New York events in April

Plan your month with our events calendar, including Miley Cyrus and the New York City Ballet

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Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace, with such romantic delights as a new season from the New York City Ballet and, er, the Miley Cyrus show. There's even something for hay-fever sufferers, who can make a beeline for the cool, dark confines of the Hayden Planetarium Space Show.


Our April highlights

Time Out Live

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  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue Apr 1 - Wed Apr 2
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Miley Cyrus + Icona Pop + Sky Ferreira

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  1. Nassau Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Tpke, at Meadowbrook Pkwy
  2. Thu Apr 3 - Thu Apr 24
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Third Annual New York Boylesque Festival

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  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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New York City Ballet Spring 2014

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  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Tue Apr 29 - Sun Jun 8
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Bullets Over Broadway

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Woody Allen's 1994 period comedy about gangsters, playwrights and the Great White Way becomes the musical it was always destined to be. This stage adaptation features a book by Allen and direction and choreography by the peerless Susan Stroman (The Producers). The tunes are jazz standards from the 1920s. Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie star.

  1. St. James Theatre 246 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Apr 1 - Wed Dec 31
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Cabaret

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A decade after closing their hit revival of the Kander and Ebb classic, the Roundabout and director Sam Mendes reopen the Weimar-era Kit Kat Klub. Alan Cumming reprises his sinister-slinky turn as the Emcee and Michelle Williams plays nightclub crooner Sally Bowles. Linda Emond, Bill Heck and Danny Burstein costar.

  1. Studio 54 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Apr 1 - Sun Aug 31
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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The omnitalented Neil Patrick Harris plays the titular crotch-botched German rock singer in the first Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's genre-bending 1998 rock musical. Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) directs.

  1. Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. Tue Apr 1 - Sun Jul 20
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Books at Noon

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  • Free

The NYPL's latest series invites bibliophiles and casual librarygoers alike to hear from local names and distinguished out-of-towners about their new titles.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Wed Apr 2 - Wed May 7
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The Junket

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The very witty Mike Albo (The Underminer) recounts his roller-coaster misadventures as a style columnist, New York scenester, blog target and media victim. David Schweizer directs.

  1. Lynn Redgrave Theatre 45 Bleecker St, at Lafayette St
  2. Wed Apr 2 - Sun Apr 20
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Luciana Achugar

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Achugar's new OTRO TEATRO, which roughly translates to "other theater," looks to ritual and the choreographer's own cultural heritage to find an alternative standard for performance.

  1. New York Live Arts 219 W 19th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Wed Apr 2 - Sat Apr 5
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"Re: Collection"

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More than 60 works of furniture, textile, jewelry and sculpture highlight MAD's permanent collection. The installation marks the fifth anniversary of the institution's move to 2 Columbus Circle.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Wed Apr 2 - Sun Sep 7
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Selected Shorts: Lydia Davis and Jonathan Franzen

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A bill with one cult-favorite translator and short-story writer who has been gaining a wider audience with every release and one writer critically adored for big books and beautiful prose should be catnip for the lit set. Davis (Madame Bovary, Can't and Won't) and Franzen (Freedom, The Kraus Project) each present pieces of their work.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Wed Apr 2
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Chalk Point Kitchen debuts in Soho

With Sons of Essex, nightlife vet Matt Levine conjured an ode to old Gotham, a Bowery Boys funhouse of Kossar’s bialys, aged tenement photos and pre-Prohibition cocktails. For this 70-seat farmhouse, Levine looks to modern-day New York’s fixation on all things local. Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori (Arthur on Smith, Las Vegas’s DJT) is behind the stove, dispatching seasonally minded fare like Montauk pearl oysters with toasted curry and sudachi (a yuzu-like citrus); Hudson Valley pan chicken with oyster-sauce Chinese greens; and côte de boeuf with Greenmarket rutabaga gratin. Bolstering the country-in-the-city scheme, the rustic scene is set with gingham napkins, weathered wood tables and vintage wind vanes, while a kitchen ceiling sports Basquiat prints as a nod to ’80s NYC. Farm-to-table boozers can get their greens in with wasabi margaritas and kale martinis—yes, kale!—showcasing herbs and succulents grown in the dining room.

Note: Food & Drink openings are subject to change and can be delayed; call ahead before setting out.

“Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive”

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  • Free

For its debut exhibit, City Lore revisits the street-art–painted subway cars of NYC in the ’70s and early ’80s. Images of more than 850 tattooed trains line the wall of the gallery, creating an immersive environment that echoes the rail yards where artists would practice their craft.

