Gothamist loves that “before they were famous” kind of celebrity trivia. The jobs that pre-celebrities held down, the apartments they lived in, that meager road they traveled on their way to the paparazzi-and-Bungalow 8-filled highway. We love knowing that maybe some of the performers we watch in the back of a bar or in a theater above a sushi restaurant might someday be propelled to that level of success and we are lucky to have so many opportunities to see their works in progress. The Untitled Readings at Galapagos [70 N. 6th St., Williamsburg] is a workshop of sorts for aspiring actors, screenwriters and filmmakers. Up-and-coming actors perform ten pages of works by up-and-coming writers onstage, brought to life possibly for the very first time. Submissions for future shows are also currently being accepted if you, too, have aspirations of fame or at least seeing your works performed by real live actors. Thursday at 8pm, free.
Saturday night you can mingle with your favorite UCB performers at a benefit party for the show that everyone (if you consider Michael Musto and H/X Magazine everyone) is talking about, Showgirls, The Best Movie Ever Made, Ever. The live action, commentary-filled stage show of the cinematic masterpiece has been traveling the country’s comedy theatres and festivals and is having a fundraiser where you can meet the cast that mocks the film. A $6 cover pays for itself, as it gets you Nomi-lovers a free drink, too.
Location: DUSK [147 West 24th St. between 6th and 7th Ave.]
And, should you be in withdrawal from your monthly dose of two guys named Jon, Mo Pitkin’s [34 Ave. A] presents The Midnight Pajama Jam this Monday night. Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin host, as always. Monday at 8:30pm.