The best things to do this week in NYC

Find the biggest and best events, activities and things to do in New York City this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors

Photograph: Erin Baiano
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Macy's Flower Show

Critics' pick

Escape to a not-so-secret garden at this two-week floral display, this year titled "Art in Bloom." The ground level of Macy's Herald Square turns into something from Alice in Wonderland, all covered in ceiling-to-floor greenery—and then you get to the clothes! Go tosocial.macys.com/flowershow for information on free workshops, including terrarium making and floral design.

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Macy's Herald Square Until Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Twin Shadow + Lolawolf

Critics' pick

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 Prince-inspired, slick-dance-ballad endeavor, which is to say that it's awesome. His new full-length, Eclipse, is his most fully realized vision yet, so be ready to move to sparkly new jams. Fronted by one Zoë Kravitz, Lolawolf plays arty, energetic electro-pop.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Until Wednesday April 1 2015

Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Critics' pick

You don’t have to take a 15-hour flight to Japan to experience the wonder of cherry-blossom trees in bloom; hop the train to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to stroll through the most majestic springtime beauty New York City has to offer. Check out the "Plants in Bloom" report on the garden’s website to plan your visit like a pro.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wednesday April 1 2015 - Sunday April 26 2015

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

Critics' pick

This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—mostly sketches but also original poetry and other writings—along with related paintings and works on paper.

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Brooklyn Museum Friday April 3 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015

Jessie Ware + Jesse Boykins III

Jessie Ware first piqued the interest of tastemakers back in 2011 after contributing her velvety vocals to tracks by postdubstep bass master SBTRKT and ’90s garage throwbacks Disclosure. The London soul-pop diva’s beguiling debut, Devotion, retooled the silken stylings of Sade with a modern polish and cemented Ware’s star status. While early singles like “Wildest Moments” soared majestically, last year’s Tough Love came off as surprisingly reserved. We think the stylistic pullback offers some very welcome subtlety.

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Terminal 5 Wednesday April 1 2015

Hold on to Your Butts

Critics' pick

The painfully funny live shot-for-shot reenactment of Jurassic Park returns to the PIT for 15 nights following a sold-out run in September that received rave reviews. With every character (including the dinosaurs) played by just two guys, you'll never see this classic movie (or Jeff Goldblum) the same way again.

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Peoples Improv Theater Monday March 30 2015

Claire Fontaine, “Stop Seeking Approval”

Critics' pick

Droll might be the mot juste for this artist's sensibility, which relies heavily on ready-mades. That starts with her name (or nom de guerre), borrowed from a brand of compositional notebooks used by French schoolchildren. Her latest show, which takes security as its main theme, features works created with products meant to deter crime. Monochrome canvases are limned with "anti-climb" paint, which is usually used on fences and the like and never dries, marking would-be intruders the way exploding dye packs inside stolen cash bags stain thieves.

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Metro Pictures Until Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Critics' pick

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 and the Coney Island Cyclone, not just a boring old fedora. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for millinery. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts.

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Manhattan Sunday April 5 2015 Free

NYC Pillow Fight 2015

Critics' pick

Forget all your stress and adult worries as you (softly) pummel strangers. At New York’s 10th annual International Pillow Fight Day, the flash mob—which last year attracted 5,000 participants—turns Washington Square Park into the city’s bedroom, and the only rules to this favorite slumber-party activity are to not hit hard, avoid smashing cameras and leave weapons of the feather variety at home (down pillows create a mess). After the fun is over, you can choose to deposit your cushion in a donation truck where it will go to a person in need.

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Washington Square Park Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Freaks and Geeks Bingo

Critics' pick

Wow, Freaks and Geeks lasted for only 18 episodes. The nerdy cult classic was surely gone too soon, but it packed enough pop references (Bionic Woman costume, anyone?) and inside jokes for a weekly night of bingo.

