It’s Good Friday/Great Weekend! But it’s good every day, isn’t it? (Don’t hate on our happiness.) Especially this weekend; aside from Record Store Day happening Saturday, it’s Easter weekend, which means you’re highly encouraged to go out parading in your weirdest outfits — topped with the most glorious hat — you can imagine for Sunday’s Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. You might want to pace yourself for the weekend, so for today, maybe just check out some “Nude Dudes” and call it a night.
Friday, April 18
[TV] How are you planning to honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Spend it by watching your favorite family sitcoms of yesteryear. Back in the day we had a little thing called TGIF, which was the most incredible night of televised shows. Tonight, Videology hosts TV Happy Hour: Thank God It’s Friday featuring screenings of as many family sitcoms as you can bear. How many hours of the laugh track can you handle? At 5 p.m., Videology, Brooklyn, free.
[Art] Artist René Smith’s new series, “Nude Dudes,” opens tonight and features, well, portraits of nude dudes, but it’s not what you think. This exhibition is a “sincere ode to longing and the beauty of men’s bodies,” and describes the paintings as feminist. Cheers to that! At 6 p.m., Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, free.
[Poetry] Titillating Tongues: NYC Erotica in Poetry & Prose features a 20-slot open mic (six minutes each) open to all types of artists, where you can bring your own heat to the party. Hosted by fiery redhead poet Aimee Herman. Come on, give it a shot! At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, free.
[Film] We know you’re dying to at attend at least one Tribeca Film Festival event, but some of these screenings sell out so fast. However, tonight, that won’t be the case. TFF shows Splash for free as part of the Tribeca Drive-In series (no car needed). Also enjoy Tails of Glory, the award-winning dancers from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, and their homage to cinema. Food trucks are parked nearby, for those who want to feast. At 8 p.m., Brookfield Place Plaza, free.
Saturday, April 19
[Art] Late in 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London exhibited “Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s,” a show that featured more than 85 outfits displaying the explosion of British fashions during that era. One such piece, an inflatable Michiko Koshino coat with a movable tail, caught the eye of artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: It was so similar to a piece she owned, she believed it was hers. Her first exhibition at 303 Gallery, “euqinimod & costumes,” is based on the idea of ownership, which doesn’t lead to a conversation so much about fashion as identity and history. The exhibition will display and examine her personal clothing and textiles dating from the mid-’60s, for an “exploration into the biographical self.” At 10 a.m., 303 Gallery, free.
[Record Store Day] Wrecords By Monkey is hosting their official opening party for their new storefront The Crate in East Williamsburg. For this occasion organizers will be displaying their 2014 collection as well as live silkscreening on reclaimed vinyl. There will be an exclusive after party from 7 to 9pm featuring DJ Codes. Limited tickets for the after party are available for free and can be picked up at the store starting at noon that day. At noon, The Crate, East Williamsburg, free.
[Film] In celebration of the exhibition “Ai Weiwei: According to What?,” the Brooklyn Museum holds special screenings of films about the artist throughout the afternoon. Screenings today include Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour (Matthew Springford, 2010), Art in the Twenty-First Century‘s “Change” (Art21, 2012), and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012). At noon, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, $8-$12.
[Record Store Day] It’s another Kickstarter fairy tale gone great. Just a few years ago, vinyl enthusiast Eilon Paz was adrift on a sea of Williamsburg couches, checking out the many record collections Brooklyn had to offer. With a bit of funding, he turned his hobby into a full-time gig, and after trips to Cuba, Ghana, Argentina, and many varied locales in between, Dust & Grooves is now complete. The massive photography book is essentially a collection of collectors, profiling 130 record aficionados from around the world and their impressive stacks. Tonight, on Record Store Day no less, 20 of the DJs featured spin their vinyl favorites at a launch party and gallery exhibition, including locals such as Jonathan Toubin and Jeff “Chairman” Mao. A book signing and raffles for limited edition vinyl sets follow. Arrive early for a special edition of Classic Album Sundays — a weekly series of listening sessions — featuring the Quincy Jones album Walking in Space. — Heather Baysa. At 6 p.m., PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, free.
Sunday, April 20
[Parade] You do not need to be affiliated with any particular religion to enjoy and experience New York’s Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. We’ve seen more unbelievable costumes/people/pets at this annual affair than on Halloween, and the more bizarre you make your Easter attire, the more you will be gawked at — and applauded. This parade is a New York City tradition that dates back to the 1870s, so come be a party of history. At 10 a.m., Fifth Avenue, from 49th to 57th streets, free.
[Lit] KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction tonight focuses on comic and graphic novelists. Hosted by Robyn Chapman, KGB Bar welcomes Sam Henderson, Gretta Johnson, Caroline Paquita, Jesse Reklaw, Karl Stevens, and Lauren Weinstein. At 7, KGB Bar, free.