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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (Oct. 5-7)

October 4, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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We don’t know where September went, but that isn’t stopping us from breaking out our decorative gourds, getting our best basic life on with pumpkin spice lattes, and generally basking in October merriment. If there was EVER a month to #getweirdandwonderful that month is October, aka right now. Break out your fave fall footwear and read on for magic, mayhem, laughter, dogs, and more.

The New Yorker Festival
Manhattan, Location
Festival, Talks

We’re not exaggerating when we say we wait for The New Yorker Festival ever year like it’s our Christmas. There’s an amazing variety of things to experience whether you want to literally go to a dinner hosted by 2nd Avenue Deli, see Lena Dunham’s ex (that’s all we know about him, right?) Jack Antonoff live, or have your mind blown by mentalist Derren Brown.


Literary Pub Crawl Tour
Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights
Tour, Talks, Immersive, Literary

We all love to drink and wander around Brooklyn, but what if we told you you could do so and also learn about cool literature, history, and art? Well, you can with our pals at Literary Pub Crawls. We know what you’re thinking “tours are for tourists,” and yes they can be awesome for tourists. However, even lifelong New Yorkers will love this unique tour through three historic Brooklyn neighborhoods.


Manhattan, Downtown
Dance, Experimental, Performance Art

We don’t even know where to start with this one because it’s kind of the epitome of weird and wonderful. Philly performance art/nightlife darling Gunnar Montana has created an impeccably fierce and heart-pounding 55-minute dance performance that immerses you in an underground nightclub where anything goes. If you like amazing costumes, butts, boobs, and badass dancing, you don’t want to miss this one.

Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen
Sketch Comedy

We really wanted to say something clever here, but honestly we’re just too excited that some of the world’s best sketch comedy is now on TodayTix and we kinda feel like we should leave it up to UCB Theatre to bring the fun/sass.


Human’s Best Friend
Manhattan, Union Square
Pop-Up, Puppies

Folks, this is literally exactly what you think it is and that’s an immersive pop-up where you bring your dog and they have the time of their life in a giant ball pit of toys and you have the time of your life taking pictures of them and weeping with sheer joy and excitement. (No, just us?) Also proceeds go towards dog rescue organizations so basically play with cute pups for a good cause.

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

Whether you’re a comic book nerd, an immersive theater nerd, a Harry Houdini nerd, a history nerd, or not a nerd at all (we can’t relate to that one but we know you exist), this experience will blow your mind. “The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini” is based on Cynthia von Buhler’s hit comic book series digging into the mystery of Houdini’s untimely death. In this immersive production, you might find yourself attending a séance, helping the magician rehearse backstage, sipping absinthe in a speakeasy, spying on an affair in a hotel room, witnessing an attempted murder, visiting Houdini in his hospital room, or viewing his body in the morgue.


OK we can’t resist sharing a sneak preview of next weekend because it’s just too freakin’ good to wait to spread the word about these two unique experiences:

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. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to head to Bushwick we’ll also recommend while you’re there: 1) Take a lot of selfies in the amazing disco ball hallway, 2) Get a hot toddy and bother your bartender with song requests at Idlewild (and tip them well too), and 3) People watch to your heart’s content while sitting outside and nibbling on some small plates at Sea Wolf.


The List
Manhattan, Downtown
Experimental, Performance Art, Theater

What would your exes say about you? That’s the core of artist Kirra Cheers piece “The List” – a theatrical adaptation of a photography project that guides audience members through the gravestones of someone else’s love life. Cheers is one of the most exciting and daring artists out there engaging with intimacy, dating, and sex in the age of technology so it’s no surprise this performs at legendary risque downtown nightclub, The Box.