We did it, guys—we made it through winter to the sweet glory of spring! It’s time to stash the winter coats and strap on those overalls and explore the best spring festivals, concerts, art shows and hang out in the best NYC parks. We rounded up 25 of the most exciting events you can’t miss this season.
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Whether you're a fan of the lace-gloved Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna, Truth Or Dare auteur Madonna or the current DGF incarnation of the Queen of Pop, you're bound to have a rapturous night getting wild to performances of the diva's greatest hits. Everybody’s free to be a Material Girl tonight!Read more
Joe Fiore's dance for the husky, hirsute set and those who love them has been happening for a decade now—so long that more than a few people who identified as twinks when it started now qualify as bears. Join over 500 men as they shed, sweat and spin all over Santos' spacious dance floor. Get creative with your dress code and let all that hair hang out.Read more
Dedicated to celebrating the creativity of the Hispanic diaspora, Ballet Hispanico marks its 45th anniversary with a Joyce season that includes its signature work, Perdo Ruiz’s ebullient Club Havana (2000), as well as Ramón Oller's Bury Me Standing and the New York premiere of Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s colorful. The matinee on April 9, En Familia, is aimed at family audiences.Read more
Trick out your brunch-time cocktailing at this afternoon fest hosted by the tomato-and-vodka–obsessed Bloody Mary Liberation Party. Sample six inventive pours from Kings County watering holes including Cobble Hill’s Travel Bar, Park Slope’s Iron Station and Greenpoint’s Lucky Luna, winner of the Best Bloody in 2014, while getting down to beats by local legend DJ Shakey.Read more
Grammy winner Griffin cranks out chatty and gossipy stand-up specials at a ridiculous rate and pops up anywhere she can embarrass Anderson Cooper (especially on New Year’s Eve). Her newest show, "Like A Boss," will continue her tradition of taking down celebrities, including the, ahem, big personalities of this election cycle. Trump beware.Read more
It’s 1980. Summer comes to a close as a gang of college baseball players assemble at their Texas university to break in the team—and, of course, to break as many rules as possible. A beautiful, hilarious, deeply relaxed film about male bonding, Richard Linklater’s latest is glorious, ranking right up there with his masterpieces Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.Read more
Irish chanteuse O'Sullivan throws herself into songs with startling intensity, and her 2014 concerts at the Irish Arts Center were nothing short of spellbinding. Happily, the Irish Arts Center is bringing her back for a two-week encore, during which the alt-cabaret star will weave a dramatic tapestry from darkly glittering songs by such artists as Radiohead, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel and Nick Cave.Read more
The pride of Miami makes its first bow at Lincoln Center with an April 13 gala, featuring works by George Balanchine and Alexei Ratmansky. Two programs alternate on subsequent days: the first includes pieces by Balanchine, Ratmansky and Twyla Tharp; the second comprises pieces by Balanchine, Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett.Read more
The venerable modern-dance company 90th-anniversary season includes several Graham classics (including 1936’s Chronicle and 1947’s Night Journey), as well as the premieres of three works commissioned for the company by Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek and Pontus Lidberg. The music is played by the Mannes Orchestra.Read more
The irreverent goons behind Hold Onto Your Butts and the director of the Harry Potter parody show Puffs present this "shot-for-shot" reenactment of the gloriously dramatic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Expect wigs, prosthetic ears and arrows to fly as this four-person crew plays out scenes of hobbits eating, dwarves fighting and a glowing eyeball screaming.Read more
Winter’s over and it’s time to break those resolutions—what better way than a no-holds-barred blowout featuring 30 bacon-stuffed dishes and more than 100 craft brews? For three hours, stuff your face with porcine plates from restaurants like Bareburger and Tres Carnes while guzzling beers and ciders from breweries both local (Gun Hill Brewing Co., Original Sin Hard Cider) and far-flung (Anchor Brewing in California, Harpoon Brewery in Vermont).Read more
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 Tribeca Film Festival 2016: our personal must-see picks, movie screenings, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and oh-so-much more.Read more
New Yorkers come out en masse to celebrate the sweet arrival of spring at this annual festival. The two-day affair 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.Read more
Head to Bushwick for this evening beer bacchanal, highlighting new and limited-release craft brews from more than 40 producers, including hometown staples like Other Half Brewing in Carroll Gardens, Finback Brewing in Ridgewood and Barrier Brewing Co in East Rockaway. Your tickets is good for limitless two-ounce tastings of beer, pub grub catered by local eateries (Mekelburg's, Astoria Bier and Cheese), plus live music courtesy Philadelphia rock outfit Stolen Rhodes.Read more
One of the city’s most-hyped alfresco attractions returns to Randalls Island Park, where tens of thousands wander through innovative works from elite galleries around the globe. The details of this year’s fair are yet to be announced, but you can expect highly Instagrammable public works, hands-on DIY projects and unique interactions with artists and their works, like last year’s rides in a rowboat made of salvaged materials and sessions in massage chairs mounted on giant paintings.Read more
This neon-soaked, bass-thumping, laser-filled weekend is New York’s version of Coachella—without all the wannabe fashionistas. This year’s party, “Insomniac,” takes over Citi Field with dozens of EDM’s best DJS, including Afrojack, Zedd and Kaskade. When you’re not dancing your face off, take a trip on full-scale carnival rides, check out performances from aerialists and explore giant art projects.Read more
Puckish indie-pop songman Demarco is a goof, but don’t let his prankster persona fool you into thinking he’s not a seriously talented songwriter. Demarco's fans are devoted and legion and plenty will be using these two breezy rock shows as a gateway drug to summer fun just on the horizon.Read more
The great stage director George C. Wolfe (Caroline, or Change) stages a behind-the-scenes look at a 1920s musical with an all-black cast. The cast is a doozy: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. Tap genius Savion Glover gets them up and dancing.Read more
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