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NYC events, concerts and more to hit this week

There's always so much to do in NYC.

But you already knew that.

Of your many, many options, here are our picks.

'Then Sing Him Home': A musical Shakespeare birthday party (April 23)

Bryant Park is celebrating the 455th birthday of
Photo Credit: Photo by Matthew Eisman for Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park is celebrating the 455th birthday of the Bard by welcoming back The Drilling Company to perform original songs, performances and comedic scenes from "Othello," "Cymbeline," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet," "The Merchant of Venice" and "The Taming of the Shrew." (Free; 6 p.m.; between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues; bryantpark.org)

'Fortnite' challenge (April 24)

Watch Kevin Knox of the Knicks compete against
Photo Credit: Newsday/Epic Games

Watch Kevin Knox of the Knicks compete against members of the Counter Logic Gaming team at this "pros vs. pros" event by Newegg and CLG. Fans can enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win gaming gear. (Free; 7 to 9 p.m.; Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden; ticketmaster.com)

Adopt a bunny (through April 30)

The Gregory Hotel, 42 W. 35th St., has
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The Gregory Hotel, 42 W. 35th St., has a giant interactive touchscreen highlighting animals looking for homes from the Animal Care Centers of NYC. There will be a special mobile adoption event, too, on April 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., where the public can meet adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits.

Fantasy in Color: Blacks & Latinos of Modern Art (April 25)

This group exhibition will celebrate and showcase more
Photo Credit: Fantasy in Color

This group exhibition will celebrate and showcase more than 30 local and emerging black and Latino visual artists. There will be live painters, performances, a fashion show and more. ($10 cash; 5 to 10 p.m.; Sobro Social, 229 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, facebook.com/Fantasyincolorny)

Meatpacking District's 'Swing into Spring' (April 25)

Meatpacking District stores will stay open late with
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Meatpacking District stores will stay open late with discounts of 20 percent or more and complimentary sips, bites, activities, gifts, and more. For example, you can take advantage of styling sessions at Joie, a consultation at Kiehl's, free ice cream toppings at Seed + Mill and more. Stop by the HQ at the Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort St.) for giveaways, a shopping guide, and special treats. (5 to 8 p.m.; meatpacking-district.com)

Ruben Fox at DIEGO (Every Wednesday through April)

In partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, DIEGO,
Photo Credit: Diego at Public

In partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, DIEGO, PUBLIC Hotel's cocktail bar is bringing in saxophonist Ruben Fox every Wednesday. (Free entry, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., 215 Chrystie St., Manhattan, publichotels.com)

See orchids Singapore-style at NY Botanical Garden (through April 28)

The New York Botanical Garden has dedicated this
Photo Credit: New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has dedicated this year's Orchid Show to the island republic of Singapore, whose national flower is a type of orchid. The exhibition takes its cues from Singapore's National Orchid Garden with vertical displays and bowing arches of orchids blooming in many colors. ($23-$28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Mondays) through April 28; New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx​​​​​​,  nybg.org)

Night Cap Comedy (April 29)

Head to the Croton Reservoir Tavern for a
Photo Credit: Croton Reservoir Tavern

Head to the Croton Reservoir Tavern for a night of stand-up comedy hosted by Pete Deabreu and music by DJ Juanyto. There's no cover. (108 W. 40th St., 8:30 p.m., 108 W. 40th St., crotonnyc.com)

Meet the instruments of rock stars (through Oct. 1)

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Collection of David Swartz

"Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" is a retrospective of more than 130 musical instruments used over some 70 years of popular music by musicians including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Eddie Van Halen,   Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Prince. In the photo: No. 6 Les Paul Deluxe, once destroyed by Pete Townshend of The Who and since restored. ($25, The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave.,  metmuseum.org)

Preservation Film Festival (April 2 - May 3)

This five-borough film festival focuses on historic preservation
Photo Credit: Nathan Kensinger

This five-borough film festival focuses on historic preservation in New York City and the issues that intersect with it through film like "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" with Cary Grand and Myrna Loy, "The Battle for Brooklyn" about Atlantic Yards and eminent domain, and "Managed Retreat," pictured, about three city neighborhoods that were purchased by the state after superstorm Sandy to be demolished.

Dungeon Kids with Cipha Sounds and Conundrum (Wednesdays)

Cipha Sounds (HOT 97, Chappelle show, TruTV, Michael
Photo Credit: Calligrafist

Cipha Sounds (HOT 97, Chappelle show, TruTV, Michael Che) is bringing comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live and rising stars from YouTube, podcasts, and comedy clubs from around the city for a night of humor and live music to recreate the basement party vibe we all had growing up. ($10, 8 p.m., Improv Asylum, 307 W. 26th St., improvasylum.com)

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