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March Book Launch

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch : 7:00 p.m. April 8

In the 1940s, Superman fought the Klan, as the creators of the Superman radio show subjected the hate group to the scorn it deserved. But it took another hero to inspire a young John Lewis with a comic book: Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1957's The Montgomery Story. Now Congressman Lewis has... More >>

Brooklyn Literary Events

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Walter Kerr Theatre : 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu.; 2:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat.; 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri., Sat.; 3:00 p.m. every Sun.

Any chance to see Tony winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) on the boards is not to be missed, but his role in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder should be a treat eight times over. In this story, gentleman Monty (played by Bryce Pinkham) has... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Now Playing

Orchid Evenings

New York Botanical Garden : 10:00 a.m. every Sat. until April 11; 10:00 a.m. daily from April 17 until April 19

By day, the New York Botanical Garden's "Orchid Show" features poetry readings and plant­ care instructions amid a showcase of chandelier-­like hanging orchid designs and walkways packed with colorful blooms. By night (on select spring weekends), the show includes a special Orchid... More >>

Bronx Recreation

Victor Moscoso

Andrew Edlin : 10:00 a.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 25

One-time boyfriend of Eva Hesse, student of Josef Albers and Franz Kline, Victor Moscoso (born 1936) brought sophisticated concepts of color and composition to the burgeoning fields of psychedelic-rock posters and underground comics in the 1960s. After studies at Yale and Cooper Union, Moscoso... More >>

West Village Art - Galleries

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church : 10:00 a.m. April 5

New York has the Annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival for the same reason Britain has royal weddings — absolutely insane and enthralling headgear. The tradition goes back to the 1870s, when the city's elite used to strut their stuff after church to show off their Easter Day finery.... More >>

West 50s Parades

Al Kooper 71st Birthday Celebration

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill : 7:30 p.m. June 4; 7:30 p.m. June 5

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West 40s Music

Ghosts

BAM Harvey Theater : 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from April 5 until May 3; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. from April 5 until May 3; 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from April 5 until May 3

Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, much like the playwright's A Doll's House, was considered shocking, licentious, and inflammatory at the time of its premiere, and this award­winning production — arriving at BAM after praise­garnering runs at the Almeida Theatre and the West End —... More >>

Fort Greene Theater

Birdman with Antonio Sanchez

New York Society for Ethical Culture : 8:00 p.m. April 4

Drummer Antonio Sanchez's walloping traps solo, which drives the masterful piece of pure cinematic artifice that is Birdman, was created as spontaneously as the rest of director Alejandro González Iñárritu's film was meticulously calibrated. Sanchez, who drums for guitarist... More >>

West 60s Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

Cuba: Golden 60s

BAM Rose Cinemas : 8:00 p.m. daily until March 31

BAMcinématek's "Cuba: Golden 60s," a series comprising six features and a program of shorts by the director Santiago Álvarez, pays tribute to the period following the Cuban revolution when the country experienced a radical boom in its filmmaking output. Some of the titles on... More >>

Fort Greene Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

Slavic Soul Party!

Barbes : 10:00 p.m. every Tue.

Slavic Soul Party are Eastern Europe's answer to the funk (and "Grunt") of the J.B.'s or, more recently, the Budos Band. On their recordings, and every Tuesday at Barbès, the ten-person brass ensemble pins Gypsy melodies against the sort of jazzy r&b horn collages you hear in movies... More >>

Park Slope Music

This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : 10:00 a.m. every 7 days until January 1

“This is for everyone” is a tweet by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee — the inventor of the internet — that was used to light up an Olympic stadium in 2012. In This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, MoMA borrows the tweet for its latest exhibit,... More >>

West 50s Art - Museums

Queens Museum Studio Program Exhibition

Queens Museum of Art : 5:00 p.m. daily until June 28

The Queens Museum is perhaps best known for its massive panorama of the city, but there's a lot more going on, especially since its dramatic renovation in 2013. The institution celebrates its diverse home borough with cutting-edge and international art, and its studio program, which hosts... More >>

