Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for the weekend’s best events (April 4 through Aprril 6), from Miley Cyrus at the Barclays Center to the Nerdlesque Festival 2014.
1. BURLESQUE: The Nerdlesque Festival 2014 at various locations on April 4-6
Who run the world? Nerds. And now, in addition to creating “disruptive” apps and owning at trivia, they are here to show us that they can be sexy, too with their very own burlesque festival. With over 20 performers from all over the world who incorporate some aspect of nerd culture into their routines, plus talks, panels, classes, vendors and videogame enhanced networking parties, it’s guaranteed to make the jocks jealous.
DETAILS: various times; various prices; various locations; nerdlesquefest.com
2. MUSIC: Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop, and Sky Ferreira at the Barclays Center on April 5
It’s hard to believe that just five years ago, Miley Cyrus was still deemed suitable for the Disney Channel. Ain’t life weird? Watch the plucky former child star twerk, lick the air, wear a sparkly weed leotard, and pop out of a giant version of her own head when her already infamous “Bangerz” tour takes her to Brooklyn this weekend. With impressively tasteful openers Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira. Parental discretion is advised!
DETAILS: 9pm; from $49.50, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; barclayscenter.com
3. READING: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church on April 5
Poet and activist Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones) was a key member of the Beat generation and a rallying voice of the black nationalist movement whose death this past January was felt far and wide. Even if you don’t agree with everything he said — and few people do, even the late Baraka himself — there’s no denying the man’s influence. This Saturday, watch literary figures like Cornelius Eady, Anne Waldman and more gather together to pay tribute to the man by reading works by and about him.
DETAILS: 2pm; free; 131 E. 10th St.; poetryproject.org
4. FOOD: Chocolate Fest: A Walk-Around Tasting at 92Y on April 6
Is there anything in the world more uncontroversially delightful than chocolate? From greedy children to adult foodies to fictitious single women, it’s everyone’s favorite dessert save a few soulless contrarians. Sample cacao-based confections from many talented chefs at 92Y’s yearly celebration of all things chocolate, the highlights of which include cheese pairings by Murray’s Cheese, booze pairings by Costas Mouzouras of Gotham Wines and Liquors, and assorted tastiness from Eclair Bakery and Penny Lick Ice Cream. Ack!
DETAILS: 7:30pm; $35; 1395 Lexington Ave.; 92y.org
5. TAXIDERMY: Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest at The Bell House on April 6
Bring your favorite stuffed bobcat or jackalope and mingle with other creepy weirdos at this taxidermy party to end all taxidermy parties. (Granted, there’s not much competition.) “Bought,” “found” and “homemade” creatures, plus articulated skeletons and jarred specimens are all welcome to compete for “prizes and glory,” so be sure to put your best foot (or claw, or hoof) forward. Door prizes, drink specials and dancey tunes lubricate your mingle muscles. Hosted by Secret Science Club.
DETAILS: 7:30pm; $12 adv, $15 door; 149 7th St., Brooklyn; secretscienceclub.blogspot.com