Compiled by Sara Maher
Sunshine and daffodils. Clear skies and bike rides. Parks and picnics. Pigeons and picnics. Things in spring go better together. Here are a few pairings that will perk you up after a long (and wet... and windy...) winter.
Quiz + Showbiz
The beloved NPR show Ask Me Another is recorded live in Brooklyn! Join host Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House as she questions puzzle gurus, audience members, and mystery guests. Upcoming guests include the Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids, and Tony-winner Sutton Foster.
F downtown to 4th Av. and walk northeast to 149 7th St. The Milk Carton Kids guest on Mon, May 11, and Sutton Foster guests on Mon, May 18; doors at 6:30, show at 7:30. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For ages 21 and over. thebellhouseny.com/calendar
Masks + Martinis
Every Friday night from now through August, the Rubin Museum presents Cabaret Cinema, screenings of classic films that reflect themes present in the museum’s current exhibitions. This year’s theme is Movie Masks, kicking off with "The Seventh Seal" and running through a myriad of other masterpieces, such as "Dumbo," "The Princess Bride," and "Casanova" before wrapping it up with "To Catch a Thief." The corresponding exhibit is Becoming Another: The Power of Masks, showcasing different mask-making styles and traditions from Northern India, Mongolia, Siberia, and beyond. Come early to enjoy K2 Friday Night, with a DJ, special tapas menu, and happy hour specials, before the show.
F downtown to 14th St. and walk northwest to 150 West 17th St. Movie Masks every Friday at 9:30pm, May 15 through August 28; The Power of Masks runs through February 8, 2016. K2 Friday Night is included in free museum admission on Friday nights from 6:00 to 10:00; movies are free for members, and $10 for non-members. rubinmuseum.org/events
Games + Graphics
Before John and Yoko, there was the artist known as Yoko Ono. MoMA presents Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971, with 125 of her “objects,” including works on paper, film, and audio recordings. Visitors will also have the chance to play White Chess, a living chess match designed by Ono to force competitors to work in harmony in order for the game to progress.
F downtown to 57th and walk southeast to 11 West 53rd St. Yoko Ono runs May 17-September 7. MoMA is open Saturday through Thursday 10:30-5:30 and Friday 10:30-8:00. White Chess is open Tue, Wed, Friday, and Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden. Adults $25, seniors $18, students $14, under 16 free. Admission is free every Friday night, 4:00-8:00. moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1544
Dance + Dance + Dance + Dance
The 9th Annual Dance Parade & Festival invites over 10,000 dancers to shimmy and shake their way through the streets. Dancers will show off 75 styles of dance, making the Parade “the world’s largest display of cultural diversity.” The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Mary Verdi-Fletcher, working it in her wheelchair. Those who look less-than-enthusiastic will be ticketed by the NYDP (New York Dance Police), but the post-parade Dancefest – with aerial performers, free dance lessons, and, of course, a dance party – should keep the cops at bay.
F downtown to 23rd St. and walk southeast to the parade start-point at 21st and Broadway; or 14th St. and walk east to University Place; or West 4th St. and walk northeast to University Place and East 8th St. Continue east on 8th St./St. Mark’s Place to join Dancefest at Thompkins Square Park. Saturday, May 16; parade runs 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Dancefest runs from 3:00 to 7:00. Free. danceparade.org