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NYC weekend picks

Our picks for what to see and do in the city.

Try a Vietnamese pig roast at Bunker

Not your typical pig roast, this meal. While
Photo Credit: Photography by All Good

Not your typical pig roast, this meal. While centered on a swine, it also features several Vietnamese dishes, like a main entree of lemongrass mushroom with cauliflower skewers and a dessert of coconut tapioca pudding garnished with jack fruit, pineapple and palm seeds.
WHEN | WHERE Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27; Bunker, 99 Scott Ave., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
INFO $40 in advance; 718-386-4282, pigoutatbunker.splashthat.com

Hop to it and see Bad Bunny at MSG

The Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny, who shook
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Coachella/Kevin Winter

The Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny, who shook up the pop mainstream with Cardi B last year on her hit "I Like It," is focused on his own mix of hip-hop and Latin music on his massive X100PRE Tour. Maybe fans will show their support like they did at Coachella by donning bunny ears in his honor. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan INFO $57 to $187; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival at BBG

The annual Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival,
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden/Julie Markes

The annual Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is back this weekend. Flowering billows of pink are the main attraction, but this two-day event also has live music, martial arts demos and dancing displays, as well as vendors selling food and other wares.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn
INFO $30 adults, free for ages 11 and younger (with a ticket holder); 718-623-7200, bbg.org

Reopen Webster Hall with Jay-Z

Jay-Z will fire up a new era of
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Nicholas Hunt

Jay-Z will fire up a new era of Webster Hall with a special "B-Sides 2" show to reopen the historic venue after nearly two years of renovations. It will also launch a new era for him, his first major solo show since 2017, following his album and tour collaboration with Beyonce as The Carters for the  On the Run 2  tour. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, Webster Hall, 125 E. 11 St., Manhattan INFO $250 to $399; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Shop at the WFMU Record Fair

You may see more and more mainstream vinyl
Photo Credit: Kenneth Bachor

You may see more and more mainstream vinyl selling in the mall these days, but this bazaar -- backed by the eclectic free-form radio station, WFMU-FM -- offers around 28,000 square feet of records for purchase. CDs and 45 rpm pieces will be available, as will a variety of collectibles. Scheduled entertainment options include documentaries and live performances.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28; Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Seventh St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
INFO $8 at the door or $30 in advance (for all three days plus early admission on Friday); 201-521-1416,  wfmu.org 

See 'JT LeRoy' at the Quad Cinema

In the 1990s, a young author burst upon
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Content Group

In the 1990s, a young author burst upon the literary scene with searing autobiographical novels about poverty and sexual abuse. JT LeRoy turned out to be a fiction himself, played by an artist, Savannah Knoop, though his real creator appeared to be the novelist Laura Albert. Justin Kelly's film about the scandal features Diane Kruger, left, and Kristen Stewart, with Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess and Courtney Love. WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday, Apr. 26, at the Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., Manhattan INFO Tickets $16; 212-255-2243,  quadcinema.com

See '17 Border Crossings' at New York Theatre Workshop

In
Photo Credit: Johanna Austin

In "17 Border Crossings," writer and performer Thaddeus Phillips recalls his own adventures, conjuring everything from a Croatian ferry to the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez. His examination of the imaginary lines that divide the world is directed by Tatiana Mallarino. WHEN | WHERE Through May 12 at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St. Manhattan  INFO Tickets $69, 212-460-5475, nytw.org

See 'Grief Is the Thing with Feathers' at St. Ann's Warehouse

Max Porter's searing novel
Photo Credit: Colm Hogan

Max Porter's searing novel "Grief Is the Thing with Feathers" gets a stage adaptation by Enda Walsh. Cillian Murphy plays a widower dealing with his loss in the U.S. premiere, which Walsh also directs. The run is sold out, but check the website for last-minute availability. WHEN | WHERE Through May 12 at St. Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St., Brooklyn. INFO Tickets from $51; 866-811-4111, stannswarehouse.org

Take a spring bird walk in Central Park with Birding Bob

If you think that Manhattan's bird population is
Photo Credit: Deborah Allen

If you think that Manhattan's bird population is mainly pigeons, Robert DeCandido -- known as Birding Bob -- holds spring bird walks in Central Park where it's possible to view some of the 250-plus species that live in or frequently visit the Big Apple.
WHEN | WHERE Daily (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) through mid-June; Central Park, Manhattan
INFO $10, binoculars available to rent for an added $10, cash only; 718-828-8262 (call 347-703-5554 during or just before the start of walks), birdingbob.com

Visit The Met Rooftop Garden for an art exhibit

With the Manhattan skyline in the background, the
Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Hyla Skopitz

With the Manhattan skyline in the background, the Metropolitan Museum is presenting "ParaPivot," a striking rooftop piece created by Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade. Consisting of two sculptures, the objects -- crafted from steel and stone -- are intended to evoke the energy between science and magic, represented within a captured solar system. Guests can also purchase drinks and food from a select menu at the open-air Cantor Rooftop Garden Bar.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 27; The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO General admission $25; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Shop, dine and enjoy a taste of Queens

