Good afternoon, this is W42ST Lifestyle Editor Sarah Beling with “Make Way For The Weekend” — your curated guide to the best of New York events in one convenient newsletter!
While I know better than to declare it Definitively Spring (we have at least 10-12 more cold-ass rainy days left, according to my Unofficial New Yorker Farmer’s Almanac), I can’t help but notice the change in the air — we have officially reached that time of year when everything feels a little bit like a half-day at school every time the temperature pops above 50. Spontaneous park hang outs and outdoor happy hours feel possible again. After-work walks are still light out! Mister Softee is BACK! You know the drill. Grab that “transitional weather” layer (and if you need one, I have 50, because outerwear shopping is my passion) and go on a semi-aimless stroll, because the sun won’t set until almost 7:30 this weekend!!!!! 🙌⭐ 💐
…when you can only think as far ahead as Monday!
🥚 they might be in the east river but i wouldn’t check
Something about going to Governors Island always feels like attending a giant lawn party. Hop the ferry to the Governors Island Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 8 for holiday festivities plus the usual bike rentals, hammock hangs, food trucks and spa!
🥚 eggs-ellent weekend activities pt 2
It is a truth universally known that CVS is almost already out of candy and has moved on to Halloween — so we’ll need to find our Easter fun elsewhere. If you’re not up for Governors Island, why not head to the rescheduled Hell’s Kitchen Families Easter Egg hunt Saturday April 8 or Easter Egg Decorating at Cafe424 next Wednesday April 12 through Friday April 15!
🖼️ mugler, so haute right now
A retrospective paying homage to the French designer responsible for the 1970s “glamazon” fashion movement, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime is showing now through May 7 at the Brooklyn Museum. If it’s anything like the David Bowie costume exhibit, it is not to be missed!!
🎭 all in the family
“Arson. Affairs. Incest. Murder… are only the beginning of problems for the Whistler siblings” — with a log line like that, why wouldn’t you book to see Regretfully, So the Birds Are showing now through April 30 at Playwrights Horizons — unless, of course, your family reunion provides the same level of drama, in which case good luck!!!!!!
🎭 “nice white parents”, the play!
Growing up in self-satisfied liberal 1990s Massachusetts, our educational system prided itself on getting things “right” — yet we still learned that the pilgrims really helped the Native Americans out and invited them to a nice Thanksgiving dinner 👀 💀. Weird!! Maybe we didn’t get everything right, hmmmm!!!! Explore this concept and more in critically acclaimed satire from MacArthur Genius Larissa FastHorse, The Thanksgiving Play, now playing at Second Stage.
🍸 up the ladder to the roof
Have you been to the Civilian Hotel yet?! It’s groovy and chic and celebrity-studded and kind of a Hell’s Kitchen hidden gem IMHO. Put on your finest going-out ’fit and head to dance the night away with Tokyo Rose at the hotel’s Starchild Rooftop Friday April 7.
🎭 new musical alert!!
Check out the world premiere of Walking with Bubbles at the AMT Theater now through June, where Broadway vet Jessica Hendy’s intimate first-person narrative takes the audience into a true story of “a mother, a son, and the illness following them” in a story that begins right here in Hell’s Kitchen!
🖼️ it’s 4:20 somewhere
Did you know that New York’s first-ever weed museum, THC NYC | The House of Cannabis opens this Friday April 7? An immersive exhibit dedicated to the art, science, culture and social justice around marijuana in New York, the newly-minted museum — like many New York establishments — doesn’t have the license to sell THC, but there will be plenty of cannabis-friendly munchies and merch available. And probably a lot of high visitors lol.
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👯 tip top tap
World-renowned tapper and choreographer Ayodele Casel has curated an evening of groundbreaking tap dance at City Center April 13-15, where you can enjoy world premiere pieces that honor the history of the art form and embrace its future.
🎤 garfield’s lament
I’ll admit it — I barely remember the details around President James Garfield’s death, other than what’s covered in the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins. Let’s revive our memories at Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of an American President, a moderated talk at the New York Historical Society Tuesday April 11
An interactive tribute to their new exhibit Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960s, make your own recycled and specialty paper jewelry at Studio Sunday: Paper Beads at the Museum of Arts and Design Sunday April 16!
🎭 …until proved otherwise
Fresh off a blockbuster West End run, Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer comes to Broadway in a searing, one-woman show about a lawyer specializing in defending men accused of sexual assault who reexamines her position after being attacked herself. Prima Facie begins April 11 on Broadway — and you can sign up to the digital lottery for $10 tickets now (thanks to our fearless copy editor Sandra for finding this tip and for correcting my typos!!).
🥪 taste of uptown
The seasonal food festivals continue with the opening weekend of the Uptown Night Market Thursday April 13, where you can sample treats from over 60 local vendors, hang out and dance around in the firmly-spring evening air!
…for when you need to secure those hot tickets before they sell out!!!
🎞️ the original dimes square
Dive into the Lower East Side 1980s art scene that spawned the likes of John Michael Basquiat and Keith Haring at a screening of the documentary Make Me Famous at the Museum of the City of New York Tuesday April 18, which also features a talkback with filmmakers Brian Vincent and Heather Spore and artists Peter McGough, Frank Holliday and Dr Marguerite Van Cook.
📽️ gonzo journalism
You may recall Jordan Klepper as a correspondent on The Daily Show, where the writer and comedian fearlessly and hilariously interviews some of the worst people out there. Now, he’s getting the whole gig (at least temporarily) when he guest hosts The Daily Show the week of April 17. Taping tickets are free!!
🎭 marcel the shell in bk
I’ve always really loved Jenny Slate since she accidentally said the F-word on SNL — it’s something that I would absolutely do lol. The multi-talented (and Oscar-nominated!) writer and actor plays BAM Saturday April 29, where she can say whatever she wants.
🔥 Hot tip
I was wandering around the East Village a few rainy Saturdays ago with my best friend when we ducked into CURE Thrift Shop, a mid-century-focused antiques and vintage clothing store where not only can you find every gold-leaf martini glass and cocktail ring your heart desires but all the proceeds go to supporting Type 1 Diabetes research! Even though tax day is coming 💀 I still bought some $1 charms because I love a good cause and I love funky treasures!!!
⚠️ Omg I forgot to tell you
There’s a Passover pop-up exhibition Monday April 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jerry Seinfeld is back at the Beacon this Friday April 7
Chic furniture and lighting company Matter has a sample sale now through Saturday April 8
There’s a Spring and Easter-themed market at this week’s Grand Bazaar on Sunday April 9
That’s it for now! Call me beep me if you want to reach me! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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