Happy Easter, #NYSeeAndDo-ers! This weekend, we’ve got live music aplenty, plus fast cars, fragrant flowers, and yes – your best bet for Easter eggs. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter and Instagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndDo to possibly be included in a future post!
Call Me, Maybe
She’s played Cinderella on Broadway and Frenchy in Grease: Live, but Carly Rae Jepsen’s return to the New York stage is sure to be all about her frothy pop hits, most of which impossible to stop singing along. Tickets for her performance at intimate concert hall Terminal 5 are just $27.50, and will feature hits from her latest album, E.MO.TION, as well as her break-out hit “Call Me Maybe” and other tracks from her 2012 Grammy-nominated debut. Whether you’re young or young at heart, this is a near-perfect pop music experience.
Open Your Mouth and Say “BAH!”
Gawking at the otherworldly performances staged at the Park Avenue Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall has become a standard NYC pastime in the past few years, with massive installations unlike anything else in the city. This month’s premiere of De Materie, an epic musical performance by European composer Louis Andriessen, is among their most ambitious yet: for the sprawling piece’s North American premiere, guests can expect soaring zeppelins and – yes, you’re reading this right – a live flock of sheep. Tickets start at just $40 fortonight’s 8 p.m. show, and pro tip: stick around for cocktails in one of the Armory’s historic period rooms after the performance.
Ring Around the Rosie
Any time is a good time to swing by the world’s largest department store, Macy’s in Herald Square, but none so fragrant and festive at the annual Spring Flower Show. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful,” and the first-floor galleries will be decked out floor to ceiling in colorful blooms. In case simply admiring the petals isn’t enough, today at 1 p.m., the American School of Flower Design’s Director Michael Gaffney will host a wreath-making workshop inspired by the amber waves of grain of the Great Plains. Make it a shopping excursion, too; if you spend $50 or more at Macy’s today, he’ll sign a copy of his book, Flower Power, for you to take home as a gift, while supplies last. So go on: stop and smell the roses.
Start Your Engines
Each spring, the New York International Auto Show descends on the Jacob Javits Convention Center, showcasing the latest in road-ready and prototype vehicular technology. This year’s show includes an Electric Car Test Track, with vehicles by BMW, Kia, and Ford; as always, top automakers will debut new models and host interactive demos of their fleet, including a heavy focus on larger SUVs for 2016. In addition, the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey will be on site with rare cars, and eagle-eyed attendees will track down the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck among a wealth of other iconic retro and contemporary cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Raise the Barre
You’re likely familiar with his famed ballerina studies, but in Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at MoMA, the museum digs deep into their collection of Degas’ printmaking, showcasing rare, experimental monotypes and related paintings, drawings, pastels, sketches and prints – more than 170 works in all. The exhibit opens to the public today, so arrive early for the best views (and the best selection in the gift shop to take the experience home with you).
Hop Up High
Whether you’re celebrating Easter today or just want a relaxing Sunday brunch with a view, the no-reservations buffet at 230 Fifth is a sure thing. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the rooftop lounge will feature cold and hot buffet dishes, as well as omelet and carving stations and a variety of desserts. The meal is just $42 for all-you-can-eat goodness, and soaring views of the nearby Empire State Building are included at no extra cost. There’s no better place to get your Easter egg fix in Manhattan.
Find Love in a Hoop-less Place
Tonight, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center transforms from the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets to the stage forRihanna’s ANTI World Tour. She needs no introduction, but just in case: you’ll see the global superstar perform her hits, including tracks from her latest album, with special guest Travis Scott joining her on stage for good measure. Individual tickets and suites are available for the 7:30 p.m. show, which is sure to sell out as fans clamor to catch their idol live.
See Hughie Off
What do you get when an Academy Award winning actor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright come together? We won’t say, since this weekend is the last one where you can find out for yourself: Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, starring Forest Whitaker, closes today. The final performance is a 3 p.m. matinee, and tickets are still available, so jump at this chance to see why Broadway is still the crown jewel of American theater.