CARIBBEAN REGGAE/HIP-HOP—Horse Trade presents a free “Caribbean Night” on Tues., Apr. 27 at 10:30 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, (85 E. 4th St.). Performers are Vincentian American reggae/hip hop artist Hymm Legendary with special guests Jamaican American reggae/hip hop/R&B artist Versatile Excell, hip hop/reggae artist BRNGTYN and Vincentian reggae artist Isaac Faith. For more information, visit horsetrade.info.
JAZZ—Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., presents the following concerts, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night:
Apr. 27-28, Jimmy Greene Quartet, $30.
Apr. 29-30, Jimmy Greene’s Love in Action, $30.
May 1, Mingus Big Band, $25.
May 2, Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series with Donny McCaslin, $35.
May 3, Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series with Gilad Hekselman, $30.
May 4, Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series with Jo Lawry, $35.
May 5, Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series with Steve Wilson, $35.
May 6, Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series with Stefon Harris, $35.
May 7, Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series with Chris Potter, $35.
May 8, Mingus Big Band, $25.
May 9-13, The Bad Plus, $35.
For more information, visit http://www.jazzstandard.com.
ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit irvingplaza.com or call (212) 777-6800.
Apr. 28 at 8 p.m., Life of Agony, $25.
Apr. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, sold out.
May 2 and 4, Jo Jo, sold out.
May 5 at 9 p.m., Jackie 60 presents Night of a Thousand Stevies, $30.
May 6 at 7 p.m., Old 97, $20.
May 10 at 7 p.m., The Record Company, $20.
May 11 at 6 p.m., State Champs, $22.
ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit thegramercytheatre.com or call (212) 614-6932.
Apr. 27 at 7 p.m., R5, $39-40.
May 5 at 7 p.m., Tribute Wars ’95: Tool vs. Rage vs. Pantera vs. NIN, $20.
May 6-7 at 7 p.m., Russell Howard, $30.
May 8 at 6 p.m., Nothing More, $20-$40.
May 10 at 7 p.m., Yngwie Malmsteen, $35-$148.
May 12 at 7 p.m., The Highway Finds, $15.
FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $18; $10 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit www.peoplesvoicecafe.org.
Apr. 29, Bing Futch, traditional and modern Americana singer and musician.
May 6, Thelma Thomas (artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a troupe of elder storytellers), The Bread Is Rising poetry collective.
May 13, Skinner & T’witch, acoustic duo, folk singer/songwriter Vincent Cross.
CLASSICAL—The Hudson Valley Singers with the Metamorphoses Orchestra present “Handel’s Queens: Odes and Anthems” on Sat., May 6 at 7 p.m. at German Lutheran Church, 315 W. 22nd St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves. Performers are Lisa Brooke Guberman, soprano; Alexandra Lushtak, mezzo-soprano; and Robert Garner, baritone. Conductor is Eugene Sirotkine. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $25 seniors/students. To order, call (914) 674-2865 or visit hudsonvalleysingers.org.
CABARET—“Chavela: Think Of Me,” a documentary theater project and musical cabaret based on the songs of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, will be performed on Mon., May 15 at 7 p.m. Pangea Supper Club, 178 Second Ave between E. 11th and 12th Sts. Written and performed by Stephanie Trudeau, it traces the famed ranchera singer’s artistic evolution and the key relationships of her life, including those with her musical mentor, Jose Alfredo Jimenez (the world’s greatest composer of ranchera songs), the painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the great Cuban courtesan Macorina, and the producers, notably Pedro Almodovar, who enabled her comeback at age 74 after a 15-year battle with alcoholism. Trudeau will be accompanied by her arranger David Lahm on piano and by Ben Lapidus on guitar and percussion. $20 online plus $1.69 service fee at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (212) 995-0900 or $25 at the door. There is also a $20 food/drink minimum.
SOLO SHOW—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present a one night only performance of Vanessa Valerio’s solo show “Where in the World is Vanessa Valerio?” on Sat., Apr. 29 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery. Vanessa Valerio left the Dominican Republic running away from an old love and searching for a new one. During her journey she learns that life is not as easy as in the movies and that not everything that a fortuneteller tells you is true… but did she find what she was looking for? Tickets ($20 at the door; $17 in advance) may be purchased online at www.horsetrade.info.
