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 Aug 28 - 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 Aug 28 - Thu 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. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Sep 7
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Ron Carter Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
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Everybody knows how fantastic a bassist Ron Carter is, not to mention the fact that we all own at least one recording with him on it (Miles Davis! A Tribe Called Quest!). Typically known for his small-group prowess, Carter heads a large ensemble here, as heard on 2011's brassy, vintage-style swinger Ron Carter's Great Big Band.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Aug 31
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The Good and the True

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The Good and the True. DR2 Theatre (see Off Broadway). By Daniel Hrbek, Tomas Hrbek and Lucie Kolouchova. Translated by Brian Daniels. Directed by Daniel Hrbek. With Hannah D. Scott, Saul Reichlin. Running time: 1hr 15mins. No intermission. The Good and the True: In brief This internationally acclaimed Czech two-hander celebrates the lives of athlete Milos Dobry (Saul Reichlin) and actor Hana Pravda (Hannah D. Scott), who lived through the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in the

  1. 103 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. $65
  3. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Sep 14
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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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"Tootie" Heath / Ethan Iverson / Ben Street

  • Price band: 2/4
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Pianist Ethan Iverson steps away from the Bad Plus to spend some quality time with another tight-knit band, a trio featuring septuagenarian drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, spark plug of jazz institution the Heath Brothers and collaborator of countless legends. Bassist Ben Street completes this surefire triumvirate, whose offbeat approach to repertoire and loose, conversational flow were well documented on last year's Tootie's Tempo.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Wed Sep 3
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Fucked Up + Speedy Ortiz + Give

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Fucked Up has a remarkable knack for inciting indie-rock types to care about hardcore, probably because the Toronto outfit brings an operatic complexity to an often monochrome genre. The band returns to town behind this summer's Glass Boys LP. Speedy Ortiz sets the singsongy vocals of Sadie Dupuis against a field of gnarled, roaring guitars, coming off like the Breeders gone math rock. D.C. crew Give evokes '80s-era hardcore.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Sat Sep 6
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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. Sun Aug 31
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Barceló con hielo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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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Big Black Car + The Baldwins

  • Price band: 1/4

Two improv teams share this hour. First, the quick and dirty players in Big Black Car have the ability to disappear down a comedic rabbit hole with impressive agility.Then, the Baldwins are notable for the number of competent actors with a yen to play slowly and thoroughly.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Aug 30
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