Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for April 8′s best events, from The Divide at powerHouse Arena to Danny Brown at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
1. BOOKS: The Divide by Matt Taibbi, with Molly Crabapple at powerHouse Arena
From his time at the expatriate newspaper The eXile to his tenure at Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi has long been an important voice of American progressivism. In his latest book The Divide, Taibbi explores two related phenomena: the increasing economic gulf between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, and how the different classes are treated by the criminal justice system. Get ready to get angry when Taibbi discusses his latest findings with writer/artist Molly Crabapple.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 37 Main St., Brooklyn; powerhousearena.com
2. MUSIC: Danny Brown at Music Hall of Williamsburg
With his outrageous, raunchy lyircs, rock and roll style, embrace of social media, and bizarre, high-pitched delivery, Danny Brown is often name-checked as one of the most unique up-and-comers in hip-hop. See the Detroit-bred Fool’s Gold artist do some lively rapping when he takes over Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of his critically acclaimed album Old. With ZelooperZ.
DETAILS: 8pm; from $20, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 66 N 6th St., Brooklyn; musichallofwilliamsburg.com
3. DANCE: Yolk at Grace Building Plaza
As the Midtown lunch crowd goes about nourishing their bodies in a hasty fashion, a group of in-the-know folks (and some lucky bystanders) will be treated to a durational dance performance from Third Rail Projects, the innovative company that brought you the immersive theater experience Then She Fell. In keeping with its egg-centric name, there will be life-sized eggs, incubation, “meditative movements,” “saturated images” and, we’re guessing some weird choreography. Post about the performance on social media for a chance to win tickets to Then She Fell!
DETAILS: 12:30pm-1:30pm; free; 1114 6th Ave.; artsbrookfield.com
4. THEATER: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Belasco Theatre
It’s Doogie Howser like you’ve never seen him before! Watch Neil Patrick Harris prove he can do anything when he stars in this new production of cult favorite Hedwig and the Angry Inch. With a new book by John Cameron Mitchell to complement its beloved glam rock musical numbers, the play follows the story of an East German youth who won’t let a botched sex change operation keep him (her?) from dreams of rock and roll greatness. Inspiring!
DETAILS: 8pm; $152.50 (get tickets!); 111 W 44th St.
5. FOOD: Enlightenment Dinner at The Farm on Adderly
If you like your food straight from the farm and accompanied by medieval style wines and meads, this collaboration between The Farm On Adderly and Enlightenment Wines will transport you from Ditmas Park to some quaint shire in no time. There’s also going to be a talk, so get ready to learn how they make their “whimsical and mysterious potions” as you are drinking them.
DETAILS: 7:30pm; $79 plus tax and tip; 1108 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn; thefarmonadderley.com