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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (July 20-22)

July 19, 2018 by Geri Silver
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It’s been a weird week. We’ve survived tornadoes in Brooklyn, a steam pipe explosion in Manhattan, and Amazon’s site crash on Prime Day. If you’re ready to unwind with something wonderful this weekend, while still keeping it a lil weird just for kicks, we’ve got a killer weekend lined up for you.

From chilling with Hillary Clinton at OZY Fest to raving with classical artists at House of Yes, check out our eclectic mix of weird and wonderful events happening this weekend in NYC.

OZY Fest
Manhattan, Central Park
Festival, Comedy, Food, Music, Talks, Star-Studded

You may think we’re about to tell you about a funky dream from the other night when we mention that there’s a two-day festival featuring Hillary Clinton, Passion Pit, HQ’s Scott Rogowsky, Martha Stewart, Chelsea Handler, and Malcolm Gladwell, but this seemingly fantastical lineup of A-list cultural figures (plus many others!) is real and could only happen at OZY Fest. Face the music, taste the sweetness, and join the conversation with a 1- or 2-day pass to this weekend’s unbelievable festival of all things tunes, food, and politics in Central Park.

 

The Damned
Manhattan, Upper East Side
Play, Experimental

If you’re a big-time theater lover, we can quickly sum up why you need to run to this show: Ivo van Hove and the Park Avenue Armory. And for those who have never experienced a van Hove-directed production or a performance at this epic Upper East Side arts and cultural venue, you’ll want to hop to it right away to catch the desperately dark historical drama that’s already earned itself a rave review from The New York Times. Be prepared for breathtaking scenic design, an intense storyline about Hitler’s rise to power, and a unique night of important theater that’ll stick with you for a while.

 

EastVille Comedy Club
Brooklyn, Barclay’s Center
Comedy, Stand-up

EastVille Comedy Club is just steps away from Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, and it’s the borough’s best comedy club. It’s also Brooklyn’s only comedy club, so while it may not have competition in the category, it’s proven itself a worthy destination for laugh lovers looking to see top-notch comedy talent. And there’s no need to break the bank on tickets like you might for the concerts next door — you can see comedians Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan, and more this weekend from just $11.

 

AcousticaElectronica with Touch Performance Art
Brooklyn, Bushwick
Experimental, Nightlife, Music

Is it an art show? A circus? A rave? This show at Bushwick’s trendy House of Yes defies genre with an immersive sensory adventure that blends classics and electronica, light and dark, theater performance and dance party. If you’re looking for a night of spine-tingling entertainment where you can party the night away after the performance, you’ll want to dive into this fabulous piece that puts the “art” in party.

 

Chamber Magic 
Manhattan, Upper East Side
Magic

This crowd favorite has wowed TodayTix audiences and celebrities alike, with Warren Buffett, Stephen Sondheim, and the Queen of Morocco among the fans of Steve Cohen’s mind-blowing, up-close magic act. Move over, Disney World, the most magical place on earth is on Madison Avenue, and you can stop by on Friday or Saturday to add some wonder to your weekend.

 

A Brief History of Drag
Manhattan, Midtown
Concert, Drag

Following sold-out performances in the UK, triple threat drag sensation Velma Celli will perform the legendary music of Queen, Bowie, Boy George, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, and more in her electrifying debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below. If you like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” you’ll love this magnetic celebration of iconic drag moments of film, stage, and pop culture.