Warning: This event in New York City is hotter than it appears.
More than 50 of the country’s top hot sauce makers bring the heat at this year’s NYC Hot Sauce Expo. The weekend-long fest promises tear-inducing samples and plenty of competition, including the Guinness World Records Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest and a Chihuahua beauty pageant. Don’t forget the milk. Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint
Theatrical solo wizard Thaddeus Phillips uses a chair, a table, and a bar of lights to dramatize more than a dozen instances of immigrants or refugees from Latin America to Eastern Europe crossing the invisible barriers that divide humanity. Director Tatiana Mallarino brings 17 Border Crossings—which has already drawn crowds on four continents—to off-Broadway. Through Sunday, May 12; New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street (between Second Avenue and Cooper Square), East Village
The Apollo closes out the Africa Now festival with an epic afterparty featuring Congolese Afrobeat artist Young Paris, whom you may remember making headlines as Jay Z’s protégé. The songwriter, music producer, and fashion influencer brings his cutting-edge sound and vision to the legendary venue’s music café. Saturday, April 13; 10 p.m.; Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street (between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards), Harlem
As part of its spring 2019 exhibition series, the Museum of Modern Art draws from its own collection to showcase “New Order: Art and Technology in the 21st Century,” a collection of large-scale installations that aim to “confront the fundamental paradoxes of cultural productions and technological power in the 21st century.” Come with an open mind and expect the unexpected. Through Saturday, June 14; Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Midtown
Eating + Drinking
Only at a Lower East Side open-air food market can you salivate over Genghis Khan–style barbecue from a legendary Japanese chef. Hester Street Fair hosts Ogata-san in his first-ever trip to America for an unprecedented tasting of coastal Hokkaido dishes rarely found in the city. If the meat sweats get to you, Hokkaido Brewing will be providing the drinks. Sunday, April 14; 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; corner of Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side