April 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, the Tribeca Film Festival and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace. Celebrate Easter in New York by donning your favorite hat for the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival or enjoying a meal at one of NYC's best brunch spots. There's even something for hay-fever sufferers, who can make a beeline for the cool, dark confines of theaters for the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Featured events in April 2015

Twin Shadow

  • Critics choice
  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Wed Apr 1
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Thu Dec 31
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Björk

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Mar 7 - Sun Jun 7
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Free events in April 2015

Secret Meeting

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Each week, Eli Yudin (SNL "Weekend Update" contributor) and Nick Mullen (Thought Catalog) host this stand-up showcase followed by karaoke.

  1. Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan St, between Bogart St and Morgan Ave, 11206
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Thu Oct 8
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Cocktails, Comics and Cartoons!

  • Free

Join fellow nerds every Wednesday at Videology to watch cartoon screenings like X-Men: The Animated Series and The Venture Bros. You’ll also get a look at new and classic comics via Bushwick’s Vinyl Fantasy. There’s a special cartoon happy

  1. Videology 308 Bedford Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11211
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Thu Dec 31
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Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

A process-oriented Los Angeles artist who works in a variety of media, Sam Falls has transformed Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons into a playground for his interactive art. Exploring the passage of time through light and color, Falls displays

  1. Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons MetroTech Center Commons, Myrtle Ave, between Flatbush Ave and Jay St
  2. Until Fri May 29
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Bad Drag Queen

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The hilarious Bob the Drag Queen glams up audience members for this aggressively amateur weekly contest.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Tue Jun 30
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Music events in April 2015

Twin Shadow

  • Critics choice

Since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as north Brooklyn's one-man laptop act Twin Shadow, he's added a live band to the fray and made for some kind of indie-Prince, slick-dance-ballad endeavor—which is to say that it's awesome.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Wed Apr 1
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OK Go

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The quirky Chicago alt-rock band—more famous for its music videos than for its actual music—has a new album, Hungry Ghosts, and, yes, a trippy, optical-illusion–laden video for the single “The Writing’s on the Wall.” But are people

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Sat Apr 11
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At the Gates + Converge + Vallenfyre

  • Critics choice

Extreme-metal bible Decibel is known for putting together great package tours, and it's unveiling another doozy this time around. Headlining are Swedish death-metal vets At the Gates, gigging on the heels of its long-awaited comeback disc, At War

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Sun Apr 12
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They Might Be Giants

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The quirk-rock masters come off last year's expectedly weird-but-charming Nanobots to play a special series of NYC dates: one MHOW gig per month for five months, starting with a sold-out show in January. Each of the following concerts is devoted to

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sun Jan 25 - Sun May 31
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Arts events in April 2015

"Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Benton is generally known for being the crusty anti-Modernist teacher of Jackson Pollock, so it's somewhat ironic that his epic 10-panel mural, America Today, was commissioned in 1930 by New York’s New School for Social Research for the boardroom

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Sun Apr 19
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Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

A process-oriented Los Angeles artist who works in a variety of media, Sam Falls has transformed Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons into a playground for his interactive art. Exploring the passage of time through light and color, Falls displays

  1. Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons MetroTech Center Commons, Myrtle Ave, between Flatbush Ave and Jay St
  2. Until Fri May 29
More info

Björk

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

MoMA celebrates the multi-faceted career of the Icelandic alt diva with a retrospective encompassing the many mediums she’s worked in: Music of course, but also art, costume design and video, among others. The installation includes an immersive

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Mar 7 - Sun Jun 7
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"On Kawara—Silence"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Over the 40 year span of his career, On Kawara has been best known for his “Today” series of paintings, one created each day in a single day and bearing, simply, the date of its making. Starting in 1966, he’s maintained this daily practice

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Fri Feb 6 - Mon May 4
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Fuerza Bruta: Wayra. Daryl Roth Theatre (see Off Broadway). Conceived and directed by Diqui James. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission. Wayra: In brief Fuerza Bruta returns in the third installment of the De La Guarda

  1. Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
  2. Until Thu Dec 31
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More events in April 2015

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Sunday best gets new meaning during this annual procession, wherein participants show off elaborately constructed hats—we’re talking noggin-toppers shaped like the NYC skyline or the Coney Island Cyclone, not just a boring old fedora. The

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sun Apr 5
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"The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide"

Behold 54 intricate 18th-century paintings from China designed in the style of autumn leaves. Created for meditation practice honoring ancient Tibetan Buddhist Sarvavid Vairochana, this is their first presentation in the U.S. Head over on Friday for

  1. The Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Until Mon Apr 13
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Drunk Shakespeare

  • Price band: 3/4

An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's Drunk History) and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard. Bibulous excess is encouraged.

  1. Roy Arias Stages 300 W 43rd St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Thu Dec 31
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Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

  • Critics choice

This exhibit investigates the elaborate backstory of trade and immigration between China and the United States starting from the late 18th century to present. "Exclusion/Inclusion" delves into Chinese-American history from all over the country and

  1. The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, at 77th St, 10024
  2. Until Sun Apr 19
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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

  • Critics choice

Temperatures climb to a balmy 80 degrees in the 1,200-square-foot vivarium, returning for its 16th year. The 500 specimens flying around include monarchs, zebra longwings and iridescent blue morpho butterflies.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Mon May 25
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