amNY Weekender | 8 things to do in NYC, April 8-10

Courtesy of Tartan Parade/Photo by @ScottSta

Friday, April 8

Afro-Indigenous Histories of Food and Gardening in the Bronx: Exiled from their Caribbean homeland of Saint Vincent in the late 18th century, Garifuna Indigenous communities have settled around the world, from Central America to England and the Bronx, cultivating unique and vibrant culinary traditions. In a lively discussion, a panel of experts explores food customs as a defining element of culture and shares personal and familial experiences with traditional Garifuna dishes. This event takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free with a general admissions ticket. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10458-5126.

Scarangella Park Tree Planting: Volunteer with Tree Time to plant trees at Scarangella Park! Trees provide so many benefits to New Yorkers, such as improved air and water quality, reduced pollution, and lower energy costs. Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is free with registration required. Scarangella Park, 2164 W 13th St. Brooklyn, NY. 

Conversation on Women Choreographers: Danse Lumière presents a Conversation with Sidra Bell and Artistic Director Kathryn Roszak discussing the surge of women in leadership in dance with choreographer Sidra Bell, followed by a brief presentation of Bell’s work. As the founder of the annual Women Directors, Choreographers, and Composers Residency, Roszak believes residencies are a crucial step to bringing women to the forefront of the industry. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in-person on the day of the event. The cost of tickets is $25 per person. Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St. New York, NY 10014.

Saturday, April 9

Malty Toffee Ale Launch Event: Cult-favorite chocolate brand Tony’s Chocolonely is partnering with NYC’s first female-owned brewery, TALEA Beer Co., to launch a Malty Toffee Ale. The brew will be available exclusively on draft at the TALEA taproom in Williamsburg, and each pour will be paired with a Tony’s Pretzel and Toffee Milk Chocolate Bar. Tony’s will be parking their Chocolate Truck outside of the taproom, and they will be giving away FREE chocolate bars. To add some savory to the mix, The Za Report will be popping up and serving custom Tony’s inspired pizzas. TALEA Taproom, 87 Richardson Street Brooklyn, NY 11211.

24th Annual NYC Tartan Day Parade: Join the National Tartan Day New York Committee for a kid-friendly parade with over 2k registered marchers (many flying in from Scotland) who will be led by Scottish actress, Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji, Doctor Who). Gillan will helm the parade, followed by a lively procession of Pipe & Drum bands, Highland dancers, Scottish family clans, Shetlander Vikings and more. The annual celebration of Scottish heritage and culture brings together a rich tapestry of participants along with many thousands of spectators. The parade is free from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sixth Avenue between 44th Street and 55th Street.

Brooklyn Guitar School Grand Opening Event: The Brooklyn Guitar School makes learning guitar fun and accessible for everyone – with step by step curriculum, amazing coaches, and a warm community of music learners! Enjoy a free workshop with Brooklyn guitar legend Matthias Loescher. Additionally, Enjoy free classes, lessons and string changes all day for kids, teens and adults. Attend for a chance to win free guitar classes for one month, an acoustic guitar and more. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP ahead of time to secure your spot for the different classes. Brooklyn Guitar School, 78 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Sunday, April 10

Futures, Narratives and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship: More Art Engaging Artist Fellows come together to share their work as socially engaged artists through a series of workshops, performances, and conversations with guests. The EA Fellows draw from their vast experience and research practices to examine: the limits of public art; technology and nature; building networks of communication across generations and languages; the intersection of teaching and artistic practices; and personal embodied experience as a tool for community-building. Register online for a full day of free programming alongside a diverse group of socially engaged artists working deeply across disciplines and research areas. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Queens, NY 11368. 

Spring Family Day: Carnegie Hall’s Spring Family Day is a daylong open house that invites children and their adults to explore the idea of Afrofuturism. In a fitting nod to the boundless imagination of Afrofuturism, families enjoy an array of social experiences, art activities, music-making, concerts, and more. Design your comic-book hero and super-powered instruments for harmony and justice, and participate in a group songwriting session. Sing and dance to soulful funk music, build your instruments from recycled materials, and more! The event is for children ages five – 10. RSVP ahead of time to attend this free event beginning at noon. Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. New York, NY 10019.