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Daily 5: W. Kamau Bell at Bell House, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ on Broadway, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for April 15’s best events, from W. Kamau Bell at the Bell House to The Used at Best Buy Theater.


The Phantom of the Opera

See ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ tonight on Broadway (Photo: Joan Marcus)

1. COMEDY: W. Kamau Bell “Oh, Everything!” Stand Up Tour at The Bell House

Those who were upset at the swift and brutal cancellation of the brilliant late-night talk show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell will be happy to know that Mr. Bell is still doing sharp sociopolitical commentary — he’s simply taken his show on the road in stand-up form. Watch the cult favorite throw bombs at the many issues surrounding race, sex and current events when his nationwide tour takes him to Brooklyn’s aptly named venue, the Bell House.

DETAILS: 8pm; $15; 149 7th St., Brooklyn;

2. MUSIC: The Used and Taking Back Sunday at Best Buy Theater

For reasons known only to the gods of the zeitgeist, emo music (short for “emotional”, but you knew that already) is currently experiencing a renaissance of critical praise. But in the hearts and minds of true believers from New Jersey to SoCal, it has always been perfect and amazing. Put on your tightest pants and style your exit-wound haircut; then whine along with genre giants Taking Back Sunday and non-emo-identiftying crossover success The Used at this massive airing of grievances. With Tonight Alive and Sleepwave.

DETAILS: 7pm; from $32, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 1515 Broadway;

3. ART: Brooklyn Commons: Vito Acconci and Michel de Broin at International Studio and Curatorial Program

As multidisciplinary thinkers go, Vito Acconci is pretty much at the top of the heap; since the 1970s, the Bronx-born creator has produced influential works in the fields of performance art, installations, landscape design, architecture and poetry, sometimes combining multiple fields. Tonight, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP)’s Brooklyn Commons lecture series has invited Acconci to converse with ISCP resident artist Michel de Broin on “architecture, interaction between people and spaces, unfamiliar sites, and the utility of objects.” Sounds stimulating!

DETAILS: 6:30pm; free; 1040 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn;

4. BURLESQUE: Exuberant Filth at Bizarre Bar

Booze, boobs and the bizarre collide at this burlesque birthday bash for someone called “Scary Ben.” (Who is probably a perfectly lovely person.) In true Bushwick fashion, this event promises to be dirtier and more punk rock than your average strip show, so, you know, don’t bring your prudish roommate (or do). With alternately absurdist and titillating performances from scenesters like Mat Fraser, Velocity Chyaldd and Gemma Stone.

DETAILS: 9pm; $7 suggested donation; 12 Jefferson St., Brooklyn;

5. THEATER: The Phantom of the Opera at The Majestic Theater

Mary Michael Patterson stars opposite Hugh Panaro (as well as the very sexy Jeremy Hays) in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless tale of romance, obsession and intrigue. Set in a turn-of-the century Paris opera house, Phantom follows the story of Christine Daaé, a beautiful soprano who is romanced by a brilliant but disfigured composer, the mysterious “phantom of the opera” … as well as the dashing Raoul. Go see why it’s Broadway’s longest-running musical!

DETAILS: 7pm; $106 (get tickets!); 245 W 44th St.

Want even more fun? 15 Things to Do in April.
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