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Gothamist Spring Guide: 16 Ways To Make April Amazing In NYC

<br/><br/>Spring is here, which means you've got some explaining to do. Mainly, why the hell are you inside right now and why isn't your calendar already filled with plans to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather? Luckily, we've once again put together a list of the best events happening all around the city, from mid-week techno parties to outdoor food fests to epic theater. Time to lose the jackets and scarves, tune up the bike, and make some plans!


<br/><br/>You know the drill by now. Love it or hate it, <strong><a href="https://www.smorgasburg.com/saturday-williamsburg/">Smorgasburg</a></strong> has become one of the city's most popular food festivals, with summer serving as a testing ground for dishes that often go on to dominate the local food scene (ramen burger, anyone?). Whether it's tacos, shaved ice, pizza, baked goods, or dumplings you crave, the 'Smorg will have you covered, and you'll be free to gorge yourself all Saturday while gazing out on the beautiful murky waves of the East River. Or, if Prospect Park is more your speed, head there on Sundays. <a href="http://gothamist.com/2017/03/30/spaghetti_donuts_smorgasburg.php#photo-1">Here's a mouthwatering photo feature</a> on what awaits this season.<br/><br/><em>Begins Saturday April 1st in Williamsburg, Sunday April 2nd in Prospect Park // <a href="https://www.smorgasburg.com/saturday-williamsburg/">Free entry</a></em>

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<br/><br/>One of the most influential photographers of the modern era, Ryan McGinley's work has captured the joy, desire, angst, and agony of feral youth. His dreamy composition style matched with a grainy, analog aesthetics perfectly evokes nostalgia without dipping into self-indulgence. <strong><a href="http://www.teamgal.com/exhibitions/362/early">Some of McGinley's earliest work</a></strong> (arguably his best) has been hanging at Team Gallery in SoHo for nearly a month, but this Saturday will be your last chance to drink it all in. <br/><br/><em>Show closes at 6 p.m., Saturday April 1st // <a href="http://www.teamgal.com/">Team Gallery</a>, 83 Grand Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.teamgal.com/exhibitions/362/early">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>As a native Clevelander living in New Jack City, it's only right that I cover a <a href="http://http://www.bam.org/film/2017/major-league-wesley-snipes-in-focus">celebration of Wesley Snipes</a>, an honorary Indians player, among other things. He's been <em>Blade </em>(and<em> Blade II</em>), a <em>Demolition Man</em>, and <em>Passenger 57</em>, which elevated him into the <em>Major League</em>. Brooklyn Academy of Music is honoring the versatile range of Wesley Snipes, an actor who certainly wears many hats. The 10 day event is in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of <em>White Men Can't Jump</em>. <em>(Kyle Ballou)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday, March 31st - Sunday, April 9th, check for showtimes // <a href="http://http://www.bam.org/visit#/Peter-Jay-Sharp-Building">Peter Jay Sharp building</a>, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://http://www.bam.org/film/2017/major-league-wesley-snipes-in-focus">Tickets: $7 - $14</a></em>


<br/><br/>Armed with a loop pedal, synthesizers, violin, and her astonishing vocal talent, <a href="http://lpr.com/lpr_events/emily-wells-april-6th-2017/">Emily Wells</a> breathes fresh life into the "one man band" approach to music. Her shows radiate energy as she layers sparse beats, deep string lines, and hazy vocal melodies atop one another to create a sound that's neither classical nor indie rock nor folk music, but something less familiar and just flat-out better. Her 2016 album, <em>Promise</em>, sounds like the laments of a space siren broadcasting from a canyon on the far side of Pluto, and her <strong><a href="http://lpr.com/lpr_events/emily-wells-april-6th-2017/">upcoming intimate Le Poisson Rouge show</a></strong> is not to be missed.<br/><br/>'<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V0JBgLPy-NY?ecver=1" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Thursday, April 6th, 9 p.m. // Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://lpr.com/lpr_events/emily-wells-april-6th-2017/">Tickets $15-18</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Thank goodness for alcohol-based festivals. Fortunately, the drink that's not-just-for-breakfast-anymore has found its rightful place in the pantheon. The 4th annual <a href="http://http://www.thebloodymaryfest.com/festival_event/new-york-city/">Brooklyn Bloody Mary festival</a> is celebrating the most creative, craftiest and most importantly, tastiest Bloody Marys the borough has to offer—because they know a proper Bloody is so much more than tomato and tabasco. A Brooklyn bagel bar, cheese tables and local food will be on hand to soak up the booze, along with a champagne bar to mellow things out. Information on the garnishes is curiously absent, so maybe they're going <a href="http://http://www.liquor.com/slideshows/craziest-bloody-mary-garnishes/">all-out on this one</a>... <em>(Kyle Ballou)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, April 9th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. // <a href="http://https://grandprospect.com/">The Grand Prospect Hall</a>, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bloody-mary-fest-brooklyn-2017-tickets-31220601660">Tickets: $50 - $89</a></em>



