By early March, most of us are out of things to do to get us through what is left of winter. So this month, we’re devoting our blog to activities and events that will put a spring in your step before Spring even arrives (March 20th and yes, we’re counting).
Coffee Fest is underway at the Javits Center and between America’s Best Cold Brew Competition and Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open, there is plenty of fun for your inner caffeine junkie (Monday, March 4th – Tuesday, March 5th)
The advent of Mardi Gras means live jazz, fresh gumbo, and our favorite, a Fat Tuesday themed party for you and your dog at Boris & Horton’s Mardi Gras Pawty (Tuesday, March 5th).
If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, check out New York Times Op-Docs by Mexican Filmmakers at El Museo, a screening of six short films (all in Spanish, by Mexican filmmakers) moderated by NYT reporter Eduardo Porter (Tuesday, March 5th).
Well before Easter arrives (next month on April 21st) Christians may receive ashes and a bigger Mass schedule at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 6th).
If you worship at the altar of music and love, two events leading up to the weekend are a must. The first, Love Rocks NYC: A Concert Benefiting God’s Love We Deliver, features artists Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, Hozier, and Lukas Nelson, to name a few, with proceeds going to one of NYC’s most important charities, GLWD (Thursday, March 7th). Next, the Swedish-born electropop gay icon Robyn plays Madison Square Garden in support of her eighth studio album, Honey (Friday, March 8th).
March is Women’s History Month, and one way to celebrate is by joining a Shady Ladies Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum of Art walking tour. You’ll be treated to museum highlights featuring “feisty path breakers” such as Marie Antoinette’s marketing director and the fertility goddess who preceded Zeus (Saturday, March 9th).
Whether or not Spring is in the air yet by the first week of March, art certainly is with The Armory Show, now in its 25th year. The 3-day mecca for fine art aficionados begins March 7th and features an expanded list of international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs (through Sunday, March 10th).
The band Fleetwood Mac has seen many incarnations over the years and the tour reaching Madison Square Garden for one night absent Lindsey Buckingham is no exception. The guitarist and lead singer has not decided to go his own way but rather, according to his Rolling Stone Interview, was fired. In Buckingham’s place to accompany OGs Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie are former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House singer/guitarist Neil Finn (Monday, March 11th).
Garnering some good buzz downtown and uptown respectively are Rap Guide at Soho Playhouse, featuring Resident Artist Baba Brinkman’s scientific hip-hop theater cycle, and the WOW Women of the World Festival at the legendary Apollo Theatre (Tuesday, March 12th – Sunday, March 17th). The WOW Festival celebrates the power of women and girls from Harlem and around the world, featuring performances by musician Alice Smith and poet Nikki Giovanni.
NYC is growing as a hub for film festivals with last month’s NY Indie Theatre Film Festival and March’s new addition, The Inwood Film Festival. The IFF showcases and celebrates the Inwood community through cinema and presents independent films made in the neighborhood or by Inwood-based filmmakers. If you missed it at Tribeca Film Festival, catch the opening night special presentation of “Love, Gilda,” followed by a post screening interview with filmmaker Lisa D’Apolito (Thursday, March 14th – Saturday, March 16th).
Before you know it the warm weather will return and with it, a renewed interest in getting fit. If you work in the industry or have ever dreamed of making a career in changing lives through health and fitness, look no further than Going Beyond: URNX and GYM NYC’s Free Networking Mixer Event for Professionals in the Health, Wellness, and Fitness Industry (Saturday, March 16th).
St Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish heritage and tradition, but did you know the holiday’s NYC parade (Sunday, March 17th) has been in existence since 1762 ? Another way to get out into the streets on St. Paddy’s Day is by running them. The United Airlines NYC Half Marathon begins in Brooklyn, goes directly through Times Square, and ends just north of Tavern on the Green.
Women continue to break onto the theatre scene thanks to groups like Elemental Women Productions and their presentation of “The Right and Left Plays,” two one-act plays written by Mikayla Olivia Orrson at Playwrights Horizon (Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 22nd).
The last day of winter is the perfect time for The 2019 New York City Wellness Summit at Rockefeller University, with a program covering wellness topics, panel discussions and inspirational speakers (Tuesday, March 19th).
And then before rounding the corner to the end of the month spring finally makes its debut! Celebrate the Vernal Equinox at this Meditation and Tacos event, where you’ll meditate for about 25 minutes and then fill your Zenned-out body with yummy tacos (Wednesday, March 20th).
Ommm, pass the guac.
Some of the world’s funniest improvisers from across the globe will be performing at ImprovFest, now in its 8th year at The PIT NYC (Wednesday, March 20th – Sunday, March 24th), while some of of the world’s leading brands along with today’s top design talent gather at Architectural Digest Design Show (Thursday, March 21st – Sunday, March 24th).
The final week of the month is full of brightness and inspiration. At Holi In The City: NYC’s Festival Of Colors, celebrate the Indian Festival and new season with colorful powders, a dance party, musical performances, food and drinks (Saturday, March 23rd). For a night of sweet music, Total Vocal with Deke Sharon at Carnegie Hall is a celebration of contemporary a cappella and includes surprise guests from Broadway and “Pitch Perfect” (Sunday, March 24th).
The revitalizing Flower District has an exciting new addition just in time for Spring: Putnam & Putnam’s new retail store in Chelsea. Known for their stunning, whimsical arrangements and for catering to Hollywood and fashion industry elite (Gwyneth Paltrow and Jason Wu among them) the duo’s (Darroch and Michael Putnam) shop inside the brand new Moxy hotel is worth a visit for a breath of inspired air and fresh cut bouquets. A few blocks north, the Macy’s Flower Show enchants the masses with millions of live flowers, plants and trees, adding a dose of natural wonder and magic to midtown (Monday, March 25th through April 7th).
Tricia Brouk and Jamie Broderick, formerly of TEDxLincolnSquare, are teaming up with media giant SWAAY and a new streaming platform, Binge Networks TV, to produce the hottest new speaking events in the country. Join the kickoff inaugural event Speakers Who Dare: SWAAY The Narrative at the Triad Theatre (Tuesday, March 26th).
The New Directors New Film Festival is a joint presentation of The Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center, now in its 48th year and celebrating artists considered daring, boundary-breaking, and forward thinking (Wednesday, March 27th – April 7th). This year’s festival will introduce 24 features and 11 short films to New York audiences. The 7th Annual Colombian International Film Festival is another showcase of independent filmmakers, and features a slate of films with a concentration on Colombia’s stories, roots and talents (Thursday, March 28th – Sunday, March 31st).
Our first mention of dance this month is 2019 American Ballet Theatre Women’s Movement Initiative Choreographer, Stefanie Batten Bland, whose Company SBB, “interrogates the preconceived notions embedded within contemporary and historical culture” and sits at “the intersection of installation and dance-theatre in live performance settings.” They can be seen on the Tribeca Performing Arts Center Stage (Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th).
The end of March almost certainly means warmer days, so let’s drink to that! At the NYC Craft Distillers Fair you will sample over 60 specially-selected craft spirits while a lively, 1920′s style jazz band recreates the speakeasy experience.
“I waited until after the election…I was going to make the show all Goldwater if he won, because then everything would go, art would go. But now it’s going to be flowers—they’re the fashion this year. They look like a cheap awning. They’re terrific!”
~ Andy Warhol on what inspired his series of FLOWER paintings in 1964
And on March 31st, Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again at the Whitney takes a bow.
Enjoy the month. We will see you in April!