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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (Oct. 26-28)

October 26, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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October is the month of Weird with a capital W, so break out your beanie and get your butt to this weekend’s roster of weird and wonderful events. We’ve got drag, ballet, opera, Broadway drag, Andy Warhol, and H. Jon Benjamin and Amy Sedaris live. It’s a pretty crazy lineup!

Pardon My Tangent
Manhattan, Downtown
Podcast, Music, Comedy

We could regale you with lots of great reasons to see this, but the lineup speaks for itself.  Hosted by Janeane Garofalo and Arden Myrin, guests include:

  • H. Jon Benjamin actor, “Bob’s Burgers,” “Archer”
  • Amber Tamblyn actor, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Joan of Arcadia”
  • Amy Sedaris actor, “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” “Strangers with Candy”
  • Amy Engelhardt singer/songwriter, formerly of The Bobs
  • The Gregory Brothers viral internet stars/ musicians
  • Lawrence O’Donnell TV pundit, host of “MSNBC The Last Word”
  • Dallas Roberts actor, “FBI,” “The Good Wife,” “The Walking Dead”
  • Sam Seder TV pundit, host of “The Majority Report”
  • Kate Walsh actor, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “13 Reasons Why”

Brooklyn, Downtown
Opera, Drag, Experimental

This Halloweekend, go extra or go home at “DRAGUS MAXIMUS”: an operatic, Greco-Roman orgy of gorgeous gladiators and glam goddesses. Eat first, imbibe responsibly, and wear your most fabulous costume to celebrate Halloween with New York’s most unconventional indie opera company. Did we mention if you purchase on TodayTix you’ll get access to a free open bar? Because…damn that’s the best deal in NYC.

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2018
Manhattan, Columbus Circle
Dance, Ballet

From classics to new works, there’s a little bit of everything in ABT’s fall program. Whether you’re all about the ballet, looking for something more modern, or just want a good introduction to the world of dance, this is for you. After you see amazingly athletic people toss each other around like it’s nothing, grab a bite at The Smith. We’re already drooling thinking about the jalapeno cheddar grits and also the hot potato chips with blue cheese fondue.

I Put a Spell On You
Manhattan, Downtown
Theater, Musical

What’s the best part of Halloween? If you answered “Hocus Pocus” – you’re 100% correct. Also, if you’re like “but where is the drag ‘Hocus Pocus’ parody with Broadway stars singing that I dream about?” the answer is – it’s at le Poisson Rouge this weekend.  Jay Armstrong Johnson (currently playing Raoul in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway) has wrangled some top-tier Broadway talent for the third year in a row so that we can all celebrate Halloween the right way.


Manhattan, Chelsea
Immersive, Nightlife

Do you like music? What about dance? Fashion? Theater? Nightlife? What about *gasp* all of those things together? OK, but in all seriousness, this show is pretty sick. Set to an original pop score, this exhilarating immersive musical traces history’s most seductive and powerful ruler, mixing historical drama with an enveloping spectacle that will have you partying until the Empire falls.

A Debate with 3 Andy Warhols
Manhattan, Lower East Side
Musical, Experimental, Political

Andy Warhol is coming to the Lower East Side, and he wants your vote. If you like pop music, pop art, and popping downtown to see what’s fresh– this is a great one to check out. This new pop musical premiered at Ars Nova AntFest and explores the collapse of celebrity and entertainment against a political backdrop. As Andy himself might say, “In the future, everyone will be the President of the United States for 15 minutes.”