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Random Happenings in New York City This Weekend - March 23-March 25

March 19, 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.

The Slipper Room Show (Includes Midnight Show) - The Slipper Room
March 23, 2018 - New York

A special evening of the best NY talent in the world of Burlesque, Variety, Magic, Sideshow & Circus performance. *Ticket price includes Midnight Show* Set times are 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 12am &1am

Happy Hour - The PIT Underground
March 23, 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.

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
March 23, 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!

Stroll to Strawberry Fields - Central Park Conservancy
March 23, 2018 - New York

Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer! Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children's District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Central Park Conservancy Welcome Kiosk at 59th Street and Central Park West/Columbus Circle entrance to the Park. Map of start location Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Terrain: A few hills Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free, registration not required

Hater's Roast - The Town Hall
March 23, 2018 - New York

Haters Roast – The Shady Tour, starring contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1. It's an evening of outrageous reads, slams, jabs, stingers and zingers with your favorite comedy queens live on stage. All ages welcome. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. There will be a 20-minute intermission. Presented by Murray & Peter.

Aged Rums of the Caribbean - Astor Center
March 23, 2018 - New York

Immerse yourself in luxuriant island life with a tasting of the aged rums of the Caribbean. Each influenced by a distinct climate and culture, these rums possess great secrets and histories that we'll uncover as we enjoy their rich flavors. Come appreciate this incredible spirit's many different expressions. What you can expect: One welcome drink. 6 tasting pours of aged rums. A small tasting plate for mix-and-match pairings. Palate-cleansing bread. Two hours of instruction with an Astor Center instructor-including Q&A time. What you will learn: The production and aging method of Caribbean Rum How to taste and describe rum. Different flavor profiles of Caribbean Rum. The history of rum around the world. Level: Beginner-Advanced Good for: Spirits Enthusiast, Date Night, Fun With Friends, Rum Curious, Rum Enthusiast Style: Guided Tasting Food Served: Small Tasting Plate

Climate, Capitalism, and Crisis: Kim Stanley Robinson & Julia Levine - Housing Works - Bookstore Cafe
March 23, 2018 - New York

Multi-award winning author Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars trilogy; Three Californias trilogy; New York 2140) makes a rare New York appearance to join theatre artist and climate activist Julia S. Levine (CLIMATE LENS, Artists Rise Up) for a discussion on how art interrogates the climate crisis, and if art can be a catalyst for change.

GO 90s with The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air - Le Poisson Rouge
March 23, 2018 - West Village

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!

Broadway Sessions - Laurie Beechman Theatre
Through March 23, 2018 - New York

Every Thursday night, as the curtains fall on Broadway, Host BEN D (from Broadway's Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and his crew of amazingly talented folks welcome a new Broadway cast to perform in this fun and zany musical theater variety show. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY.

Four Tet Live - National Sawdust
Through March 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

Four Tet is the experimental electronic sensation who has collaborated with artists such as Radiohead's Thom Yorke and jazz drummer Steve Reid. He's remixed hits from Aphex Twin, Explosions in the Sky, Black Sabbath, Sia, and more. Known for his work with post-rock band Fridge, Four Tet's solo work lifts samples from hip-hop, electronica, techno, jazz, and folk mixed with his guitar. Notable for its rich, organic sounds and harmonious melodies, Four Tet's music eschews the traditional pop-song format and thrusts his audiences into the abstract.

The Slipper Room Show: Mr. Choade's Upstairs Downstairs - The Slipper Room
March 24, 2018 - New York

Premier night of outrageous NY performance. Variety as it should be. **Ticket price includes Midnight Show!** Set times are 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 12am & 1am

Southern Welcome Tour - Central Park Conservancy
March 24, 2018 - New York

Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy. Details Meet: Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. Tour ends at the Dairy (mid-Park at 65th Street). Map of start location Terrain: Moderate inclines and some stairs Length of Tour: approximately 60 minutes Cost: Free, registration not required

Easter Egg Hunt - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
March 24, 2018 - Bronx

This is the one day when it's okay to put all your eggs in one basket! Children 2–12 hunt for eggs, enjoy arts and crafts, and have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Please bring your own basket.

