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Random Happenings in New York City This Weekend - April 13-April 15

April 9, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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There's always something going on in the world's captial, and City Guide has rounded up the best random happenings in New York City this weekend for those looking to do something a little out of the ordinary. You never know what you'll find going on in the city's many neighborhoods on the weekend, but you'll definitely find something, however miscellaneous it may be.

Happy Hour - The PIT Underground
April 13, 2018 - New York

Show up ready to be challenged, meet new people, and improvise! This jam will get you ready for the next level of improv while being the perfect pregame to your weekend. There are four rotating formats with different hosts.

The Prince and Michael Experience - Mercury Lounge
April 13, 2018 - New York

Prince and Michael Jackson fans celebrate on the dance floor as DJ Dave Paul mixes album cuts, remixes, rare tracks and hits from the two artists as well as songs by such ancillary acts as Sheila E., The Jackson 5, The Time and Janet Jackson. Collectively, Prince and Michael Jackson helped define the early-'80s era of MTV, revolutionized both R&B and popular music, and influenced thousands of musicians worldwide. This nightlife party pays tribute to two of the greatest artists of our time. The experience is presented by DJ Dave Paul who has successfully produced over 300 of these events in 35 cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York etc.).

MASTER ILLUSIONIST Rick Thomas - Suffolk Theater
April 13, 2018 - Riverhead

Illusionist Rick Thomas has anually performed over 600 shows at Las Vegas casinos including Bellagio, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Tropicana, Planet Hollywood, and more... earning him the title of "Stage Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts. "The BEST in magic entertainment" - James Truceau, MGM Casinos. Rick Thomas performs the most intriguing and innovative illusions in the world with a style unlike any other magic entertainer "A VISUAL DELGHT" -- THE LA TIMES

The Pipeline Festival - Afloat - Women's Project Theater
April 13, 2018 - New York

Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new artists in town? Wondering where to meet the next generation of incredible women and trans theatermakers? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams created from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here first.

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
April 13, 2018 - New York

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free. Register in advance for easiest check-in! (Pre-registration not required)

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
April 13, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Hyperglow NYC! 'America's Largest Glow Party' - Irving Plaza
April 13, 2018 - New York

Hyperglow Tour - America's Largest Glow Party! Presents: LIGHTS OUT! Spring 2018 Tour Special Guests & Artists To Be Announced! Friday, April 13th | Irving Plaza NYC LIGHTS OUT, and the night begins... This season Hyperglow Tour will give their fans a new experience that will take you through a journey of darkness into Glow! The Lights Out Tour will allow you to abandon your worries and step into a wild party as we get lit with thousands of people from all over the nation. Assemble your squad, Charge Up, and bring your own light into the darkness of Hyperglow! Hyperglow Tour "America's Largest Touring Glow Party" is growing into a one a kind dance music production and promotions company. Combining high-energy dance music with mind blowing Performances, Live Art, and Body Painting which is enhanced by an atmosphere illuminated.

GO 90s with The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air - Le Poisson Rouge
April 13, 2018 - West Village

GO 90s with The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air official site | The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air on Facebook | The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air on Instagram | #freshkidsofbelair The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air are seven NYC-based musicians who have come together to put on the dopest live 90s show in the city. Every Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge the Fresh Kids take the stage and perform the hits you loved when you were still rocking butterfly clips and feeding your Furby. But the band doesn't stop at Fridays on Bleecker Street, they are taking the COUNTRY by storm, playing legendary venues like The Capitol Theatre, The Paramount on Long Island, The Howard Theatre in DC, Brooklyn Bowl, Union Transfer in Philly, Baltimore Soundstage and more! Seriously, they are all that and a bag of chips!

Sophie Blackall: Hello Lighthouse - Books are Magic
April 14, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Murder Mystery Dinner - Bayside Historical Society
April 14, 2018 - Bayside

Join Bayside Historical Society for a dangerously delicious dinner! Our Murder Mystery evening will feature live actors and audience participation to solve a “whodunnit.” The menu will include appetizers, main course, dessert, and wine. Tickets are $75.00 for BHS members/$80.00 for non-members. RSVP by April 8, 2018 at www.baysidehistorical.org/events, or by contacting us at 718-352-1548 or info@baysidehistorical.org.

