Top Ten Things To Do In April

The Sound and the Fury
A soaring soundtrack can make or break a movie. Case in point: the iconic tunes penned by composer John Williams for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. On 4/1, fans can experience the film with the soundtrack performed live by a full symphony orchestra, watching the story unfold on a 40-foot screen in the stunning Art Deco setting of Radio City Music Hall. Tickets will be scarce, as hard-core Potter fans would never miss an opportunity like this, but take heart: this is the first in a series that will bring each lm, in sequence, to theaters around the globe with a live soundtrack. Cue the chills. (Radio City Music Hall)

 

The Elephant’s Child
If you were among those who sighed in relief when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced the end of their tour, Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus is for you. Using extremely lifelike elephant puppets from the geniuses behind Broadway’s War Horse, the show is a throwback to the turn-of-the-century heyday of the circus, featuring live performers and thrilling acts of daring and strength. From 4/5 to 4/16, it’s at The Theater at MSG, playing high-wire acts, trapeze artists, and the most unusual and humane circus elephants the world has ever seen at The World’s Most Famous Arena. A perfect match. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

 

Hold On To That Feelin’
Jackson Browne will introduce Joan Baez. Neil Young will introduce Pearl Jam. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will introduce Yes. And soon, announcements will come about introductions for Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, and Tupac Shakur. We could say more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held on 4/7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, but we’re not sure this musical lily needs further gilding. Just be there. It’s going to be legen-(wait for it)-dary. (620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)

 

Hail Mary
How do you make a classic brunch drink better? Have more, of course. That’s the plan at The Bloody Mary Festival, coming to Brooklyn on 4/9. Sample Marys from Iron Station, Catfish, Skylark, Insa, and Congress Bar, among others, alongside a Brooklyn bagel bar, cheese tables, champagne bar, live music, and much more. This tour is crossing the country, and the NYC installment is sure to satisfy your tomato-y urges with ample cocktails, plus artisanal food and drink in a fun and lively setting. Cheers! (The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave.)

 

Take the Wheel
From the zippy new Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid to the staggeringly beautiful gull-wing Spyker C8 Preliator, there’s no shortage of technological advancement – or eye candy! – at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Pulling into the Javits Center 4/14-4/23, it’s a smorgasbord of speed and a treasure trove of tech. Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle for yourself or just want to drool over the ground-hugging curves of the Acura NSX GTE, you’ll find more cars than you thought could possibly exist, from road-ready models to ultra-rare, never-before-seen prototypes. Zoom, zoom, indeed. (655 W. 34th St.)

 

A Bee in Your Bonnet
“Easter Parade” is a bit of a misnomer, but on 4/16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., New York’s best dressed take to the streets on Fifth Avenue, proudly strolling in their holiday nest. Far less organized than a traditional parade, the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival recalls an era when churchgoers would promenade after Easter services in their Sunday apparel and has grown to include stunning feats of millinery (and sometimes even engineering). Break out a bonnet of your own and join the fray; we’ve seen some as elaborate as skyscrapers, but all it really takes is a few colorful silk flowers and a smile. (Fifth Ave. from 49th to 57th Sts.)

 

You Oughta Be in Movies
Hoping to see the next Big Thing before it hits theaters nationwide? Look no further than the TriBeCa Film Festival (4/19-4/30), featuring films chosen among more than 6,000 submissions from around the world. Screenings often feature Q&A sessions with the cast, crew, and director afterward, and nearly every film is a premiere, be it North American, international, or even world. Tickets range from $10 for some matinees to as much as $40 for TriBeCa Talks screenings with live guests, but festival passes are also available, and general screenings on evenings and weekends are just $20. Lights, camera…action. (Various Locations)

 

Pitch Perfect
Whether you dream of stacking cups like Anna Kendrick or simply enjoy the rich sound of human voices in harmony, you won’t want to miss the Varsity Vocals 2017 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals on 4/22. These talented co-eds – 10 teams in all, representing nine semi finalists and one wild card – will sing their hearts out onstage, competing for the highest honor in college a cappella: the national championship. Expect playful costumes, lively dancing, and of course, plenty of sweet, sweet music. Tickets for 2016 sold out in just hours, so snap them up ASAP or see a reseller to score your seats. (2124 Broadway)

 

Bacon & Beer Classic

Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field

Whole Hog
Unlimited bacon and craft beer. Surely there’s something better…but we don’t know what it is. This year’s Bacon and Beer Classic (4/29-4/30) is at Citi Field, where 100+ craft beers from regional breweries will be available side by side with 50+ bacon-infused dishes from some of our favorite NYC restaurants and chefs. Plus: giant Jenga, a bungee run, a bacon-eating contest, and more! All-you-can-eat tickets start at just $69, plus taxes and fees. Let’s bring home the bacon. (123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens)

 

Wild and Crazy
Love animals? Love running? Put ‘em together at the annual Run for the Wild (4/29) at The Bronx Zoo. With a minimum of $30 per entrant (and a suggested goal of $300 per runner), this fun 5K fundraiser is a peerless opportunity for nature lovers to put their money where their mouth is –er, feet are. The website allows you to choose your favorite zoo creature as the beneficiary of your donation, and with post-run refreshments, music, costumed characters, rock wall climbing, music, and sea lion feeding, it’s a terrific way for runners of all ages to show their support for the zoo. (2300 Southern Blvd., The Bronx)