This weekend you can laugh your butt off, stuff your face full of duck, and expand your mind through movies. Sound great? It is. Read on for details on our picks for the best in eating, drinking, and fun around New York City. By Jessica Allen.
The Peoples Improv Theater
123 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
If you could use a little more laughter in your life, then get your tickets now for the sixth annual NYC Improv Festival. Scheduled performers include Baby Wants Candy and The Colin Collective, along with tons of other teams from around the U.S. competing to see who has the wittiest one-liners, the cruelest comebacks, and the baddest burns. Wednesday, March 22, through Sunday, March 26, $10, tickets required.
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The programmers and curators at BAMcinématek sure get around. Indeed, they comb museum exhibitions, micro-cinemas, festivals, biennials, and other cinematic slates the world over to find the movies they want to bring to Brooklyn for the annual Migrating Forms series. This year, the series’s eighth, you can catch a program of pieces by artist collective General Idea, a narrative by Cauleen Smith; and a documentary by Arthur Jafa. Friday, March 24, through Thursday, March 30, see schedule for details and ticket info.
Coney Island USA Spring Gala 2017
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
This year’s Coney Island USA Spring Gala celebrates 35 years of the Mermaid Parade, so expect even more wackiness, wildness, and weirdness than usual. The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit that hosts the parade, along with running the Coney Island Circus Slideshow and Coney Island Museum. There will be face-painting, dancing, a silent auction, mystery boxes, and performances by Reverend Billy, Lil’ Miss Lixx, and others. Saturday, March 25, 8 pm to 12 am, $100–1000, tickets required, must be 21+.
Macy’s Flower Show
Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Macy’s annual flower show transforms the store into floor after floor of colorful, bountiful blossoms. Check the calendar for info about special events during the two-week-long extravaganza, and prepare to be amazed just walking through. The theme for this year’s festival is “Carnival.” Sunday, March 26, through Sunday, April 9, see schedule for details, free.
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East Seventh Street
New York, NY 10003
Slow Food’s Urban Harvest seeks to educate kids in NYC about the benefits of slow food through field trips, student-run “farm stands,” cooking classes, and edible gardens. Support this amazing mission by buying a ticket to the DUCK-OFF: Tasting Event and Competitive Chef Cook-Off at Jimmy’s No. 43. For two delicious hours, you’ll be able to sample duck every which way, along with smoked duck andother duck charcuteries from Hudson Valley Duck Farm. All proceeds will be donated to Urban Harvest. Sunday, March 26, 1 to 3 pm, $20–25, tickets required.
Jessica Allen is a New York-based writer.