BKBXKids! presents: Destination: Everywhere LIVE at the PIT! - PIT Striker Mainstage
April 14, 2018 - New York

Broken Box Mime Theater celebrates storytelling beyond words with their weekly children's show, Destination: Everywhere! Set to contemporary music and guided by a speaking emcee, this hour-long collection of stories includes a tale of unlikely friendship with a giant, the multitasking troubles of a superhero on date night, and an intergalactic odyssey that won't be complete without the audience's help. Children age 3-8 and their families are invited to stick around after the interactive show to learn how to mime with the cast!

Lescandal - Laurie Beechman Theatre
April 14, 2018 - New York

Le Scandal Cabaret is NYC's longest running burlesque variety show. For over 15 years producer Miss Bonnie Dunn's, Le Scandal has featured variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. NY Magazine called Le Scandal, "the rock star of the NY burlesque scene!" And the show is a NY Times "critics pick." New performers every week! Expect belly dancers, magicians, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra.

Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential - Radio City Music Hall
April 14, 2018 - Manhattan

Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl - Le Poisson Rouge
April 14, 2018 - West Village

essie's Girl official site | Jessie's Girl on Facebook | Jessie's Girl on Instagram | #jessiesgirlnyc This amazing 7-piece band brings back the '80s like no other, performing all the greatest hits live! JESSIE'S GIRL's primary line-up includes a team of NYC's top rock and pop vocalists: Up-and-coming superstar Jenna O'Gara, Off-Broadway's Chris Hall and renown "Sting" impersonator Mark Rinzel. They are backed by one of the tightest bands in the city comprised of 20+ year veterans of the NYC music scene: Eric Presti on guitar, Sky on keys, Drew Mortali on bass, and Michael Maenza on drums, each with dozens of credits performing with authentic 80's icons who made the music famous to begin with! In fact, BRET MICHAELS, MC HAMMER, COLIN HAY from MEN AT WORK, TIFFANY, DEBBIE GIBSON, TAYLOR DANE, MIKE SCORE from A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, TONE LOC, ROB BASE and many more have all performed at the BACK TO THE EIGHTIES SHOW.

The Pipeline Festival - Afloat - Women's Project Theater
Through April 14, 2018 - New York

Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new artists in town? Wondering where to meet the next generation of incredible women and trans theatermakers? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams created from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here first.

Kimberly Bartosik/Daela : Live Feed In-Process - Untitled - New York Live Arts
Through April 14, 2018 - New York

Member pre-sale starts on July 10th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 10th. Kimberly Bartosik explores faith, ecstasy, and violence within specific, radical religious practices in Untitled (1-2). This two-phase, dual-venue work delves into her experiences of growing up in North Carolina and her family's embrace of Born-Again Christianity and Charismatic rituals. The Live Feed creative residency program is a laboratory for the development of new commissioned work directed toward our theater. This informal workshop showing offers a sneak peek into the artist's process and ideas before they hit our stage. Taking place within the intimate working space of the Live Arts studio, each showing is followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by special guests and Live Arts staff.

NYC Home Décor & Furniture Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
April 15, 2018 - New York

Shop from an outstanding and wide array of handmade, vintage and antique home décor and furniture goods that will leave your friends asking, "Where did you get that, and where can I get one too?" Be sure to also come hungry and grab a delicious snack from our artisanal food court before strolling refreshed down the aisles and finding new, elaborate and exciting designs at every different booth. From pillows, mirrors and tables to picture frames, chairs and decorations, there is truly something here for everyone. Don't miss out on the fun!

Textasy! 5-week poetry workshop w/ Adeena Karasick - Bowery Poetry Club
April 15, 2018 - New York

Textasy! 5-week poetry workshop w/ Adeena Karasick This workshop will meet the following Sundays: March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22 TIME/LOCATION: 12 PM 2 PM at Bowery Poetry located at 308 Bowery INSTRUCTOR: Adeena Karasick Taking as its jumping off point the relationship between text and ecstasy (from the gk ex-stasis), this workshop will investigate the pleasure and play within all aspects of language construction. From sound poetry, concrete poetry, renegade, neo-formalist pataphysical, language-based visual art, it will track through the relationship between language, eros, meaning and being, exploring ways artists, philosophers, poets have subverting colonialist structures of language towards an ever widening scope of potential meaning. To this end, we will try on a range of poetic forms which highlight aspects of translation and subversion -- such as 13th C. Kabbalistic alphabetic incantatory techniques, homophonic translations, emojilations, oulippean improvisation, erasure and vispo, exploring ways poems can be both a site of transgression and revolution. And, foregrounding the poem as an intermediatic, textatic space, celebrating languages inherent v... (read more)

Creativity Lab - Brooklyn Museum
April 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

Welcome to the Lab! Drop by our studios and explore your creative side. In this drop-in workshop for all ages, take inspiration from our galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay as long as you'd like!

