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NYC events in April 2017

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, the Tribeca Film Festival and our picks from theater, the arts and music

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace. Celebrate Easter in New York by stopping by a chocolate shop or enjoying a meal at one of NYC's best brunch spots. There's even something for outdoorsy Earth-lovers, who can make a beeline for events happening on Earth Day.

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2016

Featured events in April 2016

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

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 (including Nicholas Cage’s Adaptation) and performances while enjoying the lush scents and sights of one of the best gardens in NYC.

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By: David Goldberg

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 guide

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 eighth-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: Rohan Samarth

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

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By: Tazi Phillips

Free events in April 2016

Drink N' Draw

Let your creative juices flow at this biweekly LGBT drinking-and-art-creation party—now in two NYC locations. Cosplay model Castor Bollocks poses on Tuesdays in the East Village and Crystal Boy models Thursdays in Bushwick. Bring a hard board for your paper and a dry drawing medium of your choosing.

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Thu Dec 31 - Thu Apr 21

Hot Rabbit

This long-running weekly party moves to the new Boots and Saddle. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.

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Boots and Saddle , West Village Friday September 30 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

Gandhi, Is That You?

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material.

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Lucky Jack’s , Lower East Side Wednesday September 28 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016

Music events in April 2016

Weezer

The second single off of the Gen X stalwarts's new self-titled album might be named "Do You Wanna Get High?" but according to Rivers Cuomo, there's "nothing fun or funny" about the tune. Why? it's about both his ex and an ugly, uncomfortable life of addiction. That combination of ostensibly carefree vibes and undertones of yearning melancholy recalls "Island In the Sun"—or in other words, the guys seem to be in peak form. Catch the release party at Warsaw or purchase the record two days later at Rough Trade for entry to a more intimate performance.

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Wed Mar 30 - Fri Apr 1

Rihanna + Travis Scott

Seeing as the defiant Bajan popstrel's trek is dubbed the Anti tour, it'd make sense that her eighth album of that name drops before she hits the road. There's still no release date in the books, but look for an album-shaped present (possibly including her 2015 singles like "Bitch Better Have My Money") before the roadshow kicks off.

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Sun Mar 27 - Sat Apr 2

AC/DC

The Australian classic rock hooligans hit somewhat of a rough patch leading up to the release of their 2014 album, Rock or Bust. First, Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand and charged with—there's no delicate way to put this—attempting to hire a hit man. And this debacle came just months after word arrived that guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering from dementia. But AC/DC is nothing if not resilient: the comeback tour in support of the album the following year won the guys the title of "Best Selling Live Act of 2015" (narrowly beating out T-Swift). With the new tunes, the guys are to sticking to their meat-and-potatoes hard-rawk formula, and clearly it's a case of "ain't broke don't fix it." So say it with us: For those about to rock with Angus Young & Co. here, we salute you.

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04 Apr 2016

Bridge to Beethoven

The astonishing violinist Jennifer Koh is joined by pianist Shai Wosner in the first concert of 92Y’s Bridge to Beethoven series, which connects the master with contemporary composers. They’ll match three of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with the New York premiere of jazz pianist Vijay Iyer’s Bridgetower Fantasy.

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07 Apr 2016

The Kills + Kim and the Created

Toasting a decade-and-a-half of what might be the coolest American-British collab in recent history (musical or otherwise), blues-rock duo the Kills hits Warsaw for two gigs. While Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince might dip into their excellent catalog—from 2003’s gritty, punky debut to 2011's moody, blues-centered offering, Blood Pressures—expect some new material from the upcoming fifth album which the promise will move into new stylistic territory. Regardless of the setlist, you can be sure it'll all be highlighted by the scorching dynamic this fierce twosome invariably shares onstage.

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Tue Apr 12 - Wed Apr 13

Ween

Yearly rumors of a Ween reunion have popped up like clockwork since 2011 when the impish cult-favorites retired the act due to singer Aaron "Gene Ween" Freeman's substance abuse problems and onstage meltdown in Vancouver. But 2016 marks the year those rumors come true. For the band's sizable fan base, every Ween concert is a holy event. The New Hope, PA, institution's ability to project its virtuosic talent onto virtually any genre and goofily make it its own is worth the price of admission, even if you haven't drunk the Kool-Aid.

