‘Genuine Plastic Reliquaries’
Through April 25
Multiple locations and times
Immersive theater has been a hot trend since “Sleep No More” started its run at the McKittrick Hotel. One of the most successful follow-ups was Third Rail Projects’ “Then She Fell,” which admits just 15 viewers per show, but now that company is playing to a much wider audience with “Genuine Plastic Reliquaries,” a music-and-dance series about the boring objects (like, say, a chair) and everyday environments we overlook. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, three mini shows will take place in corporate lobbies owned by Brookfield, free for anyone who wants to re-examine their own plastic lives.
‘Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2’
Opens April 9
Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway
$85.50-$139.50 single, $150-$195 package
King Henry VIII and his wives have inspired many songs, plays, and novels – including the famous set by Hilary Mantel, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies.” Both books were adapted for the stage in London, then filmed for a PBS miniseries (which debuted this week). Now the two plays have also made a very timely premiere on Broadway as “Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2.” You can get tickets to the plays separately, but they’re meant to be seen together – and you save up to $70 when you buy both.
Bloomy Rind Cheese Pop-Up
April 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The French Cheese Board, 26 W. 39th St.
The French Cheese Board is an art gallery and “idea lab” about cheese. It’s basically a dream we all had in college come to life. Get a taste of what this innovative space has to offer Friday, when the store turns into a pop-up featuring a flower garden and a photography exhibit called “Filles a Fromage.” Not only is it free to come by and taste Camembert, Brie and triple crème cheeses, they come paired with French wines (naturally) and you can buy goodies to take home at half-price. C’est bon!
Gotham on a Plate
April 10-11, various times
The Auditorium, New School
66 W. 12th St., Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
We could (and do) talk about food all day in New York City, but these expert panelists including cookbook authors, food critics and James Beard Award-winning chefs might still teach you a thing or two. Over two days this weekend, they’ll discuss how public policy shapes the food on our plates, food writing and the restaurant business.
Bloody Mary Festival
April 12, 1-4 p.m.
Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn
Twelve specially concocted knockout Bloody Marys will vie for a special place in your brunch rotation this Saturday at Industry City. The Bloody Mary Festival (aka Bloody Mary Liberation Party) not only features a dozen takes on the classic boozy juice from neighborhood restaurants and bars for your tasting pleasure, there’s also lunch from Delaney BBQ plus other drinks and bites to consume while you listen to live music from the Afro-Latineers.
April 12, 8 p.m.
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave.
With “Songs in the Key of Life,” the legendary musician revisits some of his many No. 1 hits, including the ones that helped him win his 25 Grammys. Critics say not to miss this event, but if you can’t make it Sunday, the show will also be playing the Prudential Center on April 14.
Janis Joplin Tribute
April 13, 8 p.m.
B.B. King Blues Club, 237 W. 42nd St.
Mary Bridget Davies killed it on Broadway in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” earning her a Tony Award nomination in 2014. Now she’s revisiting the role of Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll for one night only at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, where she’ll be singing hits such as “Piece of My Heart” and “Summertime” – plus blues favorites and original tunes. B.B. King’s seating is general admission, so arrive early for the best spots, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Opens April 13
Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 “The 39 Steps” is just the most famous of four films that were ultimately made from the 1915 novel by the same name, about a man who tries to stop spies from infiltrating national secrets but winds up accused of their crimes. It took 60 more years until someone translated the story to the stage. The acclaimed four-actor play got a modern update in 2005 and earned six Tony Award nods in 2008, taking home two.
Badass Board Game Battle
April 14 & 28, 7-9 p.m.
Henri on Fifth, 279 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn
Put down the Candy Crush Saga, kids. It’s time to go back to basics with the ultimate board game showdown, with teams of two competing in flash challenges of games like Taboo, Charades and Pictionary. When all the blood, sweat and tears are shed, and at least four accusations of cheating are exchanged, two finalists will emerge to face off in a bitter round of sudden-death Jenga.
Poetry and the Creative Mind
April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway
If you’re moved to tears by the astounding prose you’re consuming during Poetry Month, at least you can blame April showers – that’s convenient. It’s also a convenient time for the Academy of American Poets’ 13th annual Poetry and the Creative Mind gala, with readings by Holly Hunter, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Steinem and Debra Winger. Hopefully Chip Kidd, master of ceremonies, will be passing out tissues.
Your Roaring Twenties costume will never get dusty in NYC. Next Wednesday, break it out for a masquerade at the history museum’s most glamorous gala event of the year. Tickets for just the afterparty with live music are $200, but if you’d like to sit for dinner beforehand it’s $500 — it’s a benefit, after all. The event includes cocktails, a silent auction and music by JUS SKE.