DANCE MUSICAL—Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl., presents the world premiere of a new Off-Broadway musical, “For What It’s Worth!” a dance and jazz-meets-classical musical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, running Apr. 30-May 2. The show is composed by award-winning musical director, Seth Weaver, and conceived by jazz artist, Chris Bayon. All the musicians in the show are based in NYC. Inspired by “STOMP,” the story pits jazz versus classical musicians in a musical battleground. When the jazz trumpet player (Bayon) falls for the classical Violinist (Xiaoqing Zhang), will love be “instrumental” in bridging the two genres? Performances are Sun., Apr. 30 at 2 p.m., Mon., May 1 at 7 p.m. and Tues., May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 plus fees online at ovationtix.com. For more information, visit forwhatitsworthnyc.com.
COMEDIC DRAMA—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (between 9th and 10th Sts.) presents the one-act comedic drama “Roof-Top Joy,” directed by Ward Nixon, running through Apr. 30. The action centers on the couple Wittiswood and Jah-niece. As they take up residence in a new luxury high rise condo in downtown Brooklyn, we see if the past can collide with the present to jeopardize the future. Might such a collision result in a joyful noise, or could all hell break loose and destroy their little slice of heaven in this drama that challenges our concepts of social norms, privilege and stereotypes balanced against homelessness and the American Dream. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 7 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets, $18, are available at http://www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.
DRAMA—Theater for the New City’s Johnson Theatre, 155 First Ave. (between 9th and 10th Sts.), presents “Wink,” running through May 7. Wink, a homeless and traumatized gender questioning teenager, and Dario Villanova, an ex A list actor doing B movies, are down on their luck in Los Angeles. Their kindred spirits bond over music and a death in Dario’s extended family to forge a heartfelt and unconventional love story of surrogate father and child. Directed by Ron Beverly and written by Neil Koenigsberg. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18. To purchase, visit smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit theaterforthenewcity.net.
DRAMA—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street) “The Faculty Room,” written and directed by William Electric Black, running through Apr. 30. In this play, the faculty members of James Baldwin High School have found themselves in a mandatory lockdown because two star players on the girls’ basketball team have quarreled over a lover. Their argument has escalated to armed conflict because of the prevalence of guns in the school. Huddled together in the faculty room are the three women and a man. The middle-aged female security guard aims to manage the crisis with authority. The girls’ phys ed teacher/basketball coach confiscated a pistol from one of her star hoopsters just the day before. The perky, idealistic teaching artist and a history teacher in his sunset years are there, too. The lives of two black girls are at stake. Will James Baldwin High School be on the news tonight? Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. $15 general admission, $12 seniors/students. Box office (212) 254-1109, http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net. For more information, visit http://www.gunplays.org.
MUSICAL—Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St, presents the world premiere of the musical “The Band’s Visit,” featuring Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”). An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. This play in adapted from a screenplay that received 36 major international awards. Director is David Cromer, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. Tickets start at $75. For tickets or more information, visit atlantictheater.org.
COMEDY—Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, 50 W. 13th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., presents the return of “The Accidental Pervert,” a comedy that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy’s journey into manhood after discovering his dad’s X-rated video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. He subsequently develops an addiction to pornography that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49 and available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visit http://www.theaccidentalpervert.com.
INDIAN DANCE FESTIVAL—From the Horse’s Mouth presents “A Celebration of Indian Dance” from Apr. 27-30 at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. between First and Second Aves.
Special edition of the innovative show that presents over 20 heart-warming stories from dancers – performers, teachers, choreographers, and producers who go on to perform improvisations based on their distinctive dance-theater forms. This show focuses on a range of dance forms from India (Bharatanatyam to Bollywood). Performances are Thurs., Apr. 27-Sat., Apr. 29 at 8 p.m. each night at Sun., Apr. 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets, $35 general admission, $25 seniors, $20 students, are available at 14streety.org.