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Thu Apr 14 - Sat Apr 16

Chita Rivera: An Evening of My Favorite Songs

Chita Rivera came to New York in the early 1950s, and the rest is razzle-dazzle history: starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; ten Tony nominations (and two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but Rivera is very much here.

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Tue Apr 19 - Sat Apr 30

The Amber Zone

In addition to her skills as a chameleonic singer and actor, Amber Martin is a consummate host who has spent years at the hub of the downtown alt-performance world. Every Monday at Sid Gold’s, Chelsea’s swank retro piano bar, she invites a different pal to perform an hour-long set of music and/or stories. The chummy party vibe continues afterward, when audiences are encouraged to stick around to mingle or even sing a song or two themselves.

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Sid Gold's Request Room , Chelsea Monday September 26 2016 - Monday December 26 2016

Arts events in April 2016

Jack Early

The artist’s pop-cultural-soaked memories of childhood are recalled here in bright, punchy paintings and sculptures, the subjects of which include decidedly phallic Popsicles.

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Until Sat Apr 9

Haegue Yang, “Quasi-Pagan Minimal”

This Korean artist who divides her time between Berlin and Seoul is known for abstract works which, in her view, conceptually deconstruct the alienating effects of life under globalism. Whether they actually do is an open question, though her aesthetic balancing act between elegant minimalism and folkloric funk certainly has its pleasures. This show includes takeoffs on Sol LeWitt’s open cubes created with venetian blinds and fluorescent fixtures, and sculptures woven out of artificial straw, a technique that gives them the look tribal artifacts.

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Until Sat Apr 16

“Flatlands”

During the rise of modern painting, flatness was considered a virtue, a quality denoting the pure essence of the medium. In 1890, artist Maurice Denis noted that, whatever else it was, “a picture…is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.” The mid-20th-century critic Clement Greenberg considered flatness the sine qua non of serious abstraction. However, “Flatlands,” a tight selection of millennial painters, toys with an alternate definition of flatness as an expression of 21st century anomie, conjuring “a sense of space that is dimensionless and airless.” 

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Until Sun Apr 17

The Color Purple

Seeing The Color Purple on Broadway, a decade after its premiere, is like meeting an old friend who has gotten her life together since the last time you saw her. It seems more confident in itself, surer in its sexuality, and it’s lost a lot of weight; the cast of John Doyle’s revival and the theater in which it’s playing are 40 percent smaller than their 2005 equivalents. But the shrinking of this violet has not lessened its force. On the contrary, Doyle’s production intensifies The Color Purple and brings out its deeper hues. The musical blossoms into a classic.

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre , Midtown West Until Friday December 30 2016

Eclipsed

Lupito Nyong’o and her castmates are superb as sex-slave "wives" of a Liberian rebel leader in Danai Gurira’s urgently powerful drama, directed by Liesl Tommy. Gurira renders these women's plight in sometimes harrowing detail but also with merciful humor and a focus on the personal. The production moved to Broadway after its triumpant run at the Public.

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Tue Feb 23 - Sun Jun 19

Sense & Sensibility

Any stab at Jane Austen calls for heaps of subtlety and decorum—of which the scrappy Bedlam company, happily, supplies none. Theirs is a rowdy, exuberant rendition of the Austen novel, thoroughly modern yet not at all contemporized. Kate Hamill's felicitous adaptation gives us ageless emotions, couched in the mores and locutions of the past, yet timeless in their arduously suppressed intensity. As in most of Austen’s work, the plot pits nobility of spirit versus financial strictures.

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Gym at Judson , Greenwich Village Until Sunday October 2 2016

“Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty”

Incredibly, this show is MoMA’s first-ever monographic exhibition of this Impressionist giant who became one of the most enduring and popular figures of 19th-century art. The exhibit spotlights a little-know aspect of the artist’s work: His experimentation with monotypes, a technique invented in 17th-century Italy.

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Sat Mar 26 - Sun Jul 24

Fiddler on the Roof

Although the titans Zero Mostel, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince are reflexively linked to this 1964 classic, there’s another, uncredited, father of Fiddler on the Roof. It’s Marc Chagall, the painter whose flying violinists inspired the title. During the development of Fiddler (when it was still called Tevye), director-choreographer Robbins approached Chagall to do the set and costumes. The artist couldn’t commit, but his spirit lingered. Now, in Bartlett Sher’s magnificent, life-affirming revival, the Chagallian gift of levitation extends not just to an airborne fiddler.

