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The NYC ‘Drag Drink and Draw Show’ is not to be missed

Bring your art supplies and an open mind: the BRIC OPEN Festival is about to get colorful and creative. BRIC, the Brooklyn-based cultural programming initiative, is committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion. To kick off their annual OPEN Festival, the non-profit organization is hosting a night where coloring outside the lines is encouraged.

New York drag queen Alotta McGriddles.
Drag Drink and Draw will be one of the highlights in Brooklyn this weekend.

Larger-than-life performers Alotta McGriddles, Chris of Hur and Ickarus bring their inimitable personalities to the stage for the Drag Drink and Draw show – all you have to do is bring your art supplies. One thing is for sure: the resulting sketches will be anything but conventional.

The free event is a part of a four day extravaganza in the BRIC Arts and Media House. The OPEN Festival encourages collaboration, inclusion and participation. Also on the agenda for the festival are conversation seminars, dance workshops and campfire sing-alongs. Also on the lineup is a theatrical show based on Martin Luther King Jr’s final speech, starring Orange Is The New Black star Samira Wiley. For more information see here.

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If you won’t make this Saturday’s affair, similar parties and events are hosted every week in the infamous House of Yes, located in Brooklyn’s Bushwick. The legendary venue is a space where individuality connection and creativity is cherished. Just like BRIC, House of Yes gives a platform to people who wish to express themselves and their sexuality freely through dance, performance and art.

Originally founded as a circus class and dance party in a derelict Williamsburg loft, House of Yes is currently in its third incarnation, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and a Brooklyn community committed to keeping the party going.

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A sample week at the funky Wyckoff Avenue venue involves drag queen brunches and bingo nights, glitter parties, ‘sensual theatre’, ‘dirty circus’, cabarets and musicals.

From morningtime yoga and flea markets selling the kind of merchandise you won’t find anywhere else in New York, to after-dark variety shows that are most definitely not rated PG; House of Yes serves up a cocktail of divas, drama and debauchery that has to be experienced to be believed.