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April 2016 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

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace. Celebrate Easter in New York by stopping by a chocolate shop or enjoying a meal at one of NYC's best brunch spots. There's even something for outdoorsy Earth-lovers, who can make a beeline for events happening on Earth Day.

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Featured events in April 2016

Easter in New York

Easter Sunday: The day of pastels, egg rolling and rabbity propaganda doesn't seem very "cool New York" at first blush, but as with all holidays in the city, it's as entertaining as you make it. You can gawk at the Easter Parade, seek out the city's tastiest egg dishes, or use it as an excuse for some leisurely day drinking.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro and co.'s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers. We've got your complete one-stop-shopping guide to this year's festival: our personal must-see picks, showtimes, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and oh-so-much more.

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By: Joshua Rothkopf

Earth Day events in NYC

Earth Day—it's a bit like Mother's Day, but for Mother Nature, although you don't have to buy her a card. Celebrate and get outdoors at parks in the city, turn off the lights in your NYC apartment, unplug your gadgets, and hit up these fun Earth Day events in New York City.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Free events in April 2016

Drink N' Draw

Let your creative juices flow at this biweekly LGBT drinking-and-art-creation party—now in two NYC locations. Cosplay model Castor Bollocks poses on Tuesdays in the East Village and Crystal Boy models Thursdays in Bushwick. Bring a hard board for your paper and a dry drawing medium of your choosing.

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Phoenix , East Village Tuesday February 9 2016 - Thursday April 21 2016

Hot Rabbit

This long-running weekly party moves to the new Boots and Saddle. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.

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Boots and Saddle , West Village Friday February 12 2016 - Friday April 29 2016

Gandhi, Is That You?

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material.

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Lucky Jack’s , Lower East Side Wednesday February 10 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016

Music events in April 2016

Chita Rivera: An Evening of My Favorite Songs

Chita Rivera came to New York in the early 1950s, and the rest is razzle-dazzle history: starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; ten Tony nominations (and two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but Rivera is very much here.

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Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel) , Lenox Hill Tuesday April 19 2016 - Saturday April 30 2016

The Amber Zone

In addition to her skills as a chameleonic singer and actor, Amber Martin is a consummate host who has spent years at the hub of the downtown alt-performance world. Every Monday at Sid Gold’s, Chelsea’s swank retro piano bar, she invites a different pal to perform an hour-long set of music and/or stories. The chummy party vibe continues afterward, when audiences are encouraged to stick around to mingle or even sing a song or two themselves.

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Sid Gold's Request Room , Chelsea Monday February 15 2016 - Monday December 26 2016

Arts events in April 2016

Fiddler on the Roof

Although the titans Zero Mostel, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince are reflexively linked to this 1964 classic, there’s another, uncredited, father of Fiddler on the Roof. It’s Marc Chagall, the painter whose flying violinists inspired the title. During the development of Fiddler (when it was still called Tevye), director-choreographer Robbins approached Chagall to do the set and costumes. The artist couldn’t commit, but his spirit lingered. Now, in Bartlett Sher’s magnificent, life-affirming revival, the Chagallian gift of levitation extends not just to an airborne fiddler.

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Broadway Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist: It’s her job to fit stories into boxes. But her own life story resists easy lines. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home, based on Bechdel’s graphic memoir, gracefully and movingly contrasts two narratives. One is about Alison (played as an adult by Beth Malone, as a college student by Emily Skeggs and as a child by Sydney Lucas) and her nervous, joyous self-discovery as a lesbian. T

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Circle in the Square , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Something Rotten!

Do you still, to this day, fondly remember that 1986 Taming of the Shrew episode of Moonlighting? Whenever blue, do you stream Shakespeare in Love or Blackadder II? Elizabethan fops and wenches forming a stagewide kick line cause a little flutter under the ruff? If you said “yes” to two or more, then hie thee posthaste to the St. James Theatre, where Something Rotten! has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years.

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St. James Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

More events in April 2016

Drink N' Draw

Let your creative juices flow at this biweekly LGBT drinking-and-art-creation party—now in two NYC locations. Cosplay model Castor Bollocks poses on Tuesdays in the East Village and Crystal Boy models Thursdays in Bushwick. Bring a hard board for your paper and a dry drawing medium of your choosing.

Read more
Phoenix , East Village Tuesday February 9 2016 - Thursday April 21 2016

Hot Rabbit

This long-running weekly party moves to the new Boots and Saddle. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.

Read more
Boots and Saddle , West Village Friday February 12 2016 - Friday April 29 2016

The Butterfly Conservatory

There are more than 18,000 known species of butterflies, and five families. Meet gems from three of those families, including the Pieridae (white and sulphur butterflies), the Papilionidae (black and yellow swallowtail butterflies) and the Nymphalidae (psychedelic-colored longwing butterflies) as they fly around you in the museum’s Vivarium compound.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Sunday May 29 2016

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

If you told us a few years back that Gowanus would be home to one of the best-curated stand-up showcases, we’d think you’d accidentally ingested some polluted canal water. Yet host Wyatt Cenac, who oozes both Brooklyn cool and genuine thoughtfulness, has made Littlefield a premier Monday night destination for both local up-and-comers and established greats like Eugene Mirman, Jen Kirkman and David Cross.

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Littlefield , Gowanus Wednesday February 10 2016 - Wednesday December 21 2016

Gandhi, Is That You?

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material.

Read more
Lucky Jack’s , Lower East Side Wednesday February 10 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016

Accomplice

Tom and Betsy Salamon’s unique adventure—part interactive theater, part scavenger hunt, part walking tour—draws participants into an amusing web of puzzles and intrigue. Choose between the three-hour New York tour that takes participants through various historical and diverse neighborhoods of lower Manhattan or the two-hour Village tour, which travels through quirky Greenwich Village. Groups of as many as eight are booked every half hour.

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Various locations Saturday February 13 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

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