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. Sat Nov 22 - Wed Apr 1
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Cranksgiving

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Burn some calories before you enter a Turkey Day food coma next week, all while helping provide meals to hungry New Yorkers (how’s that for a productive weekend?). You’ll need a bike, a lock and $15–$20 to participate in this annual race, in which participants cycle to five grocery stores to shop for Thanksgiving supplies along a 12-to-15-mile route. Registration begins at 12:30pm for a 2pm ride; once you’ve crossed the finish line, your haul will be donated to City

  1. Solar One 24-20 FDR Dr, between 22nd and 23rd Sts
  2. Sat Nov 22
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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 24 - Mon Dec 29
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
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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. Sat Nov 22 - Thu Dec 31
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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

  • Rated as: 3/5
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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. Sat Nov 22 - Sun May 24
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Mingus Big Band

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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 24 - Mon Dec 8
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Madison Square Park Tree Lighting

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  • Free

In 1912, this park lit the first community Christmas tree in America. According to the park's conservancy, a wealthy local organized the ceremony when a visitor told him of "his loneliness...during the holiday season." The lighting retains its neighborly vibe, with a performance by AudraRox and the New York Life Singers. Stick around for the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s second annual Ugliest Sweater Competition (6:30pm); prospective participants can sign up at

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Tue Dec 9
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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. Sat Nov 22 - Sun Nov 23
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Maria Schneider Orchestra

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It’s been a long, long time since Maria Schneider’s weekly gigs at the late, lamented Visiones, which means her orchestra’s appearances are now rare commodities. Even if that weren’t the case, Schneider’s 2014 Grammy wins—she took home three statues for Winter Morning Walks, a collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw—serve as a reminder that there’s no time like now to catch this polished ensemble.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Nov 30
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Vinicius Cantuária

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Guitarist-composer Vinicius Cantuária is as unassuming in demeanor as his songs are bodaciously beautiful, and when he needs assistance onstage, you can usually expect the finest bossa nova internationalists to be on hand to help out. Here, he shows off his vocal talents in a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Nov 22 - Sun Nov 23
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An Evening With Bianca Del Rio: The Rolodex Of Hate Tour

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Much-loved local comedy queen and RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio serves up an evening of scathing, hilarious bitchery.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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Dance Cartel's OntheFloor: REMIX

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Dance Cartel founder and choreographer Ani Taj invites revelers into the Ace Hotel's sprawling basement for this interactive dance-theater work.

  1. Ace Hotel New York 20 W 29th St, at Broadway, 10012
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Napalm Death + Voivod + Exhumed + Iron Reagan + Black Crown Initiate

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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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Say Anything + Saves the Day + Reggie and the Full Effect

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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 from

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Wed Dec 3
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Meghan Trainor + Sheppard

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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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