Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 17-18
See what choreographers and dancers can do in 24 hours. As part of 24-Hour ChoreoFest 2013, six local dance companies have convened at The Dance Complex to pick themes from a hat and create brand-new choreography overnight – streamed live on the internet, so anyone can watch the creative process from start to finish in their own home – that will debut Saturday. The participating companies and choreographers are Monkeyhouse, Ryan P. Casey, Paradise Lost, Intimations Dance, Impact Dance and Luminarium Dance. Their results are revealed at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $15.
See what kids can do with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Youthquake Theater, begun in June 2012, puts on the work of Shakespeare and others entirely with the organizational, acting and directing talent of children and teens. First it was Hamlet in a backyard; now it’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a comedic romp in the woods that magically sets right two couples in love with the wrong partners, at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville, at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Suggested donation: $5 per person.
Take a loving, electric, total blam-blam journey through the Bowie songbook. And that’s in the words of the area’s foremost Bowie stalker and replacement, Tricky Niki Luparelli, who performs this tribute with Dapper Dan Burke and the Gold Diggers and go-go dancers Machete and Bettysioux Tailor. She calls it “old Hollywood glam meets glam rock,” while Boston magazine calls it “glamorous” and Time Out New York gushes about how “Boston’s bustiest chanteuse trains her headlights on dear David Bowie (backed by her retro band, the Gold Diggers) in an evening of cabaret-rock crossbreeding.” The David Bowie Tribute is at 10 p.m. Saturday at Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $12.
Dig The Penny Jive – a burlesque ElectroSwing take on Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. This utterly new theatrical experience brings you back to a time that never was, when dance house electronic music was the backdrop for a nightclub where you can sip poison with Jenny Diver and Polly Peachum surrounded by circus, vaudeville variety and burlesque performers. “The Penny Jive is a cocktail of one part club extravaganza, one part stage show, one part vaudevillian chaos and a whole glass overflowing with effervescent delight,” organizers say. Conceived and Kickstarted by Myss Madelaine Ripley as the area’s premier showcase for ElectroSwing (“If the Andrews Sisters and Deadmau5 had a love child, ElectroSwing would be it,” Ripley says), the neon-noir, steampunk take on “The Threepenny Opera” and “The Beggar’s Opera” takes place at 8 p.m. Sunday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20 to sit, $15 to stand.
Hear “a billion local and visiting poets” orate in Poetry Marathon 2013. This nearly 18-hour relay of more than 100 poets (the “billion” is poetic license) is already taking place in Inman Square. Each poet gets eight minutes on stage, and there’s barbecue offstage. The Poetry Marathon includes stretches from 12:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Outpost 186, 186.5 Hampshire St., Inman Square. Admission is free, but the hat will be passed for donations. The full schedule is here.