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Top 5: Spring Activities for Teens

Teens need distraction, too, especially when spring arrives.

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1. Keepin’ It Real
This poetry-and-performance shout-out is more workshop than slam. Three relatively gentle poet judges (no Simon Cowells here) offer feedback to each rapper, singer, or Dennis Miller wannabe.
April 24 from noon to 3 p.m.
Kitchen
512 W. 19th St.
212-255-5793, ext. 25 or thekitchen.org; $5

2. Fiesta Del Fuego
Teens can listen to live Afro-Cuban and Argentine chamber music in a lounge-style setting. Munchies from a Cuban buffet.
April 23 at 7 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Rose Building, 165 W. 65th St., tenth fl.
212-875-5793; $5

3. Tada! Staged Readings
Original and new one-acts about the adolescent condition are read by the theater group’s teen contingent, with lots of time allotted for a Q&A session with the playwrights, actors, and directors. Subject matter includes outcasts and murder.
April 24 and 26
Tada Theater, 15 W. 28th St., third fl.
212-252-1619 or tadatheater.com; free

4. Introducing the IMPROVables
These mostly downtown kids have spent the school year learning the art of improv. Taking a cue from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, they’re bringing it to the stage and letting the audience lead the way.
April 25 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Loco-Motion Dance Theatre for Children, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St.
212-979-6124; $7 grown-ups, $5 kids

5. Kids ’n’ Comedy
Even if your junior gagmeister doesn’t kill like Chris Rock, sign him up for an appearance at the Gotham Comedy Club for an amateur shot at stand-up, where the forgiving audience is made up mostly of family members.
April 25 at 3 p.m.
Gotham Comedy Club, , 34 W. 22n St.
212-877-6115; $15 plus a one-drink minimum. Light menu available.


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