by LEAH REISMAN-SENES
Get caught up in a manic night
Pick a spot, any spot, and stand there. That’s
right: There are no seats at Fuerzabruta. Don’t
get attached to where you are, either. Some
very active stagehands will soon begin herding you here, there and everywhere while a
treadmill with a frantically running man whiz-zes into view. At another point, what appears
to be a giant silver foil pancake descends from
the ceiling, a man swinging from one side of
it and a woman from the other. Later, aquatic
sprites materialize overhead, swimming—or
more accurately, water-dancing—in a suspended, clear pool that slowly floats down
within reach of the audience, supported by a
Rosie O’Donnell (yes,
that Rosie O’Donnell)
stars in the classic musical, part of New York
City Center’s Encores!
Stroll 37th through 57th
streets for cuisine from
A to Z, including Argentinean, Indonesian, Sen-egalese and Ukrainian,
plus live international
layer of mylar thin enough to feel and touch
but strong enough to hold in the women
and the water. All the while the dry ice flies
fast and furious, alternating with bursts of
simulated wind and rain, and confetti from
exploding cardboard bricks, entirely set
against a pulsating techno beat.
Fuerzabruta (Brute Force) is the latest
invention from the people behind the off-Broadway smash De La Guarda, and it features
a similar mix of wild, frenetically paced,
colorful acrobatics. Wear comfortable shoes
and check your coat and expectations at the
door as you prepare for an unusual and—at
times—awe-inspiring spectacle. Through
June 29. 212-239-6200; fuerzabrutanyc.com.
that is quirky, bizarre and wonderful about New York
is the Mermaid
Parade at Coney
dressed as mermaids and every
sea creature sport
costumes in a
array of colors, often with faces and
painted to match
Floats also arrive
in big, boisterous shapes that
in the past have
the Nautilus from
Under the Sea.
over by a different celebrity King
every year, roles
previously filled by
the likes of Queen
Byrne and Moby.
Parade is free and
is suitable for sea
lovers of all ages.
The Mermaid Ball,
which follows, is
for an older crowd
and requires tickets for an evening
of live music, burlesque and sideshow acts. June 21.
Bang on a Can
May 31-June 1
Much more than cans, it’s
free, nonstop, contemporary music spanning
all genres, from bagpipes
to hip-hop, at the World
Financial Center Winter
UPPER EAST SIDE
For the 30th year, an evening of free admission to
Manhattan’s finest museums along Fifth Avenue,
lined by street vendors,
artists and performers.
The crème de la crème
of annual jazz fests.
New York’s favorite
sound takes over every
venue, from concert
halls to public parks.