ongoing events

thru 4/22: los angeles times festival of books: now in its 25th year, the nation’s largest in-person literary event moves online for six days of conversations, panels, and readings by writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. most events are free, while some require a book purchase. >>

thru 4/26: re-fest: find out what the future holds when you tune in to culturehub’s annual festival, which brings artists, activists, and technologists together to investigate their role in re-shaping the future. this year’s ‘re-circulation’-theme features performances, conversations, workshops, and exhibitions that explore innovative ways of exchanging art, ideas, and information on both a local and global scale. online, free-$10. >>

thru 4/30: voices of hope: carnegie hall presents its first-ever online festival, voices of hope, examining the life-affirming power of music and the arts during times of crisis. with offerings by more than 40 cultural and academic organizations. free. >>

thru 4/30: nypl’s world literature festival: celebrate immigrant heritage week during the new york public library’s first-ever multilingual literary fest, complete with author talks, panels, poetry workshops, language exchanges, book recommendations, children’s activities, and more. >>

thru 4/30: rockefeller center flag project: following a call for submissions last month, rockefeller center unfurls a publicly-sourced art installation featuring 83 newly-designed 8-foot by 5-foot flags showcasing photographs inspired by nyc. in addition, a handful of flags have been designed by guest photographers including kwame brathwaite, renee cox, ran goldin, susan meiselas, duane michals, and more. rockefeller center (midtown), free. >>

thru april: bombora house: artist tom fruin’s large, illuminated, stained glass-like house installation is now on display at gansevoort plaza (meatpacking district). individuals can interact with the sculpture via text, prompting a programmed light reaction. free. >>

thru 5/1: taste of science festival: here’s a little food for thought: enjoy a smorgasbord of scientific research from around the world during this annual lecture series. opening week topics incudle the science of drugs, exploring mars, and more. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thru 5/2: goya’s graphic imagination: at a new exhibition featuring 100 works at the metropolitan museum of art (ues), peer into the mind of romantic-era spanish artist francisco goya. suggested admission for residents: $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students. >>

thru 5/7 (fridays): the institute of fine arts and the frick collection symposium on the history of art: selected art history grad students from harvard, brown, nyu, yale, cuny, and more present their original research papers at this annual gathering. online, free. >>

thru 5/8 (tues-sat): good for health ~ bad for education: a tribute to otomo: 29 international artists pay tribute to japanese artist katsuhiro otomo’s 1982 post-apocalyptic cyberpunk manga series, akira, during the inaugural exhibition at philippe labaune gallery (chelsea). free (appointment required). >>

thru 5/9 (weekends): art in the garden: brooklyn botanic garden presents a series of casual, pop-up music and dance performances in locations spread across the garden. free with garden admission ( $18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available). >>

thru 5/9 (tues-sun 10am-4:30pm): loved. at brooklyn botanic garden: reflect on lost loved ones while listening to loved., a site-specific sound installation composed by michael gordon and performed by david cossin, playing hourly in the brooklyn botanic garden’s cherry esplanade. $18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available. >>

thru 5/9 (thurs-sun): vera list + the posters of lincoln center: a famous new york institution takes front and (lincoln) center at a new poster exhibition. created to advertise the new lincoln center complex in 1962 and funded by philanthropist and arts advocate vera list, the mini-exhibition includes artwork by andy warhol, roy lichtenstein, ben shahn, robert indiana, and others. poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/9 (thurs-sun): but still, it turns: recent photography from the world: curated by photographer paul graham, this new exhibition features ‘postdocumentary’-style photos from around the world that reflect 21st century life as it is. virtual curator’s talk 2/24 at 6pm. international center of photography (les), $16 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/11: in solidarity: sva celebrates its asian and asian-american communities: school of visual arts presents an exhibition of multidisciplinary works by asian and asian-american students. online, free. >>

thru 5/11: breathing pavilion: find communion and calm at ekene ijeoma’s installation breathing pavilion, where visitors are invited to enter a circle of 20 nine-foot illuminated columns and breathe deeply as the columns slowly change color to guide the rhythm of breath. the plaza at 300 ashland (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

thru 5/15: taming the tongue in the heyday of english grammar (1711-1851): word nerds and grammar geeks can peruse an array of 18th- and 19th-century grammar books from the collection of grammarian, lexicographer, and law professor bryan a. garner (garner’s modern english usage), now on display at the grolier club (ues). also on view: magazines and the american experience: highlights from the collection of steven lomazow, m.d.. free. >>

thru 5/20: reverb theatre arts festival: roundabout theatre company and arts for all abilities consortium’s new theater festival showcases original ‘connection’-themed monologues, spoken word performances, dance, and music created by 24 artists with disabilities in collaboration with stage and screen stars ali stroker, lauren ridloff, ryan haddad, jamie brewer, and more. online, free. >>