STORYTELLING/CONCERT—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Adam Wade Show,” on Tues., May 2 at 7 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). The Adam Wade Show is a collection of humor-filled event with stories, music and video shorts. Cover is $10. A different featured guest starts off the show each month. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Wed., May 3 at 9:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features comedy, music, burlesque, vaudeville and more hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas. Created and produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting http://www.horsetrade.info.
MAGIC & MIND READING—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Sentimentalists” on Thurs., May 4 and Fri., May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St.) World-renowned mentalist Mysterion teams with Steffi Kay, creating a two-person mind-reading experience. Steffi brings back classic style mentalism. With her vintage look you will feel transported to the golden age of magic. Mysterion has appeared on stages around the globe over the past 15 years. Together they showcase their special way of communicating. For tickets in advance, $25, call (212) 868-4444 or visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents “Open Mic Mondays” every Monday at 8 p.m. except holidays. Hosted by Olivia Custodio, this weekly event is a boisterous free-for-all of poetry, hip hop, monologues, acoustic singer-songwriter performances and anything else that a person can do in five minutes on a stage; packed with young artists and their fans, this show is guaranteed to be more fun than whatever you normally do on a Monday night; no cover, one-drink minimum. For more information, call (212) 505-8183 or visit http://www.nuyorican.org. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Wednesday Night Slam Open. Jive Poetic hosts this energetic event, the cafe’s proving ground for emerging poets and experienced artists who want to try out new work. Anyone can sign up for a performance slot, but only one winner per week will advance to the Friday Night Poetry Slam; $7 event takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. To order tickets, visit http://www.nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
OPEN MIC—“The Open Mic Downstairs” runs every Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). Dan Ricker, Kaitlyn O’Connor and Mike Milazzo have taken the reins with spoken word artists, musicians, comedians and other creative folks invited to put their two cents in. Cover is $3. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Friday Night Poetry Slam each week at 10 p.m. Host Mahogany Browne curates the most popular and longest-running slam poetry series in New York City. Nationally renowned poets and rising stars compete for a slot on the cafe’s Slam Team. $10 regular admission, $20 for a limited number of reserved seats. A free open mic follows each Friday Night Poetry Slam. To order tickets, visit http://www.nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time on most Saturdays with coloring and activities afterwards. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.
Sat., Apr. 29 at 11 a.m., the story will be The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin.
Sat., May 6 at 11 a.m., the story will be Dragons Love Tacos 2, the sequel by Adam Rubin.
BOOK READINGS—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents story time, including crafts, on most Saturdays and Sundays. All children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of their visit.
For more information, visit strandbooks.com or call (212) 473-1452.
Apr. 29-30 from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m., Curious George stories will be read.
May 6-7 from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m., Eeyore stories will be read.
May 13-14 from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m., The Gruffalo stories will be read.
MUSICAL—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade presents “Ferdinand” at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery) on Sat., Apr. 29 at noon. Inspired by the classic children’s tale about the biggest and strongest bull who wouldn’t fight but just wanted to smell the flowers, “Ferdinand” is the heartwarming story of Tom, a single dad who just wants to raise his son with love and empathy in a world determined to make him fight. Tickets ($15) may be purchased in advance at http://www.horsetrade.info.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit http://www.troop414nyc.org.
GABBY SIDIBE—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents actor Gabby Sidibe on Mon., May 1 at 7 p.m. in promotion of her new book, This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. Wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of book from this B&N location beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. Sidibe will sign copies of her new book following a discussion with Tracy Clayton (co-host of Buzzfeed’s Another Round podcast). Additional details TBD. For more information, call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.
MAYIM BIALIK—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Mayim Bialik on May 11 at 7 p.m. in promotion of her new book Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular. In this book, Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Bialik shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically. For more information, call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.
FINANCIAL GUIDANCE—The following free informational events, presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY, will take place at the Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St.
Apr. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. is “Financial Planning Day.” There will be 12 classes on a variety of topics including: Medicare, investing, wills, housing and your financial statements. Meet with the counselors from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Hear from the experts at noon. Browse the financial fair all day. Explore the library’s resources during six sessions.
