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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (Nov. 2-4)

November 1, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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Halloween is barely over, and there’s already holiday music playing in every grocery store. It’s time to dig out your warmest beanie because y’all, it’s officially kinda winter.

Don’t let rain, sleet, snow, or a subway outage deter you. We’re still out here highlighting the wild, the whimsical, the wistful, the wacky, the weird, and the most wonderful happenings in New York City.

From exhibits and avocados in Industry City to Houdini hijinx downtown to disco ball bathrooms in Bushwick, we think you’re going to love this week’s lineup.

The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini
Manhattan, Downtown
Theater, Immersive, Mystery, Magic

Whether you’re a comic book nerd, an immersive theater nerd, a Houdini nerd, a history nerd, or not a nerd at all (really, though…?), this experience will blow your mind. Based on the original graphic novel, this is an immersive production about the mystery of Houdini’s untimely death. You might find yourself attending a séance, sipping absinthe in a speakeasy, spying on an affair in a hotel room, or witnessing an attempted murder. If you love “Sleep No More,” you’ll love this downtown dive into the hidden world of magic and mystery.

GOAT at UCB Theatre
Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen
Sketch Comedy

Comedy fans agree: UCB Theatre produces some of the world’s best sketch comedy. Members of GOAT have written for or appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Broad City,” “Difficult People,” “Above Average,” and probably every other good show you like. It’s also affordable as hell, so you can easily become a sketch comedy addict without breaking the bank. And trust us — after seeing GOAT, you definitely will.

Renascence
Manhattan, Lower East Side
Musical

Don’t be fooled by this musical about Edna St. Vincent Millay, the famous 20th-century poet. Edna was a total badass, and this contemporary musical puts her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality on full display with a heart-pumping score and boundary-pushing originality. And here’s a pre-show or post-show tip: If you love Sichuan food, keep the spicy night going with delicious family style food at nearish by Mission Chinese.

Escher: The Exhibition & Experience
Brooklyn, Industry City
Museum, Interactive, Art

Remember that cool image you once saw in an art history class of two hands drawing each other? It’s literally called “Drawing Hands,” FYI, and it’s by Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. The new Escher Exhibition in Brooklyn’s Industry City serves up the perfect mix of art and interactive elements so you can fully immerse yourself in this artist’s fascinating work. And while visiting Industry City, New York’s trendy new hub for creativity and innovation, you can go to Avocaderia — the world’s first Avocado Bar for breakfast or lunch, or get some A+ pizza from “Shark Tank’s” Table87 in their impressive food hall. So basically: Come for the art, stay for the art. And stay even longer for the food.

 

The Original Golden Girls Live
Manhattan, Midtown
Parody, Drag, Comedy

Yes, this is a loving drag parody of everyone’s favorite sitcom. Peter and John Mac have been slaying the game with their killer impressions for 15 years and it’s easy to see why this show is an absolute crowd pleaser. Their amazing drag performances honor and parody the fabulous ladies of “Golden Girls” in a way that would definitely make Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose proud.

Marnie
Manhattan, Columbus Circle
Opera, Experimental

Think opera is stuffy? Think again, because “Marnie” is anything but. This new opera is by classical darling Nico Muhly – who just happens to be the youngest composer to ever have an opera at the Met – and is performed in English with all the sex appeal, suspense, and visual stimulation of an HBO hit. So, to review: young cool composer + sexy storyline + cool visuals = “Marnie”.

AcousticaElectronica
Brooklyn, Bushwick
Immersive, Performance Art, Nightlife, Experimental

Dig as deep as you dare in this blend of dance, circus, aerials, opera, acoustic, and electronic music. If you haven’t been to House of YES yet, do yourself a favor and go to House of YES. With this one-of-a-kind evening you’ll be immersed in a 360-degree sensory adventure through art’s past and present. While you’re in Bushwick, we recommend getting some Bushwick Collective murals in your Instagram story and then sipping on a hot toddy and chatting with the friendly bartenders at local fave Idlewild. Pro tip: They’re also doing delicious melty sandwiches now!