1. MEET THE MYTHBUSTERS: So what, they shot a cannonball through someone’s house during an experiment last year? It’s not stopping these two…The all-new, live show, “Mythbusters: Behind the Myths” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Discovery series will appear at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury April 1 at 8 p.m. to conduct on-stage experiments with audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. Just make sure you bring a helmet.
2. FOLLOW WILLY WONKA ON TWITTER: Everyone’s favorite candy man has joined the Twitter community, but he may not be for everyone. Oh, you listen to Skrillex? Please explain to me how underground you are… Oh your iPhone has a Personal Assistant? Thats adorable, I have Oompa Loompas… Oh, you wear glasses but don’t really need them? No, it’s cool to make fashion out of others’ visual impairment…After a slew of meme’s featuring Wonka’s face with obscene statements over it (you’ll have to conjure up the Gene Wilder voice yourself), Wonka has been given his own platform to comment from in 140 characters or less. If you’re a fan of cynical humor, follow @sarcasticwilly.
3. TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SEE BULLY: The controversial, emotional and unrated documentary takes viewers inside the real world of bullying, sharing the stories of children who were brutally victimized by classmates. The film will be released for a limited run on March 30 at AMC Lincoln Square in NYC. Visit go.amctheatres.com/bully for show times.
4. LOOK FOR JUPITER AND VENUS: Venus and Jupiter are visible near the crescent moon this week in the western sky, but not for long. Over the next few weeks, Jupiter will fade out of our view little by little and Venus will grow brighter. Fun fact: If you look through a telescope, you’ll notice Venus isn’t round. It will turn from a half moon shape to a crescent as it brightens—that’s because Venus, like the moon, has phases. Need help finding them? Download the Planet Finder app on you’re smartphone or tablet, then hold your device up to the night sky.
5. WATCH GAME OF THRONES SEASON 2 PREMIERE: The popular HBO shows first season closed with one of the most outlandish and shocking conclusions ever in a TV series and is back for its second season. The newly released trailer is sure to get you completely hooked again. Watch the full-length premiere April 1 at 9 p.m.
6. STOCK UP ON EMILE’S CANDY: Every year we schlep out from Suffolk County to make our yearly hajj to this fabulous candy shop in Oceanside (if we went any more than this, we’d be 800 lbs.) From their multi-colored Peeps hand-dipped in homemade chocolate to their four-foot milk chocolate bunny and our personal favorite: the large milk chocolate dipped homemade marshmallow eggs, if we were on death row, this would be our final meal order. Oh, they deliver, too. Go there (emilescandy.net) and experience the magic—then like them on Facebook.
7. KIDS OF THE ’80S, RELIVE YOUR CHILDHOOD: Before there was Barney, there was the Magic Garden. Come see the one and only Carole and Paula from the classic kids show live on stage at the YMCA Boulton Center April 1 and celebrate 40 years of timeless music and laughs, along with special guest, the original Sherlock. The whole gang will meet and greet fans after the show, pose for photos and personally sign DVDs, CDs and posters.
8. MEET MARY & CAROL HIGGINS CLARK: The world of mystery, murder and plot twists descends upon Huntington. Best-selling suspense writers Mary and Carol Higgins Clark will speak about and sign their latest books, The Lost Years and Gypped at Book Revue on April 4.
9. GO TO I-CON 31: From March 30 to April 1, Stony Brook University hosts the Northeast’s largest convention of science fiction, fact, and fantasy. The three-day festival features the best in comics, fantasy, horror, anime, medieval reenactment, and technology. With merchant tables, creator panels, and special guests galore, I-Con 31 is not to be missed by any fans of the above. For more information on dealers, guests, schedules, admission prices, etc., head to www.iconsf.org.
10. FOOL YOUR FRIENDS: It’s that time of year again… April 1 is April Fools Day! Make sure to remember to trust no one, believe nothing and, above all, prank before you’re pranked. Need some new ideas? Need retribution from last year? Visit www.aprilfoolzone.com for some harmless pranks and get creative. This is no day to hold back, so make plans and be prepared! Or the joke will be on you…