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cal charities, including the New York Immigrant Coali-tion. ALANNA SCHUBACH At 6, New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Queens, queensnightmarket.ticketleap. com, $5 NYC Hot Sauce Expo April 22–23 If it’s true your heat toler-ance increases with expo-sure, then by the end of this weekend you’ll be eating ghost peppers whole. That’ll be after sampling hot sauces and tasting foods made with the spicy condi-ment from ifty-plus hot-sauce makers from the U.S. and around the world. Various eating competitions are scheduled, from a iery chicken-wing challenge to the Bloody Mary Mix-Down National Championship. It all culminates in a Carolina Reaper pepper-eating contest, where a Guinness World Record is at stake; to help ease the delicious pain, craft beers and mixed drinks will be available. MARY BAKIJA At 10 a.m. each day, Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Brooklyn,, $10+ Steel will play host to the i-nal show for synth-pop duo Chairlift. The pair is em-barking on their own music careers — with frontwoman Caroline Polachek working on solo material and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly going behind the scenes as a producer — de-spite having released their third album, Moth , just last year. The album is coinci-dentally Chairlift’s most polished and cohesive work, with new-love en-chantment underscoring playful electro-pop melo-dies and Polachek’s soft, fluttering vocals. And though their music has al-ways been danceable, Moth feels like the band’s tight-est production thanks to brassy singles “Romeo” and “Ch-Ching.” Thank-fully, despite the impend-ing Chairlift breakup, Polachek and Wimberly assure fans they will un-doubtedly collaborate on other projects in the future. DEVON ANTONETTI At 8, Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost Street, Brooklyn,, $20 SCIENCE CRITIC ’ S PICK April 20May 2 FILM 53 April 19 April 25, 2017 ALIGHT Vegan Pop-Up Market at Grand Bazaar NYC April 23 Entering its 35th year as the only New York market with a pronounced social mission in the service of education — all pro its are donated to neighboring public schools to support enrichment programs in arts, sports, and other ields — Grand Bazaar might be the oldest, larg-est, and most treasured creation of its kind in the city. This Sunday, the year-round market is joining forces with The Seed, one of New York’s leading orga-nizers of plant-based and eco-friendly events. A curated collection of more than thirty vegan vendors will join the usual Grand Bazaar merchants, hawk-ing the delicious, expansive wares that are making a plant-based lifestyle so viable in today’s New York. JESSIE ROTH At 10 a.m., Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street, Manhattan, grandbazaarnyc. org, free MUSIC Chairlift April 22 The newly minted Wil-liamsburg venue Brooklyn At 9, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Manhattan, 212 2604700,, $22–$25 Miracle Legion April 21 In the mid-Eighties, Mira-cle Legion’s indie guitar swirl drew a dreamy power from the sound of some-thing forever coming into being or just slipping away. The songs were full of memory and longing, swimming through echo-drenched electric guitar to a shore that remained just out of reach. A handful of releases only hinted at the way this band could be inti-mate and expansive at the same time, then label trou-ble spelled the end. (Singer Mark Mulcahy continued with Polaris, and his voice — a combination of cool water and cracked earth — is familiar to anyone who remembers “Hey Sandy,” the theme to The Adven-tures of Pete & Pete .) But over time their songs have deepened, as the losses and joys they describe criss-cross in ways expected and not through three decades. As a reunion tour long enough to have seen the release of a live album winds down, their irst New York shows in twenty years will also be their last, itting for a band whose music was always saying hello and goodbye at the same time. JOE LEVY March for Science NYC April 22 This Earth Day, the March for Science centers on the National Mall in Washing-ton, but with more than ive hundred satellite marches around the world, the mes-sage is clear: Science, scien-tists, STEM careers, and evidence-based policymak-ing need to be protected. While the current political climate inspires a sense of urgency, this demonstration is decidedly nonpartisan, an all-inclusive coalition of or-ganizations and individuals advocating science. New Yorkers can show their love for all types of science at the March for Science NYC, tak-ing place along the Upper West Side. Participants are encouraged to make signs, banners, and the signature headwear — a knitted tur-quoise resistor beanie. The mission is to defend sci-ence’s place