Compiled by Sara Maher
Spring has sprung! The rain is falling, the wind is blowing, and the scaffolding is blooming. Those of you returning from sunny spring break locales, don’t despair. Those places may have the beautiful weather, but we have the culture. (Right..?)
Make Music New York has started a monthly podcast discussion series, and anyone is welcome to attend the live taping. The next discussion features Make Music New York President Aaron Friedman and composers Charlie Morrow, David Rothenberg, and David Soldier discussing the particular challenges of composing music that is not quite human.
F downtown to 14th St. and walk east to The New School’s University Center at 65 Fifth Av. Wed Apr 15 at 6pm. Free. msWIRE.us/MakeMusic
The New York Public Library is showcasing the Rose Family Seder Books, Passover-themed artwork collected by the Library through 60 years of annual commissions from the Rose family. Artists include David Levine, Saul Raskin, and Milton Glaser; works range from stained-glass window designs to paper puzzles.
F downtown to 42nd-Bryant Park and enter the Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Ave. Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat 10-6; Tue-Wed 10-8; Sun 1-5. Through Sun Apr 19. Free. nypl.org/events/exhibitions
If you’re trying to get in touch with nature, an afternoon on the Upper East Side probably isn’t your first choice, but 350 species of wild birds – nearly one third of all bird species in North America – live in or migrate through the city each year. Artist Alan Messer captured these tweeting tourists in detailed paintings, illustrations, and field sketches, now on display at the Arsenal Gallery.
F downtown to Lex-63rd and walk northwest to The Arsenal at 830 Fifth Ave., third floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm through Thu Apr 23. Free. msWIRE.us/birds
This one isn’t quite on the F, but it’s worth the transfer. The 9/11 Memorial is hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the memorial and museum. Enjoy a non-competitive walk or jog along the Hudson River before finding food and fun at Family Day.
F downtown to W 4th and transfer to the A, C, or E downtown to Canal, then walk southeast to Pier 26 to start the race. Family Day is adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Greenwich St. and Liberty St. Sun Apr 26; race starts at 7:00 a.m. and Family Day activities are 9:00-2:00. Race registration is $50 for adults, $30 for teens ages 13-17, and free for children under 12. Family Day is free. msWIRE.us/911run
Shake that yoga mat out of hibernation and head down to Luluemon’s Union Square location for free – yes, free! – yoga sessions every Sunday morning. Instructors rotate every month, so you can try different styles and schools before settling on your fitness routine.
F downtown to 14th and walk east to 15 Union Square West. Every Sun, 9:30-10:30am. Free, but you need to bring your own mat. msWIRE.us/yogaSUN