David Eagleman + Sean Carroll From Eternity to Here - Rubin Museum of Art
April 15, 2018 - New York

When a cosmologist and a neuroscientist get together, how do you imagine they might spend their time? In this case, talking about time. The theoretical physicist Sean Carroll is the author of From Eternity to Here. He and Brainwave curator David Eagleman test concepts and theories of time from the vantage point of their different scientific disciplines. Will they both come out in favor of the block universe theory? Only time will tell. "The ancient Greeks, according to [Robert] Pirsig, 'saw the future as something that came upon them from behind their backs, with the past receding away before their eyes.'" ?Sean Carroll, From Eternity to Here The program will be followed by a book signing.

The Telephone Show - The PIT Loft
April 15, 2018 - New York

Patrick Keene hosts a show inspired by Chicago's Mullaney Chain, where improvisers call each other one by one to form a team! No one knows what the line-up will be! $1 for both the audience and participants!

Material Witness Witness Material - Knockdown Center
Through April 15, 2018 - Maspeth

Knockdown Center is pleased to present MATERIAL WITNESS WITNESS MATERIAL, a group exhibition on view March 3 – April 15, 2018. The exhibition brings together the work of Amber Atiya, Amy Khoshbin, Esteban Jefferson, DonChristian Jones, SomBlackGuy, Chris Watts, and Lachell Workman, all of whom embrace experimental and rigorous ways of considering how violence and resistance are inscribed on and internalized in the body. These artists employ diverse mediums to translate the aftermath of trauma and discrimination. Featuring: Amber Atiya Esteban Jefferson DonChristian Jones Amy Khoshbin SomBlackGuy Chris Watts Lachell Workman Alessandra Gomez

From Poland to Israel: the March of the Living - The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center
Through April 20, 2018 - New York

A 12-Day Journey of Remembrance and Celebration. Remembering the Past. Rejoicing in the Present. On April 12, 2018, thousands of Jews and non-Jews from five continents will begin a march from the anguish of the past to the pride of the present, a pilgrimage beginning at Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and ending at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Israel's 70th Independence Day. The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center invites you to join us for this extraordinary journey of remembrance and celebration.

Friday Stories and Glories: World Mythology at The Met (Ages 6–8) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through April 27, 2018 - New York

Lauren Ebin, instructor Uncover the world of art at The Met! Jump into stories, mythology, and folklore from around the globe during this interactive gallery program just for kids. This is a drop-off program; however, interested adults are welcome to attend. Please register interested siblings separately. Classes are limited to 20 children and registration is required.

Pause for Pegasus: The Inspiration of Antiquity (Ages 9–12) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through April 27, 2018 - New York

Barbara Woods, instructor Jean Sorabella, instructor The timeless myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome come alive in this unique class! Explore connections between art and literature through readings from classical authors, role play, sketching, and discussion of works of art throughout the Museum's galleries. Make creative connections that reach across space and time. This is a drop-off program; however, interested adults are welcome to attend. Please register interested siblings separately. Classes are limited to 20 children and registration is required.

Saturday Stories and Glories: World Mythology at The Met (Ages 6–8) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through April 28, 2018 - New York

Lauren Ebin, instructor Uncover the world of art at The Met! Jump into stories, mythology, and folklore from around the globe during this interactive gallery program just for kids. This is a drop-off program; however, interested adults are welcome to attend. Please register interested siblings separately. Classes are limited to 20 children and registration is required.

The Pipeline Festival - Women's Project Theater
Through April 29, 2018 - New York

Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new artists in town? Wondering where to meet the next generation of incredible women and trans theatermakers? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams created from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here first.

2018 Step Challenge - University at Buffalo
Through April 30, 2018 - New York

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will host the third annual Step Challenge as a way to unite the university and greater community while promoting healthy and active lifestyle choices. Sponsored by Whole Foods, the challenge will take place throughout the entire month of April as a part of the school's celebrations for National Public Health Week (NPHW); a campaign organized by the American Public Health Association serving as a time to recognize and celebrate public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health. The 2018 Step Challenge is free and open to the public to participate. Participants will be asked to log their individual step counts, with each participant's submissions contributing towards the collective goal of reaching 300 million steps during the month of April. All participants will qualify to win various prizes each week throughout the contest ranging from yoga mats to iPads. Registration opens for all on March 14.

