Featured events in April 2019
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 things to do in spring, they’re as entertaining as you make them. You can gawk at the Easter Parade, seek out the best brunch NYC serves or use this as an excuse for some leisurely day-drinking at an outdoor bar.
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.
Not to be confused with the season’s other stupendous garden party, the Macy’s Flower Show, the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show NYC exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids. Learn about the “Orchid Delirium” of the 19th century and view movie screenings and performances while enjoying the lush scents and sights of one of the best gardens in NYC.
The Macy’s Flower Show is an annual presentation of flower arrangements, bouquets and gardens in Macy’s Herald Square. The subject for 2019's installment at the megachain’s Herald Square location is Journey to Paradisios. Translation? It's a cosmic dream offering revelers an out-of-this-world representation of outer space. Flower arrangements are designed to show off the "mystery of the cosmos," so we imagine there will be nods to comets, stars, planets and more astrological wonders.
The Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has inhabited Kings County live-music venues like the Jalopy Theater and the Bell House in past years, returns to St. Ann’s Church for its tenth-annual iteration. With its cavernous ceilings, the capacious church nave of the historic Brooklyn Heights venue is a great place to hear acoustic music of any genre. Don’t be fooled by the fest’s name: The gathering brings together acts that deal in Americana and blues as well as global sounds from places like the Middle East and Guinea.
Your feed is going to blow up with shots of this weekend-long bash that celebrates Japanese culture—so why miss out on the fun? To celebrate the end of Hanami (read: the season of Japanese flower porn), Brooklyn Botanic Garden unveils cherry blossoms at their picturesque peak for two glorious days. But that’s only part of the draw. There’s also a Japanese tea room, an art gallery and a mini flea market hawking loot such as mouthwatering Raaka chocolates, wall scrolls and silk wraps. Stay for the jam-packed schedule of entertainment, which includes taiko drummers, cosplay actors, samurai sword masters, J-rock bands, stand-up comics and dance parties.
Free NYC events in April 2019
Everything you need to know about visiting Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave; East Dr at Lincoln Rd). At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors per week, with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors doling out everything from Dutch waffles to pasta doughnuts. Where is it?Depends on when you go. For the summer 2017 season, the fest is in Williamsburg’s East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) on Saturdays and Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (East Dr at Lincoln Rd) on Sundays. Additionally, starting mid-July 2017, Manhattanites won’t have to cross the river to taste the treats. A Smorgasburg Soho is coming to 76 Varick St, and will be open seven days a week, with a half-dozen vendors on the weekdays, swelling to as many as twenty on the weekends. When can I go?Smorgasburg is open year-round. The summer months might be the most popular, running from April through October at 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but in the winter months (November to March), the market joins forces with Brooklyn Flea and moves indoors. This past winter, the indoor Smorg was located at Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place) on weekends from 10am to 6pm. Is there anywhere to sit?There are some picnic tables set up by the Smorgasburg team, but don’t plan on snatching one unless you have patience of steel. The organizers encourage you to bring picnic blankets with which to sit on the lawns of East River State Park or Prospect Pa
Folks flock to this floral-filled exhibition at Macy’s Herald Square, where jaw-dropping arrangements are on display for two weeks. The theme for this 45th annual installment is "Journey to Paradisios," which promises an array of astrological and intergalactic-themed arrangements.
Abby Washuta invites you to this hang-out at New York Comedy Club East Village (every first Thursday) and at the Lantern (every third Thursday), where a solid line-up of stand-ups can always be expected. Look out for a raffle, and register early for a free margarita.
Whether you're visiting town and looking for laughs or a jaded New Yorker who needs a break, you can count on Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner to deliver excellent comedy at this free weekly East Village stand-up night. Look out for some of our favorite all-star performers to hit up the low-key show.
This free weekly getdown from Carolyn Busa, Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman and Emily Winter is a reliable night for solid laughs and surprise stars in Crown Heights.
This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft. University Place starting at E 13th St.
Peter Smith and Sandy Honig—two of the most fantastic beasts in the NYC comedy stable—unleash their wildest friends upon the Slipper Room stage at this weekly stand-up showcase. Count on an always-diverse lineup of marvels from across NYC's alt-comedy spectrum, all giving it to you for free.
When it comes to hands-in-the-air, pretension-free queer joy, DJ William Francis always gives the people what they want. The dashing discaire celebrates divas of every great era at this weekly rager, suited perfectly for Club Cumming's timeless East Village vibe.
This retrospective celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and of the first exhibition of gay art held by Charles W. Leslie and J. Frederic "Fritz" Lohman in their Soho Loft. Boasting works by Andy Warhol, Enrique Gomez, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe and nearly 100 other queer artists, "Male Gaze" looks back on the advocacy efforts of the gallery, its founders and the artists they featured.
The season of the cherry blossoms has arrived, and one of the best places to see the crisp whites and rich pinks in bloom is in Brooklyn. Witness the beauty of Japan’s national flower, and learn about its cultural significance at this traditional ceremony, boasting taiko drums, a Japanese chorus, folk dances and a tea ceremony.
Music events in April 2019
This super-duo spans two eras of folk melancholy: fast-rising LA singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, and quavery-voiced icon of the early aughts, Conor Oberst (better known as Bright Eyes). As heard on their first collaboration, "Would You Rather" from Bridgers' debut, the latter's plainspoken-troubadour style melds seamless with the former's delicately spun lyrical explorations.
“Let me get that bacon, egg and cheese right quick,” shouted rapper Wiki on his 2017 debut, No Mountains in Manhattan, and just like that, a vital new entry in NYC’s rap canon was born. Though he hasn't yet announced a followup, recent singles like "Cheat Codes"—a moody, hypnotic part-paean to the City—signal the rapper has something in the works. Catch the alumnus of the Ratking hip-hop crew at this special hometown one-off.
One of the biggest saxophone stars of the modern era, Redman plays innovative cuts from an upcoming quartet album—what will be his first in nearly two decades. This agile combo consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.
As L’Rain, Taja Cheek brews singularly atmospheric, soul-inflected soundscapes, presented here as a 2019 artist-in-residence at National Sawdust. Expect intricately arpeggiated jazz guitar, tight drumming chops and plenty of psychedelic tape loop ambience.
An acclaimed contemporary innovator behind the set, Guiliana has developed an erratic, explosive style of groove that turns the pocket inside-out as often as it nestles deep within it. Here he celebrates the release of a new album with his project Beat Music.
L.A. post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré amplified the profoundly poignant undercurrent in its previous material on 2016's Stage Four to powerful effect, narrating singer Jeremy Bolm's journey grappling with his mother's recent death. The bands teams here with another act known for pairing physicality with emotional sensibilities and a deft evasaion of pigeonholing, Pianos Become the Teeth.
A member of Atlanta collective Awful Records, Tommy Genesis first gained recognition in 2015 collaborating with labelmates like Abra. Nowadays the Calvin Klein model and self-proclaimed “art-hoe” and “fetish rapper” is star in her own right, performing behind her duality-themed self-titled debut (see the sensual cover featuring her face-to-face with her own double).
HEALTH puts on a completely insane—in a good way—live show. The hard-touring L.A. quartet swarms the stage, performing what feels equal parts postmodern and primal, mashing up art-pop, avant-metal and tons of frenzied positive vibes.
Hooded dronemeisters Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson are back in town with the rest of their drone/doom crew for a set of devastatingly heavy, loud and hypnotic chords behind two upcoming Steve Albini-recorded albums. The slow, crushing rise and fall of Sunn O)))’s rhythms has an awesome physical impact and makes for an unforgettable live presence.