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DarkMatter: #ItGetsBitter

Tuesday, January 12 - Sunday, January 17

This is show is part of the Under the Radar + Joe's Pub: In Concert Series

Joe's Pub

Doors at 9PM

DJ Ushka: 9 - 9:30PM
Dark Matter at 9:30PM

The Under the Radar + Joe’s Pub series highlights the multidisciplinary music/theater hybrids that emerge from this renowned venue’s programming.  These artists are exploring the intersection of music and theater to bring their unique stories to the stage.

In a queer apocalypse where assimilation and white supremacy reign supreme, DarkMatter imagines alternatives. This trans spoken word duo speaks from beyond the gender binary in an explosion of queer rage, nursery rhymes, and unforgettable instagrammable fashions. #ItGetsBitter is their latest collage of camp, critique, and fluorescent lipstick created in collaboration with stage director Charlotte Brathwaite.

DarkMatteris a trans South Asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues such as La MaMa Experimental Theater, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Brooklyn Museum, and was a member of The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group and presented in UTR’s INCOMING! Series.  

All seating for UTR + Joe’s Pub: In Concert performances is first-come, first-served.  Seating assignments and selections will be adjusted at the discretion of Joe’s Pub management based on party size.  Full parties only will be seated upon arrival.


“Biting, self-aware and undeniably funny all at once.” -Asian American Writers Workshop


Artists: Alok Vaid-Menon & Janani Balasubramanian
Co-Conspirator & Director: Charlotte Brathwaite
Opener: DJ Ushka
Sound: Justin Hicks