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Spring Arts Preview: 25 events you cannot miss this season

"The Reluctant Fundamentalists"

"The Reluctant Fundamentalists" Credit: Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed in "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"

‘The Lucky Guy’
Nora Ephron’s final play, in which Oscar winner but B’way first-timer Tom Hanks plays the late newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, has been receiving terrific buzz. (In previews now and opening April 1, Broadhurst Theatre)

Hot 97 April Fools Comedy Show
No joke: Tracy Morgan, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah and a handful of other comedians take to the stage at MSG. (April 1, The Theater at Madison Square Garden)

Friars Club Comedy Film Festival
Who knows funny better than the legendary Friars Club? Catch a screening or panel discussion at this fest, which is full of laugh-worthy feature films, docs and shorts. (April 1-6,

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is red-hot: The songstress’ “Set the World on Fire Tour” hits NYC for what’s sure to be an amazing show. (April 5, Barclays Center; April 8, Prudential Center; April 11, Madison Square Garden)

MoCCa Fest
Some of the finest cartoonists around are attending this indie comic book convention — including Lucy Knisley, who is chatting about her new graphic novel “Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.” (April 6-7, 69th Regiment Armory)

Green Day
Following lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s recent stint in rehab — and subsequent cancellation of some shows — Green Day is back with its “Uno, Dos, Tre” tour. (April 7, Barclays Center)

This imaginative adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story about an unusually perceptive and brave girl has all the makings of a family-friendly Broadway hit. It’s “Billy Elliot” with girls. (In previews now and opening April 11, Shubert Theatre)

Wrestlemania weekend
Whether you go to WrestleMania itself (April 7, Metlife Stadium), Hulk Hogan Uncensored (April 5, The Beacon Theatre) or The Roast of the Iron Sheik (April 4, Carolines), there are tons of events to keep any wrestling fan enthused.

Fleetwood Mac
Kick it old-school with Stevie Nicks and the gang. (April 8, Madison Square Garden; April 24, Prudential Center)

‘The Nance’
Nathan Lane returns to Broadway in Douglas Carter Beane’s new play about the life of a gay burlesque performer in the 1930s. (In previews now and opening April 15, Lyceum Theatre)

Stand Up for a Cure: An Evening with Jerry Seinfeld
The master funnyman headlines this charity comedy event that benefits the American Diabetes Association. Colin Quinn is also performing. (April 17, The Theater at Madison Square Garden)

Tribeca Film Festival
The Big Apple’s largest gathering of must-see flicks is here with a massive number of screenings and discussions. Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Paul Rudd are just a few of the stars with movies in Robert DeNiro’s 12th annual fest.  (April 17-28,

Following her excellent revivals of “Hair” and “Porgy and Bess,” Diane Paulus now tackles Stephen Schwartz’s beloved 1970s musical about an idealistic young man trying to find his “Corner of the Sky.” (Opens April 25, Music Box Theatre)

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio headline this three-day festival of music, film and ... late-night dancing.(April 25-27, Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Celebrating Duke Ellington
Jazz it up with a night of beloved Big Band tunes. (April 25-27, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center)

New York Boylesque Festival
Gents get in on the sexy burlesque action at this second annual festival dedicated to men in the genre. (April 26-27,

Mike Tyson
If you missed Iron Mike during his short stint on Broadway, he’s bringing his one-man show “Undisputed Truth” back for another day. (April 28, The Beacon Theatre)

Pop star Rihanna is sure to make the stage sparkle with her “World Diamonds” tour. (April 28, Prudential Center; May 4-5, Barclays Center)

New York City Ballet’s American Music Festival
The New York City Ballet pays homage to the music of 18 American composers in seven programs of works throughout the spring. (April 30-May 19)

Learning Through Art
Check out the next great artists at the Guggenheim’s “A Year with Children” 2013 exhibition, which shows off pieces by NYC public school kids in second through sixth grade. (May 3-June 19, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

PUNK: Chaos to Couture
The Met’s Costume Institute exhibitions are always hotly anticipated, including this year’s, which focuses on punk’s impact on high fashion. (May 9-Aug. 14, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Rooftop Films Series
The weather should finally have warmed up, so instead of hitting the movie theater for some flick action, check out this months-long film series, which screens movies outdoors and also features filmmaker Q&As and parties. (Starts May 10,

Frieze New York
Head over to Randall’s Island to take in a plethora of contemporary works, as well as art-focused debates, panel discussions and lectures. (May 10-13, Randall’s Island)

Iron & Wine
The bushy-bearded Sam Beam heads back on tour where he’s playing some new folksy gems from his album “Ghost on Ghost,” which comes out on April 16.(May 14, The Beacon Theatre)

Lit Crawl Brooklyn
Imagine a bar crawl — but with writer discussions, literary trivia and more along the way. (May 18,

(compiled by Julie Gordon, Scott A. Rosenberg and Matt Windman)

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