Spring is, thankfully, needling its way into the cultural calendar this month. In addition to the indoor cultural fare (read: warm) of the last six-plus months, there are some outdoor activities to revel in as well. Whether you’re into Japanese takes on American breakfast staples (improved upon versions, in SIXTY’s opinion) or a city-wide theater crawl of indie darlings and Hollywood blockbusters, April has it all. Herewith, your guide to the best events going on in New York City and Los Angeles this month.
NEW YORK CITY: On the eve of her upcoming release, High Life, legendary French director Claire Denis is getting the career retrospective she deserves at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Seventeen films will be screened in limited runs from now until April 9, including the heartwarming 35 Shots of Rum, bittersweet coming of age tale Nenette and Boni, and profoundly dark Bastards. Denis’s works tell stories of difference, love, longing, and detachment, and go beyond the normal confines of movie-making to become sensory-overload experiences of light and sound. If you’ve never seen one of her works, you owe it to yourself to do so during this, the largest ever American retrospective fo her work. Films screen through Tuesday April 9th (Dates & Showtimes here) // BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets $11 and up
NEW YORK CITY: Cinephiles visiting New York this month are in luck—the Tribeca Film Festival is once again taking over theaters across Manhattan offering up the chance to see world premiere screenings, exclusive talks with renowned directors, star-studded red carpets… you get the idea. This year, the TFF is boasting a slew of music documentaries on Woodstock, the Rolling Stones, and D’Angelo, the last of which is intimately documented in Devil’s Pie, a behind-the-scenes tour documentary on the late revival of his legendary R&B career. But the best way to do Tribeca is to take a chance on something low-profile: check out the indie thrillers of the Midnight series, local snapshots featured in This Used To Be New York, or the gripping storytelling of this year’s U.S. Narrative Competition. There’s truly something for everyone at TFF and the full list of screenings is available here. Festival begins Wednesday, April 24th // Screenings and event information here // Ticket and passes here
NEW YORK CITY: The cutting edge of New York City’s food scene is once again returning to Brooklyn thanks to Smorgasburg. Over 100 baked, grilled, fried, seared, chilled, and craft-brewed dishes will be served up at two outdoor markets every weekend throughout spring and summer, and 2019 is promising some bold new flavors indeed. You’ll want to get in early to score a taste of the Japanese soufflé pancakes from Fluffy’s, dumplings and pork buns from Jing Fong, new kombucha popsicles from The Better Pop, Birria tacos at Chofi Familia and so, so much more. Check out a full rundown of the Smorg newcomers at Gothamist and be sure to arrive hungry. Food festivals run 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays in Williamsburg beginning April 6th and Sundays in Prospect Park beginning April 7th // Williamsburg location at East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn // Prospect Park location at Breeze Hill, East Drive at Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn // Free Entry
LOS ANGELES: The brooding cool of Serge Gainsbourg lives on in his daughter, whose storied career of acting and recording has arguably surpassed his own. As she continues to soar off the release of her 2017 album Rest, Charlotte Gainsbourg will stop at the El Rey theater for a special live band performance. Filled with dark, twisting basslines, sparse grooves, and Gainsbourg’s gentle falsetto, Rest is both a nod to a father’s pioneering ’60s rock and a daughter’s silver screen work. It’s part deadly cool, part loving catharsis. Lead single “Deadly Valentine” is the perfect jumping-off point for those unfamiliar with Gainsbourg’s music career—a stomping minimalist dance track with stark piano chords that bloom into towering string lines during the unforgettable chorus. Wednesday, April 17th, 8 p.m. // El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles // Tickets $50
LOS ANGELES: The best cooking, baking, and drink-making in Los Angeles will be conveniently gathered on the iconic Rose Bowl field this month for the 2019 Masters of Taste, a one-day blowout of eating and drinking that serves as a testament to Southern California’s status as the food capital of the country. Drinks from the state’s best wineries, craft breweries, and top-notch mixologists will be there to help you wash down the unlimited tastings on offer. Whether you’re a certified foodstagrammer or a casual diner, it’s guaranteed to be a delicious day, and best of all, the proceeds go to support Union Station Homeless Services, a housing and family support nonprofit based in LA. Sunday, April 7th, 4-7 p.m. // Rose Bowl Field, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena // Tickets $105
LOS ANGELES: The permanent collection of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art is turning 40 in 2019, and to celebrate the anniversary the institution will bring out some of its very best pieces for a series called Open House. This month’s display includes the multimedia works of Elliott Hundley, a constructive master of collage, architecture, painting and more, who has had a deep impact on the museum and its curatorial development. Hundley’s pieces capture the open wonder, decadence, and dread of Southern California in perfect fashion, and are rarely seen on such a large scale. Crowded, hyperactive, and profoundly engrossing, his work must be seen to be believed. Opens Sunday, April 14th // Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles // Admission $10 and up
Header image: Still from Nenette and Boni. Courtesy of Claire Denis.