scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including game of thrones watch parties, greenwich village historic district’s 50th anniversary celebration, a leonard cohen exhibition, an artsy bouncy house, and more.


fri + sat various times: explore a wide variety of published works on display and for sale, and attend related panel discussions at sva’s 30th anniversary mfa photography, video and related media book fair and scheimpflug lecture series. sva photography building (gramercy), free admission. >>

fri + sat: tumblr, video games, sex work, deepfakes, alexa, and many more topics will be explored at this year’s theorizing the web conference, two days of internet-related talks from scholars, journalists, artists, activists, and technology practitioners. museum of the moving image (astoria), pay-what-you-wish admission. >>

fri + sat various times: her smell director alex ross perry and stars elisabeth moss, eric stoltz, agyness deyn, gayle rankin, ashley benson, and dylan gelula will do q+a following various screenings at ifc center (greenwich village) and nitehawk cinema (prospect park). $13-16 general, $10-13 seniors.

fri 7am – sat 7am: gather your stamina for 24 hours @ 44 charlton, a 24-hour marathon of live journalism, music, art, performances and parties in celebration of new york public radio’s 10th year at the greene space (soho). featuring guests laurie metcalf, deray mckesson, andrew bird, heidi shreck, john cameron mitchell, suzan-lori parks, jo firestone, and many others. free. >>

fri 3-7pm: enjoy a free grilled cheese, thanks to national grilled cheese day, at cheese grille in the les. >>

fri 11:30am-7pm (fridays thru october): the outdoor smorgasburg food market opens a wtc outpost at oculus plaza with 25 vendors every friday. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

fri 3:30-7pm: roll into springtime as the brooklyn bridge park’s outdoor roller rink opens for the season with a day of free admission (reg $9). weather permitting. $7 skate rental, or byo. >>

just added: fri 6-6:30pm (+ sat): fiona shaw will perform excerpts from t.s. eliot’s the waste land in an empty fountain in madison square park. free. >>

fri 7pm: nyu literary magazine washington square review celebrates the launch of its latest issue with a night of readings at lillian vernon creative writers house (greenwich village). free admission. >>

fri 7pm: comedians, writers, and performers nominate their favorite queer icons for sainthood at hail mary: our queer saints (‘the kennedy center honors for divas and deviants’). hosted by tim kov and david perez. the footlight (ridgewood), $5. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): everyone’s a pop star at ziwe fumudoh’s pop show, where comedians will perform original pop songs and give pop presentations. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

just added: fri 7:15pm (+ sat 7:15pm): star noomi rapace and filmmaker robert budreau will do q+a following select screenings of stockholm at village east cinema. $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

fri 7:30pm: your first beer is free at the not quite midnight talk show’, featuring performances and interviews from comedians mike drucker (full frontal with samantha bee), clare o’kane (comedy central), devon walker (comedy central), emily winter (the new yorker), and mike lasher. hosted by chris calogero and courtney maginnis. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

sponsored: fri 8pm (+ sat 2pm + 8pm): following the broadway sensation a steady rain with daniel craig and hugh jackman, emmy nominated keith huff returns to nyc with his latest work, six corners. late one night, two burnt-out violent crimes unit detectives try their damnedest to close the puzzling murder of a cta employee. what should be a simple open-and-shut case evolves into a horrifying mystery and unearths a legacy of violence stretching back years. chain theatre (midtown west), $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $25). >>

fri 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. tonight’s show features guests aparna nancherla (bojack horseman), sally kohn (the opposite of hate), and ariel dumas (colbert). hosted by lane moore (brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by alison leiby (marvelous mrs. maisel writer), noah gardenswartz (marvelous mrs. maisel writer), dan wilbur (ifc), rachel mccartney (pbs), ethan simmons patterson, and lawrence deloach. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features david baker (fallon) and half-hour sets by ryan beck (comedy central), and katie hannigan (colbert). hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9pm: folk project red steppes, helmed by nika aila states, plays a single release show at pete’s candy store (williamsburg). free (donations welcome). >>

fri 9:30pm: anyone in the audience is welcome to join in the bird and friends – cosmic unity improv show, celebrating it’s two-year anniversary tonight. the pit loft (chelsea), $10. >>

fri 10pm: nothing is off-limits at the tampons, tears, and triumphs improv and storytelling show, where women performers openly engage in taboo topics. the pit (flatiron), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

