Here’s what to do in New York City this weekend
Opening Night of ‘A Night with Janis Joplin’
Thursday, 7 p.m.
127 E. 23rd St.
Mary Bridget Davies is back after a killer performance as Janis Joplin on Broadway, reprising her role for the Gramercy Theater. Featuring Joplin hits like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart,” this show will have you dancing in the aisles like it’s 1968. While Joplin has been long gone to the “27 club” since 1970, this show is surely keeping her spirit alive. Groovy!
Reel Pieces: Kristen Wiig and Hateship Loveship
Thursday, 7:15 p.m.
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
Catch a preview screening of Kristen Wiig’s latest film, “Hateship Loveship.” Following the movie, the ex-”SNL” cast member will sit with the film’s director Liza Johnson for a discussion about the film and her career. If we’re lucky maybe she’ll be in character as Kat of the Garth and Kat duo we miss so much from Weekend Update – they’ve got to have a song about this.
Mo’ Betta Wu: Jazz from the 36 Chambers, starring Amanda Seales and arranged & composed by Kris Bowers
Thursday, 7 p.m.
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Amanda Seales and Kris Bowers put together this theatrical jazzy interpretation of classic Wu-Tang jams. While Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing ta F’ Wit, we do think this interpretation might be something to F’ wit. Here’s hoping for an Ol’ Dirty Bastard hologram cameo.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
April 13, 6 p.m.
431 W. 16th St.
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is transforming the Highline Ballroom into a NYC salsa party. The Grammy award-winning 13-piece Latin jazz combo will perform originals alongside classic salsa songs to keep the party going.
Your Ex-Girlfriends at Psychedelix Americana
Psychedelix Americana, the two-night roots, country and Americana festival, welcomes NYC’s very own Your Ex-Girlfriends for a honky tonkin’ good time. The band’s covers of artists like Big Mama Thornton and Dolly Parton should pair well with headliners New Riders of the Purple Sage — a band originally founded by the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. Strap on your cowboy boots and get ready for a hoedown.
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Thursday, 7 p.m.
52 Walker St.
$5 cover, 212-965-1701
Los Angeles’ famous underground art show takes the red-eye to NYC for a night of booze, free all-you-can-eat pancakes, live body painting, live music, visual performances and a live art battle — which we think should play out like a rap battle but with no rhyming. Over 100 emerging artists will be exhibiting.
Downtown Literary Festival Opening Happy Hour
Friday, 6 p.m.
Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby St.
To kick off the Downtown Literary Festival, Housing Work’s Bookstore Café opens its doors and a whole lot of booze – the first 100 drinks are on the house compliments of publisher Henry Holt & Co. Featuring DJs Ryan Chapman and Jason Diamond, celebrate the festivals second year with cheap beer, great tunes and more.
Think Act Change: Urban Farming
Friday, 7 p.m.
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
123 Fourth Ave.
Catch a screening of the documentary “Growing Cities” and learn all about growing your own food in an urban environment. Stick around after the film for a chat with Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm manager Bradley Fleming and landscape architect Liz Pulver.
iAdventure’s 3rd Annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
April 13, 1 p.m.
118 E. 15 St.
Get eggs-cited ‘cause this Sunday iAdventure takes a childhood tradition and appropriates it for adults — like Strip Go Fish but without all of the nudity… that’s a thing right? This Easter egg hunt will take you and your team all over NYC using clues to find hidden eggs each worth a different number of points. The team with the most points at the end wins the grand prize, and we assume a bunch of eggs too. Your ticket earns you free drinks, the hunt, a professional team photo and entry into an after-party at a secret location.
FOOD + DRINK
Saturday, 2 p.m.
100 Frost St., Williamsburg
Make like you’re on “Chopped” — your team has been tasked with preparing a meal with a box of mystery ingredients. How fast can you think on your feet? Added bonus: a Brooklyn Brewery beer pairing!
Pride of Brooklyn Homebrew Festival
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
622 Degraw St., Gowanus
Celebrate the fine art of home brewing when 25 competitors go cask-to-cask in this battle of the suds to see who can brew the finest beer. Professional judges will pick the top three, while the crowd will pick the coveted “People’s Choice.” A portion of the proceeds will go to BARC animal shelter in Williamsburg, so drink ‘til you’re drunk and then some.
Second Annual National Grilled Cheese Day
Brooklyn Slate Company
305 Van Brunt St., Red Hook
Sorry, Santa, but Christmas is so passé. Head out to Red Hook to celebrate the coolest holiday in the world, “National Grilled Cheese Day.” Hang out and enjoy free grilled cheese sandwiches made with Shelburne Farms cheddar, Rick’s Picks pickles and Caputo Bakery bread. Also indulge in shots of tomato soup from The Splendid Spoon while listening to jazzy tunes from The Milkman & Sons.
New York International Auto Show
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets
The New York International Auto Show is back and bigger than ever, with more sneak peeks and more ’14 and ’15 production models – approximately 1,000 vehicles!