Sun-Earth Day - American Museum of Natural History
March 24, 2018 - New York

Explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. Meet scientists, look through telescopes, and engage in hands-on activities at this family-friendly event.

Lescandal - Laurie Beechman Theatre
March 24, 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.

Cirque Saturdays - Highline Ballroom
March 24, 2018 - New York

Children's Garden Open House - Queens Bontanical Garden
March 24, 2018 - Flushing

Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl - Le Poisson Rouge
March 24, 2018 - West Village

Jessie'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.

Robbing Johnny Ransom Pier - Mercury Lounge
March 25, 2018 - New York

The Harlem-based band formed in 2014 while Pat was putting out rap music with Analog Rascals and John was doing solo singer/songwriter gigs in NYC. They started writing and playing parties as a duo. Jordan joined the band in early 2015 after graduating from Berklee College of Music and starting his masters in percussion at NYU. His use of acoustic percussion and electronic beats made the sound hit harder. Add Pat's high school bandmate, Evan Harris, on electric guitar and Jordan's Berklee class mate, John MaHoney, on the bass, and a full band was built around the raw tunes. Their debut release, Cynical Son EP, is available online everywhere. Ransom Pier's music offers listeners a combination of potent lyricism and technical prowess that places them firmly among the highest echelon of young acts along the Eastern seaboard. Their brand of rock draws unabashedly on the roots of the American songbook - from Dylan to Motown - with an ear to the future, and has been compared to a darker, edgier Lake Street Dive.

Maluma - Madison Square Garden
March 25, 2018 - New York

NYC Food Truck Fest 2018 - Grand Bazaar NYC
March 25, 2018 - New York

Join this years NYC Food Truck Fest, organized by Grand Bazaar NYC the weekly curated market on the Upper West Side, featuring 12 of the best gourmet food trucks in addition to the market's 100+ vendors. Co-hosted by the New York Food Truck Association - NYFTA. NYC famous and best food trucks will be coming together to serve up everything from fresh lobster sandwiches to freshly made pizza, hot mac n' cheese to sweet creps, to award winning empanadas and stuffed french toast.

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
March 25, 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)

Textasy! 5-week poetry workshop w/ Adeena Karasick - Bowery Poetry Club
March 25, 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)

The Telephone Show - The PIT Loft
March 25, 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!

Hula (Open Level) - 92Y
March 25, 2018 - Upper East Side

Explore the native dance of Hawai'i and the holistic values embodied in its poetry, music and movement. Experience hula's fundamental elements with respect to the form's historical perspectives and cultural context. The Hawai'i-born facilitator is a student of Kumu Hula (master teacher), Johnny Lum Ho.

The Signature Project - Sheen Center
Through March 25, 2018 - New York

The Signature Project is multi-sensory theatrical experience. Its core is a huge 76 ft x 36 ft mural layered with hidden secrets. For the past 22 years a live performance has toured the United States bringing the mural to life, with artist Patrick Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. Now, this play with music and dance comes to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere. A unique, exhilarating tapestry blending art and technology, The Signature Project offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental art work. The painting and the play are constantly changing and evolving as people contribute their own signature and story to the larger art work, adding perspectives and ideas which make the world so special and wonderful, beyond imagination. Creator, Patrick Dunning is from Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Portland, Oregon. For schools and groups of 15 or more email nyc@signatureproject.com for special pricing.

Iconic Views of Central Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
Through March 31, 2018 - New York

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk. Details Meet: Tour starts and ends at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10)

Kathy Acker: Who Wants to Be Human All the Time - Performance Space New York
Through April 08, 2018 - New York

In 1974, 26-year-old Kathy Acker met the conceptual artist Alan Sondheim, and suggested a collaboration that would allow them to get to the bottom of their sexual attraction by exchanging “as much information about ourselves as possible.” The result is Blue Tape, an hour-long, highly charged and confrontational truth-and-sex tape. It is remarkable for its braveness, as well as the insight it gives into a young Acker, about to find her voice on sexuality, intimacy, family, and power relations–all themes that consistently recur throughout her oeuvre. For this group exhibition, Blue Tape will be shown next to works by contemporary artists in dialog with Acker.

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

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.

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.

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