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Videology Wednesday April 1 2015 - Wednesday April 29 2015 Free

American Sniper

Only Clint Eastwood could make a movie about an Iraq War veteran and infuse it with doubts, mission anxiety and ruination. Like The Hurt Locker, it salutes the honest work of soldiers, in this case Navy SEALs. Among them is Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the real-life Texas rodeo fuckup who, after seeing terrorism on TV, transformed himself into the military’s most lethal weapon.—Joshua Rothkopf

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Amour Fou

The great Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) returns with this austere true story of the doomed 1810 romance between German writer Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel. Forget period whimsy; this melodrama will sting for months.

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Buzzard

A slamming indictment of ding-a-ling millennials, an Office Space–like screed against corporate monotony, a riotous inertia comedy: Joel Potrykus’s so-indie-it-burns latest could be all of those things, though there isn’t any pressing reason to choose. Built around a transfixingly dead-eyed performance by Burge, Buzzard is both deeply unfun and something you can’t take your eyes off. Meet the new slacker.

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Chappie

After the out-of-nowhere sucker punch of his 2009 debut District 9, Neill Blomkamp’s second film, 2013’s Elysium, felt like the work of a Hollywood-designed, blockbuster-producing robot: slick and anonymous. So it’s a huge relief to discover that, with Chappie, the South African filmmaker has re-engaged his emotion chip and ramped up the weirdness factor for a lovably scattershot cybernetic satire.

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Now Showing

Cinderella

Enough with the feminism. Disney has clearly had enough of these uppity princesses getting all empowered and messing with their fairytales. After Frozen, and Into the Woods, it’s back to the basics of being a princess in director Kenneth Branagh’s lavish, sappily sweet version of Cinderella.

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Now Showing

Cupcakes

If Pedro Almodóvar was hired to direct another Sex and the City film, it might end up like Cupcakes. The sort of movie that adjectives like frothy and bubbly were invented for, it’s the tale of five women of varying ages—and one dude in a tutu—who throw their names into the ring for a global singing contest and end up representing Israel at the finals.  It’s silly, campy and entirely predictable, yet director Eytan Fox, whose 2002 film Yossi & Jagger won plaudits for its sensitive portrayal of gay relationships in the Israeli army, knows precisely what he’s doing.

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Now Showing

Danny Collins

Al Pacino’s done so much Acting over the last 25 years (hoo-ah), it’s disquieting to see him digging deep again—often with subtlety—into a rich role with hidden depths. Granted, the title character of Dan Fogelman’s press-the-reset-button drama isn’t exactly a wallflower: After a funny 1971 introduction in which we see a young, petrified folksinger getting interviewed for a rock magazine, we cut to present day, when paunchy Danny Collins (Pacino) is a Neil Diamond–like icon about to release his third greatest-hits collection and still crooning his big sing-along, “Hey, Baby Doll,” to an audience of screaming grandmas.

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Deli Man

As long as there’s a thing called pastrami—smoky, pepper-crusted, dense with tradition—we’ll always have Jewish food, a signature glory of immigrant culture. Entertainingly, the klezmer-scored Deli Man charts the history of urban eateries, nowhere near as prominent as they were during the early 20th century but still a vital link to Yiddish-accented comforts.

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Now Showing

Fifty Shades of Grey

A watered-down adaptation that’s embarrassed to be wet, Fifty Shades of Grey is a sex-positive but hopelessly soft-core erotic drama that fails to be even a fraction as titillating as the E.L. James books that inspired it. And yet, that’s exactly why it works. Substituting heartache for handcuffs, Fifty Shades becomes the rare studio romance in which the characters actually try to understand one another. It may not make you come, but you’ll still be glad you went.-
—David Ehrlich

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Now Showing

Focus

The Willennium rages on with this glossy bit of popcorn pulp about a jaded grifter (Smith), a femme fatale (Robbie) and the con who brings them together. Here’s hoping that it’s half as smooth as Duplicity.