In celebration of the cultural diversity found in
Photo Credit: Queens Night Market/Sharon Medina-Chavez

In celebration of the cultural diversity found in the borough, the Queens Night Market features dozens of vendors selling food and other wares plus art, live performances and entertainment.
WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays, April 20 to Aug. 17, also Sept. 28 to Oct. 26; New York Hall of Science: 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens
INFO $5, tickets available at queensnightmarket.com  (admission only required for April 20, 27)

Ride a roller coaster (and more) at Luna Park

It's a sure sign of spring -- the
Photo Credit: Luna Park/Jim McDonnell

It's a sure sign of spring -- the legendary Luna Park is once again open for fun. Rides like the Thunderbolt roller coaster, the 137-foot high Astro Tower drop, the Steeplechase horse-themed coaster and the Electro Spin are all back in business, right off the Coney Island boardwalk.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.daily (weather-permitting; hours will expand later in the season); 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
INFO Tickets from $29 (under 48 inches tall) and $41 (over 48 inches); 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com

Celebrate 'Earth Rocks' at Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum is celebrating all things Earth
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum is celebrating all things Earth over the school recess break with "Earth Rocks" -- 10 days of demonstrations, presentations, art-making and live entertainment, all providing a good introduction to ecosystems and the power of nature.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, April 19 to April 28; 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn
INFO Admission $11, free for ages 12 months and younger; 718-735-4400, brooklynkids.org

Take a Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

Billed as the
Photo Credit: WCS Zoos and Aquarium/Julie Larsen Maher

Billed as the "biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America," this guided tour features 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs arranged through a wooded area, including such giants as Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. Afterward,  guests can try out dinosaur-themed activities and explore a fossil dig presentation.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, April 19 to Nov. 3; 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
INFO $39.95, $29.95 ages 3 to 12, two and under free (admission is part of the  Total Experience  package); 718-220-5100, bronxzoo.com

Save on Rock Center ice-skating at the end of the season

Spring is here, and it's almost time for
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt

Spring is here, and it's almost time for the Rink at Rockefeller Center to close down until September. But before it does, there's a great deal to be had: kids ages 10 and younger can get skate rentals for free during the final week (April 18 to 25). In addition, they can also skate for free on the final Monday (April 22), when accompanied by a paying parent or guardian. Say "Spring Break" to get the special deals.
WHEN | WHERE 8:30 a.m. to midnight daily through April 25; 600 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO Adults $25, children 10 and younger $15; skate rental $13; 212-332-7655, therinkatrockcenter.com

See 'Mrs. Murray's Menagerie' at Greenwich House Theater

The Mad Ones follow up their acclaimed
Photo Credit: Ben Arons Photography/Ben Arons

The Mad Ones follow up their acclaimed "Miles for Mary" with the world premiere of "Mrs. Murray's Menagerie," about a focus group looking at a 1970s children's TV show. Lila Neugebauer directs. WHEN | WHERE Through May 11 at Ars Nova at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow St., Manhattan INFO Tickets from $35; 212-352-3101, arsnovanyc.com

See orchids Singapore-style at NY Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has dedicated this
Photo Credit: New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has dedicated this year's Orchid Show to the island republic of Singapore, whose national flower is a type of orchid. The exhibition takes its cues from Singapore's National Orchid Garden with vertical displays and bowing arches of orchids blooming in many colors.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Mondays) through April 28; New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx INFO $23 to $28, $12 ages 2 to 12; 718-817-8700; nybg.org

See a play at The Shed in Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards' entertainment complex The Shed opens this
Photo Credit: Dan Wilton

Hudson Yards' entertainment complex The Shed opens this weekend with an array of programming, including "Norma Jeane Baker of Troy," a spoken and sung performance about quite an unlikely combination: Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe. It stars Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw. 
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, April 6 through May 19 at The Shed, 545 W. 30th St., Manhattan
INFO Tickets from $49, 646-455-3494, theshed.org

Check out the new Hudson Yards

There's a lot to see and buy at
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

There's a lot to see and buy at Hudson Yards, the behemoth new neighborhood that spans 28 acres. For shoppers' there are more than 100 stores including NYC's first Neiman Marcus. There are restaurants galore, including José Andrés' Mercado Little Spain food hall, Thomas Keller's luxe TAK Room and more casual spots. Outside, find five acres of public parks along with the Vessel, a 150-foot-honeycomb sculpture featuring 154 interconnecting flights of stairs with 80 landings from which to take in the smashing view (there's also an elevator.) WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Sunday.; 30th to 34th streets between 10th and 11th avenues, accessible from the High Line and the 7 train.  INFO The Vessel is free; reserve timed-entry tickets at hudsonyardsnewyork.com   

See 'Lincoln Kirstein's Modern' at MoMA

A playwright and a poet, art connoisseur and
Photo Credit: Estate of Paul Cadmus/The Museum of Modern Art

A playwright and a poet, art connoisseur and philanthropist, Lincoln Kirstein helped found the New York City Ballet and recovered artwork looted by Nazis during World War II. MoMA is paying homage with this exhibition that looks at the tastes of a visionary and shows how his approach helped influence the mission of the museum itself. In photo: Paul Cadmus' set design for the 1937 ballet "Filling Station."
WHEN | WHERE Through June 15; The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan
INFO $25; 212-708-9400, moma.org

