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Theater review by Raven SnookDepending on your perspective, illusionist Derek DelGaudio's solo outing is either a transcendent meditation on the malleability of identity, or a bunch of pretentious hooey. Objectively speaking, it's both—which beautifully illustrates this two-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winner's point. People (and things) are seen differently in our own mind and the eyes of other beholders. True, some folks walked out on this deliberately slow-paced show, though many more of us stayed, entranced. If you come expecting a succession of quick, flashy routines and exuberant showmanship, In & Of Itself will confound. But give yourself over to its subtler brand of magic and you should emerge pondering deeper questions beyond, "How the hell did he do that?!"But you will ask that, too. DelGaudio masterfully performs six illusions, including the sleight of hand he's known for and previously displayed in the two-hander Nothing to Hide, which played Off-Broadway in 2013 after a successful run at Los Angeles's Geffen Playhouse. In & Of Itself enjoyed the same trajectory, but it's a wildly different undertaking, more performance art than magic show, thanks in part to his eclectic collaborators: Muppet master director Frank Oz, producer Glenn Kaino, and Devo front man composer Mark Mothersbaugh.After entering, audience members choose from a wall of cards marked with various identities, from the literal (paralegal, engineer, parent) to the lyrical (dreamer, life of th
Having rolled past their 30th anniversary a handful of years back, the Melvins show no signs of slowing down. In fact, the dynamic alt-metal outfit is pushing harder than ever (as evidenced by its gig opening for Tool on June 24 in San Bernardino, California). With last year's releases—an LP, Basses Loaded, and a long-lost collaboration album, Three Men and a Baby—the crew has a ton of fresh material to air out at their infamously awe-inspiring shows, not to mention a newie, A Walk with Love and Death, due to be released in July on Ipecac. Expect to hear from across the band's career, as well as some seriously sludgy covers.
Cherished by show-tunes fans for her turn as Deena in the original cast of Dreamgirls, Ralph has had a long career since, including TV's It's a Living and Moesha and Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wicked (in which she currently plays Madame Morrible). This cozy concert is a benefit for her Diva Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness about HIV/AIDS.
The Brooklyn Tree
This casual American eatery in Bushwick churns out burgers, sandwiches and plates that will please both veg heads and carnivores alike. The grass-fed burger with white cheddar and smoked tomato aioli or confit tuna melt on parmesan-crusted bread (both $13) might hit the spot for meat lovers. Vegetarians can also swap in garbanzo bean loaf for the meatloaf ($13 for a sandwich, $15 for a plate) and tofu for the chicken schnitzel ($12 for a sandwich, $15 for a plate). Don’t forget the sides: You’ll want to taste the cheese puffs ($6), red pepper hummus ($6), quinoa-kale salad ($5) and mac and cheese with caramelized onions, shitake mushrooms and pretzel crust ($8). Come for brunch to try the avocado toast with sunny side up eggs and roasted peppers ($11), or just to take advantage of the two-for-one deal on Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Venue says: “The best Happy Hour in Williamsburg! Mon-Fri 3p-7p $2-$4 beers, $3 shots & $5 margaritas. Sat & Sun 11a-4p bloody's and mimosas buy 1, get 1”