in society through outreach, educa-tion, funding, and advocacy programs, so groups of all types are invited to sign up and show support. HEATHER BAYSA Kicks off at 10:30 a.m., Central Park West and 62nd Street, Manhattan, marchforscience. nyc, free STRANGER THAN FICTION This fourth edition of the nonfiction extravaganza “Art of the Real” is exceptionally strong, although the finest achievements come from known quantities. Avant-garde stalwart Heinz Emigholz is present, with two new works unlike anything he’s done in decades; both are worthy, but Streetscapes [Dialogue] is not to be missed. Malaysian master Amir Mu-hammad is back with Voyage to Terengganu , a historical inquiry that allows him to once again take the temperature of his homeland. The strikingly titled World Without End (No Reported Incidents) finds Jem Cohen achiev-ing an ideal balance between nonfiction and experimentalism, examining three coastal villages in the south of England. And Untitled , the final film by the late Michael Glawogger, serves as a record of what might have been the most ambitious project of his career. But the big surprise is Brothers of the Night , a docudrama about Bulgarian Roma hustlers in Vienna. Film-maker Patric Chiha shoots them as though their lives are a crypto-remake of Fassbinder’s Querelle — if this doesn’t make John Waters’s year-end top ten, you can document me eating my shoe. MICHAEL SICINSKI Various times, Film Society of Lincoln Center, 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan, 212 8755610,, $11–$14 DOCUMENTARIES AND SORT OF DOCUMENTARIES AT ‘ART OF THE REAL’ VILLAGE TALKS This Asian-American Life April 21 What does it mean to be Asian-American? In Trump’s America, where skin color and government-approved documents unfor-tunately seem to dictate one’s institutional identity, that question is especially necessary to consider even if reaching a single, concrete answer may be impossible. This evening of readings brings together four writers who will reflect on their ex-periences as Asian-Ameri-cans, through brief, personal stories shared in the vein of the NPR program This American Life . Taking the stage will be a diverse lineup of dynamic scribes: Hua Hsu, of the New Yorker ; nov-elist Tanwi Nandini Islam ( Bright Lines ); iction writer Tony Tulathimutte ( Private Citizens ); and the spunky author Larissa Pham, who last year published her de-but, a page-turner of erotica called Fantasian . Presented as part of Columbia Univer-sity’s Asian Paci ic Ameri-can Heritage Month, this intimate event is open to all; it’s a timely chance to listen to and learn about the myr-iad notions of Asian identi-ties in America. CLAIRE VOON providing an open projector (like an open mic) for guests to show off their work. Host Todd Anderson says April’s show will feature ClickHole writer Jamie Brew “doing something with an electric guitar and probably his pre-dictive text algorithm,” and artist Melanie Hoff will be showing her Partisan The-saurus, an online tool that compares language of left-and right-leaning publica-tions side-by-side. Joining them will be digital musi-cian Uncle Vinegar and artist/programmer David Lublin. ALANA MOHAMED Brothers of the Night , a stylish revelation of “Art of the Real” At 7, Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street, Manhattan, 212 865 1588,, free TECH WordHack April 20 The word “hack” became shorthand for working through programming-related issues in the Fifties at M.I.T., but has since evolved to mean innovating one’s life in any capacity. Appropri-ately enough, the monthly series “WordHack” inno-vates the very idea of com-munication. The gatherings borrow from a wide array of engineers, programmers, writers, and artists to exam-ine the intersection of tech-nology and language, while At 7, Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street, Manhattan,, free THEATER Charleses Through April 29 Carl Holder’s new play con-tains more than just a few Various times, the Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 7189076189,, $15–$35 guys named Charles. It’s ostensibly focused on three generations of fathers and sons all called Charles, but Holder takes frequent de-tours further into the past, introducing us to a bevy of namesakes scattered across “a vast ocean of time.” In counterbalance to the man parade onstage, Holder has teamed up with an all-female design team, led by director Meghan Finn (des-ignated co-artistic director of the Tank this month). Finn knows a thing or two about negotiating experi-mental work (her produc-tion of Mac Wellman’s The Offending Gesture was lauded); the cast, mean-while, includes Fernando Gonzalez, who brought ample charm to the recent downtown show Omega Kids . NICOLE SERRATORE

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