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Broadway Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist: It’s her job to fit stories into boxes. But her own life story resists easy lines. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home, based on Bechdel’s graphic memoir, gracefully and movingly contrasts two narratives. One is about Alison (played as an adult by Beth Malone, as a college student by Emily Skeggs and as a child by Sydney Lucas) and her nervous, joyous self-discovery as a lesbian. T

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Until Sat Dec 31

Something Rotten!

Do you still, to this day, fondly remember that 1986 Taming of the Shrew episode of Moonlighting? Whenever blue, do you stream Shakespeare in Love or Blackadder II? Elizabethan fops and wenches forming a stagewide kick line cause a little flutter under the ruff? If you said “yes” to two or more, then hie thee posthaste to the St. James Theatre, where Something Rotten! has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years.

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St. James Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday January 1 2017

More events in April 2016

"Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York"

Long before developers and brainiacs tested their technological greatness in Silicon Valley, the minds of the future gathered at New York City’s 1964 World’s Fair. See how New York influenced the creation of some contemporary technology essentials from the World’s Fair through the computer-graphics revolution years later. With its oral histories, engineering artifacts, old-timey gizmos and images of local creators building the next era of artificial intelligence, this exhibition may convince you that NYC is still the city of tomorrow.

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Until Sun Apr 17

Drink N' Draw

Let your creative juices flow at this biweekly LGBT drinking-and-art-creation party—now in two NYC locations. Cosplay model Castor Bollocks poses on Tuesdays in the East Village and Crystal Boy models Thursdays in Bushwick. Bring a hard board for your paper and a dry drawing medium of your choosing.

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Thu Dec 31 - Thu Apr 21

Hot Rabbit

This long-running weekly party moves to the new Boots and Saddle. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.

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Boots and Saddle , West Village Friday September 30 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

The Butterfly Conservatory

There are more than 18,000 known species of butterflies, and five families. Meet gems from three of those families, including the Pieridae (white and sulphur butterflies), the Papilionidae (black and yellow swallowtail butterflies) and the Nymphalidae (psychedelic-colored longwing butterflies) as they fly around you in the museum’s Vivarium compound.

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Until Sun May 29

GAG!

This long-running biweekly Billyburg party keeps the hipster boys and girls happy with DJ sets from residents Cameron and Zach and special guests.

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Sat Feb 13 - Sat Jul 16

Cole Escola Is the First Gay President

The saucer-eyed costar of Logo's Jeffery & Cole Casserole returns with his solo comedy act, which offers to reveal new facets of a talent that gleams with scrappy razzle-dazzle. Blending boyish mischief with dizzy charm and the ruthless coyness of a starlet bent on fame, Escola's comic persona suggests a street urchin raised by The Match Game.

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The Duplex , West Village Until Saturday November 26 2016

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

If you told us a few years back that Gowanus would be home to one of the best-curated stand-up showcases, we’d think you’d accidentally ingested some polluted canal water. Yet host Wyatt Cenac, who oozes both Brooklyn cool and genuine thoughtfulness, has made Littlefield a premier Monday night destination for both local up-and-comers and established greats like Eugene Mirman, Jen Kirkman and David Cross.

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Littlefield , Gowanus Monday September 26 2016 - Monday December 26 2016

Gandhi, Is That You?

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material.

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Lucky Jack’s , Lower East Side Wednesday September 28 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

Never mind the fact that it happens every year—New Yorkers still get cherry-blossom fever during Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s swoonworthy festival. The two-day fair marks the end of Hanami (the Japanese seasonal tradition of blossom appreciation) and includes a cosplay fashion show, bands playing traditional tunes, dance performances and, of course, all those pink-and-white petals.

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Sat Apr 30 - Sun May 1

Rockstrap

Remember: you don't have to be an athelete to be an athletic supporter. The west village bar is throwing a weekly jockstrap party with a $1 clothes check. The $3 beer specials will give you the liquid courage you need to enjoy a good old-fashioned hump day pants-off-dance-off.

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Wed Mar 16 - Wed May 18
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