See the film series 'What Price Hollywood' at MoMA

"What Price Hollywood" explores gender roles in such
Photo Credit: Photofest

"What Price Hollywood" explores gender roles in such classic films as the Bette Davis vehicle "Marked Woman" (1937), Fritz Lang's sexualized working-class drama "Clash by Night" (1952) and the cross-dressing Katharine Hepburn comedy "Sylvia Scarlett" (pictured, 1935). Accompanied by an exhibit of movie posters from 1925 to 1977. WHEN | WHERE Through June 15 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan. INFO $12 or free with $25 museum admission, separate ticket required; 212-708-9400,  moma.org

Meet the instruments of rock stars at the Met Fifth

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Collection of David Swartz

"Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" is a retrospective of more than 130 musical instruments used over some 70 years of popular music by musicians including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Eddie Van Halen,   Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Prince. In the photo: No. 6 Les Paul Deluxe, once destroyed by Pete Townshend of The Who and since restored.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 1; The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $25, free for children age 12 and under; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Get up close and personal with T. rex at AMNH

The King of the Dinosaurs is already a
Photo Credit: AMNH / Denis Finnin

The King of the Dinosaurs is already a pretty famous beast, but the American Museum of Natural History is shining a new light on tyrannosaurs at an exhibition loaded with fresh facts and things to see. You'll learn about T.rex's millions of years of evolution and how these dinosaurs grew from feathery babies to massive animals that could bite through prey, bones and all.
WHEN | WHERE Through Aug. 9; Central Park West and 79th Street, Manhattan
INFO $23; $13 ages 2 to 12; 212-769-5100, amnh.org

Learn about Tolkien and Middle Earth at the Morgan Library

The exhibit
Photo Credit: The Morgan Library & Museum/Graham S. Haber

The exhibit "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth" at the Morgan Library & Museum, is a celebration of the man who wrote "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." Items on display range from original illustrations and manuscripts to photos and memorabilia taken from Tolkien's life. WHEN | WHERE Through May 12; 225 Madison Ave., Manhattan
INFO $22, free for 12 and under; 212-685-0008, themorgan.org

Find the art in everyday items at MoMA

For generations the MoMA has been holding
Photo Credit: John Wronn

For generations the MoMA has been holding "Good Design" exhibitions -- programs that reveal the artistic value of otherwise mundane household tools, appliances and furniture. From cookware to playthings, from conveyances to comfy chairs, the "Value of Good Design" showcases good design past and present.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 15; MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan
INFO $25; 212-708-9400, moma.org

See the films of Lauren Bacall

"B Is for Bacall" is MoMA's wide-ranging tribute
Photo Credit: Warner Bros./Photofest

"B Is for Bacall" is MoMA's wide-ranging tribute to the great screen siren, including much of her work with Humphrey Bogart (such as "Dark Passage," pictured) and such lesser-seen titles as Vincente Minnelli's "The Cobweb" (1955) and Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974). WHEN | WHERE Through April 26 at MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan INFO Tickets $12 or free with $25 museum admission; 212-708-9400,  moma.org

Feast your eyes on the art and personal style of Frida Kahlo

The iconic Frida Kahlo's style is a shining
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Museum/Nickolas Muray

The iconic Frida Kahlo's style is a shining example of how heritage, ethnicity, opinion and personal struggle can combine to create unforgettable art. "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving" at the Brooklyn Museum is being billed as the largest U.S. exhibition in a decade that's focused on her career. It expands beyond her creations to feature some of her personal items that reveal how the artist also worked on creating a unique look intended to broadcast her mindset. (Photo: "Frida on Bench," 1939)
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday to Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, through May 12; 200 Eastern Pkwy., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
INFO For ticket info, call 718-638-5000 or go to  brooklynmuseum.org

Revisit the work of Robert Mapplethorpe

The late Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) remains one of
Photo Credit: The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

The late Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) remains one of the most talked-about artists to ever point a camera. His austere black-and-white pictures -- male nudes, flowers, self-portraits. depictions of the sadomasochism underground -- are as powerful today as they ever were. The Guggenheim is presenting his work in a two-part series, "Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now." Pictured: 'Self Portrait,' 1985.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 25 through July 10, second series: July 24 to Jan. 5, 2020; 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $25; 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

See Jerry Seinfeld live at The Beacon

It's safe to say that the Massapequa High
Photo Credit: AFP Getty Images/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

It's safe to say that the Massapequa High School grad is one of the greatest comedians to ever crack a joke. Sure you might accidentally catch him in the Hamptons or during a filming of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but for a full take on what he's thinking about these days, Jerry Seinfeld is slated to appear at The Beacon Theatre this weekend and several more times before summer.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 (also Feb. 8, March 14 and 15, April 4 and 5, May 3 and 4 and June 6 and 7); 2124 Broadway, Manhattan 
INFO Tickets from $87.50; 212-465-6000, msg.com/beacon-theatre

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