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 Sep 18 - Wed Apr 1
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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. Thu Sep 18 - Thu Dec 31
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Paragon Sports warehouse sale

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This highly anticipated annual warehouse sale offers brand-name athletic goods and apparel at 50 to 80 percent off. Look for deep discounts on Adidas Energy Boost 2 running shoes ($80, formerly $160), Billabong board shorts (just $10, were $45) and Volcom ski jackets ($175, once $350).

  1. Paragon Sports warehouse 18 E 18th St, between Broadway and Fifth Ave
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Murder, Margaret and Me

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A cozy little space, a mysterious woman, a foggy suggestion of death in the air—this is a case for Miss Marple! Luckily, she's here, perspicacious as ever behind her knitting needles and twinkly, harmless-spinster demeanor. (“That glint in her eye? Solid steel.”) So, for that matter, is the woman who created her, the imperious English mystery novelist Agatha Christie; and so is the woman who first played her on film (to great success), the galumphing actress Margaret

  1. 55 Lexington Ave, at 25th St
  2. $18
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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National Yoga Month: Laughing Lotus

  • Free

Billed by Laughing Lotus founder Dana Flynn as the yoga studio's "big, free, fun event" for National Yoga Month, this evening celebration promises to live up to Flynn's promise. Expect a sweaty, warmhearted vinyasa-style class. Booking a spot in advance is advised.

  1. Laughing Lotus Yoga Center 636 Sixth Avenue, at 19th Street, Third Floor
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Barceló con hielo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Barceló con hielo. Repertorio Español at the Gramercy Arts Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Marco Antonio Rodríguez. Directed by José Zayas. In Spanish with English subtitles. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 55mins. One intermission. Barceló con hielo: In brief In Marco Antonio Rodríguez's ghost-haunted family drama, a cancer-stricken father (played by the author) guzzles rum while raging against the dying of the light. The world premiere is directed by the

  1. 138 E 27th St, between Lexington and Third Aves
  2. $15
  3. Fri Sep 19
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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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Hoaxocaust!

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Did Hoaxocaust! really happen? That’s a running question in Barry Levey’s semisatirical monologue, in which he recounts a globe-trotting voyage into the creepy world of Holocaust denial. Spurred by arguments with his Midwestern Jewish family and his Dominican boyfriend, Levey begins to wonder whether Jews evoke Nazi Germany too readily to defend their own insularity and Israel’s military policy: Does this the-Shoah-must-go-on attitude trigger an implicit Godwin’s Law that

  1. 55 Lexington Ave, at 25th St
  2. $18
  3. Thu Sep 18 - Wed Sep 24
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Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Is Hamlet, prince of Denmark, truly insane or only feigning madness to plot his revenge? Is Gary Busey, hack of Hollywood, truly batshit or only faking it for reality TV? While one question has been asked by Shakespeare scholars, and the other by writers of episode recaps, only one person has raised both in purposeful conjunction. That would be David Carl, a man who can confidently place “Gary Busey Impersonator” at the top of his CV. (He also plays Busey in Point Break

  1. 55 Lexington Ave, at 25th St
  2. $18
  3. Fri Sep 19
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How to Dress Well + Nite Jewel

  • Price band: 2/4
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Working as How to Dress Well, Tom Krell composes haunted love letters to the ’90s R&B jams of his youth. Here, he supports his most fleshed-out statement to date, the often gorgeous “What Is This Heart?” Opener Nite Jewel is the performance handle of heavily hyped L.A. indie-dance-music queen Ramona Gonzalez.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Wed Sep 17
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Mark Turner Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, one of the more thoughtful melodicists and resourceful improvisers on the current scene, is often found with a pianist or guitarist harmonizing beside him. That makes this freewheeling encounter with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Justin Brown (Jonathan Blake subs on Sept 21) all the more enticing. Here, Turner celebrates Lathe of Heaven, his spacious and songful new ECM set.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Harvest in the Square

  • Price band: 3/4
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The 19th annual tasting brings together 40 Union Square restaurants (The Gander, Botequim) and upstate wineries (Ravine Wine Cellars, Wölffer Estate Vineyards) for nibbles like Blue Smoke’s sweet-and-sticky spare ribs and sips such as merlot from Long Island’s Bedell Cellars—all under one tent in Union Square.

  1. Union Square 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Is Hamlet, prince of Denmark, truly insane or only feigning madness to plot his revenge? Is Gary Busey, hack of Hollywood, truly batshit or only faking it for reality TV? While one question has been asked by Shakespeare scholars, and the other by writers of episode recaps, only one person has raised both in purposeful conjunction. That would be David Carl, a man who can confidently place “Gary Busey Impersonator” at the top of his CV. (He also plays Busey in Point Break

  1. 55 Lexington Ave, at 25th St
  2. $18
  3. Fri Oct 3
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Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Is Hamlet, prince of Denmark, truly insane or only feigning madness to plot his revenge? Is Gary Busey, hack of Hollywood, truly batshit or only faking it for reality TV? While one question has been asked by Shakespeare scholars, and the other by writers of episode recaps, only one person has raised both in purposeful conjunction. That would be David Carl, a man who can confidently place “Gary Busey Impersonator” at the top of his CV. (He also plays Busey in Point Break

  1. 55 Lexington Ave, at 25th St
  2. $18
  3. Fri Sep 26
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Fred Hersch

  • Price band: 2/4
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Lauded for his lyrical genius, technical elegance and instinctive feel for virtually everything he plays, Fred Hersch regularly visits the Jazz Standard in all sorts of contexts. From Sept 23 through Sept 27, he appears in an enticing trio featuring bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Richie Barshay, and on Sept 28, he plays one night of solo piano.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sun Sep 28
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