thru 5/25: brainwave: awareness: neuroscience, psychology, and traditional buddhist teachings collide during the rubin museum of art’s annual program series, helping viewers decode the mind’s inner workings and cultivate self-awareness with lectures, conversations, screenings, immersive experiences, workshops, and more. online, pay-what-you-wish. >>

thru 5/27: goodnight house: as margaret wise brown’s beloved children’s book goodnight moon nears its 75th anniversary, a group of 14 contemporary artists has come together to bring the story to life in an exhibition at fort makers studio (les). free (rsvp). >>

thru 5/31: the friends experience: perk up while you strike a pose on the iconic orange couch, stroll through a replica of monica and rachel’s apartment, poke ‘ugly naked guy,’ explore props, costumes, and more at an immersive two-floor tribute to the friends tv show. a separate central perk cafe will be open to the public mornings, selling coffee, pastries, and desserts. 130 e 23rd st (@ lexington ave), $45+. (note: we’re on the lookout for discount tickets to this, but we expect it to be very popular.) >>

thru 6/6 (closed mondays except memorial day): sound installation at brooklyn botanic garden: contemplate the earth’s changing climate at the site of an 18,000-year-old hilly ridge that formed during the last ice age as you listen to ben rubin and brian house’s site-specific sound installation, terminal moraine, a meditation on tree growth, glacial ice recession, and the threshold between the earth’s distant past and not-so-distant future. included with garden admission ($18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available). >>

thru 6/6: grief and grievance: art and mourning in america: originally conceived by late curator and champion of black artists okwui enwezor, this new group exhibition at new museum offers works by 37 artists who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to racist violence experienced by black communities across america. included: jean-michel basquiat, lorna simpson, hank willis thomas, kara walker, carrie mae weems, and more. new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

thru 6/20 (11am-8pm): urbanspace spring up market at bryant park: 50 local food and retail vendors pop-up in bryant park for the spring season. >>

thru 6/24: ailey all access: alvin ailey american dance theater presents a spring series of free online programs, premiering on select nights at 7pm through june and available for a two-week period. in addition to performances, ailey virtual workshops and classes will invite people of all ages to join in the dance. free. >>

thru 6/26 (closed sundays): center for book arts spring exhibitions: three new exhibitions kick off the center’s spring season: oscar salguero’s interspecies futures draws on bio-art and speculative design to imagine a less human-centered world; betsy stirratt’s veiled taxonomies also examines humanity’s complex relationship with nature, but with a focus on how plants, animals, and humans are represented in museums and collections; maureen catbagan’s photography installation, lights, tunnels, passages + shadows, looks beyond galleries and exhibition halls to find the artistry in everyday spaces inside museums. center for book arts (flatiron), free. >>

thru 6/27 (sundays 1pm-6pm): the new colossus festival presents free outdoor shows at 18th ward: jam out to independent music from around the world during this live, outdoor concert series hosted by 18th ward brewery (east williamsburg). this week’s show features shadow monster and pynkie. free admission. >>

thru 6/27 (fri-sun 11am-3pm): asia society triennial part 2: we do not dream alone: the second installment of asia society’s inaugural triennial features more than 30 contemporary asian and asian diasporic artworks across the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, along with online artist talks and forums. asia society museum (ues), free (timed ticket reservation required). >>

thru 7/8: art on the ave: awakening: the manhattan-based arts initiative art on the ave will ‘awaken’ the west village with a new public art exhibition, filling vacant storefronts with works by local artists. free. >>

thru 7/11: modern look: photography and the american magazine: the jewish museum’s latest exhibition traces the evolution of the modern magazine from the 1930s-60s, focusing on the influence of avant-garde photographers and designers fleeing fascism in europe, and the work of the younger artists they inspired. with over 150 works including photographs, layouts, and cover designs, the exhibition highlights the work of richard avedon, lillian bassman, robert frank, margaret bourke-white, gordon parks, and more. the jewish museum (ues), $18 general, $12 seniors, $8 students, free on saturdays). >>

thru 7/18: lorraine o’grady: both/and: trailblazing performance, conceptual, and feminist artist lorraine o’grady gets her first-ever retrospective, featuring a dozen major works and a new installation. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 7/31: harlem fine arts show: meander through a 3d world of wall displays and sculptures at the annual harlem fine arts show, the largest traveling african diasporic art show in the us, featuring 60 artists and galleries from around the world. online, free. >>

thru july: giant bronze gorilla sculpture comes to hudson yards: monkey around with ‘king nyani,’ a massive new sculpture created by public artists gillie and marc schattner to raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species. bella abzug park (hudson yards), free. >>

