Gramercy and Flatiron events: The best shows and happenings

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Union Square Holiday Market

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  • Free

This European-style winter market boasts more than 150 local and national vendors hawking an impressive selection of handcrafted gifts, ranging from jewelry and accessories to leather goods and artwork. Look for Kristiana Parn stationery sets (six note cards for $18), Stories mounted art prints ($45 each), Organic Treatment facial serums ($38), and Pageant Print Shop antique Brooklyn and Manhattan maps ($200).

  1. Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Wed Dec 24
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Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground

This kooky installation by London-based artistic duo Bompas & Parr proves sex and carnivals aren't as different as you might have thought. From "Jump for Joy,” a bounce house made of giant, oversize breasts, to “The Tunnel of Love,” a mirrored labyrinth that takes patrons on a fantastical journey to the Gräfenberg (or “G”) spot, this exhibit is nothing short of an educational sexcapade. Hear the circusesque sounds of composer Dom James, who specializes in creating

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Wed Apr 1
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Frantic!

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  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Michael Kosta, presents a rotating lineup of the club's regulars each Monday.

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Mon Dec 29
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra. Daryl Roth Theatre (see Off Broadway). Conceived and directed by Diqui James. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission. Wayra: In brief Fuerza Bruta returns in the third installment of the De La Guarda trilogy. If it's anything like the first two, you can expect a visually impressive dance-rave thrill ride that merges striking imagery with techno music and aerial showboating. Wayra: Theater review by David Cote When the sensory-wraparound

  1. 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
  2. $99
  3. Fri Oct 31 - Thu Dec 31
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Port Authority

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Port Authority. DR2 Theatre (see Off Broadway). By Conor McPherson. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly. With Billy Carter, Peter Maloney and James Russell. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Port Authority: In brief While the Irish Rep's Chelsea home gets renovated, the company moves into the DR2 with a revival of Conor McPherson's poignant 2001 play about Irish men, structured as monologues for three Dubliners of different ages. Billy Carter, Peter Maloney and James Russell

  1. 103 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. $70
  3. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 16
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Mingus Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
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The city’s hardest-working big band lifts your spirits in Gramercy, serving up Charles Mingus’s unique combination of lofty ambition and bluesy Holy Roller soul.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Mon Nov 10
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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. Union Square Theatre (see Off Broadway). Written, directed and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Lennon: Through a Glass Onion—In brief You can't stop the Beatle! Australia's John R. Waters has toured the world with his concert musical about John Lennon, featuring more than 30 songs (from his Fab Four days up to Lennon's final work before his murder). Now Waters lands in New York,

  1. 100 E 17th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. $69–$89
  3. Fri Oct 31 - Sun May 24
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Opening Ceremony sale

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Take 30 percent off this popular brand’s select collaboration pieces. Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony floral caps are just $42 (typically $60), Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse pullovers are $179 (rather than $255), and Mike Kelley x Opening Ceremony short-sleeve printed sweatshirts are nipped from $75 to $53.

  1. Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel Ace Hotel, 1190–92 Broadway , between 28th and 29th Sts
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 16
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George Coleman New Quintet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Few current bands provide as concentrated a dose of jazz history, spirit, insight and camaraderie as the groups led by tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The leader distills a lifetime of rich experience into each eventful encounter, and it doesn't hurt that he's joined here by fellow veteran Harold Mabern on piano, as well as saxist Eric Alexander, bassist John Webber and drummer George Coleman Jr. (the leader's son).

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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Billy & Ray

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Billy & Ray. Vineyard Theatre (see Off Broadway). By Mike Bencivenga. Directed by Garry Marshall. With Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine. Running time: 2hrs. One intermission. Billy & Ray: In brief Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) and Off Broadway royal Larry Pine star as film genius Billy Wilder and tough-guy novelist Raymond Chandler, respectively, in Mike Bencivenga's play about the making of the film noir classic Double Indemnity. Major Hollywood macher Garry Marshall (Happy Days)

  1. 108 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. $79–$100
  3. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 23
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Whiskers in Wonderland

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  • Free

You’ll find more than 300 furry, four-legged friends at the third annual Whiskers in Wonderland adoption event. The cats, kittens and rabbits come from 20 different shelters and animal rescue groups; if you can’t offer one a home, bring clean linens and pet toys to donate. Various Petco stores; for locations, visit whiskersinwonderland.org.

  1. Petco Union Square 860 Broadway, at 17th St, 10003
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Pentagram + Radio Moscow + Blood Ceremony + Kings Destroy

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No doom-metal band can rightly claim freedom from Black Sabbath's influence, but the four-decade-old Pentagram is something of a special case. The maniacal Bobby Liebling—subject of an alternately harrowing and inspiring 2011 documentary, Last Days Here—has fronted the group since its 1971 inception, setting a groovily evil example for everyone from Saint Vitus to High on Fire.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Say Anything + Saves the Day + Reggie and the Full Effect

  • Price band: 2/4
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Sure, Say Anything is an emo outfit, but it's also one of the great bands of our time, regardless of subgenre. For more than a decade, frontman-songwriter Max Bemis has transformed his neurotic woes and exceedingly dirty thoughts into an ongoing alt-rock opera—brash, barbed and frequently hilarious. All those descriptors apply to the latest Say Anything set, Hebrews, but 2004's …Is a Real Boy, is still Bemis's masterwork. The group performs that LP in full here, with help

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Wed Dec 3
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Murderfist

  • Price band: 1/4
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Wild and aggressive but not confrontational, Murderfist is about as punk as sketch comedy gets. Raw, committed performances and loopy jokes undermine theatrical unity every time, but the mess this crew makes is well worth any necessary cleanup.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Nov 8
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