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20 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Apr 3

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"; Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights, 11am. $16.
This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—sketches, the artist’s poetry and other writings—along with related paintings.

Furious 7 opens in theaters
Actor Paul Walker tragically died during the making of this latest film in the Fast and Furious series. He stars alongside Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. 

AVAN LAVA + Cakes Da Killa + The Golden PonyBowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 9:30pm. $18, advance $16.
This NYC kaleidoscopic pop band knows how to run a dance floor—the band members even have choreographed dance moves to supplement the energetic sound. The headliners feature a bill that includes queer indie rapper Cakes Da Killa and hipster-approved DJ duo the Golden Pony.   

"I'm New Here—Can You Show Me Around?"; Union Hall, Park Slope, 10pm. $10.
Arthur Jon Ronson and Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins lead a show that explains just how uniquely weird it is to be a recent New York City transplant.

Rashaun Mitchell; New York Live Arts, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $15–30.
Light Years marks a new beginning: It's the choreographer's first dance without him in it. He's attempting to explore choreography "with a capital C."

Nude Beach + White Hills + The Jay VonsThe Bell House, Gowanus, 9pm. $15, advance $12.
One time this Brooklyn-based classic rock-inspired band played live in Time Out New York's offices and they were awesome, so we can tell you first hand—totally worth it, guys. 

Apr 4

NYC Pillow Fight 2015Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, 3pm. Free.
Forget all your stress and adult worries as you (softly) pummel strangers. Then donate your ever-so-slightly used cushion in a donation truck at Washington Square Park.

Smorgasburg; East River Side Park, Williamsburg, 11am–6pm. Free. 
Nosh like no one is watching once again at the annual foodie fair full of artisanal goodies like gluten-free baked goods and oysters.

The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt; Multiple venues, 1pm. $25. 
The city is your backyard to fill your basket. You’re going to have to use your brains and physical prowess to solve the clues and complete the hunt first, with your strongly assembled team.

Brooklyn Flea; Fort Greene, 10am–5pm. Free.
Antique and vintage lovers, rejoice! This hipster hang is back in action every Saturday and Sunday at Fort Greene and Williamsburg locations through November.

Relationshit; The Tank, Midtown West, 9:30pm. $10, advance $8.
Lynn Bixenspan and Morgan Pielli host this panel of comedians who discuss their own relationship highs and lows, then offer lucky audience members hilarious advice.

FLEXNPark Avenue Armory, Upper East Side, 8pm. $25–$60.
You may think you're flexible, but after seeing these guys (seemingly) bone-breaking moves inspired by the street style, you'll definitely think again. 

Blkmarket Membership presents ARMA17Location TBA, Manhattan, 11pm. $TBA, advance $30.
The nightclub, which takes its name from the industrial park where it originally threw its parties, is famous for events that last well into the following afternoon—a perfect match for Blkmarket!

I'm Looking for Helen TwlevetreesAbrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, 8pm. $35.
The luminous Brooke Bloom plays a forgotten movie star with a memorable name in David Greenspan's bittersweet sifts through the sand of time and memory.

Diarrhea Planet + Left & Right + Slonk DonkersonBowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 9pm. $15.
The brilliantly hooky, riotously fun Nashville punk sextet Diarrhea Planet returns to town for a headlining gig.

Apr 5

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival; Fifth Ave from 49th St to 57th St, Manhattan, 10am. Free.
What started as an opportunity for upper-crust ladies to show off their finery has turned into an annual procession of elaborate—and often wild—hats. Expect to see toppers constructed to look like iconic New York buildings and birds' nests, as well as beautiful vintage styles.

If You Build ItUCBEast, East Village, 8pm. $5.
For years, Girl Code writer and Broad City contributor Kara Klenk has been showcasing her favorite stand-ups in this popular weekly show.

Full Bunny Contact; Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, Lower East Side, 6pm. $10-$50. 
A deranged spin on a childhood classic: Hunt for Easter eggs while evil Easter bunnies try to steal from your basket. Other activities include "Shoot the Peep" and fortune-telling by a psycho rabbit.

ASSSSCAT 3000Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea, 7:30pm $10; 9:30pm free (a limited number of tickets are distributed at 8:15pm).
One of the city’s most popular comedy nights sees NYC’s long-form improv royalty play pickup game–style in this famous long-running show.

Bargemusic; Dumbo, 8pm. $35, seniors $30, students $15.
The floating concert hall's "Masterworks" series continues this weekend.

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