WHITEHAUS FAMILY RECORD PRESENTS: CHEAP SEATS 8
At: Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Thursday, 8 p.m. All ages. Suggested donation $5-$10. 617-661-9622, www.cambridgeymca.org
The deal: Jamaica Plain’s eclectic, avant-garde artist collective, Whitehaus Family Record, is taking over the Cambridge YMCA Theatre with the performance-art variety show Cheap Seats. For this eighth installment, coordinator/audiovisual-superman/stressed-out stage manager Erich Haygun is experimenting with a new format in which roughly a dozen acts will perform two five-minute sets with no predetermined set list. “Now Wave” as he calls it, is Haygun’s neologism, describing a state where, “immediacy triumphs over all — no one really knows what will happen next.”
The performers: Cheap Seats is about the amalgamation of many creative media from poetry and music to stand-up comedy and burlesque dancing. Haygun is particularly excited about a group of installation artists from London’s Light Eye Mind collective, who are here for a showing at Cambridge’s Blanc Gallery and will be dropping by with some funky light module installation.
Who goes there: The weird-and-proud crowd: creators, thrill seekers, nonconformist types. Those with sensitivity to light, or proneness to seizures, may want to sit this one out.
Wear pants, as these cheap seats are right on the floor of the theater. Consider grabbing a drink before the show; no liquor will be served at the venue. And to enjoy this experience to its fullest, Haygun recommends arriving on time, or you may be left in the dark — literally.