Gramercy and Flatiron events: The best shows and happenings

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Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series

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You'll want to bring a picnic blanket to the 11th season of Madison Square Park's outdoor concert series—the Fatty Crew (that's restaurant trifecta Fatty Crab, Fatty Cue and Pig & Khao) will be dishing out some of their famous fare. Hosting a wide range of musical acts, the summer-long series kicks off with the folksy Suzanne Vega (June 19), followed by the clarinet-led Anat Cohen Quartet (June 26), bluegrass band the Grascals with eclectic collective Joy Kills Sorrow (July 3),

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Wed Aug 6
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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. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Sep 7
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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. Wed Jul 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Rachel Feinstein, Folly

  • Rated as: 4/5

Fascinated with fantasy, fairy tales and theatrical settings, Rachel Feinstein tackles her first public art project with her largest sculptural works to date. Ranging from 8 to 26 feet tall, her three architectural follies were commissioned as site-specific projects for Madison Square Park and were inspired by such diverse sources as Fellini’s films, the Ballets Russes, Piranesi’s etchings of fanciful ruins and Meissen porcelains. Her structures evoke empty stage sets that

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Sep 7
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Mingus Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
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The city’s hardest-working big band holds forth 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 Jul 28
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Kenny Barron Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Any gig featuring pianist, bandleader and composer Kenny Barron is positively guaranteed to reach the heights of suavity and improvisational fire. Here, he's fronting a heavyweight band including mallets specialist Stefon Harris, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Jonathan Blake.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Aug 3
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Panda Bear + Blues Control

  • Price band: 2/4
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Panda Bear, a.k.a. Animal Collective indie-pop visionary Noah Lennox, is currently working on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, the follow-up to 2011's Tomboy—a dazzling effort that paired Lennox's Beach Boys–y vocals with more organic, but still weird, musical textures. Odds are you'll get a peek at some new material at these gigs, also featuring lo-fi ambient mainstays Blues Control.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Tue Sep 23
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Mingus Orchestra

  • Price band: 2/4
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One of several bands entrusted with the daunting task of preserving Charles Mingus’s raucous, bighearted legacy, the ten-piece Mingus Orchestra has all the depth and muscle needed to realize the master bassist-composer’s tempestuous fantasias.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Mon Aug 4
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The Dan Band

  • Price band: 2/4

You remember the wedding-reception scenes in Old School and The Hangover, in which the band’s singer keeps tossing out obscenities, to the befuddlement of the guests? Said act is L.A.’s real-life Dan Band, which busts out tongue-in-cheek—yet intensely passionate—pop covers laced with wanton profanity. If you’re a sucker for the gimmick, you probably already have tickets.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Harry Potter and the Birthday Spectacular

  • Price band: 1/4

Come celebrate the 34th birthday of the Boy Who Lived with Potter-themed improv, sketch and stand-up at the PIT. Show your love for the wizard so good he defeated Voldemort and saved the entirety of Hogwarts from going under. Kind of a big deal. Bring your robes, bring your wands…'cause it's about to be a magical night.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Jul 31
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