Well March has come in like a lion. Snow and frigid temperatures are in the immediate forecast, but that has never stopped New Yorkers from having a great time. This week we are dancing north, south, east and Westside. Art from Museum Mile to Flatbush Avenue; and cutting edge theatre in Broadway to the Bronx. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Birds Of Paradise (A group exhibition for women’s history month) Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center at the Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard (btw Flatbush & Bedford Avenue) Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Ava Tomlinson and featuring works by Pamella Allen, Sandra Ayana, Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Sophia Domeville, Laura James, Gina Samson, Cheery Stewart Joseph, Ava Tomlinson and Valerie Williams. The opening reception is March 6, from 6pm to 8 pm exhibition runs through May 4.
The KGB Espionage Museum KGB Espionage Museum, located at 245 West 14th Street, is a modern, unique museum, where games and stories are just as important as educational experiences. Touching and trying the exhibits helps people learn and remember. At the KGB Espionage Museum, you can explore the life of a KGB espionage agent through interacting with the artifacts on display
Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ever since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922, people have been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian treasures. The Met recently acquired one such object—a gold-leafed covered coffin for a High Priest from Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. It’s on display, along with 70 other Egyptian artifacts from the Met’s collection.
Jean-Michel Basquiat Solo Exhibition: The Brant Foundation announced this week that it will present a solo exhibition of works by the late artist Jean- Michel Basquiat as the inaugural show on March 6 in its new East Village space in New York City. Located at 421 East 6th Street in a century-old, 16,000 square-foot building originally designed as a Con Ed substation, the show is free to the public, but you’ll need a ticket to get in. The show begins on March 6 and tickets can be reserved through May 12, but available dates and times could run out before the show closes on May 15.
New York City Center and Flamenco Festival present Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras Shadows, March 7 – 10. Beloved for her brilliant footwork and captivating stage presence, flamenco superstar Sara Baras (2015 Flamenco Festival) returns to City Center for our 75th season with a work commemorating the 20th anniversary of her own company Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras. Shadows combines Baras’ devotion to the dances of her native Spain with her unwavering commitment to innovation. Baras reexamines and reinvigorates her trademark flamenco style La Farruca—a quick-footed, dramatic dance traditionally performed only by men.
Jiva Dance presents the World Premiere of The Four Horsemen on March 7 & 8, 2019 at 8pm and March 10, 2019 at 4pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002. There will be a post-show talk-back on March 8 with the choreographers Maya Kulkarni and Sonali Skandan, moderated by NYC Indian classical dance veteran and curator Rajika Puri.
Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. From Fancy Free—his breakout hit ballet in 1944—to the musical West Side Story on stage (1957) and screen (1961) and the ballets N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz(1958) and Glass Pieces (1983), Robbins explored the joys, struggles, grooves, routines, and aspirations of New York. And in recreating the city around him on stage, Robbins found a place for himself. Voice of My City traces Robbins’ life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home. Running now through March 30th.
Harkness Dance Festival at the 92Y marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of dance innovator Merce Cunningham with a month of performance and visual arts. The opening weekend (performances on Friday and Saturday) is devoted to Cunningham dances. Subsequent weeks offer world premieres by companies founded by erstwhile Cunningham dancers: Douglas Dunn (March 8 and 9), Dylan Crossman (March 15 and 16), Jonah Bokaer (March 22 and 23) and Ellen Cornfield (March 29 and 30). (James Klosty’s photographs of the Cunningham company are on view at 92Y through April 2.)
Gibney: Work Up 5.0: Gibney presents the fifth annual edition of its performance series, dedicated to emerging artists. A different three-piece program is presented each weekend. Participating artists include Catie Leasca, Hollis Bartlett + Nattie Trogdon and Proteo Media (March 1, 2); Aye Eckerson, Emily Winkler-Morey and Javier Padilla (Mar 8, 9); and Laurel Snyder, Nana Chinara and Zachary Tye Richardson (Mar 15, 16)
Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Captain Marvel opens on March 8.
Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family. Opens March 8.
Mapplethorpe: Robert Mapplethorpe’s portraits, images of calla lilies, and chronicles of New York City’s underground BDSM scene remain touchstones of 20th-century photography even now, nearly three decades after his death from complications of HIV/AIDS in 1989. Mapplethorpe revisits the titular photographer’s legacy, beginning at the moment just before he takes up residence in the Chelsea Hotel. There, Mapplethorpe begins to amass a portfolio of images-and, at the same time, to explore his formerly suppressed attraction to men. But Mapplethorpe’s relentless ambition-as he says in one early scene, “I can’t just be Mapplethorpe the photographer,” fancying himself a “modern Michelangelo”-threatens to tear apart the relationships he cherishes the most. From the early ’70s until his untimely death at age 42, the film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Featuring Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) and Marianne Rendón, the biopic offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all. Opens March 1.
In The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”, at the St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Three men—Eric Berryman, Philip Moore and Jasper McGruder—reconstruct a 1965 album compiled by the documentarian and folklorist Bruce Jackson. In his introduction, Berryman says he pitched the project to director Kate Valk after seeing the Woosters’ beautiful Early Shaker Spirituals (which returns to the stage later this month). Fourteen tracks ensue: sung fables, blues spirituals, work songs, poetic toasts, even a rousing parody of preaching. We never learn who wrote these masterpieces; their authorship has been lost along the fields and roadsides. Opens March 1 through March 24
Baad!Ass Women Festival: The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 2474 Westchester Ave., presents its 19th annual celebration of women in dance, comedy, music, poetry and performance, including works by queer and trans women. The festival also offers a seminar on women’s safety and a zine fair for women of color and LGBTQ+ people. Weekends (Friday and Saturday) at 8pm.
Choir Boy, the Broadway premiere of Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed drama at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, centers on the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, which for a half a century has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
The Lo Lifes (Ralph Lauren Collections) will hold the 7th annual Notorious Lo Trade on Sunday March 10th at Zanger Hall, 347 West 34th Street starting at 12noon and running to 6pm. Music, hourly giveaways and much more “all things Ralph”.
FrankieFridays is Brooklyn’s best kept house music secret! The party takes place every Friday at The Happiness Lounge, 1458 St. Johns Place (bet. Utica Avenue and Rochester Avenue). The party rocks the best dance classics and soulful house music masterfully mixed by New York City’s own DJ Frankie Paradise. The predominantly mature gay crowd are there to get down, and create a warm inviting atmosphere for all. Reasonably prices drinks and a small admission price (feels more like a donation) of $5 before midnight and $10 after makes this the don’t miss Friday night dance party.
Proper Cloth, 495 Broadway, Floor 7, Buzzer 601, New York, is hosting its Spring 2019 Sample Sale! This will be their biggest sample sale yet with tons of new products, including sport coats, trousers, and suit jackets, as well as sweaters, vests, ties, and a variety of other pieces. Also look out for their collection of hundreds of button-up shirts in all different sizes and styles!
Eileen Fisher Sample Sale coming March 9 and 10 at Eileen Fisher Boutique, 314 E 9th St, New York,.There’ll be samples of current Spring merchandise from just $49 to $399 at this Eileen Fisher sample sale in the East Village! Samples range from extra small to medium – and you can also shop other sale merchandise in a full size range, starting at 40% off! Cash and all major cards accepted.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About