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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (May 18-20)

May 18, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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From a Brahms/Radiohead mashup in Brooklyn to a voyeuristic performance art piece in Washington Square, there’s plenty of weird and wonderful to go around this weekend in New York. Read on to see our recommendations. Who knows? There might even be a special deal hidden in here for you.

Stereo Hideout: Brooklyn Brahms V. Radiohead
Brooklyn, Prospect Park South
Concert, Experimental

In a must-see, one-night-only concert, the Stereo Hideout Orchestra will marry two seemingly disparate entities, Brahms’s first symphony and Radiohead’s OK Computer. The Stereo Hideout Orchestra is not like any orchestra you’ve ever seen, and this event promises to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the concert blows your mind, hop the train a fews stops over to Crown Heights and grab dessert and a cocktail at Butter and Scotch. Just to give you a sense of the vibe…our favorite drink is called “Smash the Patriarchy,” and we’re drooling just thinking about the s’mores pie.

The Cave: A Folk Opera
Tribeca, Manhattan
Opera, Musical

How far would you go for the people you love? That’s the question this award-winning  adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” poses. Told entirely through original folk music, this opera by feminist ensemble The Daughter’s Collective blends a concert-style performances with shadow puppets and lyrical choreography. Want to make it a whole Lower Manhattan afternoon? We recommend checking out La Monte Young’s sound and light installation, “Dream House” and then snagging a drink and a bite to eat at Two Hands before heading over to “The Cave.”

The List
Washington Square, Manhattan
Performance Art

Described as “an evening of voyeurism, sexual intrigue, and personal introspection,” Kirra Cheers’s “The List” is a fascinating theatrical adaptation of the artist’s photography series of the same name. It all started when Cheers was gifted a list from an acquaintance detailing his sexual history in chronological order. She then spent the next year tracking down everyone on the list, interviewing and photographing them in order to create a portrait of her acquaintance through the eyes of his past lovers. This new theatrical adaptation is performed as a series of monologues and audience members will engage in a participatory narrative that will leave you wondering what your past lovers would say about you. Tickets are selling out fast for this truly unique event so make sure to grab yours!

A Brief History of Women
Upper East Side, Manhattan

A totally different take on a similar theme to “The List” this play is a comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over sixty years. “A Brief History of Women” is playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s 81st play and the New York Times raves, “After more than half a century in the theater, Mr. Ayckbourn clearly still has the power to startle us into the most appropriately inappropriate reactions.”


FunkiJam’s Music Garden
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Musical, Family

Looking for the perfect thing to do with the kids in your life? “Music Garden” is FunikiJam’s newest Off Broadway family musical. Kids are encouraged to get out of their seats to dance and sing along with the cast in the aisles or up close to the stage. And, yes, there will be “Funki Jams!” Wondering where to eat? We’ve got a guide for that y’all so check out our guide to eating in Midtown.

Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Dance, Ballet

New York City Ballet closes out their season with George Balanchine’s charming comedy that’s chock-full of life-sized mechanical dolls, a quirky tale of mistaken identity and luscious music. The New York Times calls Coppélia “story ballet done to perfection.” Just sayin…

Animaniacs LIVE!
Washington Square, Manhattan

If you’re nostalgic for your ’90s childhood, this is the show for you. Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater hosts this musical revue starring original cast member Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from “Pinky and the Brain”), accompanied by Emmy-winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

Plan ahead alert! There are some truly dope events going on early next week that we don’t want you to miss. Especially if you love a good adventure or a magical night.

Beat the Bomb
Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn
Game, Escape Room

Full disclosure: We tested this game, and we are here to tell you it is some of the most fun we’ve ever had. No joke. “Beat the Bomb” is the first ever paint blast escape room. You get to hack computers, navigate a laser maze, and crack codes on your way to the bomb room in this awesome test of teamwork and communication. Bring your whole squad (the game suits up to six players) or make new friends when you get there. After your adventure, grab a slice at Love and Dough and chose your favorite pictures to Instagram.


Patrick Terry Presents: The Magic Hour
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Magic, Mentalism, Variety

Prepare to have your mind blown because WONDERSHOW’s wonderful wonderman Patrick Terry is at it again with his new show at The Triad, “The Magic Hour.” Expect the unexpected and top-notch performances from the best mind-readers and sleight-of-hand artists. The inaugural performance of “Magic Hour” will feature Andrew Goldenhersh, a truly unique performer whose skill and style have mesmerized audiences from Hollywood to the Far East, and all points in between. As a special bonus for “Weird & Wonderful” weekly readers you can use code MAGICHOUR10 at checkout for $10 off tickets.