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. Tue Oct 21 - Wed Apr 1
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Union Square Holiday Market

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  • Free

This European-style winter market boasts more than 150 local and national vendors hawking an impressive selection of handcrafted gifts, ranging from jewelry and accessories to leather goods and artwork. Look for Kristiana Parn stationery sets (six note cards for $18), Stories mounted art prints ($45 each), Organic Treatment facial serums ($38), and Pageant Print Shop antique Brooklyn and Manhattan maps ($200).

  1. Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Wed Dec 24
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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 Oct 27 - Mon Dec 29
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Port Authority

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Port Authority. DR2 Theatre (see Off Broadway). By Conor McPherson. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly. With Billy Carter, Peter Maloney and James Russell. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Port Authority: In brief While the Irish Rep's Chelsea home gets renovated, the company moves into the DR2 with a revival of Conor McPherson's poignant 2001 play about Irish men, structured as monologues for three Dubliners of different ages. Billy Carter, Peter Maloney and James Russell

  1. 103 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. $70
  3. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Nov 16
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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. Tue Oct 21 - Thu Dec 31
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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

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. Tue Oct 21 - Sun May 24
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Mingus Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
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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 Oct 27
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Billy & Ray

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Billy & Ray. Vineyard Theatre (see Off Broadway). By Mike Bencivenga. Director 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. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Nov 23
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Karen Karch sample sale

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This jewelry designer is hosting her first-ever sample sale, where you’ll find up to 70 percent off on her fine-jewelry designs for men and women. Like a little bubbly while you browse? Stop by Thu 23 from 6–9pm for refreshments.

  1. Karen Karch 38 Gramercy Park North, between Lexington and Third Aves
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Oct 25
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Electoral Dysfunction

  • Price band: 1/4
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There's just one month left until Election Day, and these comedians plan to give you a far better (mock) debate than any real politician can. Watch funny people like Dean Obeidallah of The Muslims Are Coming! and moderator Nate Starkey of Big Black Car make the case for why comedians should totally take over Congress.

  1. The PIT 123 East 24th Street, between Park and 3rd , 10010
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Eluveitie + Tyr + Metsatoll

  • Price band: 2/4
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One of the more convincing exponents of the European folk-metal trend, Eluveitie offers an undeniably rousing brand of cinematic bombast, as heard on this year's Origins. Expect to witness a hurdy-gurdy player executing hair windmills, musicians tootling on tin whistles over infernal blast beats and other hybrid-genre marvels.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Wed Oct 22
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RISK!

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Kevin Allison (formerly of the State) invites noteworthy New Yorkers to share stories that are daring in either content or the way they're told.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Misfits + Jasta

  • Price band: 2/4

To be clear: This is the Misfits that made classic songs such as "Skulls" and "Last Caress," but this iteration of the band contains a mere one original member—the fittingly named Jerry Only, who took over vocal duties after founder Glenn Danzig quit the band. Thankfully, these tunes sound great no matter who's playing them—and they're right on time for Halloween, too.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Tue Oct 28
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Guillermo Klein Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Often heard at the helm of Los Guachos, his sumptuous large ensemble, Argentine pianist-composer presents his airy, intricate progressive jazz in a quartet setting. The compelling drummerless lineup features saxists Miguel Zenón and Mark Turner and keyboardist Aaron Goldberg.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Wed Oct 29
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Say Anything + Saves the Day + Reggie and the Full Effect

  • Price band: 2/4
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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

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