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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (Nov. 16-18)

November 16, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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Welcome back to this week’s edition of Weird and Wonderful happenings in New York City. In this series, we serve up real-talk on events that are off the beaten path and why you should check them out. We didn’t move to the city to order Seamless and watch “The Great British Baking Show” *every* night – so take a night off from blind bakes and watch someone swallow a sword or something.

From downtown’s wildest variety show to an immersive parody of “The Office” in Midtown to an upstate journey into the mind of dogs, this week’s lineup is, to put it simply, everything.   

WONDERSHOW
Manhattan, Downtown
Variety, Magic, Mentalism, Nightlife

If you thought knife-throwing and fiery hoola hooping is as “downtown” as it gets, you’re right. This adventurous evening of entertainment will have you oohing and ahhing all night long, with a mix of comedy, R-rated circus acts, and surprise guests that are sure to delight.

Theater Treasures of the Met
Manhattan, Upper East Side
Tour, Museum

If you’re equally tempted to indulge your obsessions with theater and history, this is the tour for you. This guided stroll of the world-famous Met museum explores the theatrical side of great works of art, from Picasso to Renoir. Bring a friend or make new ones at this event hosted by Show-Score, who famously brings arts lovers together for memorable experiences all around the city.

The Office: A Musical Parody
Manhattan, Midtown
Comedy, Parody

Dunder Mifflin is back in business, baby! This hilarious parody of “The Office” will fill your heart with your favorite memories from the TV show, and help you make new ones during this unique immersive adventure at the Jerry Orbach Theatre.

Cleopatra
Manhattan, Chelsea
Immersive, Nightlife, Musical

Party till the Empire falls with this brand spankin’ new immersive dance party show. Part historical drama, part pop concert, and part bar – this is the perfect event for getting a group together and dancing your face off with Dusty Ray Bottoms from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Pro tip: Pregame with tapas and sangria at Toro.

 

Voyage of Time
Brooklyn, Fort Greene
Multimedia, Concert

When dipping a toe into the experimental, there’s few sources we trust more than BAM to deliver an amazing night of art. “Voyage of Time” is no exception. This multimedia event is part film, part concert, part science documentary, and all “whoa.” Did we mention the documentary is by acclaimed Terrence Malick and the live music is being performed by Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus? 

 

Isabella Rosselini: Link Link Circus
Hudson Valley
Performance Art, Talks

Fall in the Hudson Valley? Swoon. As if you needed another reason to take a day trip out of the city, Isabella Rossellini’s vivid engagement at the Fisher Center will blow your mind as she shares scientific discoveries about animal minds, intelligence, and emotions. Did we mention the co-star is a pup? Dogs, arts, fall leaves… See you there.

BLANK! The Musical
Manhattan, Midtown
Comedy, Musical

Ready to see a brand new musical? At the fully improvised “Blank the Musical,” the show is so fresh that you’ll literally be the first one to see it. Our only guarantee is that it’s bound to be a hilarious night at the theater. Looking for the perfect spot to grab a bite? Check out our guide to eating in **shudder** Midtown...