SMALL SPACES, SHORT TIME
Creative claustrophobia in bursts
If the thought of small spaces makes you hyperventilate, this show isn’t for you. But then again, you’re not the one who’ll be performing on a six-foot-by-six-foot-by-six-foot stage. The Brick Theater and Ontological-Hysteric Incubator present the Tiny Theater Festival, featuring 10-minute slices of theater, dance, puppetry, and multimedia in a cozy setting that challenges creativity. At the Incubator, be sure to check out Gabe Maxson’s They Are Bad People, a conversation between Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter, configured by using their own delicious words from program transcripts in a more freely mishmashed sort of way. Also, look out for Sarah Nerboso’s 6x3=Safety, an exploration of five frenzied females whose fears overtake them and compel them to act pretty stupidly. Through May 24, check for full schedule, the Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, bricktheater.com, and the Ontological, 131 East 10th Street, ontological.com, $15 EUDIE PAK
USE YOUR ILLUSION
A transatlantic meet-and-greet
From the people who brought the colossal 2006 street production of The Sultan’s Elephant in London—which drew more than a million spectators—comes a mysteriously exciting event: The Telectroscope. The stunt comes with a creative backstory: a hitherto unknown, never-finished 18th-century transatlantic tunnel, which is only now being completed by trickster artist Paul St. George. Once the “tunnel” is opened, New Yorkers will be able to watch Londoners in real time, 24/7, via a 40-foot Telectroscope, until June 15. As in the case of the Elephant, the event starts with a prelude: in this case, a giant drill bit rising from the ground near the Brooklyn Bridge on the morning of May 20 (another will appear the same day near the Tower Bridge out of the Thames). Brooklyn Bridge, Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street, the park at the base of the bridge on the Brooklyn side, artichoke.uk.com/telectroscope or telectroscope.net, free EUDIE PAK
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE . . .
We’re a little worried about attending tonight’s 826NYC Art Show, a benefit for the Dave Eggers–founded writing center for children in Brooklyn, because the auctioneer is none other than funnyman John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. So, you see, we’ll be having too much to drink at the pre-auction cocktail hour, then laughing too much at Flansburgh’s jokes, and then—before you know it—buying way too many pieces of art with the money we do not have. Works for sale include the quirky McSweeney’s-approved drawings of Marcel Dzama (of the Royal Art Lodge), humorous watercolors by Jockum Nordström and Mamma Andersson, and the haunting photography of An-My Lê. On second thought, we can’t think of a better way to splurge. At 7, David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street, 718-499-9884, 826nyc.org/artshow, free, reservations are recommended but not required ANGELA ASHMAN