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Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, April 20–23.


You can bid on this fine work on Thursday, benefiting the ACLU.   

1. Thursday is 4/20, and while this date means different things to different people—it’s Hitler's and Luther Vandross’s birthday, for example—at Miss Lily’s on Houston it means a new addition to the happy-hour menu: a “Munchies Platter” of jerk chicken wings, codfish fritters, litchi-glazed barbecue spareribs, coconut shrimp, and grilled jerk corn. $24 serves two, served Monday to Friday from 4:20 to 7 p.m.

2. If beer is more your thing, head to East Williamsburg for Beer Mansion, presented by Brooklyn Brewery. On Friday and Saturday, $65 gets you unlimited beer tastings in themed rooms grouped by beer type (“Tropics,” “the Darkness,” etc.), local food, live performances, and games.

3. And that’s not all, beer lovers. This Saturday is also the Big Apple Brew Fest, with over 150 styles of craft brews in the style of Oktoberfest. Tickets are also $65.

4. If you like your food and drink on a photographic print, swing by Food Against the Wall on Thursday night, a food-photography auction to benefit the ACLU.

5. And Thursday night at Le Poisson Rouge is also We Resist, a monthly jazz and social-justice series, featuring rapper and actor Daveed Diggs (of Hamilton and Blackish fame), pianist and vocalist Samora Pinderhughes, writer Rafael Casal, and more, with proceeds benefiting Freedom Arts.

6. Spend Friday with the Bard at the free Shakespeare Birthday Sonnet Slam at Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, with all 154 sonnets performed in order. Actor Maulik Pancholy kicks off the event.

7. Or catch a movie at the Tribeca Film Festival, which begins on Thursday. Here are seventeen of our picks to see.

8. Preserve musical traditions at Record Store Day on Saturday. Visit a participating retailer and be rewarded with exclusive releases from artists including Animal Collective, Pearl Jam, Patti Smith, the Cure, Sia, and the Chemical Brothers. Stop by Rough Trade for free performances from Sunflower Bean, Charly Bliss, Beverly, and Steve Earle, plus DJ sets from A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Battles's Ian Williams, Vagabon, the Drums' Jonny Pierce, !!!'s Mario Andreoni, and more.

9. This Saturday is also Earth Day, and one way to celebrate is at the March for Science down Central Park West. If you do, stop for coffee and doughnuts on the American Museum of Natural History steps beforehand. (Registration is encouraged.) The museum will also have programs geared toward conservation throughout the day.

10. While down at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the new 1 Hotel has partnered with wellness brand mindbodygreen for a day of free activities including astrology readings, meditation, yoga, and more out in the lush green open. Become one with the Earth.

11. On Saturday night, synth duo Chairlift performs one of their last shows at Brooklyn Steel, and Aimee Mann plays from her new album Mental Illness at Town Hall, with Jonathan Coulton.

12. And over at Lincoln Center, you'll learn How to Transcend a Happy Marriage in the new play by Sarah Ruhl, starring the talented Marisa Tomei.

13. It's spring, which means renewal. This Friday through Sunday, Food52 is turning its headquarters into a pop-up market to help you rejuvenate your kitchen, with beautiful gadgets and cookware and mini events including a Naturopathica Vitality Bar, workshops led by editors, and an ice-cream contest.

14. Or go outdoors with a tour of Central Park led by the Central Park Conservancy, an outdoor screening of The Secret Life of Pets in Staten Island, or quiet Sunday-morning birding at Green-Wood Cemetery. Happy spring, and happy weekend!

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