fri 10:30pm: funk it up at the skint’s annual ‘sometimes it’s prince in april’ dance party tribute to prince, with nothing but hits, b-sides and songs he wrote for other artists spun by dj steve reynolds of party like it’s 1999, plus video clip projections by music video time machine. littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 door. >>


sat various times: shop exclusive, limited-edition and new vinyl releases, check out free performances, and support your local shop during the annual record store day. titles and quantities vary by store. >>

sat 10am-5:30pm: 17 local gourmet food trucks will be rolling up to today’s grand bazaar nyc (uws). expect lines. $3 adv, $5 door admission includes a beverage, pay-as-you-go. >>

sat 11am-2:30pm: the department of transportation brings back its free bike helmet giveaways. today’s giveaway is at john jay park (yorkville), with more to come throughout the spring/summer season. >>

sat 11am-5pm: pregame for brooklyn botanical garden’s massive sakura matsuri cherry blossom festival at the end of the month with family-friendly fests at roosevelt island (today 11am-5pm) and flushing meadows corona park (4/20 11am-1pm). free. >>

sat 11am-6pm (saturdays thru october): the outdoor hester street fair opens for the season, bringing food, fashion, and craft vendors to seward park (les). free admission. >>

sat 11am-6pm: hundreds of damaged, gently used, or slightly-out of date food and wine books will be priced at just $1-10 for the annual kitchen arts + letters bookstore clean-out sale. kitchen arts + letters (ues), free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: 30 local fashion bloggers will be selling all sizes of gently-used clothing, shoes, and bags for cheap at the big spring clean-out blogger closet sale. 21 ludlow street (les), free admission. >>

sat 12-4:30pm: wbar barnard college radio’s annual outdoor wbar-b-q festival features live music by shilpa ray, spirit of the beehive, april + vista, and more. futter field (morningside heights), free. >>

sat 12-5pm (monthly): shop 20 local, cruelty-free food + goods vendors at the vegan shop-up pop-up market. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>

sat 1-5:45pm: at the american museum of natural history’s earthfest event honoring earth day, immerse yourself in art, science, and music with a day of activities, workshops, and performances including patti smith, michael stipe, the harlem gospel choir, and others. american museum of natural history (uws), free with admission ($23 adults, $18 students/seniors, $13 children). >>

sat 2-5pm: showcasing self-taught and folk artists from the new york city area, self-taught genius gallery’s new york experienced exhibition will be on view for an afternoon open house including gallery tours, music, and snacks. self-taught genius gallery (lic), free. >>

sat 7pm (monthly): have a bloody good time at a buffy the vampire slayer’ edition of cat’s eye cabaret, bringing sunnydale-themed burlesque, aerial, and variety artists to the deep end (ridgewood). $15 adv, $20 door ($15 if in costume). >>

sat 7pm, 9:30pm: as part of the ‘comedians you should know’ showcase, comedian and producer david drake performs a live taping of the collective’s first full-length album. hosted by brown privilege comedy’s saurin choksi. the gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: her-icane comedy, an all female-identifying stand-up show benefiting disaster relief, features stand up by jo firestone (fallon), mary beth barone (mildly offensive), eva victor (reductress), alise morales (seth meyers), and karolena theresa (awkward sex and the city). hosted by kate villa (the break with michelle wolf) and jenny gorelick (jenny’s birthday show). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 7pm doors, 8pm show: our climate crisis: green new deal policy lead rhiana gunn-wright, nasa climate research scientist dr. kate marvel, and pioneer works science scholar dr. ayana elizabeth johnson host a talk on the scientific realities of the cultural, governmental, and corporate shifts needed to mitigate our climate crisis. pioneer works (red hook), free (donations welcome). >>

sat 8pm: teen body plays a record release show at alphaville (bushwick) with support from albsolutely yours and daeva. $10. >>

sat 9:30pm: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on bird box. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, returns to under st. marks theater with live music by julie lauren stevens kosnik and thalys peterson, comedy by jordan temple, burlesque by scarlett cerise, magic by scott benjamin, and more. hosted by jillian thomas. st. marks theater (east village), $10. >>

sat 11pm: queer parties be cute and yas mama team up for a selena tribute night filled with drag performances, music, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $15 door, $20 after midnight. >>


sun 10:30pm: the coney island amusement district marks its official opening for the season with the annual blessing of the rides ceremony at deno’s wonder wheel park, an egg cream christening of the cyclone roller coaster, and free cyclone and wonder wheel rides for the first 92-99 guests. >>

sun 11am-5pm: love a parade? you’ve got three to choose from today: the persian parade and festival (11am-4pm, madison avenue from 39th street to madison square park), the veggie pride parade and festival (11am-5pm, 9th ave + gansevoort street to union square park), and the greek independence day parade (1:30-4:30pm, fifth avenue from 64th to 79th streets).

