FULL BUNNY CONTACT
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk St. between Rivington & Delancey Sts.
April 1-5, $10-$60
Easter has always been a rather violent holiday. Every spring, we bite the heads off of chocolate rabbits and devour their colored eggs like candy, at least in part to attempt to get even for the punishment inflicted on the human race by giant killer bunnies in the cult classic Night of the Lepus. For the second year, Full Bunny Contact, billed as an “extreme Egg Hunt and Insane Easter Carnival,” offers a unique way to celebrate Easter while taking on the Easter Bunny himself. From April 1 to 5, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center will be home to a bizarre group of activities that you can just marvel at or get in on the hot action. General admission is $10, with individual game tickets an additional charge; for $60, you get to go hog wild, with a free drink as a bonus. But how can you pass up such games as Ride the Rabid Rabbit, Shoot the Peep, Bunny Warrior Joust, Psychotic Bunny Fortune Teller, Take a Picture with the Insult Bunny, Egg Put, ESP-ster Island, and Bunny Ball? Winners receive prizes ranging from candy to cold, hard cash. There will also be food, live music, the April Fools Day Ball, the FBC Bunny Beauty Pageant, the FBC Temper Tantrum Contest (“I wanna Easter egg! I wanna Easter egg!”) and other forms of maniacal entertainment. In our 2014 interview with FBC founder Timothy Haskell, the impresario explained, “Holidays are fantastic. I think people love celebrating them, and I think Easter in this city has lost its youthfulness. I hope this event brings some of that back.” The 2015 edition is directed by John Harlacher, who previously collaborated with Haskell on his annual Nightmare haunted house, and produced by Daniel Demello and Nathaniel Nowak. Oh, did we forget to mention the main event? In the game that gives the entire evening its name, FBC, participants are locked in a steel cage with giant Easter bunnies (again, think Night of the Lepus) from whom they must take as many eggs as they can in one minute to win yet more valuable, invaluable, or pretty much worthless prizes.