  1. City Lore Gallery 56 E 1st St, between First and Second Aves, 10003
  2. Thu Apr 3 - Thu Jul 10
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Unsound Festival New York

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After taking a year off to pursue conquests in other parts of the world, Poland's brilliant Unsound Festival returns with a dense spate of enticing concerts: an unmissable collaboration between synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani and English crate-digging duo Neotantrik tonight; Demdike Stare with strings attached on Fri 4; an amazing afternoon of experimental percussion on Sat 5; and a Bocian Records showcase featuring drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and synthesist Robert Piotrowicz on Sun 6. For complete listings, see unsound.pl/editions/new-york-2014.

  1. Issue Project Room 110 Livingston St, at Boerum Pl
  2. Thu Apr 3 - Sun Apr 6
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Nerdlesque Festival 2014: The Legend Begins

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The geeky gala is now in full swing, with the ever-charming Bastard Keith hosting an amazing lineup that includes BB Heart, Ray Gunn, Iva Handfull, Dallas's Black Mariah and Taffeta Darling, Baltimore's Bunny Vicious, Dangrrr Doll, Toronto's Dolly Monroe, Peepshow TO and Sevvy Skellington, Hazel Honeysuckle, Iris Explosion, Lewd Alfred Douglas, Atlanta's Lola LeSoleil, Minnesota's Opiumm Hayze, Philadelphia's the Peek-a-Boo Revue (featuring Cherry Bomb, Ginger Leigh, Sophie Sucre, Rosalee Sweet, Zinnia Fire and Goldi Fox), L.A.'s Saintly Bomb, Stella Chuu and Seattle's Tootsie Spangles.

  1. The Marlin Room (at Webster Hall) 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 4
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Space Ninety 8 opens in Williamsburg (Urban Outfitters' concept store)

Big update regarding the forthcoming Williamsburg Urban Outfitters: The retailer's liquor license has been officially approved, which is either great or terrible news depending on how you look at it. But that's not all. New York Magazine has released a floor-by-floor breakdown of the warehouse's many offerings, which you can check out in person when it opens in early April on N. 6th Street. One important note, though—the megastore, an "indie concept shop," is actually called Space Ninety 8. Got it?

  1. Wed Apr 9

Simon Amstell

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The charming and self-deprecating Londoner, who solidified his fame by hosting the U.K. comic game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and starring in his own BBC Two series, Grandma's House, regularly deals with big themes such as religion, sexuality and finding one's place in the world. This show follows on the heels of a successful tour of his previous Numb.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Tue Apr 8 - Wed Apr 9
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Trisha Brown Dance Company

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Trisha Brown is no longer choreographing new works, so now's as good a time as ever to revisit some of her classics. As part of a New York Live Arts residency, the company performs two works from her "Unstable Molecular Structure" cycle, in which the dancers resemble random particles moving in larger formations: Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503 and Son of Gone Fishin', as well as the thrilling and intelligent Solo Olos and the 2011 duet Rogues.

  1. New York Live Arts 219 W 19th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Tue Apr 8 - Sun Apr 13
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Eat, Drink and Be Literary

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This series of civilized yet casual evenings features dinner, wine and a reading from a noteworthy writer, followed by a moderated Q&A about the author's creative process.

  1. BAMcafé 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Wed Apr 9 - Wed May 28
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Katherine Boo and Adrian LeBlanc

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Join two well-regarded nonfiction writers for a conversation about projects in which they invested years of their lives and the state of investigative journalism. Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a intensive look at globalization through the eyes of familes struggling in a Mumbai slum, won the National Book Award in 2012. LeBlanc is known for Random Family, a novelistic story about two women and a drug dealer in the Bronx.

JB Smoove

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Playing Leon Black on Curb Your Enthusiasm gained this stand-up and former SNL writer the wide audience he rightly deserves. As his special That's How I Dooz It showed, Smoove's madcap, highly improvisational stage act is just as animated and off-the-wall as Leon.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Thu Apr 10 - Sun Apr 13
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The Cripple of Inishmaan

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Not content with post–Harry Potter film work, Daniel Radcliffe keeps racking up stage cred. His latest adventure is a revival of Martin McDonagh's savage village comedy, in which the title character inspires equal parts affection and loathing among the locals. Michael Grandage directs the London transfer.

