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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend

April 26, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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It’s time to get your weekend on, and we’re here to help with our top weird and wonderful picks. What do we mean by “weird and wonderful”? We mean events you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see on TodayTix or know to look for. We’re talking circus, comedy, variety, opera, immersive acts, and everything in between. So, without further ado, here are the picks for this weekend, April 27-29. (We think you’re gonna love ’em.)

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA
East Rutherford, NJ

If you’ve never experienced the magic of Cirque du Soleil, we promise it’s worth the trip to New Jersey. Cirque du Soleil is renowned for a reason, and “VOLTA” weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.  Pro tip: You can take a Lyft to Rutherford, N.J., and check our TodayTix confirmation email for a little Lyft love.

The Poetry Brothel
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Immersive, Literary

If you’d identify as a sapiosexual, this is the event for you! “The Poetry Brothel” is an interactive cabaret with live music, burlesque, aerials, vaudeville, live drawing, and fortune tellers. Make a whole night of it, and head to downtown dumpling favorite Vanessa’s Dumplings first.

Everybody Hates Us (But Not Tonight, Baby!)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Every month, hosts Betsy Kenney and Dara Katz round up some of their favorite performers for a night of comedy born out of one question: What would you do on this stage if you stopped caring about how other people felt about you? April’s stacked lineup includes “The Tonight Show’s” Jo Firestone, Benny Polanco (who you may have seen at Bushwig), and more. This monthly show takes place at The Mockingbird so marg it up while you laugh it up.

Lucia Di Lammermoor
Upper West Side, Manhattan

If we could dispel one arts rumor, it would be that opera is expensive. It’s not if you know where to look! Tickets to “Lucia di Lammermoor” start at just $25 on TodayTix. This particular opera involves a very vocal descent into madness with stunning design and direction by visionary Mary Zimmerman. So throw on something that makes you feel chi, grab drinks at the Empire Rooftop or dinner at The Smith and make a night out of it.

Jump Into the Light
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Game, Virtual Reality

Game on y’all. This virtual reality PlayLab is the upgraded version of an arcade because this time the games will transport you with the magic of modern-day technology. Wander around the LES with a pack of friends, pop in for game time, and then relax with lox and bagels at our favorite brunch pick Russ & Daughters.

Letters in the Dirt
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Immersive, Play

It’s the final weekend for “Letters in the Dirt,” an immersive show structured like a game and a ritual. It places the audience face-to-face with the insightful Aiyana Jones — a 7-year-old girl fatally shot by police in 2010 during a police raid in Detroit, now a symbol within the Black Lives Matter movement. As an audience member, you use the objects around you to help Aiyana understand her death and move on from purgatory.

The Imbible: Day Drinking
Midtown, Manhattan
Musical, Comedy, Immersive

Looking for the quintessential New York brunch experience? You’ll find it in “The Imbible: Day Drinking,” the latest edition of the smash-hit musical comedy series about cocktails and spirits.