Things to Do in New York in April: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

From PEN World Voices to David Bowie to Vatican astronomy, here are our picks for the best talks and events coming to NYC in April.

Sunday, April 1. Get the punch line at this April Fools’ Day session on the ethics of humor and the role it plays in our lives. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Monday, April 2. Launch into cinema history with this in-depth look at the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.

Tuesday, April 3. Avoid a standoff at this discussion on North Korea in the Age of Trump. New-York Historical Society.

Wednesday, April 4. See if you can make it to Seeing is Believing, a talk explaining how our brains make sense of the world around us. American Museum of Natural History.

Thursday, April 5. Dress up for this stylish panel discussion on fashion and television with Isaac Mizrahi headlining the luminaries. Paley Center for Media.

Friday, April 6. Consider our current culture at Culture and its Discontents, a two-day event discussing today’s major cultural debates. Guggenheim Museum.

Album Cover: Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive.

Saturday, April 7. “Let’s Dance” at Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday, an evening of free art and entertainment centered on the legacy of David Bowie. Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, April 8. Spend a day at the fair – albeit a few decades behind schedule – on this walking tour of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs that took place there. The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Monday, April 9. Learn “what’s the deal” with love at this session examining the science of relationships through the lens of the classic sitcom Seinfeld. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Tuesday, April 10. Ponder Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? with Vatican director of astronomical observatory Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

Wednesday, April 11. Stroll through the history of one of Manhattan’s oldest thoroughfares at this evening exploring the past, present, and future of the Bowery through word and song. The Cooper Union.

Thursday, April 12. Don’t put off attending this session on the history and science behind procrastination. 92nd Street Y.

Friday, April 13. Appreciate art 19th century style at this lunchtime lecture on where New Yorkers went to view art in the 1820s. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden.

Saturday, April 14. Give thanks for being a friend as Dr. Elizabeth Yuko uses The Golden Girls to explain the principles of bioethics. Caveat.

Sunday, April 15. Lay out a blanket for this lawn lecture on the secrets of Brooklyn and its hidden histories. Hendrik I. Lott House.

Monday, April 16. Make the “write” decision to attend the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which will feature more than 165 artists and writers representing 50 nationalities. It kicks off today.

Tuesday, April 17. Fight for equality at this talk on radical feminism and its impact on LGBTQ activism in the 1960s and ’70s. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Wednesday, April 18. Get a new perspective at this discussion with two young Muslim women on their experiences in Western culture.

Thursday, April 19. Raise a glass at this lecture on Japanese whisky and what makes it distinctive. Japan Society.

Friday, April 20. Function on your own at this talk on artificial intelligence and the role of humans in an increasingly machine-dominated world.

Saturday, April 21. Brew up a cuppa and travel back to New York’s 1774 waterfront for this exploration of the city’s lesser-known Revolutionary-era tea party. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Sunday, April 22. Be “with her” as Hillary Rodham Clinton discusses free speech at the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, which will be followed by a conversation between Clinton and Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Cooper Union.

Monday, April 23. Don’t get tricked into missing this free conference on cons and scams and their place in American culture. The New School.

Tuesday, April 24. Follow “The Path to Enlightenment” with Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma, who has completed two of the most difficult Shugendo Buddhist ascetic practices. Japan Society.

Wednesday, April 25. Dream about this event on the science of sleep with sleep researcher Wallace B. Mendelson. 92nd Street Y.

Thursday, April 26. Delve into the world of counterrevolutions as Uprising 13/13 welcomes a panel that includes author Malcolm Gladwell. Columbia University.

Friday, April 27. Hear from artist Danh Vo, whose work is currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum, as he reflects on his artistic practice. Guggenheim Museum.

Saturday, April 28. Go behind the news with NBC host Megyn Kelly as she discusses her career, faith, and interactions with the current president. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

Sunday, April 29. Learn about a lesser-known aspect of the Holocaust at this program on the Chinese nationals who played a role in rescuing its victims. Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Monday, April 30. Address the lost art of letter writing at Women of Letters, where special guests will take to the stage to read a letter to their “sorry-not-sorry.” City Winery.

For a printable PDF of the April 2018 calendar, click here.


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