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 3′s best events, from Jamaica Kincaid at Community Bookstore to the Affordable Art Fair at Metropolitan Pavilion.
1. BOOKS: Jamaica Kincaid in conversation with Lauren K. Alleyne at Community Bookstore
Adelphi University’s Literary Encounters series brings established writers together in conversation with up-and-comers in the hopes of achieving interesting results. In this, the inaugural edition, debut poet Lauren K. Alleyne speaks with Jamaica Kincaid, the award-winning Antiguan-American author whose fiction and non-fiction writing deals deftly with issues of postcolonialism, gender, sexuality, race, class, identity … basically, every important issue of our time.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 143 7th Ave. Brooklyn; facebook.com
2. MUSIC: Kelela at Rough Trade
With her heartfelt lyrics, smooth voice, and cool combination of electronic and R&B elements, Kelela was the talk of this year’s SXSW. See the Ethiopian-American artist for yourself at the first of two performances she’s doing at Rough Trade New York in support of her debut mixtape Cut 4 Me, which landed on many “best of” lists in 2013. Is it pop? Is it indie? Who cares when it sounds this great?
DETAILS: 8pm; from $12, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn; roughtradenyc.com
3. FOOD: The 5th Annual Meatball Slapdown at Brooklyn Brewery
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s got the greatest balls of all? Sample and vote on entries from beloved local eateries like Brooklyn Star, Brisket Town and Saltie at this massive meatball competition sponsored by Brooklyn Grange and Brooklyn Kitchen. Wash the balls down with Brooklyn Brewery beer while dancing to the tunes of DJ Aperitif, and lest you feel ashamed of your gluttony, know that the event benefits not one, but two educational programs: Classrooms in the Kitchen and City Growers.
DETAILS: 7pm; $60; 79 N 11th St., Brooklyn; thebrooklynkitchen.com
4. ART: The Affordable Art Fair at Metropolitan Pavilion
Do you enjoy contemporary art, but find most of it a little out of your price range? Then count your pennies and stop by the Affordable Art Fair, a four-day event offering 78 galleries’ worth of drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography for $100 to $10,000, with half the works under $5,000 (that’s cheap for art). Go to score a nice piece for your wall, or simply to check out the goods, talks, activities, and panels. Art!
DETAILS: various times; $20; 125 W 18th St.; affordableartfair.com
5. SCIENCE: Octopus! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior—and Robots at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Whether due to its handsome appearance or charming personality, the octopus seems to be having a moment right now. Learn all about these sexy cephalopods at this talk by Katherine Harmon Courage, author of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea. Joining the master class will be animal behavior researcher Jennifer Basil, philosopher Robert Lurz and bio-robotics professor Frank Grasso. You will come out respecting the octopus even more than you already do, if that’s possible.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 126 Crosby St.; housingworks.org