Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (May 10-13)
Whether your version of being adventurous is seeing an in-your-face revue in a warehouse in Brooklyn or quietly crying in a concert hall at a beautiful cello performance, we’ve got a great adventure for you this weekend with our weird and wonderful picks.
This is not a show for the meek and nothing mild will be served onstage so, if you’re not ready to get Weird with a capital W, you’ve been warned. If you’re all about that sequined bodysuit in your closet and you want to see talent drawing from the finest burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes, get your tickets because this will sell out fast.
Herald Square, Manhattan
Escape Room, Activity
OK picture this: It’s 1927 and you and your friends are having the time of your lives in New York City’s most exciting speakeasy. But someone’s called the cops and they are on their way to put an end to the revelry! Can you figure out the best way to evade the paddy wagon? Find out at “Prohibition Pandemonium,” one of Escape Entertainment’s premium escape room experiences. Celebrate your escape (or commiserate about your lack of escape) a couple blocks away at Barcade with beers, snacks, and more game fun.
Got it from my Mama: A Mother’s Day Cabaret
Korea Town, Manhattan
Concert, Cabaret, Off-Broadway
NYC’s Premier Song and Dance Variety Show features high-energy synchronized dancing, live music, cheeky comedy, and…just a few guilty pleasures. So celebrate mom’s this mother’s day weekend with a little song and dance.
Sol Gabetta, Cello; Bertrand Chamayou, Piano
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Concert, Classical Music
Head over to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and let virtuosic Argentinian cellist, Sol Gabetta, captivate you with her “rich musical personality” (The New York Times). Gabett’a program of Chopin and more is sure to be spellbinding for classical music-lovers and newbies alike. We recommend capping off the night with a glass of wine and some small plates to share at Boulud Sud.
The Exposed Bone Workshop
If you’re a total theater nerd (like us) or are like “eh” about theater, this satirical and biting musical developed as a part of Serials @ The Flea will have you laughing your face off and also being like, “Why?!” “Exposed Bone” follows a group of bright-eyed BFAs as they reinterpret contemporary American classics to disastrous effect. So, in their words, “Come laugh! Come cry! Come shed your remaining faith in humanity!”
Judy Garland Live in Concert Starring Peter Mac
For decades, Peter Mac has been performing his seriously fun “Judy Garland Live in Concert” shows to critical acclaim from coast to coast. He’s renowned for his spot-on renditions of Garland standards, as well as his nuanced glimpse at her complex personality and inner life. Yes, you have to go to Midtown, but it is worth it!
The Beast in the Jungle
Union Square, Manhattan
Dance, Play, Off-Broadway
Is it a) dance, b) drama, c) music, or d) all of the above? If you were like “duh d because this is obviously a rhetorical question,” you were correct! This new piece, created by legendary composer John Kander (“Cabaret,” “Chicago”), Tony Award-nominated playwright David Thompson, and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (“The Producers,” “Contact”), fuses dance, drama, and music. The show is inspired by Henry James’s classic 1903 novella, “The Beast in the Jungle,” which tells the story of a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. The Vineyard is one of our favorite spots for fearless new work and homey favorite The Grey Dog is the perfect place to grab a low key-bite and debrief on what you just saw.
Plan ahead alert! There are some majorly wonderful events coming up (AKA not this weekend) that you don’t want to miss and top of our list is Northside Music and Innovation Festival:
Concert, Lecture, Festival
Refinery29 said it best: “Northside Festival is the event we look to for what’s new, what’s cool, and what’s seriously about to explode on the mainstream.” One of Brooklyn’s best festivals ever, Northside takes over North Brooklyn starting June 6 and we can’t wait. Passes are now on sale for both the music events (300+ concerts, eee!) and for the Innovation Festival.