thru july (monthly): virtual vogue knitting live: get in the loop during a stitch-perfect weekend of classes, panel discussions, vendors, and more fiber-filled fun. online, various prices. >>

thru 8/7: alexander calder: modern from the start: from early wire and wood figures to mobiles in motion, this new exhibition at the museum of modern art examines the work of american modern artist alexander calder through the lens of his longtime collaboration with the new york institution. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/15: two new exhibitions open at poster house: julius klinger: posters for a modern age chronicles the life and work of austrian graphic artist julius klinger, whose innovative poster designs transformed commercial visual culture; freak power is a visual history of writer hunter s. thompson’s plan to become sheriff of aspen, colorado, a campaign that evolved into a fraught battle between hippies and conservatives. poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru labor day: ny pops up: starting today, you might spot some of nyc’s biggest stars taking the ‘stage’ in transit stations, museums, parks, subway platforms, fire escapes, street corners, and other surprise outdoor locales during ny pops up, a festival of 300+ live pop-up performances throughout all five boroughs. artists and performers slated to appear include matthew broderick, renée fleming, savion glover, hugh jackman, sarah jessica parker, mandy patinkin, phoebe robinson, chris rock, amy schumer, patti smith, and many more. >>

thru 9/5 (sun + weds 5:30pm): fix your own bike workshop: get back in gear with the help of experienced mechanics and provided tools. time’s up! brooklyn space in williamsburg. free (donations encouraged). >>

thru 9/5: kaws: what party: in the first major new york city museum retrospective of his 25-year career, take a deep dive into the offbeat, cartoonish mind of brooklyn-based artist brian donnelly, a.k.a. kaws, whose works run the gamut from graffiti drawings to towering sculptural installations to his whimsical ‘companion’ characters. more than 100 objects are on display in the exhibition, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and more. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $25 general, $16 students/seniors (admission includes entry to kaws and all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 9/6: geometric properties: an immersive audio-visual journey through fractal dimensions: immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic world of geometric properties, a cinematic art installation exploring the intersections between mathematics, architecture, and nature. artechouse (chelsea market), $24 general, $20 students/seniors (bonus: ny and ny residents save $5). >>

thru 9/6 (closed tues-weds): niki de saint phalle: structures for life: get lost in the fantastical world of late feminist sculptor, filmmaker, painter, jewelry designer, and activist niki de saint phalle, the subject of a massive retrospective at moma ps1 (lic). filled with over 200 pieces, the show features the artist’s early work, her world-renowned ‘nanas’ (giant sculptures of women), the utopian architectural structures of her later years, and her works addressing social and political issues such as women’s rights and destigmatizing hiv/aids. free admission for nyc residents (suggested admission: $10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru labor day (fridays-sundays thru may, daily memorial day thru labor day): deno’s wonder wheel park in coney island reopens: for the first time since its closure in october 2019, thrill-seekers can visit coney island’s famous seaside amusement park, which will operate at 33% capacity and follow covid-19 safety guidelines. visitors can reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance or obtain limited standby tickets in person. ride prices vary. >>

thru 9/26 (weekends 11am-5pm): estamos bien – la trienal 20/21: el museo del barrio’s first-ever national large-scale survey of latinx contemporary art showcases the work of 40+ artists from across the u.s. and puerto rico, representing a diversity of generations, genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and artistic disciplines. the exhibition addresses issues of structural racism, migration, displacement, climate change, and the effects of the global pandemic on latinx and other bipoc populations. el museo del barrio (east harlem), pay-what-you-wish (suggested: $9 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru 10/31: governors island reservations are open: make a reservation to visit the 172-acre getaway, just a short hop from lower manhattan and brooklyn. the ferry to the urban oasis, open 5/1 thru 10/31 this season, will resume service from manhattan’s battery maritime building, brooklyn bridge park, and red hook. ferry tickets are free-$3, while admission to the island is free. >>

thru 10/31: kusama: cosmic nature at the new york botanical garden: snag a ticket to this highly-anticipated exhibition by japanese artist yayoi kusama, a sprawling display of works and installations spread throughout the 250-acre new york botanical garden, including the artist’s vibrant sculptures and famed infinity mirror rooms. initially postponed due to covid-19, the exhibition will now run thru 10/31. gothamist has a sneak peek here. $15-35 general, $7-32 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/31: new art commission for the met’s roof garden: artist alex da corte’s alexander calder-inspired work, as long as the sun lasts, is a 26-foot-tall moving sculpture featuring a blue-feathered big bird sitting on a floating crescent moon while gazing out at central park. iris and b. gerald cantor roof garden at the metropolitan museum of art (ues), free with regular museum admission (pay-what-you wish for ny residents and ny, nj, and ct students). >>

