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April Arrives and We’re Lightening Up

We hope you enjoyed our March events even though it was a rougher month for weather than we had hoped (Nor’Easter Toby, we’re lookin’ at you!). Optimism and new beginnings are our vibe for April, and with all the wonderful things to do in Manhattan, you’ll be feeling fresh in no time.

 

Bonnets, bunnies and brunch abound on Easter Sunday (April 1), and we offer New York landmark Tavern on the Green as the perfect spot for classic live jazz and an Easter Egg Hunt. Weather permitting, follow it up with a stroll through Central Park. For something a bit racier, head downtown to the Drag Bunny Bingo Brunch at Narcbar inside The Standard, East Village, a destination more chill than its Meatpacking sister.

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Last June, Faith Soloway (a musician, writer & producer on the show Transparent, and sister to the show’s creator, Jill Soloway) asked if the Amazon program can become a musical. She answered in the best possibly way – with a cabaret! It has since evolved into “Faith Soloway & Friends: Songs from a Hopeful Musical”  which features a stellar cast performing at Joe’s Pub (April 2).

 

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Fresh off dropping her new album, executing a must-see AMAs performance, and delivering a powerful Superbowl National Anthem performance (despite battling the flu) is P!NK, whose Beautiful Trauma World Tour makes two stops at Madison Square Garden (April 4 and 5).

 

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Speaking of freedom from bondage, we’re also celebrating Passover, which runs March 30th through April 7th. In addition to trying your hand at matzo s’mores, we recommend Giants of the LES: A Passover Week Walking Tour brought to you by our friends at the Museum of Eldridge (April 4).

 

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A classic story widely told, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has seen a myriad of interpretations on stage and screen, and Russia’s eminent Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg brings its version to Lincoln Center (April 6-8) for four performances. The NYC Ballet Orchestra will play the ballet’s Tchaikovsky score for this tragic tale retelling.

 

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We did a little digging to find out the origin of National Beer Day and found out it marks the day the 1933 Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect, thus legalizing the sale of beer with up to 3.2% alcohol weight. Where to celebrate one of President Roosevelt’s crowning achievements? Grand Central Terminal will be offering discounts, special offers and $3 draft beers all day long (April 7). Next round out the weekend in one of two ways: the free and festive Spring Family Day at Carnegie Hall, or Bon Jovi at The Prudential Center in Jersey (both on April 8).

 

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The new season also means a fresh approach in the kitchen and a A Night With Nigella Lawson & Food52, where the chef and author will share from her new book “At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking” (April 11). Your ticket includes a signed copy and sampling of recipes, plus wine. April 11th also marks the opening of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, which stars Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Anthony Edwards (ER) and newcomer Lauren Ridloff, a deaf woman making the inspired leap from sign language tutor to Broadway lead. The buzz around this production is palpable, with Ms. Ridloff playing a deaf janitor and Jackson her teacher and love interest in this revival of the TONY Award-winning play by Mark Medoff.

 

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Then kick off the weekend with a MoMA Scavenger Hunt & Cocktails brought to you by New York Social Network (April 13) and return to the Lower East Side for the Hester Street Fair, which is back after a winter slumber (April 14). It promises some of the best downtown shopping every Saturday, especially if you love Roberto Cavalli bags directly off the fashion week runway for below market cost (for example) and other fresh finds.

 

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April also means Earth Day, but we’re determined to declare it Earth Month considering the current state of the global climate. Join the Earth Day Initiative in Union Square (April 15) and  Green Festival NYC 2018 at Jacob Javits Center (April 21) before Earth Day official (April 22), which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

 

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Considering the many challenges the planet faces, more than ever we appreciate a good laugh and social commentary from rockstar women like Lizz Winstead, Comedian and Co-creator of The Daily Show. Winstead will be performing her stand-up set, aptly titled “2018: The Greatest Sh** Show on Earth.” Don’t miss her on point political commentary and social skewering for one night only at The Cupping Room (April 17).

 

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When it comes to women in comedy, Gilda Radner blazed more than a few trails and is being paid long overdue homage in a new documentary, “Love, Gilda,” premiering in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 18). We can’t think of a better way to open the TFF than with this revealing look at the icon, which runs through April 29th and includes hundreds of films, talks, and red-carpet events at theaters in lower Manhattan.

 

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A delightful series of workshops offered by the New York Public Library will keep both adults and children entertained and inspired this month. Check out the 125th St Library’s Springtime Magic Show (April 19), Contemporary Classics Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (April 20) and 3D Doodling (April 23), all free with reservations suggested.

When it comes to creating spaces for a positive experience, Odyssey Works knows how to have an impact. Towards that end, they’re hosting an Empathy & Experience Design Workshop to help artists more deeply touch their audience (April 24).

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

~Robert Frost

 

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It wouldn’t be spring without a touch of the poet, and April is National Poetry Month. You’ll find poetry themed events throughout the month, including a full slate at Bowery Poetry Club plus Poetry & The Creative Mind hosted by The Academy of American Poets at Alice Tully Hall (April 25).

 

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A newcomer to the Times Square area, Opry City Stage brings the taste of Nashville to NYC and showcases country artists such as Drew Baldridge (April 25). Or head to Harlem for an evening of arts and culture brought to you by the Art Speaks Harlem Collective, whose Uptown 4 5 6 Music and Art Fundraising Series at The Langston Hughes House in Harlem includes performances, art, and an open bar sponsored by Harlem Brewery (April 27). Further downtown, Grammy-nominated neo soul pioneer, Meshell Ndegeocello, celebrates the March release of her album Ventriloquism with a show at La Poisson Rouge (April 27).

 

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With spring training behind them, the Yankees and Mets are in full swing, but there is another reason to head to Citi Field in Queens. More than 50 years after the iconic 1964-65 World’s Fair brought thousands to the borough and healing to a country still grieving the assassination of JFK,  The World’s Fare reimagines the original with two full days of food, drink, art and music from over 100 countries (April 28 and 29).

 

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“Our political climate has never called for a greater opportunity to embrace and celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity,” World’s Fare President and Organizer Joshua Schneps said. “The festival embraces everything great about New York City, its people and its food.”

 

To close out the month, we’re going to the beach! JK, let’s save that for next month. But we are going for ice cream, because nothing says warmer temps like…oh, nevermind, you don’t need an excuse to go for ice cream…Sherry B’s is the latest addition to the Manhattan eats scene (fresh from Chappaqua to Hudson St), and we think you’ll find her gourmet ice cream sandwiches divine. And on that sweet note, we’ll see you in May.

 

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