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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC (April 26 Edition)

April 26, 2019 by CJ Schwartz
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We don’t know about you but we’re feeling ready for a night on the town — and not a normal night on the town, but one that includes, let’s say, a haunted trolley tour of Brooklyn? Or maybe an evening with drag queen Scarlet Envy of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”? Get funky with your weekend, step out of your comfort zone, and jump into one (or more) of New York’s weirdest and most wonderful events.

Manhattan, Chelsea
Dance, Immersive

If entering a trance through dance and music sounds like your idea of a good time, this is the perfect night out for you. Plus — if you’re feeling it — you can join some of Australia’s best dancers onstage in this contemporary dance performance hosted at legendary downtown venue, the Joyce.

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
Manhattan, Downtown
Play, Star-Studded

The first show at The Shed — Hudson Yard’s coolest new arts hub — is all about two iconic women: Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy. Did we mention it happens to star legendary soprano Renée Fleming and Golden Globe winner Ben Whishaw (“Mary Poppins Returns”)? Yeah, we’ll see you there.

Improvised Buffy
Manhattan, Downtown

If you can turn on any episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and know what’s going on — first of all — good for you! Second of all, you’ve got to get yourself to this live and fully improvised episode within the Buffyverse. 

Reflections: A Night with Scarlet Envy
Manhattan, Midtown
Cabaret, Drag

We loved her on Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” now Scarlet Envy brings her Southern beauty and New York grit to an evening of music, burlesque, and mayhem in Midtown.

Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours
Brooklyn, Williamsburg
Tour, Scary

Who needs the MTA when you’ve got Madame Morbid? Ditch the L train and ride around in Madame Morbid’s custom-made, turn-of-the-century trolley. We’re talking cushioned leather seats, chandeliers, and stories that range from true crime to ghosts and ghouls.

Uptown Showdown: Thinkers vs. Feelers
Manhattan, Uptown
Comedy, One-Night-Only

Cats vs. dogs? Comfy vs. cute? If you love a good debate about life’s most important questions, we think you’ll be a fan of this show. Host Matthew Love brings two funny humans (think “SNL” or “Broad City”) to the stage for a healthy and hilarious dispute.

New York Opera Fest 2019
New York City
Festival, Opera

Opera aficionados and newbies alike can rejoice because it’s New York Opera Fest time! See the best of indie opera — from virtual reality to improv — in theaters, gardens, and garages all over the city.