The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

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See the surreal music and dance spectacle “54 Strange Worlds,” Saturday (photo courtesy of the Bipeds)

This Queer Kitchen Launch Party @ Butter & Scotch

Open wide for This Queer Kitchen Launch Party tonight (Tuesday). Seeking to unify the queer community through food, This Queer Kitchen will produce monthly pop-up events like cooking classes, interactive storytelling dinners, and food-focused fundraisers. The launch party—a joint effort with Butter & Scotch, Dalloway Chocolate, and Hitched in the Kitchen—will be full of cake, cocktails, and conversation, as well as announcements of future TQK events. Proceeds from the fête will go to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 5 p.m. // Butter & Scotch, 818 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn // Free

Grave Robbing 101 @ Financial District

Spend a spooky evening wandering through FiDi history like an 18th-century body-snatcher. Adam Selzer, author of dozens of books and host of the podcast Cemetery Mixtape, is bringing his popular Grave Robbing 101 tours to NYC. Over the two-hour wander, he’ll share historical stories of lost cemeteries, anti-grave robbing riots, skull thieves, mummy unwrappers, phrenologists, and plenty of unsolved mysteries. He’ll also share lots of tips and tricks that our grave-robbing forbears once used, in case you’re looking to start a creepy new business. The whole thing is presented by Atlas Obscura, purveyors of dark and strange diversions.

Tuesday, April 2nd, and Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:30 p.m. // 2 Rector St., Manhattan // Tickets: $25

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Have a very vibrant Vaisakhi (image courtesy of the Rubin Museum)

Everyone Is Divine @ Rubin Museum

Be your most marvelous self at Everyone Is Divine, the Rubin’s celebration of the Sikh festival Vaisakhi. Sikhism, the world’s fifth-largest religion, recognizes the divine potential in everyone and strives to challenge social inequalities, whether based on class, caste, gender, or profession. During the celebration, the Sikh Coalition will present about the historical significance of Vaisakhi as well as the ways the organization builds and supports empowered communities today, working toward a world where practitioners of all religions can worship free of discrimination. After the presentation there will be a group meditation led by Kundalini Yoga instructor Sharan Bir Kaur.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m. // Rubin Museum, 150 West 17th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $19

Lost Lighthouses of New York Harbor @ National Lighthouse Museum

We recently took you through the history of lighthouses on Staten Island, but if you’re hankering for more, uh, illumination, you’re in luck. Historian, librarian and sailor Andrew Wilson presents Lost Lighthouses of New York Harbor, an evening lecture on New York’s vanished navigation aids. You’ll learn about lightships at Governor’s Island and Sandy Hook, the lights of Newark Bay, the original Robbins Reef Light, the time balls atop Manhattan skyscrapers, the pirates of the Corner Stake Light, underwater bells, and lots more.

Thursday, April 4th, 6:30 p.m. // National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island // Tickets: $10

10th Annual Ende Tymes Festival @ Secret Project Robot

Get ready to get loud at the 10th annual Ende Tymes, a festival of “noise and experimental liberation” featuring more than 50 musical acts over four days. Some of the highlights include the “hallucinatory, darkly experimental work” of Scottish-born, NY-based Drew McDowall; drummer and electronic musician Ikue Mori playing with improvisational vocalist Charmaine Lee; Danish experimental sound-collage artist Puce Mary; Dreamcrusher, the solo musical endeavor of multidisciplinary Witchita, Kansas–based artist Luwayne Glass; and Self Toxication, the latest solo project by Tokyo-born, Berlin-based noise and industrial artist Kazehito Seki. There will also be T-shirts from Forest Passage and zines and posters by Green Leaf Printing.

