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The Players Club will be transformed into an interactive theater piece this weekend

March is ending, April is beginning, but we hope it’ll actually be warm soon. Here are our curated events picks for this week:

Monday, March 31st

The people over at POGO Events want to make speed dating a little more interesting. Single folks can come to the The Brooklyn Strategist located on Court Street for Speed Dating with Board Games. There will be three games available to play (Scrabble, Pictionary and Charades) with each game lasting fifteenth minutes. So have your game face on—not too hard, you do want to impress—and come check out this fun event on Monday.

Award winning writer Gary Shteyngart is releasing his newest book, a memoir called Little Failureabout his immigrant experience in The United States, coming from Soviet Russia. He will be at The Tenement Museum on the LES discussing how he balances both worlds with Pulitzer Prize nominated author Suketu Mehta.

Tuesday, April 1st

The Museum of the City of New York will host The Commodore’s Heirs: The Vanderbilt Dynasty and the Birth of the Gilded Age at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Gilded New York exhibition. T.J. Stiles, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography The First Tycoon (Vintage, 2010) recounts the birth of the Gilded Age through the story of the Vanderbilt dynasty in New York City. “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt rose from New York’s docks to become the richest man in America.

Your last chance to purchase Cronuts, go get on line NOW! Before you go, April Fools! On April Fools day, resist performing practical jokes that no one will fall for and go to the Poets House for the CUNY Chapfest Opening Reception and Discussion. Publisher Steve Clay will discuss “The New American Poetry” and the opening of the pop-up exhibition The New American Poetry and  Beyond with poetry scholars from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Wednesday, April 2nd

Author Elizabeth Gilbert is hosting a book launch at The Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO for first time writer Rayya Elias’s no holds barred memoir HARLEY LOCO: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East SideThe memoir details Rayya’s escape from politically unstable Syria, to the suburbs of Detroit, to the Lower East Side of NYC. Her experiences include living in NYC during the rise of New Wave and Punk, with all the adventures and consequences those two movements brought to the city.

Thursday, April 3rd

Women have a prominent role in the Street Art community, especially here in NYC. Chelsea art gallery ArtNowNY newest show Push It features women who have solidified themselves as graffiti legends and newer artists who are continuing to prove that NYC is filled with great women artists. Some of the artists featured in this show are: Lady Pink, Swoon, Maya Hayuk, Queen Andrea, Sheryo, Vexta, Lady Aiko, Elle, Gilf!, Indie 184, and many more.

Meanwhile, The Castle Fitzjohns Gallery on Orchard Street is hosting a mini retrospective/tribute to fallen Street Artist Jef Campion aka Army of One. The 9/11 first responder and political street artist who left us earlier this year was beloved by his fans and street art contemporaries. This is the first solo showing of his work exhibited to the public.

Friday, April 4th

Robots Will Kill is a collective of artists who work primarily in the NYC area. For the last thirteen years, Chris, Veng, and Kev RWK have been creating models, painting walls and have shown their work in galleries throughout the city. The Greenpoint art gallery Beloved will be showcasing new collaborations between Chris and Veng, with new metallic pieces from Kev. The show is apart of the Concrete Canvas art series the Brooklyn art gallery has undertaken.

Saturday, April 5th

Nothing makes a Saturday night more interesting than time travel. So escape the Citibike and cronut filled world of 2014, and head back to a time where beer was illegal and people wore fancy hats everywhere they went.  We have written before about Cynthia Von Buler’s interactive play at The Players Club on Gramercy, now you get another chance at seeing this unique event about the infamous Booth Brothers rivalry. This is the second of only three performances that will take place, so do not let this pass you by. Get your tickets for the event here.

Also on Saturday, The New York Academy of Medicine is hosting a celebration of medically inclined theater, dance and music, in their beautiful art deco theater. The goal of this festival is to showcase the relationship between the arts and medicine; two things that don’t normally hold hand in hand with one another. Performers and speakers advertised for this event include Dr. Richard Korgan, a pianist/psychiatrist exploring the works and exploring the emotional life of Robert Schumann. There will also be an interactive performance/discussion on The Art of Listening.

Sunday, April 6th

With Spring finally approaching, plenty of people from around the city will be heading to Park Slope to try out the best that the ever growing food truck industry has to offer. The Food Truck Rally will be happening the first and third Sunday’s every month until October 2014. For something other than Smorgasburg and the usual brunch places head to the first rally this Sunday. Get there early to beat the crowds.

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