Tues., May 2 at 3 p.m., “Financial Planning Before & During a Divorce.” Lauren Prince, CFP, discusses marital property, spousal maintenance and child support, insurance, Social Security, and other financial issues to help you avoid mistakes and get a fair and equitable divorce.
Tues. May 2 at 6 p.m., “Gen X & Millennials: Are you Ready to Retire?” Levar Haffoney explains some simple steps that you should take now to make sure you’ll have what you’ll need for a financially secure retirement.
Sat., May 13 at noon. “Couples & Finance: Time for the Money Talk!” Kim Bourne, CPA CFP, shares techniques to help you and your partner build a financially secure future together.
Tues., May 16 at 6 p.m. “What the Financial Industry Does: Concepts & Key Issues.” Andres Cevallos explains the importance of capital formation, as well as the roles of broker/dealers, investment bankers, portfolio managers, and other investment professionals.
Thurs., May 18 at 3 p.m. “All You Need to Know About RMDs.” David Mendels CFP, explains how Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are calculated and what strategies exist for reducing their impact on your annual tax bill.
Mon., May 22, “Federal Resource Fair” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get timely information about federal programs and resources for New Yorkers from every walk of life. You’ll hear directly from regional executives representing the federal community in New York.
Tues., May 30 at 6 p.m. “Retirement and Long Term Care Fundamentals.” Sheila Jacobs, CFP, discusses timeless strategies for financial success from vision through implementation and beyond.
For more information visit nypl.org/sibl.
STUDENT SHOW—Gregg and Marquis Galleries at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “The Will Barnet Annual Student Show,” running through Apr. 27. The show honors Will Barnet’s contributions to the NAC and his lifelong dedication to arts education. This dynamic exhibition showcases the work of undergraduate students from nine prestigious New York area schools. Building on the success of the previous exhibitions, the Student Show prizes are highly recognized in the art world. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
SVA—School of Visual Arts presents the following exhibitions:
“Juried Exhibition” an exhibition of works by students selected by a jury of their peers at SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 E. 26th St., 15th floor, from Apr. 29-May 20. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
“BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Thesis Exhibition,” an exhibition of work by its students, running through May 6 at SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 W. 21st St. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Reception: Thurs., May 4, 6-8 p.m.
“BFA Photography and Video Senior Show,” work by graduating students, through May 12 at 214 E. 21st St., 2nd, 5th and 6th floors. Reception: Tues., May 9, 6-8 p.m.
PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents the group exhibition “Stroke of Genius,” running through Apr. 29, featuring new works by three artists: James Austin Murray, Michael Boroniec, Rodger Stevens. Murray is an abstract painter whose absolute-black lines capture and interpret the light and surrounding colors reflecting off its surface. Ceramist/sculptor Michael Boroniec creates deconstructed vases. Stevens sculpts works in brass. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit www.lyonswiergallery.com.
MARINE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY—Trask Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Keith Ellenbogen: Underwater Wildlife New York,” running through Apr. 29. Underwater Wildlife New York is a visual journey into salty waters, from Montauk Point, NY to Cape May, NJ, to discover and explore an extraordinary world that is teeming with life. This exhibition presents large-format images of local marine wildlife aimed at using photography to inspire ocean awareness and stewardship. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
MIDCENTURY NYC PHOTOGRAPHY—The Grand Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “On & In New York,” running through Apr. 29. Magnum Photos launches its 70th-anniversary program in New York City in tandem with this year’s AIPAD fair with an exhibition of photographs taken during the early years of the agency in the city in 1947-60. The show combines classic images taken in the 1950s by Magnum members such as Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Erich Hartmann and Dennis Stock along with archival pictures from the agency’s New York office. This exhibition portrays the workings of the organization and its community of enterprising members in dialogue with the city. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
FASHION (BLACK DESIGNERS)—Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at W. 27th St., presents “Black Fashion Designers,” an exhibit examining the impact made by designers of African descent on the world of fashion, running through May 17. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately 75 fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than 60 designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the jovial, yet controversial, work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s. Contemporary pieces include Lagos-based designer Maki Oh’s spring 2013 dress, which reconceptualizes Nigerian traditions, and pieces from the latest runways of established designers, such as Tracy Reese, and emerging talents, such as Charles Harbison. The exhibition addresses the influence of black fashion models as well, by highlighting milestone events, such as “The Ebony Fashion Fair.” For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu.