Thursday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 7th // Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, Brooklyn // Tickets: $15–$20 per show; $60 for the whole thing

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Hear Self Toxication and tons more noise artists at Ende Tymes (photo by Martin Chylík)

Brooklyn Folk Festival @ St. Ann’s Church

For a wildly different musical weekend, head over to the 2019 Brooklyn Folk Festival, presented by the Jalopy Theater and School of Music. This one features performances, workshops, jam sessions, panel discussions, and film screenings from 40+ string bands, swing bands, jug bands and more playing blues, bluegrass, ragtime, and gospel from all over the world. There will be Georgia blues by Jontavious Willis, NOLA R&B by Jackson & the Janks, swamp-dance music by the Revelers, old-timey string tunes by the Ozark Highballers, Malian kora music by Yacouba Sissoko, and so, so much more. Not to mention a puppet show by the Boxcutter Collective, square-dance and flatfooting workshops, a lecture on the African American fiddle tradition, a banjo-tossing contest, and on and on.

Friday, April 5th, through Sunday, April 7th // St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $25–$85

Community Science on the Banks of Newtown Creek @ Kingsland Wildflowers

Spring is finally here, so get out into nature and do some citizen science. This daylong symposium includes a series of presentations and Q&A sessions about the ongoing remediation efforts in and around Newtown Creek, as well as the diverse ecology of plants, insects, birds, and marine wildlife that are beginning to return to this toxic but once vibrant waterway. You’ll hear from Willis Elkins, executive director of the Newtown Creek Alliance; Dr. Alison Dell, assistant professor of biology at St. Francis College; Sol Kjok, artist-in-residence at the nonprofit NOoSPHERE Arts; students from Greenpoint Eco-Schools; and more. The event is presented by the Newtown Creek Alliance, a community-based org working to restore and revitalize one of the most polluted waterways in the country.

Saturday, April 6th, 12 p.m. // Kinglsand Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Ave., Brooklyn // Free

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Hear about the remediation efforts under way in the toxic Newtown Creek. (Photo by Sai Mokhtari / Gothamist)

Giai điệu quê hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora @ The Loreto Theater

For the next several months, Carnegie Hall’s Migrations festival will examine the movements of people that have been essential to the cultural makeup of America. One of the festival’s hundreds of events is Giai điệu quê hương, presented by the Vietnamese Heritage Center, which examines the migration of the Vietnamese people through music and dance. Artists, vocalists, dancers, and musicians will demonstrate the range of Vietnamese music, from dân ca (folk music) to cải lương (reformed opera) to contemporary music. Performances will include Vietnamese instruments such as the đàn bầu (monochord zither) and đàn tranh (17-string zither), as well as classical pianists, jazz quartets, and dance ensembles.

Saturday, April 6th, 7:30 p.m. // The Loreto Theater, 18 Bleecker St., Manhattan // Tickets: $25

54 Strange Worlds @ Triskelion Arts

Up from North Carolina to blow NYC minds is the Bipeds, a dance-theater company led by banjo player and songwriter Curtis Eller. Their immersive music and dance spectacle 54 Strange Worlds features a “scorching” rock & roll band and choreographer Stacy Wolfson’s cast of visceral, expressive dancers. The resulting psychedelic, sepia-toned production blurs the line between dancers and musicians, giving way to “a strange and mysterious world of nightmare imagery” full of “unhinged howls of wild abandon” as well as moments of harmony and grace. The show is also the CD release for the Bipeds’ newst album, which soundtracks the extravaganza.

Saturday, April 6th, and Sunday, April 7th // Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn // Tickets: $18

Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas @ Queens Museum

Explore a plethora of new realities, from utopian to dystopian, at the latest Queens Museum exhibition, Mundos Alternos. Made up of work from the last two decades by more than a dozen artists across Latin America and Latinx artists from across the United States, the show sit at the intersection of science fiction, techno-culture, and the visual arts. Its pieces, organized in thematic “constellations,” explore speculative aesthetics, diverse modes of existence, and “alienating” ways of being in the world. The show also includes satellite installations and programs throughout New York City, from the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Manhattan.

Opens Sunday, April 7th, 1 p.m. // Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park // Admission: $8

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