GYPSY GALA The Strand Theater Company celebrates its first year of dedicating itself to promoting women playwrights, performers, and artists with this Sunday afternoon open house. Between 4-9 p.m. May 31 the Strand transforms its cozy space into a "gypsy haven"--complete with "tarot readings, spells, and a little magic," according to the web site, and some other entertainment, such as drag artist Marty Manhattan and fire eater Kate Guntermann. The 2009-'10 season will be announced--and season tickets made available for purchase--and a few items will be up for silent-auction bidding. Visit strandtheatercompany.org for more details. The Strand also continues its Friends and Neighbors Festival this week with Mason Ross' On Awkward May 29-31.
OPENINGS Trutheatertheater--a Providence, RI-based company of performance artists--and its The Unbroken Circle of Broken Things production takes over the LOF/T May 29 with Imaginary Company, Carly Ptak, and Asa Osbourne. Bread and Puppet Theater Present the Sourdough Philosophy Cabaret at the 2640 Space May 28. No one cares for Annie--the best musical ever sampled by DJ Mark the 45 King for an inescapable Jay-Z single circa summer of '98--a smidge at the Hippodrome May 29 through 31. Diagnosis: Dyke--the latest Charm City Kitty Club cabaret, featuring music by Jana Hunter and Mzery Loves Company, trapezist Eliza Blaze, contortion performer Rebecca Nagle, Ariel Schrag (pictured, left) presents scenes from her graphic novels, and a new short film by sometimes City Paper contributor Rahne Alexander--invades the Creative Alliance at the Patterson May 29 and 30. And Vive La Decadence--a burlesque circus/cabaret show featuring Miss Joule, the Amazing Trinket, Lena Grove, Lizzie Lyra, and host Paco Fish--takes of the LOF/t May 30 for two evening shows.
CLOSINGOn Golden Pondends its run at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre May 31. And the Run of the Mill Theatre ends it latest Variations project--titled "Variations on Hope"--May 31 at Theatre Project.