Best of Easter, Rihanna in Brooklyn, Madonna Worship and more things to do in NYC - Metro US

Best of Easter, Rihanna in Brooklyn, Madonna Worship and more things to do in NYC


The Bullshit Olympics
March 24, 7 p.m.
Videology Bar and Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Remember when all your friends were posting angsty lyrics on MySpace? How about hanging around the quad while liberal arts majors discussed Ayn Rand? These impressionable times were important prep for the Bullshit Olympics, a sport invented by teenagers but perfected by Brooklynites. On Thursday, Williamsburg’s Videology hosts this ego-boosting roast of pretentious artists and maligned intellectuals, hosted by NYU-official bullshitters Alice Roth and Ken Greller.


Our Common Home
March 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cooper Union, 7 E. Seventh St.

The dire news about NYC potentially being underwater within decades earlier this week was another wake-up call about climate change. Even the pope made history last year with his galvanizing call to action. Cooper Union is inviting the public to join artists, educators and scientists to discuss what we can do locally to address the crisis. “Our Common Home” will showcase diverse voices to reflect on the pope’s message and discuss how we all can participate in protecting our planet.


Nerd Nite NYC Turns 10
March 25, 7 p.m.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.

It’s been 10 years since Matt Wasowski started bringing together nerds, geeks, dorks and anyone else who’s passionate about something not traditionally considered cool, to celebrate everything from science and pop culture to tech and gaming. Since this is a special night, the five talks will be a greatest hits series on topics including the history of Tetris (and how to win at it) and how to hack society’s expectations to appear more attractive.


NYC Craft Beer Festival
March 25-26
Lexington Armory, 68 Lexington Ave.

One of the most highly anticipated suds celebrations of the year, this fest combines your go-to brews with little-known brands for a total of 150 tastings of beer, cider and mead from 75 breweries. There are three 2.5-hour sessions to choose from, or get an extra hour with a VIP ticket.


Petting Zoo
March 26 & 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St.

Let’s not pretend we’ve outgrown petting zoos — especially when there’s a kangaroo involved. The hotel reprises its (free!) baby animal lovefest all weekend, with Easter-themed treats like flavored egg creams. There’s also egg hunts for the kids at 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, and your last chance at a spin around the rink lasts from 6 p.m. to midnight before it closes for the season.

The Great Egg Hunt
March 26, 2-5 p.m.
4th Down, 750 Grand St.

If it’s run by an organization called Happy Hour Monster, how can it not be amazing? The Great Egg Hunt is a combination of Easter game and pub crawl. While you’re visiting participating bars along Grand Street in Williamsburg (like 4th Down, Burnside and Tuffet), you’ll also be keeping an eye out for decorative eggs that may reveal prizes like spa passes, movie tickets or distillery tours. It’s free to participate by RSVPing through the Happy Hour Monster app or $5 at the door.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
March 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fifth Ave. between 49th and 57th sts.

Who doesn’t love a giant silly hat? If you aren’t going to make it to the Kentucky Derby this year, you can get your fill of ogling crazy chapeaus at the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. With origins tracing back to the 1870s, this event lets you celebrate spring (and get a little bit weird) while walking along Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Whether you’re planning to join the march of the Mad Hatters or stay on the sidelines, zany headwear is highly encouraged.


Madonna Worship Night
March 26, 10 p.m.
Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St.

If you’re still sad about missing out on Madge’s Rebel Heart Tour, or find yourself frequently rewatching the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show, you need to cancel your Saturday plans. This dance party includes impersonators, drag queens and music from DJs Chauncey D and Lorant Duzgun. Obviously, a little dress-up and a lot of singing would not go amiss.


March 27 & 30, 7:30 p.m.
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave.

Rihanna is heading to Brooklyn next week on her “ANTI” world tour, promoting her eighth album and the first since her hiatus in 2013. The setlist will include her new material as well as best-selling singles like “Umbrella” and “Diamonds,” plus collaborations like “Love the Way You Lie” — and a not-to-be-missed remix of “We Found Love.” Opening is rapper Travis Scott.


Drama League’s “Up Close” Series
March 28, April 4, April 17
Drama League Theater Center, 32 Avenue of the Americas

Get to know four Broadway stars better beginning next week. On March 28, Hank Azaria will speak candidly about his career, ranging from “The Simpsons” to his new role in “Dry Powder” at the Public Theater. On April 4, Jane Krakowski (“She Loves Me”) will be taking the stage. And “Hamilton” fans can hear firsthand what it’s like to play history’s latest greatest villain as Leslie Odom Jr. joins Cynthia Erizo (“The Color Purple”) on April 17.


Affordable Art Fair
March 30-April 3
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.

If you’ve ever been intimidated by the thought of strolling into a SoHo showroom and picking out a bit of color for the living room, fear not. The Affordable Art Fair is the one time of year when most budgets can find something unique to add to their decor. There are also discussions, private tours and a 21+ opening night. Over 70 galleries will be participating, with prices starting at $100.

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