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 11-April 13), from The Big Cheesy grilled cheese competition at Openhouse Gallery to Emmylou Harris at BAM.
1. COMEDY: BeerProv at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on April 11
Since 2010, BeerProv has been steadily gaining fame on the Toronto comedy scene for its laugh-inducing combination of suds and off-the-cuff humor. Now, BeerProv is coming to New York with a combination of Canadian and local improvisers who will compete to see who gets to drink from the Mug of Champions. Eat a hearty dinner before you go, as the comedians won’t be the only ones imbibing.
DETAILS: 8pm; $25; 125 E. 11th St.; beerprov.com
2. MUSIC: Emmylou Harris at BAM on April 12
Sorry Miley, but our favorite wrecking ball will always be the 1995 album that showed country star Emmylou Harris, who was 48 at the time, could still try out new sounds. It appeared on many “best of” lists that year, winning accolades from alt-rockers and various other outsiders to the world of country music. Now, in a concert coinciding with the seminal work’s reissue, Harris will perform it in its entirety accompanied by some of the people who helped make it great. The album’s producer Daniel Lanois (who also worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and U2) opens.
DETAILS: 8pm; from $35, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn (Peter Jay Sharp Building); bam.org
3. FOOD: The Big Cheesy at Openhouse Gallery on April 12-13
New York’s most accomplished sandwich-smiths go head-to-head in this intense yearly competition to see who can make the tastiest, gooiest and generally greatest grilled cheese. Nosh on samples from Sons of Essex, Murray’s Melts and more and sip a Goose Island beer (two come free with each ticket) as you help decide who deserves to carry the mantle this year. Act fast if you want to go; many time slots are sold out already.
DETAILS: 11am-7pm; $30; 201 Mulberry St.; openhouse.me
4. BOOKS: Downtown Literary Festival on April 13
Celebrate the booming literary culture of New York City at this stimulating smorgasbord of reading, writing, storytelling, etc. Now in its second year, the HarperCollins-sponsored event spans several downtown venues with everything from story time for the little ones to “The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories” (self-explanatory) to a talk on the intersection of NYC movies and literature. After party at local watering hole Von.
DETAILS: 10:30am-5pm; free; various locations; downtownliteraryfestival.tumblr.com
5. ROLLERSKATING: Central Park Skate Circle Opening Weekend on April 12-13
Since the 1990s, the Central Park Dance Skaters Association has fought for the right to bust their funky moves in the park … and you can bet they’re fully exercising it. Strap on your skates (or rent some from the nearby Skate Truck) and bust a move (or simply try not to fall down) at the CPDSA’s opening weekend skate parties. Saturday will feature rousing tunes from funky disco and hip-hop DJ Bobby Morales, while Sunday brings a set from the eclectic Duce Martinez. Go to watch the old-timers kill it on the skate-dance-floor.
DETAILS: 2:45pm-6:45pm; free; Central Park Skate Circle (midpark; enter at Central Park West and W. 72nd St. or Fifth Ave. and E. 72nd St.); cpdsa.org