We are as excited as you are for Spring but before we share our recommendations for the new month and season, let us to put two late-February happenings onto your radar. The first: Dunkin’ Donuts introduced its Girl Scout Cookies line of coffees and yes, this is newsworthy. New flavors include Coconut Caramel (the cookie formerly known as Samoa), Peanut Butter Cookie, and of course, Thin Mints. The second: Nap York in midtown also wants to keep you up and running, albeit by way of a good snooze. This brand new venue offers public nap pods, a vegan cafe and comfy recharge stations for you and your devices. So whether caffeinating or power-napping your way through the end of the winter (or both!) we’ve got you covered.
Now onto March! Two stars from Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon hit The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan and Michael Zegen, will be at the 92nd St Y (March 1, 7:30pm) discussing their Golden Globe award-winning show. Set in 1950s New York, it centers around a wife and mom who break barriers in the male-dominated world of comedy…and with that in mind, check out the Coast2Coast NY March Comedy Show at Karma Bar & Lounge (March 2, 7pm-9pm). Hosted by comic and Bechdel-testing podcaster Jessica Rotondi, and Francesca Day, it features performers from LA and NYC. The first few days of March also mark the high-heeled kickoff of NY City Center’s Flamenco Festival, where you can find the best flamenco music and dance performances from Spain, plus pre-show talks and dance lessons (March 2-11).
March also means we have Oscar on the mind and IFC’s presentation of 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts in the Animation, Live Action, and Documentary categories will give you some excellent last minute film knowledge and Oscar party cocktail talk (March 3, 10AM-10PM). Short of an invite to the Vanity Fair Party, Vanity Fair’s Oscar coverage makes you feel like an industry insider. As far as where to watch Hollywood’s biggest night, we like our Oscar galas more geeky than glitzy and suggest you check out The Big Oscars Quiz Thing at Caveat on the LES hosted by Andy Peeke (March 4, 5:30PM).
From the Oscar race to competition on the court, we’re going to table March Madness for a minute and lead with two under-the-radar sporting events to check out this month. The She Believes Cup at Red Bull Arena brings together some of the world’s best professional women soccer players in back-to-back matches (March 4, USA v. France 12PM, Germany v. England, 3PM) and World Tennis Day marks the U.S. debut of Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden (March 5, 7PM). This Melbourne import features eight high-profile players, including the Williams sisters, who battle 10-point tie breaks for a thrilling new take on tennis.
The art scene also comes to life in early March with the Spring/Break Art Show in Times Square during Armory Week, now in its seventh year (March 6-12, 11AM-6PM). Inspired by the Tolstoy quote, “‘All great literature is one of two stories; a hero goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town,” the show will feature hundreds of artists’ new work under the theme ‘Strange Comes To Town.’
March is Women’s History Month and we have our eye on fun, inspiring and empowering events celebrating International Women’s Day, including The Pussycat Painting Party at the Baha’i Center in the East Village (March 8, 7PM-10PM) and the Women’s United Nations Peace Summit: Women Advancing the Culture of Peace (March 9, 6:30PM-9PM). We also love Amie Siegel’s ‘Winter’ art installation at the Guggenheim (now through March 11th) and later that night, Art After Dark (March 9, 9PM-midnight).
Broadway blooms with the first preview of the much anticipated Mean Girls musical based on the 2004 film at the August Wilson Theatre with book by Tina Fey (March 12, 8PM). Young millennials may love stage references to Snapchat, but for those seeking something a bit more Solid Gold disco, do not miss Summer: The Donna Summer Musical starring the dazzling LaChanze entering previews (March 28, 8PM). You may have already heard the great buzz on two additional Broadway shows already in previews that open late March — a new take on a classic Angels in America and another screen-to-stage vehicle, Frozen: The Musical — but if you haven’t heard, take our word the Angel has new wings and they are beautiful.
Temperatures start to rise by mid-month (one can only hope) just in time for the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17, 11AM-5PM) but if you want to stay toasty indoors, we love this guide to where to find the Best Irish Coffee. We also love Sober St. Patrick’s Day at St. Patrick’s Youth Center on Mulberry St., where you can treat yourself to a talent show that includes Donny Golden School of Irish Dance and solo performers (March 17, 4PM-7PM). For an equally festive cultural celebration of a different type, Holi In The City (aka the Hindu Festival of Colors) at Stage 48, also promises to be a bright, uplifting time (March 17 and 31, 12PM).
On the culinary front, the prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists will be announced (March 14, 9AM). Two notable New York City establishments already nominated for Best New Restaurant include Cote NYC for Korean steakhouse fare, and Empellon Midtown with its inspired take on Mexican cooking.
More arts, culture and light dominate the latter half of March, including the New York Children’s International Film Festival (now through March 18) and Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin presenting music by Mozart, Wieniawski, Beethoven and Edgar Meyer’s Overture for Violin at Lincoln Center (March 19, 8PM). The Affordable Art Fair comes to the Metropolitan Pavilion (March 22-25) and for more on the music front, the most memorable Eponine to grace the Broadway stage in Les Mis is back in New York with a new cabaret show. Her name is Frances Ruffelle and you can find her inside The Green Room at Yotel (March 24, 7PM).
When it comes to the first official day of Spring, we’ve got the best tips to get rid of anything stale that’s cluttering your space and subtly spiritual takes on the Vernal Equinox (March 20). Can’t stop the feeling? Dance, dance dance it over to midtown for a party with Justin Timberlake; he brings his ‘Man In The Woods’ tour to Madison Square Garden for two nights (March 21 and 22, 8PM).
Giving more meaning to the month are students, primarily those from Parkland, who are planning a march in Washington, D.C. to call for school safety and gun control (March 24). March for Our Lives will have a national presence and exact location details for New York City are TBA.
It was Monet who said, “I must have flowers, always, always!” We feel the Frenchman right about now and are glad NYC need not wait until May for all the roses, tulips, daffodils and lillies. Visit Macy’s Once Upon A Springtime Flower Show for an enchanting experience that will open up your senses and soul (March 25 – April 8).
Tabled but not forgotten is March Madness, the college basketball tourney that inspires wild guesstimates as you fill out your office brackets. On the men’s side, important dates to know beginning with Selection Sunday can be found here and while none of the 68 teams vying for the Division 1 Men’s College Basketball title will do so at a NYC arena, you can check out the best teams left out of the NCAAs competing in National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden (March 27 and March 29). With respect to D1 Women’s Basketball, 64 qualifying teams competing for the NCAA title will be announced on Monday, March 12 and once the Final Four is reached, reach out to your local NYC sports bar and demand the games be televised (March 30)!
Spring air is medicinal, and once the trees are budding the collective mood of the city is simply bubbly. To celebrate, end the month on Central Park’s Heart of the Park Tour (Mar 31, 2PM), which offers a guided east-to-west tour of the park’s best scenic, sculptural and architectural elements, and toast the new season with sips of champagne at Air’s in the West Village. Cheers!