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Monday Night Bingo, Glamok! and more…

This ain’t your grandma’s Bingo! Beginning on May 12, the East Village hotspot Bowery Poetry Club is the new home of Monday Night Bingo, the long-running game show brought to you by its wisecracking hosts, high-profile drag queen Linda Simpson and downtown “It Boy” Mr. Murray Hill. Prizes range from silly (like a remote-controlled fart machine and porcelain dancing baby) to superb (including theatre tickets, booze and porn)—and don’t forget the good ol’ cash jackpot. Adding to the fun is a dazzling array of downtown-celebrity Bingo spokesmodels like Dirty Martini, the World Famous *BOB* and more.

A star-studded line-up of NYC’s downtown performance scene will be out in full force for GLAMOK!, a benefit extravaganza to support Circus Amok, New York City’s internationally renowned inter-borough traveling circus (May 12 at PS 122). The raucous evening will also include the performance talents of The Dazzle Dancers, Fabio Tavares of STREB, The Liberty Sisters and The Circus Amok Band, with a guest appearance by Chef Josie Smith-Malave from Bravo’s Top Chef. Silent and live auctions will feature exciting offerings such as vacation getaways; theatre tickets; goodies from Babeland, Chanterelle, Yogasana and much more.

Back by popular demand, the producers of The Va Va Voom Room and The New York Burlesque Festival bring you a “hot and sticky” summer edition of Kiss & Tell Burlesque, May 24 at The Zipper Factory. Hosted by Miss Astrid, “the true Weimar fraulein,” the event stars Dirty Martini, Bradford Scobie, Maine, Duke Lafayette, Dulce de Leche and more, with Brooks Babyface Hartell on piano.

Comedian Paula Poundstone brings her offbeat wit and comedic brilliance to the Blender Theater on May 17. For years, Poundstone has been doing a one-woman show in which she manages to mix her legendary audience interactions with quirky observations about everything from arguing over a parking space at the Museum of Tolerance to life as a single mom with three kids. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval that less artful comics have received.

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