<br/><br/>Tinariwen is a psychedelic rock band comprised of Tuareg musicians from the Saharan desert of Mali and they are, without a doubt, the coolest humans alive. Sped along by sparse percussion and gnarly blues guitar licks, their songs capture the hazy wonder of their home climate, and have won both a Grammy award and a fervent global following. Founded in the 1980s, Tinariwen has been forced to relocate numerous times across Northern and Saharan Africa in order to escape war and persecution, and it's that itinerant circumstance (plus a large stash of bootlegged rock albums) that has given them their signature sound. The band will <strong><a href="http://www.bowerypresents.com/event/1375783-tinariwen-brooklyn">play two nights at Brooklyn Bowl this month</a></strong>. There is quite truly nothing else like it.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vACZA9dGvV4?ecver=1" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Saturday and Sunday, April 15th and 16th, 8 p.m. // <a href="http://www.brooklynbowl.com/">Brooklyn Bowl</a>, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.bowerypresents.com/event/1375783-tinariwen-brooklyn">Tickets $25</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Some of online's best comedians and culture critics will return to Pete's Candy Store this month for another installment of <strong><a href="http://www.petescandystore.com/">Hung Up On You</a></strong>, a show dedicated to first crushes, dating disasters, botched hookups, and more. Hosted by Cosmopolitan's Carina Hsieh and twitter Claudia Arisso, the series has in the past featured the likes of Sam Escobar, Bobby Finger, Leah Finnegan, Nicole Boyce, and many more. We're told this month's lineup is still being finalized, but is looking like a guaranteed winner. Honestly, why wouldn't you want to go out, get drunk, and troll your worst exes on a Thursday night?<br/><br/><br/><br/><em>Thursday, April 13th, 6:30 p.m. // <a href="http://www.petescandystore.com/">Pete's Candy Store</a>, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.petescandystore.com/">Free</a></em>


<br/><br/>Corn dogs incoming! Summer's still a way off, but the <strong><a href="http://www.hesterstreetfair.com/hester-street-fair-2017/">Hester Street Fair</a></strong> is already coming back, bringing artisan vendors, carnival-style games, and way too much fried food. As always, the diverse creativity of the Lower East Side is the engine of the operation, and it's guaranteed you'll see (and taste) things you never even knew existed (last year saw roughly 40 local businesses make their first-ever sales at the fair). Family games, live music, and a regularly-shifting theme will be happening on Hester all summer long, and this month's kick off celebration will have plenty of surprises in store.<br/><br/><em>Opens Saturday, April 15th, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. // Hester Street at 25 Essex Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.hesterstreetfair.com/hester-street-fair-2017/">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>When it comes to cooked meat, few pleasures come close to appeasing all five senses the way brisket does. The woodsy, earthy smell, the way a slab sounds when it hits a countertop, the smoky flavor that comes from cooking low and slow. If you listen closely, you can even hear the juices run. It is an art and science fit for a king—<em>a <em></em><a href="http://http://brisketkingnyc.com/">brisket king</a></em><em></em>, that is. Come celebrate this 'late-winter staple' where the top brass of New York's barbecue scene compete for the crown. Even better is that it's close to the B and Q lines. <em>(Kyle Ballou)</em><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, April 19th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. // <a href="http://liu.edu/paramount">The Old Paramount Theater at The Food Sciences Academy of LIU</a>, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn // <a href="http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brisket-king-of-nyc-2017-tickets-31833163850">Tickets: $75 - $1,000</a></em>

(Daniel Krieger)

<br/><br/>If you're the jaded type that whines about rave culture dying out in the '90s, <strong>Moderat</strong> will shut you up real quick. The Berlin supergroup made up of Modeselektor and Apparat has been exploring shadowy new galaxies of electronica since forming in 2009, and on their latest record, simply titled <em>III</em>, they go harder than ever before. Take "Running," a prime example of how waltz tempos can be transmogrified into a heart-stopping groove. With their emotive vocals, experimental tones, and penchant for live improvisation, the band puts on one of the best shows in techno ever, and this month they're <strong><a href="http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/1420890-moderat-new-york">setting up shop at Terminal 5</a></strong>. Prepare to have your bones rattled.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tVawpT44Hrk?ecver=1" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, April 19th, 7 p.m. // <a href="terminal5nyc.com">Terminal 5</a>, 610 W 56th Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/1420890-moderat-new-york">Tickets $40</a></em>

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<br/><br/>It's true that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lT1o0sDwI">nothing is over until we decide it is</a>, but Metrograph's upcoming <strong><a href="http://metrograph.com/series/series/77/universal-in-the-70s-part-two">Universal in the '70s</a></strong> series only runs through April 20th. The theater will be showcasing some of the earliest work from now-iconic directors like Spielberg, Lucas, and Forman, along with late-career gems from Hitchcock and Don Siegel. Plus, of course, <em>Animal House</em>. Now, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZxv47TNUlI">may I have ten thousand marbles please?</a><br/><br/><em>Series runs April 6-20th; showtimes vary // <a href="http://metrograph.com/">Metrograph</a>, 7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://metrograph.com/series/series/77/universal-in-the-70s-part-two">Tickets here</a></em>



