Arts Watch: What To Do in February

Losers Lounge
Members of The Losers Lounge, will present their Lou Reed tribute series of concerts at Joe’s Pub Feb. 6-8, 2014.

Here’s the monthly roundup of local events featured in our magazine:

Tues. 4 – Pig Iron Theatre Company Presents Twelfth Night at Abrons Arts Center: Pig Iron Theatre Company’s raucous, spirited Twelfth Night breathes new life into the Bard’s classic, creating an exhilarating version replete with practical jokes, gender confusion and mistaken identity. Directed by Dan Rothenberg.

Through Feb. 23 // 466 Grand St. // showtimes vary // $30-$40.

Thurs. 6 – The Losers Lounge Tribute to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground at Joe’s Pub: This ongoing “Tribute Project” has been charming (and alarming) New Yorkers since 1993. Started by session keyboardist Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs, The Ramones, Ryan Adams) and Psycho-Cabaret singer Nick Danger, their often-irreverent performances attract musicians of all stripes and genres who join in and offer their take on the music of the evening. Their bimonthly performances have included tributes to everyone from ABBA to Neil Diamond to David Bowie and The Zombies. This month they are honoring one of the greats. Expect fabulous and famous guest artists to show up and join in.

Through Sat., Feb. 8 // 425 Lafayette St. // show times vary // $25.

Fri. 7 – The Mystery of Pearl Street at Dixon Place: Set in the mysterious Blue Room, playwright, performer and journalist Toni Schlesinger pursues the unsolved real-life story of two artists who disappeared in 1997 from their 19th century loft near the East River on one of the oldest streets in Manhattan.

161A Chrystie St. // Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 22 // 7:30 p.m. // $16 adv./$20 door.

Tues. 11 – Seth Herzog’s SWEET at the Slipper Room: Self-proclaimed comedian, writer, food-eater, funny face-maker and break dancer Seth Herzog continues his long-running weekly stand-up comedy extravaganza. Performers like Kroll, Justin Long and Tiff Stevenson (UK) often stop by.

167 Orchard St. // 9 p.m. // $7, 21+over.

Wed. 19 – Rugelach Making Workshop at the Museum at Eldridge Street: Learn how to make rugelach, the traditional Jewish pastry, with a range of tasty fillings, including cinnamon, fruit and chocolate.  All ingredients are kosher.

12 Eldridge St. // 11 a.m. // RSVP required // $20 adults.

 Wed. 19 – Nina Persson at Mercury Lounge:  One of Sweden’s biggest pop stars over the past decade returns to the stage after a lengthy break due to a cancer diagnosis. The former lead singer of The Cardigans has gone solo for her new album, Animal Heart, her first major release since 2009′s Colonia with A Camp, her side-project with husband Nathan Larson and guitarist Niclas Fris.

217 E. Houston St. // 7:30 p.m. // $20.

Thurs. 20 – Vanessa Anspaugh’s We Were an Island at Danspace: Choreographer and performer Vanessa Anspaugh debuts her new work exploring territories of togetherness and meditates on the illusory nature of islands, asking whether the way to know absence is to find new land.

Through Sat., Feb. 22 // 131 E. 10th St. // 8 p.m. // $20 General/$15 Danspace members.

Sun. 23 – Sing, Yell, Tell: A Panel on Voice at the New Museum: Join in a public panel bringing together experts to discuss the notion of voice, from technical concerns to political potential to affective possibilities. This is the beginning of the New Museum’s Season-long exploration of VOICE, ranging from the relationships between vocal performers and engaged audiences to voice as agency in political work.

235 Bowery // 3:00 p.m. // $8.