thru 11/13 (saturdays 12-6pm): bronx night market is open for the season: the borough’s outdoor pop-up returns with local food and drink vendors serving up cuisines from around the world at affordable prices. fordham plaza (bronx), rsvp required. >>

thru 12/31: the roaring twenties and the swinging sixties: how did turbulent cultural changes during the ’20s and ’60s provoke major shifts in fashion? explore the parallels in women’s attire across the two decades at a virtual exhibition featuring 26 pieces and illustrations from the museum at fit’s collection. online, free. >>

thru 1/3/2021 (closed mon-weds): awaken exhibition: your path to nirvana begins at awaken: a tibetan buddhist journey toward enlightenment, an exhibition of 37 artworks from the 7th to 21st century, including sculptures, hanging scroll paintings, illuminated manuscript pages, and ritual items. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $19 general, $14 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm. >>

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your money: a hub for help during the coronavirus: the new york times‘s latest on unemployment insurance, rent relief, food assistance, mental health resources, and more. >>

free online job skills training platform for new yorkers: unemployed and underemployed new yorkers can now access 4,000 free online courses and certificate programs, with a focus on tech, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. >>

shelf help from nypl: not sure what to read next? while in-person browsing is currently limited, the new york public library’s new, free ‘shelf help’ service will recommend and reserve five books for you for pickup based on your interests. >>

weekdays (7:30am, 11am, 1pm, 6pm, 8pm): whispering libraries: if these walls could talk… catch curated playlists of music, poetry, oral history, and spoken literature featuring edwidge danticat, ethel quartet, joy harjo, fran lebowitz, john lewis, and more, streamed through hidden speakers outside 10 brooklyn public library branches. free. >>

over 20 outdoor ‘reading rooms’ are popping up in brooklyn: sit back and relax with a book or laptop at one of brooklyn public library’s new outdoor reading rooms, offering comfy seating and wifi connectivity in 20+ locations. >>

nypl for the performing arts is lending out tech kits for your inner performing artists: take your self-tape setup to the next level with an ipad pro, mic, ring light, midi keyboard, and more, all available to borrow for free with your new york public library card. >>

chelsea flea (weekends 8am-5pm): search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage, collectibles, and a handful of food vendors at the chelsea flea market, reopening by the founders of the brooklyn flea and smorgasburg for the first time since december 2019. 29 west 25th street (bet 5th + 6th aves), free admission. >>

brooklyn flea in williamsburg and dumbo (weekends 10am-5pm): now in its 14th year, the brooklyn flea has returned to williamsburg (saturdays) and dumbo (sundays). operating at 50% capacity, the outdoor markets feature 30-40 vendors each. >>

the boatstaurants are returning: time out ny has the inside scoop on when nyc’s floating bars and restaurants are reopening for the season. >>

15 places to view cherry blossom trees in nyc: find out where the city is getting pretty in pink (and white) this season. >>

where to find spring blooms in central park: see spring do its thing at nine locations highlighted by the central park conservatory. >>

new map unearths new york’s oldest and rarest trees: from the 350-year-old ‘alley pond giant’ in queens to prospect park’s gnarled camperdown elm, uncover some of the city’s most unusual and historic greenery with allison c. meier’s great trees of new york map ($10.50). >>

the best bird-watching spots in nyc: from pelham bay park to the staten island greenbelt, scout out the top locales for finding feathered friends in every borough. >>

new public art at moynihan train hall: a look at the three site-specific installations in the new midtown station. >>

new york city unveils statue of ruth bader ginsburg: see the late supreme court justice and feminist icon immortalized in bronze at brooklyn’s city point. >>

completed ruth bader ginsburg mural in the east village: you can view street artist elle’s tribute to rbg at 1st avenue + 11th street. >>

#stillhere: irl – cairns: embark on a solitary poetic journey through green-wood cemetery as you tune in to cairns, a soundwalk by singer, songwriter, and scholar gelsey bell, who encourages the listener to meditate on the land we inhabit, experience a tree-like relationship to time, and uncover the stories of a few historic trailblazers. presented by here arts center. free-$7. >>

riverside park south phase five is now open to the public: stretching from west 65th to 68th streets, the new section of riverside park includes paths, lawns, volleyball courts, a playground, and a dog run. >>

tribeca’s pier 26 opens to the public: hudson river park’s first new pier since 2010 gives new yorkers a new green space complete with waterfront views, places to lounge, and an elevated ‘tide deck.’ >>

160 fascinating secrets of new york city: from fake townhouses to underground bowling alleys to buildings so big they have their own zip code, untapped new york reveals some of the city’s most intriguing hidden gems. >>

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