The Best Week April 2014

The likelihood of snow is well behind us making it ideal to get out and do something, lots of things. Our lineup makes now the ideal time to have the best week.

Head west for possibly a once in a lifetime experience: Chinese dissident, controversial artist and mastermind behind the Olympic “bird’s nest” stadium Ai Weiwei exhibits at Brooklyn Museum. According to What? is his largest US show and the final stop on this tour.

Who said you need mountains to get a challenging bike ride? We don’t need no stinking mountains! Head out early this morning and pound the dirt at one of the Island’s many bike trails. There’s no better way to stare down the week and get ready for all the challenges to come.

Got the urge for a food-and-drink excursion? Keep things local but still international with a trip to the Currywurst Company, the new German Biergarten-style eatery in Long Beach. Post knockwurst, loosen the belt and enjoy some armchair travelling courtesy of Pulse (see our Vineyard Vacations feature).

Climb over hump day, literally. Explore the “peak” of physical fitness by rock climbing at an indoor boulder wall. At home, reconnect with rock ‘n’ roll highs by checking out David Crosby’s latest, Croz.

Enjoy a unique, inventive and rocking 25 courses at Maroni Cuisine in Northport. You’re in for epic eating of whatever Maroni puts together. Strap in, there’s nothing to plan. It’s a paradisiac tasting menu from caviar on potato chips to the man’s signature meatballs. Bring friends.

Every decade needs a film about an alien seductress. Scarlett Johansson is ours. Before letting her Under the Skin, take a ride to Dixie with Mixologist Ryan Garrison at Tullulah’s. His Danville Train is worth the trip to Bay Shore for a pre-Prohibition era beverage channeling smooth, southern Levon Helm-inspired goodness.

Poetry is alive and well on LI. Celebrate National Poetry Month at an area reading, maybe inspiration will take hold and you’ll find yourself at the mic. For more cultural endeavors, Tilles Center boasts a worldly lineup of performances, like the one with Ben Vereen.

3 can’t miss events

Sub 30 Poetry Slam
April 12
Parrish Art Museum
In honor of National Poetry Month, The Parrish will host its first Sub 30 Poetry Slam, featuring young artists up to the age of 29. Audience members will judge this youthful and exuberant short poetry competition, with the winner receiving the coveted title of “Sub 30 Champion” along with a cash prize.

Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Opens April 18
Brooklyn Museum
This will be the final stop for this traveling exhibition, which is the largest showing of Ai Weiwei’s work stateside (and also his first major exhibition in the US). Forty-six monumental works, including the controversial Straight, will fill over 13,000-square-feet of gallery space at
the museum.

Long Island Restaurant Week
Begins April 27
Nassau & Suffolk
Eight days of deals, from Sunday to Sunday—that’s eight chances for great, affordable meals from all across the Island. Nearly 40 restaurants representing Nassau and Suffolk’s best culinary destinations are participating in this foodie festival. All are offering prix fixe 3-course dinners at the bargain price of $27.95.