cherry blossom update at the brooklyn botanic garden: the main rows, filled with 100 trees, are now in peak bloom. $18 general, $12 students/seniors, free community tickets available. >>

fri thru sun: hello, bookstore: film forum presents hello, bookstore, a.b. zax’s documentary love letter to independent bookstores that follows matthew tannenbaum, the owner of a half-century-old indie bookshop in lenox, massachusetts. q+as with zax and tannenbaum will follow the fri + sat 7pm screenings, and tannenbaum sun at 4:50pm. film forum (south village), $15. >>

fri (time tba): free uniqlo nyc nights @ moma: on the first friday of every month, the museum of modern art stays open late and offers free admission for new york city residents. reservations are required, and become available one week before each event. reservations for may 6 will be released starting today. >>

fri 5-9pm (select fridays thru 9/30): free friday nights at the intrepid sea, air + space museum: explorers, enjoy free admission to the intrepid sea, air + space museum (hell’s kitchen), which is extending its hours on select fridays throughout the season to make room for special programming including astronomy nights with guest speakers and stargazing, movie screenings on the flight deck, and more. free (reg. $15.50-33). >>

fri 5-9pm (+ sat): date night at the met: bring a date, a friend, or simply yourself to the met museum for an evening of art, gallery chats led by museum guides, live music by contemporary string quartet ethel, and drink specials. pay-what-you-wish for new york state residents and ny, nj, and ct students with valid id ($25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students otherwise). >>

fri 6-10pm (fridays thru 5/27): k2 friday nights series at the rubin museum of art: the rubin museum (chelsea) offers a series of free admission nights featuring exhibition tours, a sound bath experience, dj sets, and drink specials. >>

fri 7pm: fireworks at the brooklyn cyclones baseball game: start your weekend off with a bang as fireworks fill the skies after tonight’s game at maimonides park. $10-15. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): cuba libre comedy show: oh buoy! held in the gowanus dredgers canoe club boathouse, the cuba libre comedy show stirs up something funny along the gowanus canal. tonight’s lineup: raanan hershberg, katie boyle, paul valdes-rodriguez, alex carabaño, and joe praino. hosted by evan hernandez. drinks available for donation. free-$5. >>

fri 7pm, 9:30pm: alphabet city and wild style: indie filmmakers amos poe and charlie ahearn will be on hand for q+a following screenings of poe’ 1984 crime drama alphabet city and ahern’s 1982 hip hop film wild style at the roxy cinema (tribeca). $15. >>

fri 7:30pm: laugh it off – a comedy show in a dog cafe: bring your problems and your pups to the laugh it off variety show, where audience members submit their everyday problems and comedians try their best to fix them. hosted by rahul pandya, chai sharma, and torey cole. boris and horton (east village), $12. >>

fri 7:30pm: the dance floor: future skool with les ballet afrik: the universal hip hop museum’s series of shows at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws) continues with a freestyling session featuring up-and-coming artists, a performance new york is burning created by ballroom choreographer omari wiles (hbo’s legendary), and a hip hop dance party. free admission. >>

fri 8pm: comedy + trivia at cloe’s: get your friday dose of funny (and free sangria and popcorn, while they last) at comedy at cloe’s, featuring standup by michael rowland (comedy central), nick hopping (amazon), reg thomas (mtv), katie boyle (the shift), and stephen campbell (ustreat comedy). tonight, the hosts will also be sharing the pilot for a new comedy trivia show at the end of the evening. note: byob. cloe’s corner (boerum hill), $10. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): bitches brew comedy show: see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at this women-produced and hosted comedy show, returning to the back room at halyards (gowanus) with stand-up by danish maqbool (ramy), courtney fearrington (bet), alex kayhart (buzzfeed), andrew casertano, and ronnie fleming. free admission (a tip jar will be passed around at the end of the show). >>

fri 9pm (weekly): live from outer space comedy show: erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), john f. o’donnell (redacted tonight), and max bruno host an evening of out-of-this-world stand-up at the cobra club. tonight: rae sanni (a black lady sketch show), mike brown (full frontal with samantha bee), devin delliquanti (the daily show), julianna maher (the marvelous mrs. maisel), and pamela ross (sirius xm). cobra club (bushwick), donation-based. >>