WORKS ON PAPER AND COLLAGED MATS AND PILLOWS—Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 W. 20th St., presents “Mats and Pillows” and “Vessels,” Pinaree Sanpitak’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, taking place through May 20. The exhibition has two distinct but interrelated parts. “The Vessels” comprises the first overview of more than 20 years of the artist’s works on paper, culminating in a new series of drawings, “In the Jars.” Exhibited for the first time, the installation “The Mats and The Pillows” was conceived in conjunction with “The Roof,” a large-scale, hanging fabric installation, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, that will be on view concurrently at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden. Sanpitak’s primary inspiration has been the female body, distilled to its most basic forms and imbued with an ethereal spirituality. “Mats and Pillows” is an installation in which visitors are invited to sit on a collaged array of traditional reed mats and pillows, incorporating their own bodies into the artwork, grounded and at rest. For more information, call (212) 229-9100 or visit http://www.trfineart.com.
PLAY READING GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.
ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL—The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest Indian film festival in the United States, screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of and about the countries in the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan) and officially begins on Sun., Apr. 30 with a screening of “Lipstick Under My Burkha.” Screenings, special events, retrospectives, sidebars, industry panels and workshops take place May 1-6 at Village East Cinemas on Second Ave at E. 12th St. Tickets are $20 for general admission for each screening/event ($18 IAAC members) and are available online at iaac.us/nyiff2017/tickets.htm. The festival will close its programming on Sun., May 7, with the North American premiere of Milind Dhaimade’s “You Are My Sunday,” a comedy about five close friends who struggle to find a place to play soccer in Mumbai every Sunday. The closing night screening will take place at Mason Hall on the Baruch College campus (17 Lexington Avenue at E. 23rd St.). The gala will be preceded by a red carpet reception and followed by the NYIFF 2017 Award Ceremony and closing night party.
FILM SCREENING—On Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m., Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St. presents the world premiere of “Proximity,” a surf film by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele. Produced in conjunction with Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and Garage Productions, Proximity showcases surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world. The movie features: Kelly Slater and John John Florence in the South Pacific, Rob Machado and Craig Anderson in Chile, Shane Dorian and Albee Layer in Scotland, and Dave Rastovich and Stephanie Gilmore in Mexico. The film is presented by Lifeproof, in association with GoPro and Avex. Before the movie, there will be a photo exhibit featuring finalists from the Clif Cold Shot Challenge, plus an immersive VR exhibit where you can explore the Proximity world directly. There will also be athlete appearances, prize giveaways, a Q&A with Taylor Steele and more. Ages 16+ unless accompanied by a guardian. Tickets are $15 plus fees at thegramercytheatre.com.
SVA FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL—School of Visual Arts’ SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves., presents the Dusty Film & Animation Festival, running May 5-8). The event features film and animation screenings by the BFA Film and BFA Animation programs’ graduating students, followed by an award ceremony with special presenters and guests. Award-winning producer Annie Flocco is the producer and director of the festival. The film screenings will take place from Fri., May 5-Sun., May 7. The animation screenings will take place on Sun., May 7. Screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/28th-dusty-film-animation-festival. The award ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Mon., May 8. To RSVP to the award ceremony, call (212) 592-2129 or email email@example.com.
FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645.
TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.
UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit www.unionsquarenyc.org.
FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd Street and Broadway. No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information visit www.flatirondistrict.nyc.
POETRY WORKSHOP (NEW LOCATION)—The Epiphany Poets group now meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. from 2-4 p.m. The group had previously been meeting every third Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. All are welcome to participate. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.
DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of Lanza’s restaurant, 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit www.nycgangstertours.com.