  1. Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Sat Apr 12 - Sun Jul 20
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“Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

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This first New York retrospective of the famed Chinese artist and dissident lands in the Borough of Kings, bringing with it the American debut of S.A.C.R.E.D., a monumental installation that wowed at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Based on Ai Weiwei’s imprisonment by Chinese authorities over 81 days, the work comprises six iron boxes, each containing a life-size fiberglass diorama depicting a scene from the artist’s incarceration. These tableaux were reconstructed from memory and show the artist being interrogated or watched carefully by guards as he eats, sleeps and goes to the bathroom. This tour de force is joined by other works, including a site-specific installation of bicycles.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Aug 10
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"Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010"

Surely one of the towering figures of postwar art, Polke (1941–2010) is feted here in a major retrospective, spanning nearly five decades of his prodigious output—from his days as cofounder of Capitalist Realism (along with Gerhard Richter and Konrad Lueg) until his death three years ago. A shape-shifter of styles and mediums, Polke created work that was a delirious mélange of Pop Art and painterly Expressionism, often eschewing canvas for more unconventional materials, such as printed fabrics and nylon mesh. He was, rather like Robert Rauschenberg, the sort of artist whose work practically inhaled the world around it, making anything seem possible.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Aug 3
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Spa Week

Back for its tenth birthday, this weeklong campaign partners with hundreds of spas throughout the city to offer select services for $50. Pamper yourself with an Ultra Facial at Kiehl’s Spa 1851 (157 E 64th St at Lexington Ave, 917-432-2503) to thoroughly cleanse and regenerate skin (50mins, usually $160) or check out the hour-long Farm to Spa vegan manicure and pedicure (normally $75) from the eco-friendly Green Spa & Wellness Center (8804 Third Ave between 88th and 89th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; 718-921-6100). Spaces fill up quickly, so plan ahead and begin booking appointments online March 17. By appointment only; visit spaweek.com.

  1. Various locations
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Sun Apr 27

James Baldwin: This Time

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This weeklong celebration of the groundbreaking writer and his work marks the beginning of our city's "Year of James Baldwin," to celebrate what would have been his 90th birthday. An amazing crew of writers and performers have signed on to talk, read and present new pieces, inspired by the Go Tell It on the Mountain author. Among those participating: Suzan-Lori Parks, Carl Hancock Rux, Fran Lebowitz, Colm Tóibín and HIlton Als. Go to newyorklivearts.org for the complete schedule.

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sun Apr 27
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"Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art"

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  • Free

The latest in a growing crop of city museums to exhibit fashion garments as art, the American Folk Art Museum showcases the work of 13 contemporary designers. Not sure what this has to do with folk art? Here's the catch: In a Project Runway–style prompt, each designer or design team was asked to use one or more pieces in the museum's gallery as inspiration for their garment. Tattoo patterns, quilts, wood carvings and even a weather vane are among the artifacts used by the artists.

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Until Wed Apr 23
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The Tassel Room

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Duane Park’s Saturday night show features classy burlesque and old-school jazz. Irrepressible downtown impresario Murray Hill is among the rotating roster of hosts; performers Amber Ray, Medianoche, Jo "Boobs" Weldon, Peekaboo Pointe, Gal Friday, the Maine Attraction and their pals twirl the titular tassels; and swing quintet the Stiff Gimlets provides the soundtrack. The price also includes a three-course feast with your choice of dishes from the Southern-inspired menu, such as spicy Creole bouillabaisse.

  1. Duane Park 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and E Houston Sts, 10012
  2. Sat Feb 15 - Sat Apr 26
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“Trend-ology”

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  • Free

The Museum at FIT examines the phenomenon of fashion crazes from industry developments that sped up the cycle, to the variety of sources that have given rise to trends in the past 250 years. Investigate the Depression-era obsession with glamour, the exoticism of the swinging ’60s, the mid-19th-century tartan vogue and other hot new looks of old.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Until Wed Apr 30
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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2

The expansion of Brooklyn Bridge Park continues apace: The green space will gain five acres once Pier 2—located just south of the Squibb Park Bridge—opens to the public in late April. Get the scoop on the five things we’re most excited for in the new parkland.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park
  2. Opens late April

"Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!"

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  • Free

On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four arriving stateside, the Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Grammy Museum showcase memorabilia, recordings, videos and photos of the mop-topped musicians, and the Beatlemania that followed them.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Until Sat May 10
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Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe

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The newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that accelerates the universe's expansion) shape outer space, and follow scientists on their journey to unearth cosmological mysteries. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Sun Jun 1
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