Gramercy and Flatiron events: The best shows and happenings

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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. Thu Dec 18 - Wed Apr 1
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Frantic!

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  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Aaron Berg, 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 Dec 22 - Mon Dec 29
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

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. Thu Dec 18 - Thu Dec 31
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Bing Faithful's Very Merry Nondenominational Holiday Special

  • Price band: 1/4

Bing Faithful (improviser Bob Kulhan) takes to the stage as the only surviving member of the Bing Faithful 5, singing holiday hits (both his parts and the parts of his late band members) as requested by the audience. Later it is revealed that the band is alive, but bloody and intent on individually confronting Bing midshow as he's singing.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Dec 20
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The Dean Martin Christmas PITacular

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Dean Martin, played by Phil Casale, hosts this Christmas spectacular featuring guests such as Orson Welles, Carol Burnett, Jimmy Stewart, Liberace and many more, all played by local up-and-coming comedians. Old-school style mixed with modern minds—this show truly represents the best of all eras of comedy.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Jan 11
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Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Talk about an artistic collision destined to happen: Ever since NOLA singer and pianist Henry Butler settled in Brooklyn, it was only a matter of time before the blind bluesman hooked up with retro-futurist trumpeter and bandleader Steve Bernstein. Here, they shake, rumble and stomp bluesy jazz tunes with their band, the Hot 9, in celebration of Viper's Drag, a recent album on the rebooted Impulse! label.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Dec 21
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Mingus Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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 Dec 22 - Mon Jan 5
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Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Meghan Trainor + Sheppard

  • Price band: 2/4
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Pop-soul singer Meghan Trainor started behind the scenes in the music business, penning tracks for Rascall Flatts and Disney star Sabrina Carpenter before "bringing booty back," with her chart-dominating 2014 breakthrough, "All About That Bass." The size-savvy singer stops at Irving Plaza on the heels of her latest single, "Lips Are Movin'," and her major label debut, Title.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Fri Mar 13
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Alex Clare + Firekid + Taylor Berrett

  • Price band: 2/4

Thus far, London's Alex Clare has had a career full of stops and starts. For much of the aughts, he knocked around in various bands, garnering some tabloid-column inches as Amy Winehouse's former squeeze, before striking a major deal in 2011 and hooking up with Diplo and Switch. The result was the dance-anchored soul album The Lateness of the Hour. Tonight he tours behind its follow-up, Three Hearts, which took a while to surface, finally coming out in August.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Tue Dec 23
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Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Jan 10
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Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Feb 7
More info

Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Dec 27
More info

Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Jan 17
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Napalm Death + Voivod + Exhumed + Iron Reagan + Black Crown Initiate

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

U.K. vets Napalm Death, who helped establish the grindcore subgenre with seminal statements such as 1987's Scum, have proven remarkably durable. No original members remain, but the current lineup—more or less intact since the early ’90s—has evolved into one of the underground's finest live acts. The band is joined by proggy Canadian vets Voivod, coming off last year's return to form Target Earth, for this tour dubbed Through Space and Grind. Opening are death-metal outfit

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Mon Feb 2
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Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Jan 24
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Big Black Car + The Baldwins

  • Price band: 1/4

Two of the PIT's longest-running improv teams share this hour. First, Big Black Car, whose former members include Kurt Braunohler (Bunk), Kristen Schaal (Bob's Burgers) and Ellie Kemper (The Office), have the ability to disappear down a comedic rabbit hole with impressive agility.Then, the Baldwins, consisting of performers from all sorts of comedy and acting backgrounds, shape together one of the most impressive and absurd long-form improv routines this city has to offer.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Sex on Fifth Avenue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Jan 3
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