Talib Kweli’s Bowl Train
April 21, 11:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave.
Questlove is ceding his regular Thursday night DJ duty for a special one-night appearance by hip-hop master Talib Kweli, fresh from his trip to the White House. If you act early, you can get $7 tickets and grab a good spot when the doors open at 11.
A Drinking Game: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
April 21, 8 p.m.
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Brooklyn
Drinking at home and watching cult classics on Netflix is a respectable way to pass the weekend. But you can step up your game at Littlefield’s A Drinking Game, a monthly event where viewers gather to watch a troupe of actors read a movie script, prepared with a list of select buzzwords and phrases. The actors (and you) drink along, plus they drink extra when their characters’ names are said, and at a certain point it becomes clear that anything can happen.
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 W. 28th St.
The wines of Corsica and art have two nights to indulge in both at the Joseph Gross Gallery. While sipping over 50 varietals from the lush island under Italy and France, guests can peruse two exhibitions: Jean-Joseph Renucci’s photos of scenes starring miniature figurines, while Jerome Jouve offers a video installation about the island and its artisans. There will also be light bites, like cheese and oysters, as well as a live DJ.
Bacon and Beer Classic
April 22, 8-11 p.m.
April 23, 1-4 p.m., 7-10 p.m.
Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens
Over 50 of the city’s best chefs will woo you this weekend at Citi Field’s Bacon and Beer Classic. In addition to inventive bacon bites, there will also be 125 regional breweries to help you wash it down. Take a break from your noshing with activities like giant Jenga, a bungee run, a photo booth and temporary tattooing. VIP tickets give you an extra hour of feasting and fun.
The Shakespeare Sonnet Slam
April 22, 1 p.m.
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
Shakespeare’s known for his plays, but his sonnets have worked a charm for romantics for centuries. Hear all 154 performed by 154 readers at Shakespeare Sonnet Slam, now in its sixth year. The cast of Broadway’s “Something Rotten!” will also perform a number from the Shakespeare-centric musical.
Earth Day at the Musket Room
April 22, 6-10:30 p.m.
Musket Room, 265 Elizabeth St.
The most romantic thing you could possibly do for Earth Day is go to chef Matt Lambert’s candlelit dining event, now in its third year. The restaurant will turn off its power and serve raw dishes with optional wine pairings. Seatings take place every 15 minutes for a menu of dishes like scallops and venison tartar, plus Lambert’s signature Ora King Salmon.
NYC Hot Sauce Expo
April 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Greenpoint
Over 40 hot sauce makers from around the world — even Canada likes it spicy sometimes! — are bringing their wares to test your tastebuds’ might. As you’re waiting for your mouth to cool down enough for the next sample, there are eating contests going on both days, from Grimaldi’s pizzas to Torch Bearers’ guacamole, Heartbreaking Dawns spicy tacos and more. If you’re into competing, secure a spot by emailing email@example.com to sign up. If you want to see the pros try for a world record (or just try not to die) get a Sunday ticket and stick around for Smokin' Ed's Reaper Pepper Eating Challenge. Spring for VIP access to a lounge with cocktails, beer and barbecue.
The Big Cheesy
Open House Gallery, 168 Bowery
Grilled cheese is a deceptive treat. It can go from a five-minute meal to one of the most sophisticated sandwiches you’ll ever eat. The Big Cheesy invites restaurants to create their best rendition, as determined by attendees. This weekend, taste the five contenders (including reigning champs Sons of Essex and Hudson Commons) over a few cold Goose Islands. Partial proceeds go to Food Bank NY.
Taste of the Nation
April 25, 7-9 p.m.
225 Liberty, 225 Liberty St.
Be a part of the movement to make sure every child in America has enough to eat each day. The event lets you mingle with culinary celebs (Food Network is a sponsor) while tasting delicious bites by some of the city’s most popular restaurants and sipping wine and cocktails from top sommeliers and mixologists. This year also premieres a Rosé Garden and Passover-inspired fare. VIP tickets get you an inside an hour early for $400.
Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour NYC
April 26, 7-10 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway
One of the major wine-tasting events in a packed wine-tasting season, Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour NYC brings together over 240 wineries for an event featuring only the best — bottles the magazine has scored no fewer than 90 of 100 points. There will also be a buffet to help soak up all of your delish sips. And you can feel good about the bonus calories, because all proceeds go toward the Wine Spectator Scholarship Fund for students seeking a career in wine.
Le Grand Cercle
April 27, 6-9 p.m.
Pier A, 22 Battery Place
You won’t need to pack your French field guide to get a complete sense of the tastes of Bordeaux when Le Grand Cercle returns to NYC for its fourth year. With 22 regional wineries represented, attendees will actually be among the first to taste many of 2015’s “en primeur” barrels. There will also be music, finger food from local restaurants, and the chance to speak with some of the world’s finest winemakers. New this year, guests can buy their favorite wines directly from sellers at the event.