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 12′s best events, from Ingrid Michaelson at Rought Trade to New York’s Next Top Drag Queen at The Metropolitan Room.
1. DANCE: New York City Ballet: Justin Peck and Sufjan Stevens at the Guggenheim Museum
Ballet lovers and Sufjan Stevens obsessives alike will want to know about this preview of Justin Peck’s new ballet, his second collaboration with the indie rock heartthrob. See New York City Ballet dancers perform some of Peck’s new choreography as part of a special works and process program, then stay to hear Peck and Stevens themselves discuss it afterwards. That’s right: you can probably talk to Sufjan.
DETAILS: 7:30pm; $35; 1071 5th Ave.; guggenheim.org
2. MUSIC: Ingrid Michaelson at Rough Trade
If you are a regular watcher of television, you’ve probably heard Ingrid Michaelson whether you know it or not, as she’s licensed her pleasant indie pop ditties to the likes of One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. See the auburn haired songstress in the flesh when she plays an all-ages show at record store/venue Rough Trade. Entry is free with purchase of her new album Lights Out, which Michaelson fans will totally want to buy anyway.
DETAILS: 7pm; free with album purchase; 64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn; roughtradenyc.com
3. FILM: The Young Girls of Rochefort at BAM Cinemas
Once upon a time in 1967, Catherine Deneuve, her sister Françoise Dorléac, and supremely accessible French director Jacques Demy collided to make one delightful movie musical (French title: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort). In this colorful confection of a film, the IRL sisters play on-screen sisters who dream of life in the big city. Much singing and dancing with handsome men (including Gene Kelly!) ensues.
DETAILS: various times; $13; 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn; bam.org
4. DRAG: New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest at Metropolitan Room
Like RuPaul’s Drag Race but wish you could get a little more up close and personal with it? You can smell the hairspray and taste the glitter (and possibly get heckled!) at the second round of this intense drag competition. This being New York, competitors are judged on their talent as performers as well as their overall look. Expect special guests, surprise judges, and a whole lot of fabulousness.
DETAILS: 7pm; $15; 34 W. 22nd St.; metropolitanroom.com
5. BOOKS: DEAR READING: Michael Malice and Cole Stryker Discuss Literature and Censorship in North Korea at Housingworks Bookstore Cafe
Whether due to its chilly relations with the U.S. or the larger-than-life absurdity of ruler Kim Jong Il (and his successor, Kim Jong Un), North Korea exists as pure caricature in the minds of most Americans. In this launch event for his book Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, Michael Malice will discuss the life, literature and censorship practices of the world’s wackiest dictator, as well as the day-to-day realities of people living under his rule … people who are, as it turns out, not so different from us. He’ll be joined in conversation by Hacking the Future author Cole Stryker.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 126 Crosby St.; housingworks.org