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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC (Jan. 5 Edition)

January 4, 2019 by CJ Schwartz
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Hello, bonjour, and happy new year, you splendid seekers of all things weird and wonderful. The holiday season is over, and we’re here to help you with those sparkly new resolutions — provided they involve seeing more of the weirdest, wildest things NYC has to offer. We’ve got a great lineup this week. From a Cuban dance company to a hip-hop guide to evolutionary biology, there’s something here for everyone.

Malpaso Dance Company
Manhattan, Downtown

This wildly talented Cuban dance company is committed to showcasing the best and brightest Cuban dancers. From brand new works to restagings of some forgotten classics, this performance from the Malpaso Dance Company is sure to be a hit with dedicated dancers and newbies alike.


Manhattan, Downtown
Variety, Circus

It’s a vaudeville show. It’s a magic act. And, according to TimeOut NYC, it’s a beautiful display of “professional mindf*ckery.” “WONDERSHOW” is a collection of some of the world’s most daring dancers, hypnotists, and magicians, and this one-of-a-kind performance is a must-see for those who seek a mind-altering experience.

Street Art Pilgrimage in Bushwick
Brooklyn, Bushwick
Tour, Art

The L isn’t closing after all — what better way to celebrate than a quick trip to NYC’s own street art mecca? This walking tour of Bushwick takes you to some of the neighborhood’s most illustrious pieces of street art while providing you with the context you need to truly appreciate these magnificent murals.

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
Manhattan, Midtown
Off-Broadway, Musical, Immersive

A top-of-the-line musical comedy that’s guaranteed to get you a little drunk? Yes, you read that right — your ticket to this madcap musical romp through the science and history of alcohol comes with three complimentary craft cocktails.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience
Brooklyn, Industry City

The iconic Dutch artist M.C. Escher is best known for his unique, mind-bending style, and this exhibition puts his best works in one place. Head over to Industry City for a chance to see some of the artist’s most brain-melting works, curated by two of the world’s foremost Escher experts.

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Evolution
Manhattan, Downtown

The name says it all — “Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Evolution” is a hip-hop tour of modern evolutionary biology. When paired with Baba Brinkman’s scientific precision and boundless charisma, this show really has to be seen to be believed.

Brooklyn, Bushwick
Immersive, Experimental, 18+

Part play, part Bushwick basement apartment, fully immersive. “BLEACH” follows Tyler, a sex worker living in Brooklyn, as he questions his profession, his life, and his commitment to the city he calls home.