Gramercy and Flatiron events: The best shows and happenings

Find things to do in Gramercy and Flatiron, including museum exhibitions, shows, festivals and other events.

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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

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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 rave known as De La Guarda swung into town 16 years ago, it was the only show of its kind. Even in 2007, when environmental-kinesthetic mastermind Diqui James unveiled a sequel, Fuerza Bruta, there was no Sleep No More, Then She Fell or Queen of the Night. So has James tried to reinvent the wheel and beat the competition—say, by introducing narrative or literary allusions? Not a chance. Fuerza Bruta: Wayra is of a piece with its predecessors, still offering unique thrills for a remarkably young and diverse audience that, I’m guessing, doesn’t get to Playwrights Horizons very much. And there’s nothing wrong with that. As a palate cleanser for theatergoers tired of living rooms and family secrets, Wayra is a bona fide thrill ride. Immersive theater may be more common now, but no one blasts through boundaries like these guys. As usual, James’s nonverbal episodic spectacle (with an eclectic score by Gaby Kerpel that glides from techno and drum ’n’ bass to world) is a direct challenge to we poor critics’

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Daryl Roth Theatre, Gramercy & Flatiron Until Thursday December 31 2015

Frantic!

Critics' pick

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

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The Stand, Gramercy & Flatiron Monday February 2 2015 - Monday December 28 2015 Free

Sex on Fifth Avenue

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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.

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Museum of Sex (MoSex), Gramercy & Flatiron Saturday January 31 2015 - Saturday March 28 2015

Mingus Big Band

Critics' pick

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.

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Jazz Standard, Gramercy & Flatiron Monday February 2 2015 - Friday February 13 2015

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. Appearing here in support of the new Apex Predator—Easy Meat, the band is joined by proggy Canadian vets Voivod, coming off 2013's return to form Target Earth, for this tour dubbed Through Space and Grind. Opening are death-metal outfit Exhumed, punk-metal throwbacks Iron Reagan and Reading, PA's Black Crown Initiate.

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Gramercy Theatre, Gramercy & Flatiron Monday February 2 2015

Meghan Trainor + Sheppard

Critics' pick

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.

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Irving Plaza, Gramercy & Flatiron Friday March 13 2015

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

Soulful saxophone star Chris Potter super-sizes his groove-oriented Underground combo to an 11-piece mini orchestra, showing off lush, emotive originals from his new ECM set, Imaginary Cities.

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Jazz Standard, Gramercy & Flatiron Until Saturday January 31 2015

Da

Ciarán O'Reilly plays a middle-aged Irishman haunted by his late father in a revival of Hugh Leonard's Tony-winning 1978 drama, set in 1960s Dublin. The Irish Rep's Charlotte Moore directs (at the company's temporary home near Union Square).

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DR2 Theatre, Gramercy & Flatiron Until Sunday March 8 2015

Jazz for Kids

Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music, while your family chows down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

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Jazz Standard, Gramercy & Flatiron Sunday February 8 2015 - Sunday May 17 2015

Brooklynite

A hardware clerk joins forces with a superhero to save Brooklyn in a new musical by Peter Lerman and director Michael Mayer (American Idiot), based on characters by supernovelists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The bulletproof cast includes Matt Doyle, Ann Harada and Grace McLean; choreography is by the inescapable Steven Hoggett.

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Vineyard Theatre, Gramercy & Flatiron Friday January 30 2015 - Sunday March 22 2015

Institute of Culinary Education

This educational center offers recreational cooking and baking classes, as well as courses covering wine and spirits. Browse and sign up for classes at the Institute of Culinary Education

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Gramercy & Flatiron

Willam: The meWme Show

Critics' pick

The only queen ever kicked off RuPaul's Drag Race also happens to be one of the funniest performers—and best singers—ever to come out of that show, and he's rightly become something of an Internet sensation, racking up millions of views with his song parodies and casually bitchy comedy.

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Gramercy Theatre, Gramercy & Flatiron Saturday April 18 2015

PEN DIY with Erica Jong

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The new PEN DIY series honors the history of oral tradition and the ways literature speaks to the human experience. At the first iteration of the year, legendary author of Fear of Flying Erica Jong takes the stage to perform a literary “how-to.” Emily Gould hosts, and doors open at 7:30pm.

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Ace Hotel New York, Gramercy & Flatiron Monday February 2 2015

Stand-Up on the Spot: The Improvised Stand-Up Show

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Robby Slowik hosts this show where you, the audience, tell the comedians what subjects you want to hear about. Then the comics create and perform brand-new material in front of your eyes.

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The Stand, Gramercy & Flatiron Wednesday January 28 2015

14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night

Taste your way through a parade of fromage and vino at this around-the-world pairing. Guests enjoy samples from up-and-coming wine countries like South Africa and Spain, accompanied by carefully selected curds from Murray's Cheese Shop. While sipping and swirling, learn the ins and outs of wine production, from climate effects to grape selection.

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NYC Wine Company, Gramercy & Flatiron Saturday January 31 2015

Friends Seminary School

Part of the Religious Society of Friends, this lower Manhattan school offers programs in academics, arts and athletics all year round.

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Gramercy & Flatiron

Institute for Culinary Education

This educational center offers recreational cooking and baking classes, as well as courses covering wine and spirits. Browse and sign up for classes at Institute for Culinary Education

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Gramercy & Flatiron

Skyport Marina

It isn't much to look at, basically a bunch of boats docked between some butt-ugly waterside buildings—but if you're a boat-party fan, you'll find yourself venturing to Skyport Marina with regularity, as many of the city's busiest vessels call the space their home.

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Gramercy & Flatiron

Hold Onto Your Butts

Critics' pick

The hilarious shot-for-shot live remake of Jurrassic Park returns to the PIT for 15 nights following its sold-out run last September that recieved rave reviews. It even made it on our top 10 comedy shows of 2014 list.

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Peoples Improv Theater, Gramercy & Flatiron Sunday February 22 2015 - Saturday March 28 2015

Nick Hornby: Funny Girl

The beloved author of High Fidelity and About a Boy reads from his first novel in five years, an endearing story about a young woman in 1960s London. Editor Bill Tipper joins the writer in conversation.

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Barnes & Noble Union Square, Gramercy & Flatiron Wednesday February 4 2015 Free

Asaf Avidan

Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan has a high, rough, distinctive voice that's drawn comparisons to Robert Plant and puts us in mind of Jimmy Scott singing Janis Joplin numbers (a good thing). He matches it to pretty, moody arrangements (let's throw some Joshua Tree–era U2 into the mix). Promising stuff.

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Irving Plaza, Gramercy & Flatiron Wednesday February 4 2015

Fat Baby Stand-Up Comedy

The guys behind Fat Baby Comedy—Benny D and Giulio Gallarotti—host a different crew of comedians every Wednesday. They also produce an involved series of promos for the show on YouTube that are worth checking out for, if nothing else, their degree of goofy, cinematic commitment.

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Thursday January 29 2015 Free

Superfree Wednesday

This free comedy night has five parts: Two house improv teams perform in each of the 7, 8 and 9pm time slots; at 10pm, a house team opens for a group composed of the PIT's teaching staff; and at 11pm, hop onstage for Improdome, the weekly amateur jam.

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Wednesday January 28 2015 Free

Awooga Comedy Hour

Griffin Newman and Andrew Tavin host this weekly stand-up showcase that has previously featured Colin Quinn, John Mulaney, Bridey Elliott, Chris Gethard and more.

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Wednesday January 28 2015

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