NYCitty Things to Wing This Week: April 13 - April 19

Climb to the Top NYC

Join the movement: “[It] is a unique event that raises funds to help more than 12,000 New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Sullivan County residents affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that has no known cause or cure.” At 6am on April 13, event participants will be climbing 66 flights of Rockefeller Center. There is a registration fee of $100, in addition to a fundraising minimum of $250.

Ring of Fire: Pacific Sounds

Are you in the mood to hear traditional music from Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand? “At the festival, there will be traditional music from those nations, including pieces by award-winning Manila-based composer Rodolfo Delarmente and Singaporean choral conductor Nelson Kwei.” On April 13, at 7pm in the Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center, you can bask in these enchanted melodies, as Grammy-nominated producer Anthony Giles runs the show. Tickets are $20-$100.

Séquence 8

If you like “highflying acrobatics,” a whirlwind of emotion, art, and movement, then eight performers from Montreal, Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers), is a performance group you must go see. According to New York City Center, “the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word “circus” through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor, and propulsive music.” The 90-min show is from April 16-26; tickets start at $25.

Brooklyn Folk Festival

The 7th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival is April 17-19 at St. Ann’s Church. This weekend is filled with both emerging artists and traditional artists of folk music. Ticket prices and day passes vary, so check out the website to purchase tickets.

New York Travel Festival

Are you a frequent flier? If you love swapping stories of foreign adventures and are interested in connecting with professional travelers in NYC, then this festival might be a local hub where you’ll feel at home. From April 18-19, there will be several guest speakers, sharing their experiences and offering the best traveling advice for all levels in the industry. The ticket prices vary, depending on what portions of the festival you’d like to experience, so check out the schedule.

Earth Day in Union Square

Though Earth day isn’t until April 22, on Sunday, April 19 from 12-7pm there will be a 25th anniversary Earth Day celebration in Union Square Park. You can learn more about the sharing economy, local businesses, and “going green” in the city. It’s a family affair, with kids’ activities, live music and lots of entertainment!

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Artist Kehinde Wiley “[replaces] the European aristocrats depicted in [Old Master’s] paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.” His painting are progressive and very unique, as they contrast conventional European caricatures and lifestyles, replacing them with contemporary African Americans. Until May 20, his work is currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor.

Halsband Portraits

From April 15-25, The National Arts Club, Gramercy & Flatiron, presents three decades of photographer Michael Halsband’s most iconic works. According to Timeout, “[it includes] Andy Warhol, James Brown, David Byrne and Iggy Pop. The exhibit also features a never-before-exhibited 35mm film of the Rolling Stones performing live.”

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