Gramercy and Flatiron events: The best shows and happenings

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The Stand

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Sons of Essex’s Seth Levine turns out comfort-food spins—like cheeseburger pot stickers and duck-topped pizzas—at this comedy club–restaurant hybrid. After dinner, head downstairs to the club, where you can sip cocktails designed by Minetta Tavern vets, while acts like Judah Friedlander and Artie Lange supply the belly laughs. Test your stand-up knowledge and try to name all the comedians on the wallpaper in the bathrooms.

  1. 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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Mingus Big Band

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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 Apr 21
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Russell Howard: Wonderbox

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Brit stand-up Russell Howard is like a puppy who's just been fed a few Pixy Stix: He bounds across the stage with exceedingly good cheer, flopping about in a naturally funny way. He's also quite clever. The combination, on view in his series Russell Howard's Good News, is irresistible.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri May 2
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6th Annual Eleven Madison Park Kentucky Derby Party

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Celebrating "the greatest two minutes in sports," Daniel Humm and Will Guidara transform their award-winning dining room into a Southern extravaganza. Feast on fried chicken and waffles, hush puppies and snow cones, and sip Woodford Reserve–spiked mint juleps and old-fashioneds mixed by cocktail impresario Leo Robitschek. The festivities continue with roots and swing tunes by the Crooners and the Brain Cloud, plus festive hats and fascinators by the West Village’s legendary

  1. Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Ave, at 24th St, 10010
  2. Sat May 3
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Riff Raff + Grandtheft

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Internet-famous Houston MC Riff Raff may look like a novelty, but his mike prowess and way with a gonzo turn of phrase—try "Emeralds in my ears are far from clear ’cause…they resemble frozen lettuce," from the 2012 Kitty Pryde collabo "Orion's Belt"—make him tough to resist. He takes the stage ahead of his new effort, Neon Icon.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Mon Apr 21
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Limelight Marketplace

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The Episcopal Church–turned-’90s-superclub is now a minimall. The three-story haven boasts more than 40 shops, including Old Hollywood, Brocade Home and the first-ever Hunter store. Refuel after shopping with thin-crust pies at an outpost of famous Brooklyn pizzeria, Grimaldi's.

  1. 656 Sixth Ave, at 20th St
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The Bad Plus

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Once known mainly as the quirky trio that made its name covering rock and pop tunes, the Bad Plus now comes off as the consummate contemporary jazz combo, by turns cerebral, visceral and disarmingly emotive. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King boast a rare magnetism that transcends genre, even when the band undertakes something as outre as Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring, on its latest CD. Don't miss its maiden voyage at the Standard.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Tue Apr 22 - Sun Apr 27
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Ralph Nader: Unstoppable

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Nader works tirelessly to encourage individual responsibility but still looks to shake up the system as it relates to corporate power, civil liberties, alternative energy, climate change and more. His new title is a call to arms for everyday citizens on the right and left to work together to dismantle the ties between the government and the corporate world.

  1. Barnes & Noble Union Square 33 E 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Mingus Orchestra

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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 Apr 28
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Murderfist

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Wild and aggressive but not confrontational, Murderfist is about as punk as sketch comedy gets. Raw, committed performances and loopy jokes undermine theatrical unity every time, but the mess this crew makes is well worth any necessary cleanup.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Apr 26
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The Prom You Always Wanted

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Get decked out in your finest finery and get your sweetie to awkwardly attach a corsage to your person for this ambitiously named fund-raiser for the Center for Anti-Violence Education. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music from DJ Tony Lee help make the evening magical.

  1. Motivo 915 Broadway, at 21st St, 10010
  2. Sun Apr 27
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