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

By Alison Durkee

It’s been a long winter for us New Yorkers, but springtime may finally be here. As the weather warms and flowers bloom, spend your April learning about everything from activism to artificial intelligence at these upcoming April talks and events.

Monday, April 1. There’ll be “no collusion” at this talk on Trump, Putin, and the American and Russian governments with Russian author Mikhail Iossel and leading KGB scholar Amy Knight. Shakespeare & Co.

Tuesday, April 2. You’ll be hooked on this talk on the neuroscience behind addiction and how to break its cycle. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 3. Address author Jeanne Marie Laskas as she discusses To Obama, a book centered on the constituent letters sent to President Barack Obama and how they shaped his presidency. powerHouse Arena.

Thursday, April 4. You know you have to attend this two-day conference on “unknowability” and how we can know what we cannot know. The New School.

Friday, April 5. Dance over to Everyman’s Reroof, an evening of performances by Loretta Thomas’ Moving Visions and the Ensemble 212 Chamber Orchestra.

Saturday, April 6. Check the forecast before this talk on how weather has changed history in the past – and how that affects our thinking about climate change in the present. New York Institute of Technology.

Sunday, April 7. Grab some popcorn for this feminist film mashup with The Mary Sue, which will bring together clips and tropes from science fiction, horror films, and TV.

Monday, April 8. Go interstellar with astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter, who leads a panel looking at life, death, and origins, as inspired by his book Your Place in the Universe. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

Tuesday, April 9. Revive the past at this daylong conference on whether we’re currently living through a second “Gilded Age.” Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wednesday, April 10. Make a move to this talk exploring the experiences of African-Americans during the Great Migration and what it means for racial justice today. NYU School of Law.

Thursday, April 11. Automate your trip to this lecture on artificial intelligence and how it’s on its way to controlling nearly every aspect of our lives.

Friday, April 12. Entertain yourself with this TimesTalks conversation between music producer T Bone Burnett and filmmaker Joel Coen. The TimesCenter.

Saturday, April 13. Head uptown for this walking tour of Harlem and its storied past, going all the way back to the 1600s.

Sunday, April 14. “Chag sameach” at the annual Holocaust Freedom Seder, which pays tribute to the community’s Holocaust survivors by recreating the first Passover seder held after World War II in 1946. Queensborough Community College.

Evidence Locker. Trust (video still edited by the Forensic Imaging Unit). Digital video. 18 min. 2004.

Monday, April 15. Buck the system by attending this conversation on disrupting institutional power between artist Jill Magid and neuroscientist Leah Kellyto. Rubin Museum of Art.

Tuesday, April 16. Let the sunshine in at this talk on how Victorians brought nature into both their cities and homes. New-York Historical Society.

Wednesday, April 17. Slurp up this look at how to make authentic Japanese soba noodles, followed by a fresh soba tasting reception. Japan Society.

Photo portrait of Mary R. Seid, taken by celebrity film photographer Ted Allan, Hollywood, California, 1958. Personal collection.

Thursday, April 18. Travel back to Chinatown’s past at this screening and conversation on the 1960 documentary Forever Chinatown, which includes rare footage of the neighborhood during the mid-century. Museum of Chinese in America.

Friday, April 19. Nerd out at this Nerd Nite event featuring presentations on such topics as 1980s detective shows and the “built environment of force.” Caveat.

Saturday, April 20. Hop over to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden for their Easter celebration, which will include toys, games, and an Easter Egg hunt.

Sunday, April 21. Give an Earth Day listen to activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished and a panel and performance on the intersection of climate change and social justice. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

The Music Party, Philip Mercier, 1733.

Monday, April 22. Dust off your crown for this domestic history of the royal household. The General Society Library.

Tuesday, April 23. Bridge the generation gap at this conversation on LGBTQ+ activism between student activists and the movement’s founders, which will commemorate Stonewall’s 50th anniversary. Pace University.

Wednesday, April 24. Say Yeah She Did at this shero storytelling series, this one dedicated to great female explorers. Caveat.

Thursday, April 25. Explore Manhattan’s newest neighborhood on this walking tour of Hudson Yards. The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Friday, April 26. Pursue knowledge at this conference featuring exiled scholars, who will share how their home countries have attacked academic institutions and freedoms. The New School.

Saturday, April 27. Don’t worry, be hopeful as neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary leads a workshop inspired by the interactive Rubin Museum of Art artwork A Monument for the Anxious and the Hopeful.

Sunday, April 28. Discover the “world of tomorrow” at this event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair’s opening day on its former site.

Monday, April 29. Hear from legendary columnist and sex therapist Dr. Ruth at this TimesTalks conversation. Merkin Concert Hall.

Tuesday, April 30. Assimilate to this talk on 19th century immigrant life in New York and the contributions these immigrants made. American Folk Art Museum.

For a printable PDF of the April 2019 calendar, click here.

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