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sponsored: sat + sun (sat 2pm + 8pm, sun 3pm): hiplet ballerinas at queens theatre: hiplet ballerinas bring their innovative dance style to new york city for three performances at queens theatre. this must-see performance fuses classical pointe with african, latin, hip-hop, and urban dance styles that are rooted in communities of color. promoting inclusivity in both their cast and audience, hiplet features true-toned tights, modern music, and dancers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. tickets start at just $20, with discounts available for students and seniors. >>

sat + sun (sat 11am-2pm, sun 8am): free outdoor tai chi classes: learn to ‘part the horse’s mane,’ ‘repulse the monkey,’ and more at bryant park, which is kicking off its annual season of free outdoor tai chi classes with an afternoon of demonstrations and workshops in honor of world tai chi day. looking for an uptown option? head to the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park for free weekly classes starting sunday at 8am. >>

sat + sun (1:30-3pm): westfest dance festival: catch site-specific performances by 15 dance troupes, afoot in seven different locations throughout the historic westbeth artists’ residence in the west village. visitors can sign up for a one-hour guided tour that includes stopovers for each original dance performance. free (timed reservations required). >>

sat + sun (5-9pm, plus fridays thru sundays starting 5/6): the lot at culture lab: culture lab lic offers a series of free outdoor music, theatre, and dance performances, film screenings, and more. >>

sat + sun (sat 7:30pm, sun 2pm): people’ symphony concerts classical music series: pianist paul lewis will perform a program of beethoven, sibelius, debussy, and chopin (sat 7:30pm at washington irving auditorium) and the east coast chamber orchestra will play works by hailstork, higdon, and tchaikovsky (sun 2pm at town hall) at this weekend’s installments of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. $17-19. >>

sat: national independent bookstore day: show your neighborhood bookshop some love during this annual event focused on shopping local, where fiction-fueled festivities may include author meet-and-greets, readings, contests, kids’ activities, and more. >>

sat 9am: 24th annual blessing of the bikes: riders of all faiths (or lack thereof) and their bikes are welcome to this brief ceremony that takes place the day before the five boro bike tour and includes a sprinkling of bicycles with holy water, a moment of silence for cyclists we’ve lost in the past year, and a collective bell-ringing. the cathedral church of st. john the divine (morningside heights), free (donations accepted). >>

sat 10am-5pm: old stone house spring bazaar: browse handmade and one-of-a-kind home decor, fashion, bath and beauty, and food from 40+ local vendors at a spring pop-up market hosted by brooklyn pop-up outside park slope’s historic old stone house. >>

sat 10:30am-4pm (+ 5/7): art in the garden series at brooklyn botanic garden: in lieu of the annual cherry blossom festival, brooklyn botanic garden is presenting a series of programming over three saturdays. enjoy pop-up music and dance performances, learn about plants from bbg’s gardeners, join a morning program for kids and families, and take part in garden tours. performers include the japanese folk dance institute of n.y., the sakura, obed jean-louis, sachiyo ito + company, taiko masala, sherlee skai, and more. free with regular admission ($18 general, $12 students/seniors, free community tickets available). >>

sat 12pm: olmstead 200 prospect park super hike: celebrate the 200th birthday of prospect park co-architect frederick law olmstead by taking in the park’s highlights and natural history during a lengthy hike guided by nyc urban park rangers. free. >>

sat 12-6pm: morbid anatomy spring open house, flea market, and after party: stoke your curiosity about all things ‘morbid’ with an afternoon of shopping, craft cocktails, and guided tours of the morbid anatomy library, which houses hundreds of books, photos, art, and ephemera related to death, medicine, anatomy, history, and the supernatural. the outdoor flea market at barrow’s intense tasting room will include antiques, vintage books, taxidermy, anatomical and insect-inspired jewelry, and other assorted oddities. morbid anatomy library + barrow’s intense tasting room (industry city), free admission. >>

sat 1-7pm (monthly thru 11/19): bronx night market opens for the season: the bronx’s outdoor pop-up is back for the season with a rotating lineup of vendors (majority micro-, small-, lgbtq+-, poc-, immigrant-, and female-owned) serving up food, drink, apparel, jewelry, art, and more, plus with live music and dance performances. fordham plaza (bronx), free admission. >>

sat 5-9:30pm (on view thru 5/30): a queens fine art spring affair: the queens art scene is in full bloom at culture lab lic, where you can see works by 180+ local artists working in a variety of disciplines. free admission. >>

sat 7:30pm: picture this! live animated comedy – six years in brooklyn anniversary show: animators, cartoonists and other artists create on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines, with often unexpected results. hosted by samantha ruddy. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 day of. >>

sat 8pm: queerotica comedy night: quin lamar guest-hosts a comedic tribute to queer eroticism throughout history, featuring stand-ups jes tom (netflix), maddie wiener (comedy central), caitlin reese (amazon), sam morrison (drew barrymore), dylan adler (hulu), mila myles (buzzfeed). the rare book room at strand books (union square), $10. >>

sat 8pm: saved by the 90s with the bayside tigers: for a 90s party that is ‘all that and a bag of chips,’ spend your evening with 90s music cover band the bayside tigers, who’ll play through your favorite turn-of-the-millennium tunes from the beastie boys to the spice girls and beyond. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $15. >>

sat 8pm: chiquita presenta la gala: drag artist chiquita hosts an over-the-top evening of drag, music, and burlesque performances inspired by brooklyn museum’s exhibition andy warhol: revelation. brooklyn museum, $30 admission includes after-hours admission to the exhibition, which is normally $25 general/$16 students/seniors. >>