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"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

Critics' pick

While it may be a cliché, Jean-Michel Basquiat was the embodiment of an artist who who lived fast, died young and left a beautiful corpse. But his paintings—ferociously packed with imagery and texts, and crackling with street smart insights—have stood the test of time. The seeming spontaneity of his work was one of its hallmarks, but in truth, they were a lot more thought out than some people might imagine. That’s one revelation of this show, which presents the Brooklyn native’s previously unseen sketches and writings, some 160 pages in all. The show also includes examples of his poetry, demonstrating that he was just as interested in the word as he was in the brush.

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Brooklyn Museum Friday April 3 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015

"Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold"

Critics' pick

This show is timed to coincide with the release of the Helen Mirren vehicle Woman in Gold, which tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who successfully sued Austria to repatriate five Gustav Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis. Altmann was also the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the only subject Klimt painted twice. His Adele Bloch-Bauer I serves as centerpiece for this roundup of 50 works, including paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts and archival material.

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Neue Galerie New York Thursday April 2 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

Pierre Bismuth, "Where is Rocky II?"

In the 1970s, California art legend Ed Ruscha created a site-specific project in the Mojave Desert. One problem: You couldn't see it because it was an artificial boulder indistinguishable from the surrounding rocks. Locating Rocky II, as Ruscha's piece is titled, would literally entail leaving no stone unturned. The French artist Pierre Bismuth, who lives and works in Brussels, is currently finishing a film about his own quixotic quest to find Ruscha's work. This show presents a Hollywood-style trailer for the upcoming movie.

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Team Gallery Until Sunday April 26 2015 Free

Keith Haring, “Heaven and Hell”

Critics' pick

There’s more evidence of hell than heaven in this selection of Haring’s paintings, which show him at his apocalyptic best. Images of demons, flying saucers and mushroom clouds mesh in a polymorphous, perverse matrix of squiggly lines against cartoonishly hued backdrops. It’s Dante’s Inferno as coloring book.

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Skarstedt Gallery Until Saturday April 18 2015 Free

"One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North"

Critics' pick

Centering around a 60-panel series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, this show deals with a chapter of the nation’s history unfamiliar to a lot of people, especially whites: the story of 5 to 6 million African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South for the cities of the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast between 1910 and 1970. African-Americans left their homes to escape poverty, segregation, harassment, an unfair legal system and the violence routinely perpetrated upon them by their white neighbors. Lawrence was among the first to grasp the import of the Great Migration, which he set out to immortalize in his paintings. Besides Lawrence, MoMA includes other artists such as Charles White, Romare Bearden and Gordon Parks, as well as posters and books. It’s all part of a fascinating look not just at race but at how people chase the American Dream, even with the odds stacked against them.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Friday April 3 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

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Claire B
Claire B

Basque Cider House is this Sunday at Txikito! Michelin rated James Beard nominated Chefs prepare a Curated dinner highlighting Basque cultural appreciation through specially crafted Ciders and Art including projections and documentary film. Eder Montero, Alex Raij, Emily Lobsenz and Leah Rinaldi invited me to unique experience of a tradition. This Sunday, March 29th at 6, Totally worth sharing!

Mark W
Mark W

The BEST, and longest-running, Dueling Pianos show in NYC - SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL DUELING PIANOS - 10pm every Saturday night.  All request rock n roll party.  Part concert, part cabaret, part comedy - all fun!


The Cellar @ 22 Warren St. NYC 10007

www.ShakeRattleRollPianos.com for tix and info!

Beatrice B
Beatrice B

Have to see Queen. Lambert is no impersonator! I saw them in Chicago and again in Vegas, now MSG. This show deserves a 4 star !!! That if you like great music and a front man with an amazing voice and commands the stage. Its like hearing Queen for the first time . Go see this show, if you can get seats !

Joyce W
Joyce W

Try this tasty experience in Chinatown tomorrow.  What a great way to do lunch!


We're going crazy for 4th of July and getting started early. Join our NEW Chinatown highlights tour and get tickets for only $25. That's a full meal and 2 hrs. of interesting history tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Just buy tickets on our site and use code CFTFB2014. Hurry up. You can also call 917-979-4833

Blair Y
Blair Y

how about the Spike Lee block party in Brooklyn...