Flushing Art - Museums

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men

Museum of the Moving Image : 10:30 a.m. daily until June 14

The final season of Mad Men debuts on April 5, and we’ll have to say goodbye, after eight years, to all the smoking, drinking, striving, cheating, casual sexism, and slick mid-century style of Don Draper and his pals. But starting today, the Museum of the Moving Image hosts a tribute to... More >>

Astoria Television

When the Curtain Never Comes Down

American Folk Art Museum : 12:00 p.m. daily until July 5

This fresh collection of outsider art explores ritual, self­promotion, and performance in the creative acts of the self­taught. The efforts are wonderfully odd. In homage to a sea goddess, Raimundo Borges Falcão roller­skates in elaborate outfits assembled from trash.... More >>

West 50s Art - Museums

Mindy Segal

92Y : 7:00 p.m. April 7

There's olive oil ice cream, and hibiscus donuts, so it's really kind of baffling that cookies on the whole haven't strayed too funky with the flavors. Mindy Segal is remedying that. While we can't get enough of the classic chocolate chip and peanut butter varieties, now and forever, we... More >>

East 90s Talks, Food and Drink

National Invitational Tournament

Madison Square Garden : 7:00 p.m. March 31

The National Invitation Tournament is often overshadowed by the NCAA's Men's Tournament, which not only determines the national championship but attracts millions of casual fans who think their brackets can win them some coin and impress their friends. But the NIT, begun in 1938 (a year before... More >>

Chelsea Sports - Spectator

Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species

American Museum of Natural History : 10:00 a.m. daily from April 4 until January 3

Now that the Discovery Channel only airs programs about white men building things in Alaska and white men building things in the Bayou with some white men busting myths in between, we sorely miss all the animals, plants, and weird nature stuff that we took for granted as kids. The American... More >>

East 80s Museum Exhibits and Events

Trenton Doyle Hancock

Studio Museum Harlem : 12:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until June 28

Hancock's self­portrait — a demonic figure with giant tube­shaped breasts — is decidedly unflattering, but it captures the essence of an artist immersed in the perversely humorous world of underground comics. This extensive survey features his long­running mythological... More >>

Harlem Art - Museums

Dance Theatre of Harlem

New York City Center : 7:00 p.m. daily from April 8 until April 11

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem has built a fresh troupe, and a new reputation, since its reconstitution in 2012 under the direction of former prima ballerina Virginia Johnson. Returning to its City Center stomping... More >>

West 50s Dance

Forward Ferguson

JACK : 7:00 p.m. every Sun. until June 30

Theater has brought citizens together to heal their ailing polis since the time of ancient Athens. These days our own divided city needs public forums badly, so it’s inspiring when a local performing-arts organization embraces that timeworn role. This month JACK, the Clinton Hill culture... More >>

Prospect Heights Theater

Reel Big Fish+Less Than Jake+Authority Zero

Best Buy Theater : 7:30 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 22

Last December was bittersweet for Reel Big Fish. The ska-punk band gave fans something to celebrate with the surprise Happy Skalidays EP, six tracks of Christmas covers and crudely named originals. On the other hand, the final month of 2014 brought about the departure of drummer Ryland... More >>

West 40s Music

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Brooklyn Museum : 11:00 a.m. daily from April 3 until August 23

Jean-Michel Basquiat accomplished much in his brief life. He began by leaving a mark on Lower Manhattan — literally — with his graffiti, before eventually staging exhibits in prestigious galleries throughout the world and befriending the likes of Andy Warhol. Throughout the... More >>

Prospect Heights Art - Museums

Liz Gerring/Michelle Dorrance

Joyce Theater : 7:30 p.m. daily from March 31 until April 5

Who says female choreographers can't get work? These two garner rave reviews and pack houses; offering beauty and brains in contemporary and tap styles, they split the week. Go twice. Gerring's cool, elegant glacier takes its name from Michael Schumacher's score and its austere look from... More >>

Chelsea Dance

Cock Sparrer

Warsaw : 7:00 p.m. April 10

Back in 1976, the young punks in Cock Sparrer coulda been the next Sex Pistols, but they famously wouldn't cut their hair into a punk style for Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (another story has the reason as McLaren wouldn't buy them a second round of beers). Yet, as any punk worth her Docs... More >>

Greenpoint Music

Ex Hex

Le Poisson Rouge : 8:00 p.m. April 23

Greenwich Village Music
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