sat 9pm: venash*tshow: halfway to halloween: get spooky in spring at burlesque performer venatrix’s drag and burlesque show. ‘costumes extremely encouraged bordering on mandatory.’ footlight underground at the windjammer (ridgewood), $10 suggested donation will benefit the innocence project. >>

sat 9pm: gills gills gills: a coney island burlesque at the beach fishtacular: get reeled in by host tallulah talons, dressed as her sea creature alter ego, and a school of neo-burlesque performers of different styles and flavors at this sultry seaside burlesque show. coney island usa, $20. >>

sat 10pm: get sprung: an ok, stupid x receipts live recording: comedians get set up on live blind dates and dole out dating advice for your real text exchanges and dms during a crossover podcast recording hosted by jenny gorelick, emily kob, and caroline doyle. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 day of. >>


sun thru 5/7: 24th annual j.p. morgan tournament of champions: the ‘grand slam of squash’ returns to grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall (midtown east), where 21 internationally top-ranking women and men squash players will compete in a glass-enclosed court. $22+ for seats, free for limited standing room. >>

sun: five boro bike tour: watch cyclists whiz by as they wind their way through–you guessed it–all five new york city boroughs. note: keep an eye out for road closures! has a list of all the roads that’ll be inaccessible during the event. >>

sun 10am-6pm (open weekends starting 5/7): greenpoint terminal market opens for the season: waterfront views of the manhattan skyline form the backdrop for this rain-or-shine outdoor market, which showcases local creatives, food vendors, and shops. 2 noble street (greenpoint), free admission. >>

sun 11am-6pm: hoboken spring arts + music festival: hop on over to hoboken for a day of live music, a marketplace of 300+ artists, crafters, and food vendors, kids’ activities, and more. free admission. >>

sun 12pm-6pm (sundays thru 6/26): the new colossus festival at 18th ward brewing: jam out to bands and solo artists during this outdoor afternoon concert series hosted by the new colossus festival at 18th ward brewing (east williamsburg). free admission. >>

sun 1-3pm: highbridge water tower tour: get a peek inside the historic highbridge water tower, which recently completed a $5 million renovation project, and take in 360-degree views from 200 feet up. free. >>

sun 1-7pm: mayday festival of resistance: show your solidarity in the fight for tenant, immigrant, and worker’s rights at the fifth annual mayday festival of resistance, returning to maria hernandez park (bushwick) for the first time since 2019. held in honor of international workers day, the festival features speakers, music performances, resource tables from local community organizations and grassroots groups, art-making activities for kids, and more. free (donations welcome). >>

sun 2pm: great trees of green-wood: lace up your walking shoes for a tour of historic green-wood cemetery’s blooming trees, led by a member of the cemetery’s horticulture team. $25. >>

sun 3-9pm: spring record fair at good bar: get your vinyl fix at good bar’s record fair (greenpoint). >>

sun 5:30pm: meat cats comedy presents: sunday sauce: whet your appetite for absurdity at britt migs and irina chelidze’s comedy show, serving up snackable stand-up by becca o’neal (comedy central), jay jurden (the problem with jon stewant), dylan adler (hulu), nore davis (fallon), meredith dietz (the onion), and sarah ross. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 day of. >>

sun 6pm (monthly): new york distilling company reading series: throw one (or two) back while local writers share poetry and prose at the shanty, new york distilling’s cocktail bar (williamsburg). free admission. >>


mon thru 5/14: korea: cubically imagined: immerse yourself in korean pop culture at this new traveling exhibition, a 15-part sensory feast of art, culture, and technology that includes a reproduction of the parasite film set, a close-up look at bts performances, an augmented reality installation that draws on korean folklore and city life in seoul, and more. chelsea industrial, free. >>

mon 6:30pm: herbal medicine and foods for spring allergies: learn how to build resistance and soothe your seasonal sniffles with plant-based medicines and foods at a workshop led by herbalist dawn petter. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $20. >>

mon 6:30pm (monthly): almost therapy: talk it out at tonigh’s three-year anniversary edition of corinne britti and katherine freel’s mental health-themed comedy variety show, where stand-up sets and musical acts are followed by an audience-driven q+a with an actual mental health professional. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly): miss manhattan non-fiction reading series: elyssa goodman and r.c. gstaad iii’s monthly showcase for nonfiction writers returns with an evening of readings by hugh ryan (the women’s house of detention), naomi extra (the new yorker), and ilise s. carter (the red menace). niagara bar (east village), free. >>

mon 8pm: the moth storyslam: put your storytelling skills to the test at the moth’s storyslam, the popular community-based open mic storytelling competition where anyone can share a five-minute tale on the evening’s theme. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

mon 8pm: the groh show: comedian danny groh’s solo show about groh-ing up details his journey from living the high life as a milwaukee mortgage broker to hitting rock bottom to discovering his true self. young ethel’s (park slope), free. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): butterboy comedy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill returns with stand-up by james austin johnson (snl), emma willmann (netflix), moss perricone (patriot act), alex babbitt (hbo), and micaela fagan (i need some space). littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 day of. >>


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