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NYC events in April 2017

Ahh, with all the great NYC events in April, how could you not enjoy spring in the city? Here are our picks this month.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace by partaking in some of the best NYC events in April. Celebrate Easter in New York by enjoying a meal at one of the best brunch spots followed by picking up some sweets at one of the city’s most mouth-watering chocolate shops. Take advantage of checking out the best NYC parks, while all the flowers and trees are blooming. Speaking of greenery, there’s even something for outdoorsy Earth-lovers—Earth Day, duh!

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Featured events in April 2017

Mac & Cheese Smackdown

Taste your way through the best mac and cheese that Brooklyn has to offer! The borough’s best restaurants offer creative takes on this cheesy classic in the ultimate showdown to crown Brooklyn’s top mac. Enjoy tastings from eateries such as Bonnie’s Grill, Lumpia Shack, Pretty Southern and more, then wash the grub down with two Tsingtao beers. DJ Jeronimo provides the tunes to keep you shuffling along.

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24 Apr 2017

Easter events 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 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.

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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
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The Black Party in NYC

Polish your leather and hit the gym: It’s almost time for the Black Party, that annual celebration of all things kinky, which draws some 5,000 revelers from the city and beyond.

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By: Ethan LaCroix

Graeme of Thrones

When avid Game of Thrones fan Graeme sets off to recreate George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series without an HBO budget, the result is a downright silly journey through the Seven Kingdoms. Fans will want to catch this outrageous parody on the New York stop of its North American tour. With a tagline like “see it before the inevitable lawsuit,” you know it has got to be good for a few laughs.

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Until Tue Apr 4

The Orchid Show in NYC

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.

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By: Jennifer Picht
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The Bloody Mary Festival

This year’s Bloody Mary Festival features Brooklyn vendors like Insa, Catfish and A&E Supply Co, offering their tricked-out versions of the tomato-juice cocktail for attendees to sample and eventually vote on for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be a panel of industry judges picking their favorite Brooklyn-based Bloody. True to form, a bagel bar and cheese station will be included in the price of admission to soak up all that booze.

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09 Apr 2017

The Macy’s Flower Show

The Macy’s Flower Show is an annual presentation of flower arrangements, bouquets and gardens in Macy’s Herald Square. This year’s theme is America the Beautiful, and the show will display native flora found across the country.

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By: Jillian Anthony

The Brooklyn Folk Festival

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 ninth-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.

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By: Ro Samarth
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NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Get ready to get all hot and bothered this month for the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Try different varieties of the spicy sauce from 45 vendors throughout the country and around the world, including New Zealand and Belize. Wash the flames down with craft beer and spicy food. During the event, winners of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame as well as the Bloody Mary mix down competition are crowned.

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Until Sun Apr 23

Bacon and Beer Classic

The multi-city event lets guests nosh creative twists on bacon-infused eats while gulping down some brews. This year, get the swiney strips from purveyors like NYC-based restaurants likes Blue Smoke, Bareburger and Salt & Bone. And while the creations themselves have yet to be announced, last year’s included bacon banh mi in a deep-fried bun, maple bacon bourbon ice cream and Cinn-Bun-Bacon.

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Until Sun Apr 30

Earth Day 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 NYC parks, turn off the lights in your apartment, unplug your gadgets, and hit up these fun Earth Day events in New York City.

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By: Tazi Phillips
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Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

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.

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By: Jennifer Picht

Music events in April 2017

Stevie Nicks + The Pretenders

Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac's gold-dust woman herself, plays a massive arena gig in support of her 2014 solo album, 24 Karat Gold. (Not to fear, Mac fans; recent gigs haven't been stingy with the hits.) Formative punk–new-wave crossovers, The Pretenders, warm things up in the opening slot.

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Until Thu Apr 6

Xiu Xiu + Dreamcrusher

You don’t have to listen to much more than a minute of a Xiu Xiu song to understand that Jamie Stewart is upset. Indeed, nearly everything in the Durham, NC, singer’s catalog represents a shot across the bow of calmness: his vocal histrionics, the ping-ponging of intense imagery and emo straightforwardness and the wailing electronics that cut through otherwise pleasant melodies. Luwayne Glass peddles simiarly erratic mayhem in the opening set as Dreamcrusher, doling out glitchy synth anarchy, blown-out speaker textures and sinister screeches behind pupil-debilitating strobes.

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Until Thu Apr 6

Stanley Clarke

What hasn't Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He's proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. This two week residency at the Blue Note features the veteran bassist in two settings: first, he turns up with the iconic Ron Carter for a jazz bass duet of legendary proportions (March 28 through April 2); the week after, the maestro brings his Stanley Clarke Band to the stage to celebrate the release of a new CD (April 4 to April 9). He hasn't released much info on the record, but we expect an extension of his funky 2014 effort, Up, which skewed toward fusion while plumbing a range of genre impulses.

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Until Sun Apr 9
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Mal Blum + Leapling + Sean Henry + Wild Yawp

The quirky yet poignant punk of NYC antifolk songsmith Blum—which fits right in with that of their labelmates on Don Giovanni—bares a world-weary atmosphere and an attention to the minutiae of the everyday.

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Until Wed Apr 12

Swet Shop Boys + Jubilee + Dre Skull + Donmonique + Anik Khan

Queens rapper Himanshu “Heems” Suri—ex-member of defunct hip-hop trio Das Racist—teams with British actor-MC Riz Ahmed to explore post-9/11 Islamophobia and South Asian diaspora through irreverent rhymes and beats inspired by Islamic Qawwali music. Look up their recent debut, Cashmere, before you head out for a taste.

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Until Wed Apr 12

Benjamin Clementine

British songman Benjamin Clementine, best known as the Paris-street-performer-turned-international-phenom, brings his captivating voice and emotive piano playing to NYC behind his 2015 Mercury-Prize-winning debut, At Least For Now.

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Until Thu Apr 13
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Floating Points

London's Floating Points—Sam Shepherd to his pals—produces cool, sometimes jazzy, always groovy music akin to a looser Four Tet, and releases much of it on his own wondrous label, Eglo. His most recent album, Elaenia, moved into more expansive, lush territories, which he recreates live with an 11-piece band: drums, horns, strings, multiple guitars, a light show and more.

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Until Thu Apr 13

New Order

Here's a treat: New Order, the seminal English postpunk outfit spawned from Joy Division, plays Radio City in support of its latest album, Music Complete. Ranging from wistful airs to thumping disco, the record's polished songcraft proves that despite the unceremonious departure of bassist Peter Hook—he called frontman Bernard Sumner a "twatto" and sued the band for millions—the guys have still got it. Fingers crossed that they'll offer up some classics like "Ceremony" alongside the new material.

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Until Thu Apr 13

Kate Tempest + L.A.

Buzzy Brit rapper, poet and playwright Tempest's unassuming demeanor belies her audacious nature and capabilities, captured on last year's album, Let Them Eat Chaos. During her shows, Tempest tells stories and tackles big issues with a rap–spoken-word hybrid, backed by a live band. Brooklyn rapper Latasha Alcindor opens.

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Until Thu Apr 13
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Jacques Greene + Suicideyear

This chameleonic producer has released a variety of tracks on Night Slugs, LuckyMe, and his own Vase label, ranging from R&B-inflected tunes to dusky techno bangers and garage-tinged house. Years into his career, he's finally released a debut album, Feel Infinite, which amalgamates those many tendencies into one cohesive effort. Here he takes over the Good Room dancefloor with up-n-coming bass music producer Suicideyear.

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Until Thu Apr 13
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Brian J
Brian J

I want April 2017, where can I find those dates?


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