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7 things to do this weekend in NYC April 5 – April 7

Here are this week’s highlights of noteworthy events to check out — running the gamut from provocative discussions to family fun, arts and entertainment. There are even some budget-friendly activities that are free or close to free.


MSNBC Hosts Joy Ann-Reid and Rachel Maddow Announce Conversation at The Apollo on April 6 - Apollo Theater (MSNBC/Apollo Theater)
Joy-Ann Reid and Rachel Maddow (Courtesy of MSNBC/Apollo Theater)

“In Conversation: Joy-Ann Reid with Rachel Maddow”

The Apollo Historic Theater — 253 W 125th Street New York, NY 10027

Sat. April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Two of the most outspoken liberal voices in cable news will take center stage at the world-famous Harlem theater for a discussion on civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers and Joy-Ann Reid‘s best-selling book “Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America.”

The “In Conversation” series — which previously featured Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chadwick Boseman and John Legend — aims to amplify “the voices of artists and thought leaders and explores the African American and African diasporic narrative.”

Tickets are $40–$45 (book included with purchase)

Tom Waits in 1985 by Sylvia Plachy. (Courtesy of Sylvia Plachy/Brooklyn Public Library)
Tom Waits in 1985 by Sylvia Plachy. (Courtesy of Sylvia Plachy/Brooklyn Public Library)

“It happened in New York: Photographs by Sylvia Plachy” 

Brooklyn Central Library — 10 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Through April 14

Following its massive “Book of Hov” Jay-Z exhibit last fall, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is fast-becoming an in-demand spot to experience art — for free, day or night.

“It Happened in New York,” featuring nearly 40 stunning images and other ephemera from the collection of photographer Sylvia Plachy, is the centerpiece of its latest installation. A staff photographer for the Village Voice for 30 years, Plachy’s work captures the heart and soul of the city as it was during the latter part of the 20th century.

Alongside shots of musician Tom Waits, boxing promoter Don King, “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and breakdancers on the boardwalk, one of the most gripping images is of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, when a clash between the Orthodox Jewish community, the Black community and the NYPD rocked the city.



This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the film "Monkey Man." (Universal Pictures via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the film “Monkey Man.” (Universal Pictures via AP)

“Monkey Man”

IPIC Theaters Fulton Market Building —11 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

Various showtimes

“Life of Pi” star Dev Patel makes his directorial debut in this action film, which he also co-wrote and stars in. The Academy Award nominee play an unnamed character who plots to avenge his mother’s death. Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, the near two-hour revenge flick produced by Jordan Peele has drawn welcome comparisons to Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise. Seeing “Monkey Man” at what has been referred to as New York City’s most expensive movie theater — where food and cocktails are delivered and every seat comes with blankets — could make for a perfect date night.

Tickets start at $19.50


Jared Loftin and Alyse Alan Louis in "Teeth" at Playwrights Horizons. (Chelcie Parry)
Jared Loftin and Alyse Alan Louis in “Teeth” at Playwrights Horizons. (Chelcie Parry)


Playwrights Horizons — 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Through April 14

With his latest work, Pulitzer-winning playwright Michael R. Jackson teamed up with Anna K. Jacobs for the world premiere run of “Teeth” at the same Off-Broadway venue that launched his Tony Award-winning musical, “A Strange Loop.”

Based on Mitchell Lichtenstein’s 2007 comedy-horror film of the same name, the musical, directed by Sara Benson, centers on an evangelical Christian teenager (Alyse Alan Louis). During a violent attack, she learns she has a useful mutation that is extremely painful for would-be rapists. Ouch! Broadway veteran Steven Pasquale also stars in the work described as a “fierce, rapturous, and savagely entertaining new horror-musical.”

Tickets start at $102 through www.playwrightshorizons.org


Niki Haris (Nick Spanos)
Niki Haris (Nick Spanos)

Niki Haris presents “Grown Ass Woman”

The Green Room 42 — 570 Tenth Avenue, W 42nd St At, New York, NY 10036

Fri., April 5 and Sat., April 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Though she’s mostly known as the vocal powerhouse who backed Madonna during the ‘80s and ‘90s (“Like A Prayer” anyone?), Niki Haris has stood the test of time as a master interpreter of song in her own right. The diva, who brought down the house at this charming Off-Broadway cabaret hotspot with her longtime collaborator Donna De Lory earlier this year, returns with a solo show featuring her take on jazz standards and popular classics.

Ticket prices range from $30-$90, with a $20 livestream option available at www.TheGreenRoom42.com.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Food Bank For New York City hosts a food distribution pop-up in partnership with Alianza De Futbol during Hunger Action Month at New York Hall Of Science on September 27, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
New York Hall Of Science on Sept. 27, 2020 in Queens. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)

“Celestial Circus SciSkate”
New York Hall of Science — 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY, 11368

Through April 8

It’s the last few days to check out Celestial Circus SciSkate at the New York Hall of Science, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The exhibit allows visitors to skate warmly indoors on their “Glice” rink — made of a solid polymer material that gives skaters the feeling that they are gliding on smooth frozen water. Note: On Monday, April 8, the exhibit’s last day of the season, the museum will host a solar eclipse watch party from 1 to 5 p.m. They’ll provide the glasses and music by DJ Annie Red. Food and drinks will be available from Queens Night Market.

$22 per adult with discounts for seniors and children. Tickets available online at nysci.org/tickets

Free (or close to it)

Sophia Chang (Courtesy of Lincoln Center)
Sophia Chang (Courtesy of Lincoln Center)

“Fresh, Bold & So Def Symposium: A Tribute to Women in Hip-Hop”

Alice Tully Hall — 1941 Broadway at, W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

Friday, April 5, 2024, at 2:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Last year’s celebration of hip hop’s golden anniversary lives on through this program highlighting the women who helped shape the culture. Lincoln Center partnered with The Hip-Hop Education Center for its inaugural event featuring workshops, panel discussions, fireside chats, performances and networking opportunities. Hip hop maven Sophia Chang will join other trailblazers like fashion designer Misa Hylton, DJ Jazzy Joyce, Rap Coalition founder Wendy Day and writer and producer Kim Osorio to tackle topics such as mentorship, self-care and battling misogyny.

Tickets are priced at a Choose-What-You-Pay option at https://tickets.lincolncenter.org/en/booking/production/bestavailable/27025


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