10 things to do this week in NYC, April 2-8 - Metro US

10 things to do this week in NYC, April 2-8

Speakeasy Moderne
Andrew Werner

April 1-26
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights

You don’t need to go all the way to Japan to find the lustrous pink blooms of cherry blossom trees. Head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as the trees put on a spectacular show this month, with guided tours on Wednesdays, and don’t miss the Sakura Matsuri festival of Japanese culture at the end of the month.

Set in the City
April 2, 7 p.m.
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St.

Our mundane urban adventures of dodging FastTrack projects, stopping at three grocery stores to get everything and waiting two hours just to get into a hot restaurants don’t make for particularly compelling drama. Yet there’s something that transcends daily life to make NYC an appealing setting for so many books, and authors Lindsey Palmer, Amy Sohn, Dylan Landis and Amanda Filipacchi will discuss why.

‘Rich Bitch’ Launch Party
April 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Rebecca Taylor, 34 Gansevoort St.

Sip Champagne and nosh on light bites during the book release party and Q&A with best-selling author and financial reporter Nicole Lapin. Her latest book, “Rich Bitch,” is aimed at getting millennial budgets in order — to that end, purchases over $350 made during the event are20 percent off.

Chocolate tastings
April 3, noon-1 p.m., 4-5 p.m.
All Barnes & Noble locations

We may still be rebellious colonists as far as some in Britain are concerned, but that’s not keeping the Queen’s chocolatier from crossing the pond forEaster and offering its treats for the enjoyment of our common tongues. Prestat will hold free tastings of their truffles and wafer thins at all Barnes & Noble bookstores around the city on Sunday, but even if you can’t make the tastings, the storesare offering 20 percent off all Prestat products from Friday through the weekend.

Speakeasy Moderne
April 3, 7 p.m.
The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St.
$15 advance, $20 door

A bit of singing, dancing, jazz, vaudeville and even burlesque come together in a cabaret celebrating the best of flapper-era Americana. Feel free to dress the part in 1920s garb when you show up for Speakeasy Moderne, where the talent comes straight from Tin Pan Alley and the booze flows freely (just don’t tell the feds). Chloe Lowery leads the show, backed up byprofessional Broadway dancers and the Matt Baker Trio.

Life at the Limits
Opens April 4
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
$27 adults, $22 seniors and students, $16 kids

Survival instinct unites every living thing on the planet, and this new exhibit explores the extreme lengths some species go to keep kicking. Creep yourself out (or astonish yourself, if you like superbugs) with living animals, demonstrations and interactive displays, and learn about fascinating real-world “superpowers” like a seal that can hold its breath for two hours, leeches that grow legs and beetles that shoot explosive chemicals in self-defense.

Macy’s Flower Show
Through April 4
Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.

This is the last weekend to see the works of nature among the clothes and hats that emulate them at Macy’s flagship location. Browse the store-turned garden among blooms arranged as dresses and living plant displays.

Baseball Opening Day
April 6
Yankees: 1:05 p.m.,Yankee Stadium, 1 E. 161st St., Bronx; tickets
Mets: 4:05 p.m.,Citi Field,123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens,free with RSVP

Be in the stands on Monday for the beginning of the Yankees’ post-Derek Jeter era. And while the Mets may be away — they’re playing the Washington Nationals in D.C. — fans can still cheer from their home turf. The game will be broadcast on the new Citi Vision Board, and the field will be open for family attractions and activities, with food and drinks for sale.

Comedy Week
April 6-19
Various venues
Two-for-one tickets

Laughter can be hard to come by in this city, so find a new place to mock the crazy things we do to keep living in it anyway at one (or more!) comedy shows. Tickets are two-for-one during Comedy Week and include stand-up shows, the interactive Japanese game show “Batsu!” and “Dorothy Goes toHollywood,” in which the“Wizard of Oz” heroine sets out to find the screenwriter to havea word about being the lead in her own story.

‘Being’ byWines of Corsica
April 8-11
Openhouse Mulberry Gallery 201 Mulberry St. $30, www.being.eventbrite.com The enviable beauty of the landscape and lifestyle in Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean, can’t be experienced anywhere else. But a new exhibit, “Being,” attempts to create an immersive replica that showcases a world of rich wines and the culture behind them. See portraits of the vineyards while mingling with regional winemakers and sipping the fruits of their labors.

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