From sports to street games in Harlem to classical Chinese dance and music with Shen Yun at Lincoln Center, this weekend, April 26-28, there is a nice array of artsy, fun, and interesting events throughout New York City. Read on for more.
Friday, April 26
This weekend through May 1, the Scoop spring closet sale (Scoop at 430 W. 14th St., between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street, Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) is a huge sale on all kinds of men's and women's clothing, starting at $19 for shirts.
While the Knicks and Nets are out of town this weekend, you can catch one the Mets vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field (Friday at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m., Sunday at 1:10 p.m., $12 and up).
The Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays all weekend (Yankee Stadium, Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m., Sunday at 1:05 p.m., from $15). See if the Yankees can get a few games closer to overtaking first place in the AL East from Boston.
Art and Music
Internationally renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts finishes off the New York City leg of their world tour with shows throughout the weekend (Lincoln Center, multiple shows Friday-Sunday, $70 and up, ticket hotline 800-818-2393). Showcasing 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, Shen Yun uses classical Chinese dance and music for an unforgettable performance.
Free from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, the Masterworks: Jewels in the Collection features some stunning Asian art (all weekend, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., $10), exhibiting 1,000 years of work from the Himalayas. Pieces include Buddhist and Hindu depictions using a wide variety of materials.Food
For the price, it's better to take off work early and make the most of the four hours of drinks and food with vendors ranging from the Village to the UWS for Dish West (Altman Building at 135 W 18th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., $50). You will get the chance to taste food from more than 40 different restaurants throughout the city.
Saturday, April 27
Good, Clean Fun
Kind of cheesy but a great pick if you are into street photography or want something that's just simple, fun, and free, the Harlem Street Games (11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan at 114th Street and First Avenue, free) is a way to reintroduce a bunch of street games from the '60s and '70s and put a modern spin on them. Everything from stickball to yo-yos to double-dutch will be on display.
One of the city's most popular annual outdoor events, Hanami: Sakura Matsuri (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $20) is a weekend-long celebration of contemporary and classic Japanese culture, including taiko drummers, ikebana flower arranging, a tea ceremony, samurai sword fighting, and more.
Catch the New York Rangers against the Devils in their last game of the regular season (Madison Square Garden, 3 p.m., from $55).
If you missed the Tribeca Film Festival, you can still catch Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca Film Fest After-Party (40 W. 23rd St., second floor, 9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org , free), which will serve up free cocktails and some music and film.
Sunday, April 28Outdoors
The Queens Botanical Garden Arbor Fest (11 a.m.-6 p.m., 43-50 Main St. in Queens, $4 garden admission) is a day of fun for all ages and will include tours of the garden, live music, food and craft vendors, workshops, and so on. The festival is free with admission to the garden.
ArtHoused in a 60-square-foot repository in an abandoned Tribeca freight elevator, Museum (Cortlandt Alley between Franklin and White streets, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) is known as New York's smallest museum and uses everyday objects and artifacts to depict life. It also includes a small gift shop and cafe.
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