sun 12-4pm (select saturdays + sundays thru 10/20): the east village’s new york marble cemetery, with ‘residents’ dating back to the 1800s, opens up to visitors thru october. free. >>

sun 2-4pm: competitive chefs share their savory sphere recipes for you to taste and judge at the annual brooklyn meatball takedown. lot 45 (bushwick), $25. >>

sun 3-6pm: clothing swap: bring clean, reusable, clothing that you no longer need, and leave with something new-to-you at grow nyc’s semi-regular community reuse event. moto spirits distillery (bushwick), free admission. >>

sun 4-9pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, live music + dj sets, stargazing, a robotics pop-up, hands-on artmaking, and more. free with rsvp (donations welcome). >>

sun 4:30pm doors, 5pm show: synchronize your watches for a performance by the brooklyn peaches synchronized swim team at the dodge ymca (downtown brooklyn). $10. >>

sun 5pm + 7pm: emmy-winning writer for the daily show matt koff records his first-ever comedy album at union hall (park slope), with special guests emmy blotnick (colbert) and rob cantrell (last comic standing. $10. >>

sun 6pm (+ 4/28 at the gutter bar): the visible poetry project, which connects 30 poets with 30 filmmakers to create visual interpretations of poems every day in april, screens a selection of works from 2019 at bowery poetry club. $10. >>

sun 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the jokes will be anything but by the book at the symposium, an academic stand-up show featuring material inspired by research and teaching. tonight’s theme: ‘game of thrones: the real sh*t.’ hosted kyle marian. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sponsored: sun 7pm: the new york city jazz festival presents an evening of jazz music featuring the prestigious unt jazz singers, led by jennifer barnes, at symphony space. $10 with promo code ‘nycjf10’ (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-$40). >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with myka fox (comedy central), jeff simmermon (the moth), dave bergmann (mtv), ethan sp, henry sir, and shaun connolly. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: japanese action comic punk band peelander-z plays knitting factory (williamsburg). $14. >>

sun 8:30pm (monthly): the show’s name is cold pizza, but at least the slices, laughs, and admission are free. hosts chloe radcliffe and micah walsh get things started in featherweight’s attic with sets by anthony devito (comedy central), geoffrey asmus (colbert), lizzie martinez (funny or die), katie boyle (transplants comedy), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), and lindsay boling (ucb). featherweight (east williamsburg), free. >>

all weekend

thru sun: ways to celebrate the return of game of thrones in nyc. >>

fri thru sun: setsuko winchester’s traveling exhibit freedom from fear/yellow bowl project, consisting of 120 yellow tea bowls representing 1,000 individuals who were rounded up and removed following fdr’s executive order 9066, comes to fdr four freedoms state park. artist talk and tour sunday at 2pm. free admission. >>

fri thru 4/21: jump around a bouncy house as part of artist cj hendry’s rorschach test-inspired art exhibit. 202 plymouth street (dumbo), $10 admission includes a pair of rorschach socks. >>

fri thru 9/8 (closed wednesdays): the jewish museum presents leonard cohen: a crack in everything, a contemporary art exhibition devoted to the legacy of the influential singer/songwriter. $18 general, $12 seniors, $8 students, pa-what-you-wish thursdays 5-8pm, free saturdays. >>

sat + sun various times: the greenwich village historic district’s 50th anniversary celebration and open house weekend offers two-days filled with folk and jazz music, speakers, walking tours, access to historic sites, and deals. various locations, most events are free. >>

sat + sun 10am-6pm: add some spice to your sunday at the seventh annual nyc hot sauce expo. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $5 plus ticket fees here (reg. $10-15). >>

sat + sun 3-9pm: browse a rainbow of vendors at the bk queer flea. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

sat thru 7/7: all power to all people, a 25-foot tall steel afro comb sculpture by artist hank willis thomas that celebrates cultural identities in the african diaspora, will be installed in the public plaza of the africa center (east harlem), with opening weekend events being held at the center. free. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events. >>

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