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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (May 4 – 6)

May 3, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend: 80-degree weather, Cinco de Mayo, May 4 (if you’re a Jedi), that Justin Timberlake May meme resurfacing, etc. So break out your favorite festive summer outfit and get fun and flirty with this week’s roundup of weird, wonderful, and sometimes cheap picks.

West Side Comedy MVP’s
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Comedy

Upper West Side-ers rejoice! West Side Comedy Club (which opened less than a year ago underneath Playa Bettys) is the ideal warm weather comedy pick. West Side is the perfect place to eat guacamole and laugh this weekend, and their expertly curated lineup of comedians is enjoyable with or without a frozen drink in hand.

Kronos Quartet: Michael Gordon’s Clouded Yellow Album Release
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Concert, Experimental

If an intimate concert is more your speed, head over to Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and see Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon explore contemporary classical music with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet. The New Yorker’s Alex Ross describes Gordon’s music as, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Pro tip: Grab dinner at BBar & Grill first because this is the perfect patio time of year and their fries are perfectly seasoned.

Until Our Hearts Stop
Washington Square, Manhattan
Dance

Get experimental with New Orleans-born choreographer Meg Stuart and her dance company, Damaged Goods, in the world premiere of “Until Our Hearts Stop” at NYU Skirball. Six performers and three musicians will draw the audience into an immersive world through throbbing bass, piano, drums, and a mix between improvisation and composition.

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles
Herald Square, Manhattan
Musical, Concert, Family

If you’re looking for something for all ages, “Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles” is sure to please. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “Rain” brings the historic album to life in its entirety for a psychedelic multimedia spectacular. We won’t tell on you if you sing along a little in your seat…

Lynn Ahrens: A Lyric Life
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Concert

If you love “Ragtime,” “Anastasia,” or “Once on This Island,” you may know they all have one thing in common: lyrics by the amazing Lynn Ahrens. Her lyrics are so smart, imaginative, tender and clever, they earned her the “triple crown” of Broadway awards — Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle.

Get a close-up and personal look at Ahrens’s extraordinary life in lyrics at 92nd Street Y this weekend only, with songs and stories including how how “Schoolhouse Rock!” launched her career, and about being a lyricist in a world where few women have thrived.

May the 4th Be With You
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Virtual Reality, Arcade

Release your inner Jedi, grab a free Lagunitas, and head to the Lower East Side because Jump into the Light is hosting an epic “Star Wars”-themed night in honor of May 4. Once you’re worn out from trying to save the galaxy, pop over to Louie & Chan, cozy up in a booth in the lounge and order some creative cocktails and pizza.