<br/><br/>The house parties of your college days have nothing on this. Late this month, Brooklyn Brewery will be kicking off "<a href="http://brooklynbrewerymash.com/brooklyn">Beer Mansion</a>," which will feature room upon room of "pleasant chaos" by way of unlimited craft beer, quality eats, arcade games, tech installations, live art, bands, DJ sets, and more. With its multi-city traveling itinerary and near-endless entertainment, it'll be a little like the Warped Tour but with fewer straight-edge tattoos and way more hoppy IPAs. Restaurants including Roberta's, Bunker, and Frankel's will be on the scene, and local indie breweries like Other Half and Finback will be pouring out pints as well. All that, plus cornhole, film cameras, comic books, cheese, and a bloody mary bar means this will either be a party for the ages, or the moment Brooklyn culture collapses upon itself. Which will it be? There's only one way to find out.<br/><br/><em>Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd, 6 p.m. // <a href="http://www.thewellbrooklyn.com/">The Monto and The Well</a>, 272 Meserole Street, Brooklyn // <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-mansion-brooklyn-tickets-32608940218">Tickets $60</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1402218933184735">NYC Sikh Day Parade</a></strong> comes to Madison Avenue this month to celebrate the birth of the Sikh nation. Held annually in New York since 1987, the parade features vibrantly decorated floats, Gatka martial arts demonstrations, religious hymns known as Kirtan, and rousing drum beats. The parade culminates at Madison Square Park, where, in observance of the dining tradition known as Langar, members of the Sikh community hand out free plates of freshly prepared vegetarian dishes and non-alcoholic beverages. The complimentary feast is known to attract a large crowd, though the entire parade is open to the public and well worth a visit. <br/><br/><em>Saturday, April 22nd, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. // Madison Avenue and 39th Street to Madison Square Park // <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1402218933184735/">Info and RSVP here</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Eugene O'Neill's 95-year-old classic <em>The Hairy Ape</em> is becoming a completely new neon-lit spectacle in <strong><a href="http://armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/hairy_ape">a new production opening at the cavernous Park Avenue Armory</a></strong>. Bobby Cannavale stars as Yank, a white working class man who becomes estranged from politics, society, and ultimately himself (sound familiar?). This new production, directed by Richard Jones, will be staged on a revolving disc surrounding the audience, creating the sense that we are all, players and public alike, a part of the same crushing capitalist machine. With its industrial metalwork features and infinite void-like size, the Armory should be the perfect location for what could be the best new show of the spring theater season.<br/><br/><em>Opens March 30th and runs through April 22nd; <a href="http://armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/hairy_ape">showtimes vary</a> // <a href="http://armoryonpark.org">Park Avenue Armory</a>, 643 Park Avenue, Manhattan // <a href="https://commerce.armoryonpark.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=1457">Tickets $30-130</a></em>


<br/><br/>If you only saw<em> I Am Not Your Negro</em>, then you only know a fraction of the story. William Miles's 1981 classic documentary/mini-series <em><a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/i-remember-harlem">I Remember Harlem</a></em> is an essential deep dive into the 350-year history of the iconic Manhattan neighborhood that thoroughly explores its lineage as one of the centers of African-American culture. Featuring interviews with Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and dozens of everyday Harlem residents, the full film will be <strong><a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/i-remember-harlem">screened at MCNY</a></strong> this month (bonus: there's an intermission, and they're serving beer).<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hlJzeHERf1E?ecver=1" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Sunday, April 23rd, 1 p.m. // <a href="http://www.mcny.org/">MCNY</a>, 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street // <a href="https://35948.blackbaudhosting.com/35948/I-Remember-Harlem">Tickets $10-12</a></em>

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<br/><br/>A trio of R&amp;B space cases will <strong><a href="http://lpr.com/lpr_events/james-tillman-april-26th-2017/">touch down at Union Pool this month</a></strong>. On the bill is self-proclaimed "zen noise maker" <a href="https://jmtill.bandcamp.com/">James Tillman</a>, frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator <a href="https://soundcloud.com/annathewise">Anna Wise</a>, and rising beatmaker/MC/polymath <a href="https://soundcloud.com/artistknownasce">CE</a>. Each makes music that's firmly rooted in hip-hop, yet embellished with enough creative weirdness to make genre labels basically meaningless. Wise is coming off the release of her second solo EP, <em><a href="https://annathewise.bandcamp.com/album/the-feminine-act-ii">The Feminine: Act II</a></em>, and will likely be the can't-miss set of the evening. Then again, what are we saying? Get their early, snag a spot up front, and don't move the entire night.<br/><br/><em>Wednesday, April 26th, 8 p.m. // <a href="http://www.union-pool.com/">Union Pool</a>, 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://lpr.com/lpr_events/james-tillman-april-26th-2017/">Tickets $10-12</a></em>

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