film Contest, additional films from Reelworks and the Global Action Project and live special guest performers. Meet the filmmakers and find out how to participate in next year’s contest! Sat., March 26, 4:30pm. At the New York Film Academy Screening Room (100 E. 17th St., near the NE corner of Union Square). For info, call 212-807-6222 or visit ncac.org.

THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G
The last full-on bloodbath from Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company — 2010’s “Alice in Slasherland” — had so much going on, it took no less than three of our critics to attend, consume and review. Their latest effort (once again written by the sly, satirical, fundamentally mental Qui Nguyen) promises to contain the usual body count of highly choreographed violence and pools of red stuff. This time around, though, they’ve drawn from a true story — as opposed to their trademark melding of pop culture icons, images and narrative traditions. Some things don’t change, though, and why should they? “The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G” follows the titular character as he returns to Vietnam after (what else?) a prolonged absence. The reason? Revenge, baby. Sweet, bloody revenge. March 24 through April 16: Thurs. through Sun., 8pm. At Incubator Arts Project (St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St., at Second Ave.). For tickets ($18), visit incubatorarts.org or call 212-352-3101. For more info, vampirecowboys.com.

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