Sunday 05/04




Dr. Sketchy gets into drag

Machine Dazzle, in heels, is seven feet of walking wearable art. The costumer to the downtown court, his creations have been seen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and on beautiful bodies––the likes of Justin Bond, MIA, and La JohnJoseph. There’s no telling how high his headpiece will go, but he’ll certainly be the most beauteous and challenging model at Madame du Sketchy’s, Molly Crabapple’s first queer session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. The life-drawing club night regularly welcomes burlesque babes, but tonight, “rippling man-hunks and glamorous drag queens” (including Machine, Deja Davenport, and Ian) are the canvas candy who will either be dressing up or stripping down, all for the sake of art. At 7, Fortune Cookie Cabaret at Lucky Cheng’s, 24 First Avenue, drsketchy.com, $15




The garden gets rocked

Kick off your cherry-blossom viewing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where this weekend marks the 27th year of Sakura Matsuri, “New York’s Rite of Spring”—a two-day festival that brings out the beauty of Japanese culture through dance, art exhibits, food, manga, martial arts, and, of course, music. Get reacquainted with the traditional beats of taiko drumming, and check out some new hip acts. DJ Jaiko Suzuki brings on the mix with a variety of ’70s and ’80s J-rock and pop; the musical twosome Love etc. belts out some soulful theatrical tunes; and Gaijin à-Go-Go offers up some fun psychedelic pop. Also be on the lookout for some hip-hop kicks in the festival’s acrobatic spectacle, “The Legend of Ninja Kotaro,” as well as anime-themed music spun by DJ 2Thirteen. At 10, check full schedule for artists’ performances, 1000 Washington Avenue, bbg.org, 718-623-7200, free with BBG admission




Patrick Corbin likes things pretty

Lyrical dance can come off as very corny if it’s choreographed with too much of a heavy hand—there’s nothing worse than an overly saccharine performance expressly designed to try to make you either tear up or smile with hyper-elation. This is not a problem for Patrick Corbin’s company, Corbindances. The one-time dancer for Paul Taylor takes modern dance and swaths of ballet to create beautiful, classic-feeling works full of flowy dresses and soft yet strong (and distinctly unsappy) movements that won’t make you cringe with irritation. Tonight he begins a two-week season, which will include the world premiere of Romantic Conversions (set to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2) and the New York premieres of Infinity and Gregory Dolbashian’s Do I Make Myself Clear? It will be lovely. At 8, through May 11, Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer Street, 212-431-9233, $15–$25