Spring has finally arrived! Soon the flowers will be in bloom and love will be in the air. And if you love the arts you will find dance from Da Bronx to the Chelsea, music in Brooklyn and at Radio City Music Hall, karaoke night in Garden City and explore Asian culture and art throughout the city. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Asia Week (March 19- 23) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this time around, and among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, The Met and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.
Hailing from L.A., Luis Flores, Salon 94 at 243 Bowery, crotchets full-length, life-size figurative sculptures out of yarn, which look suspiciously like the bearded artist himself. Indeed, he calls them “doppels,” and outfits each in an identical uniform based, apparently, on his own wardrobe of blue jeans, dark blue t-shirts and sneakers bought at Old Navy. Singly, Flores’s stand-in can be seen falling from the top of a ladder, or absent-mindedly scratching his balls while checking his phone. Things get even weirder, however, when Flores presents his twin as pairs wrestling with one another. Exhibit runs through March 30.
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 exhibition runs through May 4.
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.
Limon Dance Company at Aaron Davis Hall at City College for the Arts, 138 Convent Avenue (West 135th Street and Convent Avenue) New York, Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22, at 7pm. The Limon Dance Company’s two day engagement at Aaron Davis Hall will present two of Jose Limon’s masterworks to Harlem audiences for the first time. The Moor’s Pavane, based on Shakespeare’s Othello; and a Suite from A Choreographic Offering, Limon’s dance tribute to his mentor Doris Humphrey. The program will also showcase previews by three exceptional young choreographers – Adam Barruch, Rosie Herrera, and Yin Yue.
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BADD) presents its 19th annual celebration of women in dance, comedy, music, poetry and performance, including works by queer and trans women. Among the featured artists are Marga Gomez, Nélida Tirado, Alicia Bauman-Morales and Davalois Fearon Dance. Festival continues Friday, March 22, 29 and Saturday March 23, 30.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns to The Joyce in high style, bringing a milestone evening of three commissioned works—all New York premieres—featuring live music by renowned concert pianist Joyce Yang. Choreographer Jorma Elo collaborates with Yang to bring Schumann’s Carnaval to life in the quirky Half/Cut/Split. Fernando Melo’s multimedia Dream Play, set to the music of Erik Satie, changes the audience’s viewing perspective, while Nicolo Fonte uses Philip Glass’s meditative score to full effect in Where We Left Off.
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.)
Buddy: A tender tribute to tail-wagging treasures. Man’s best friend receives a cinematic pat on the head in Buddy, the latest documentary by veteran Peru-born Dutch director Heddy Honigmann. Observing how six service dogs provide crucial daily help and companionship for their grateful owners, the ruminative, accessible affair proves as soothing to the viewer as the faithful pets are to their humans… Aided by the fluent, unobtrusive editing of the experienced Jessica de Koning.
In the new Jordan Peele‘s horror film Us a family is haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden (this month March 21) happens every single month, making us New Yorkers the luckiest people on earth for over 50 consecutive months of sold out shows! Billy LOVES to perform for his home fans and he never disappoints.
The New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall, (March 24- 27 from 10am- 6pm) aims to present young musicians with an experience that offers the opportunity for musical growth while creating lasting memories. The event ensemble has more opportunities than ever to explore one of the world’s greatest cities and experience a musical adventure like no other.
Gary Clark, Jr. at the Beacon Theater March 21- 23, 8pm. Clark is a Grammy winning guitarist and actor based in Austin, Texas. He has been hailed as the future of Texas blues.
Music of Bob Marley for Kids- The Rock and Roll Playhouse (RRPHKIDS) at Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn, a family concert series hosted at Industry City, allows kids to get down to songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history. This week, kids get their groove on the the music of Bob Marley featuring David Langlois and the Brooklyners.
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
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?
Holi In The City on Saturday, March 23 from 1-8pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, New York- NYC’s Biggest Festival of Colors Party. Welcome to the happiest day party in New York City! The Festival of Colors celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. This Indian Festival happens ever year, not only in India but throughout the world. Join us on Saturday March 16th,23rd or 30th. These are day & night events and all nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate! Make sure to wear white because this party gets colorful.
Coffee & Tea Festival NYC at the Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble St, Brooklyn on Saturday, March 23 12-5pm and Sunday, March 24 from 12-4pm. Join more than 75 exhibitors from around the nation as they pour tastings of their finest coffees and teas, and introduce you to new and award-winning products! This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of seminars from well-known industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings and more! The exhibit hall will also feature some of the most delectable sweet and savory foods to compliment the spectacular collection of local and national coffees and teas.
80s Arcade & Karaoke Night– on Saturday 23 from 7-11pm at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY. Relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and singing your hearts out to ’80s karaoke music. No need to bring quarters as games are all set to free play, but please do bring the big hair, acid-washed jeans, shoulder pads, and Members Only jackets. And now we’ve added over 30 classic consoles from the 70s through the 90s so you can play all your retro favorites like Pong and games on the Atari 2600 all the way through to the Nintendo 64.
– Play Games on Over 30 Classic Consoles and Over 30 Arcade Machines
– 80s Karaoke
– Retro Game Tournament – SNES Mortal Kombat
– 80s Costume/Cosplay Contest
– $1 Raffles – Win a Nintendo Switch & more – Drawing same night!
– Cash Bar
$15 advance tickets, $20 at the door!
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week from March 11- March 24, 20 at various restaurants throughout Poughkeepsie, NY. The largest culinary event in the region is back. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is from March 11-March 24. Visit one of our over 200 participating restaurants and enjoy a prix fixe 3-course lunch ($22.95) or 3-course dinner ($32.95). Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is presented by The Valley Table magazine.
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.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About