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Daily 5: Ginger Baker, Willem Dafoe, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for June 26’s best events, from Ginger Baker at B.B. King’s Blues Club to The Old Woman starring Willem Dafoe at BAM.


Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov in 'The Old Woman' (Photo: Lucie Jansch/Courtesy of BAM)

Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov in ‘The Old Woman’ (Photo: Lucie Jansch/Courtesy of BAM)

1. MUSIC: Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

The drummer for such classic rock bands as Cream and Blind Faith, Ginger Baker was once voted “the musician least likely to survive the ’60s,” and yet here he is at age 74, still kicking up noise as the leader of a jazz ensemble. After releasing Why?, his first album in 16 years, the resilient dude is keeping a good thing going by touring with most of the musicians he recorded with, including sax player Pee Wee Ellis (who’s played with James Brown and Van Morrison) and Ghanaian percussionist Abass Dodoo. Catch them at B.B. King’s, jazz heads.

DETAILS: 8pm; $50-$80; 237 W. 42nd St.;

2. BURLESQUE: Limitless: A Marina Abramovic Tribute at Coney Island

And now for something completely different. For this very artsy edition of Burlesque at the Beach, Bushwick Burlesque is doing an ostensibly sincere tribute to performance artist Marina Abramovich that purports to reimagine her work through the lens of “absurdest cabaret.” Intended more as a site-specific installation than a regular burlesque act, this show invites its various performers (and its audience!) to interact with Abramovic’s ideas in a meaningful, mind-altering way. The ambitious interpreters include Darlinda Just Darlinda, Scary Ben, Fancy Feast and other equally serious-sounding folks.

DETAILS: 9pm; $12; 1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn;

3. THEATER: The Old Woman at BAM (Howard Gilman Opera House)

Fans of Willem Dafoe’s creepy acting work, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s versatile performing and avant-garde Russian theater won’t want to miss the U.S. premiere of The Old Woman, which runs through this weekend at BAM. Based on the absurdist writings of Russian author Daniil Kharms, this play stars Dafoe and Baryshnikov as a comedic duo (who might be two halves of the same person) who sing, dance and contemplate death after finding the corpse of an old woman in their bed. The New York Times called it “the wackiest bromance in summer comedy.”

DETAILS: 7:30pm; $25; 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn;

4. FESTIVAL: Wythe Hotel Pride Celebration

As a sign of Williamsburg’s entry into the terminal phase of gentrification, the Wythe Hotel has always seemed a bit ominous to us, but they’ve put together a great program of events for Pride, and that counts for something. Ranging from film screenings to panels to parties, this celebration of the LGBT community covers all the bases. Highlights include an opulent Pride Ball (featuring DJ Casey Spooner, among others), a screening of Jobriath A.D. (a documentary on the first openly gay American rock star) and a Sunday market and tea party. Tonight’s offering: a screening of How To Survive A Plague, which chronicles the work of early AIDS activists.

DETAILS: various times and prices; 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn;

5. COMEDY: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction at Union Hall

Competitive… erotic… fan fiction? Yes, you read that right. Watch an assortment of funny individuals compose and perform original erotic fan fic about various public figures at this comedy show and podcast hosted by Bryan Cook. Based on audience suggestions, each comic will come up with a sexy lil’ yarn to tell, which you can help judge. Tonight’s competitors include Jared Logan, Ben Kronberg, Greg Johnson, Ashley Brooke Roberts and Jono Zalay. May the least appropriate win.

DETAILS: 8pm; $10; 702 Union St., Brooklyn;

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in June50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss.

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