Walking tour - West Harlem/Washington Ht - New York
Through May 01, 2018 - New York

We will walk a total of approximately 3 miles, and see various historical sites and points of interest in West Harlem, as well as Washington Heights. After our walk, we can dine at a local restaurant (I will suggest a few options from which you can choose).

Future Foodies, Created For Kids - New York
Through May 01, 2018 - New York

This tour meets on Bleeker Street in the West Village where you will meet your licensed tour guide. Our Future Foodies Tour was created especially for kids with four balanced tastings, and less than 5 minutes of walking. This tour is only available upon request, and can be tailored to your personal tastes. Please inform us of any allergies 2 weeks in advance so that alternative tasting options may be made. This tour is perfect for kids birthday parties, for educational field trips, and much more! Here is a perfect balance of sweets, education, and fun!Kids will love the chance to be creative, and adults love when the kids are having so much fun they don't realize how much they are learning at the same time! Put it all together, and we have the perfect recipe for a group outing. This tour was created especially for our future foodies, with four balanced and appropriately sized tasting portions alongside a healthy dose of culinary and cultural history.

The Knitting Crawl Tour of Manhattan - New York
Through May 01, 2018 - New York

Knitting fanatic? You'll love visiting New York's unique knitting, bead and trimming shops and galleries with Susan. As we hop the subways and stroll through the Manhattan streets, learn about the history and culture of the neighborhoods. Shop 'til you drop for lush yarns, discover funky beads and trimmings! Knitting fanatic? You'll love visiting New York's unique knitting, bead and trimming shops and galleries with Susan.

Taste the Hudson Valley Bike Tour - New York
Through May 01, 2018 - New York

Take a bike ride to one of the most spectacular regions for both scenery and artisanal food and wine on this full-day tour in the Hudson Valley. Vault across the Hudson River on the Walkway Over the Hudson, then experience two beautiful rail trails on a mostly car-free ride to the town of Gardiner, where your bicycling excursion takes a turn to explore the local flavors of the Hudson Valley. Make three stops to taste it all, with lunch included. No car or driving required. THE DETAILS This tour is only offered to individuals on the following dates in 2017. May 20, September 23 and October 14. We can arrange a special tour for groups of 6 or more on any day. Take the Metro-North Hudson Line train to Poughkeepsie with bike in tow (bikes are allowed on the train) and meet the group to start the day's journey. The train leaves Grand Central at 8:48am and Harlem-125th Street at 8:59am, then arrives in Poughkeepsie at 10:47am. (If not arriving from NYC, drive to the Poughkeepsie train station and park for free before meeting the group at 10:47am). Guides will provide energy bars, snacks, and water before sending the group on their way. It's a 15.5 mile ride to the first stop at Gardiner ... (read more)

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 9–12) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through May 05, 2018 - New York

Padma Rajendran, instructor Build drawing skills, including observation, composition, perspective, and shading, and create your own works inspired by objects at The Met. Explore the Museum's galleries, from Egyptian to Modern and Contemporary, and see things in a new way through sketching.

Painting Lab (Ages 9–12) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through May 05, 2018 - New York

Rosemarie Fiore, instructor Mix your own paints and learn a variety of techniques used in works of art in the Museum, by artists from Vincent van Gogh to Chuck Close. Use a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, and tempera, to build your own painting portfolio.

Voss Event's Drag Brunch - Highline Ballroom
Through May 27, 2018 - New York

Unleash your inner diva at our world famous Drag Brunch at Highline Ballroom with wild performances by NYC's top female impersonators and special guests from the hit television series RuPaul's Drag Race. The fun is fueled by bottomless cocktails from the bar.

Garden After Hours - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through May 31, 2018 - Brooklyn

Spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is not to be missed—and this year, the Garden is offering an extended hours opportunity during peak bloom season! On Tuesdays during April and May, purchase a Garden After Hours ticket, enter at any time, and stay up till 8:30! (Visitors purchasing regular admissions must leave by 6 p.m.) Enjoy an evening stroll through the Garden's vibrant spring blooms—progressing from daffodils and magnolias to peonies, cherry blossoms, and azaleas—and treat yourself to dinner, cocktails, and sunset views of Lily Pool Terrace in Yellow Magnolia Café. Advance tickets on sale in March.

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