Eat bugs, dance to bhangra, and hang out with Mean Girls. Our NYC tastemakers pick the best events and performances of the month.
As programming manager of the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, this arts enthusiast has her ears tuned to the eclectic sounds of the city.
Red Baraat Festival of Colors, March 10
The wildly popular bhangra band Red Baraat hosts their annual blowout concert in honor of the Indian holiday Holi. This year, they’ve asked DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra founder) and Women’s Raga Massive to kick off the night, giving Indian women the props they deserve for their epic artistic contributions to the field. Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues), Chelsea; 8 p.m.
Aleona Nyamgavaa, WSWD?! Health and Wellness Expert
Candlelit Yoga, March 15
Cultivate strength and flexibility, as well as mindfulness and reflection, at this 90-minute yoga session, held in the beautiful vaulted space of St. Bartholomew’s Church. Hope to see you on the mat! St. Bartholomew’s Church, 109 East 50th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), Midtown East; 7-8:30 p.m.
With stints writing and editing at Seamless and Zagat under her belt, this up-and-coming food writer spends her days and nights exploring NYC’s underground and off-the-beaten-path dining destinations. Read all about her eating exploits in her monthly column, Off the Eaten Path.
Bugapalooza 2018, March 31
Try not to be skeeved out: Bugs are good for your diet. Even though 80 percent of the world’s population incorporate insects into their daily diets, Americans are a tad behind. The experiential New York Adventure Club and chef Joseph Yoon from Brooklyn Bugs are looking to change New Yorkers’ perspective, at least, with a six-critter-course menu at this inaugural tasting inside the wacky Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 234 West 42nd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Times Square; 8-11 p.m.
One of the most seasoned voices in the NYC theater scene, this member of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle has previously appeared in the pages of The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York.
Mean Girls, previews begin March 12
Like you, I can’t accept that it’s been five years since 30 Rock went off the air. What the heckfire has Liz Lemon, er, Tina Fey been up to? For one thing, this candy-colored stage adaptation of her near-perfect 2004 film about high school female social dynamics (and responsibility). The tunes are cowritten by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin; Fey handles the book; and director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw brings all the sass and wit that made The Book of Mormon and Something Rotten! such high-energy delights. August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Midtown
Lobby Hero, until May 13
Not to date myself, but I fell utterly in love with Kenneth Lonergan’s play when it had its world premiere in 2000. I hardly ever see anything a second time, but this one I had to revisit. Now I’ll get a third (or is it fourth?) chance when it moves to Broadway. Michael Cera stars as a chatty loser who works the concierge desk in a Manhattan residential building. It’s a talky, elliptical play, but like most of Lonergan’s pieces, there are serious ethical issues being raised under the deadpan humor and cringe-worthy comedy. I think you’ll be smitten, too. Second Stage Theater, 305 West 43rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Times Square
Along with appearing inside the pages of The Fader and Time Out New York, this vibrant culture guru created the one-of-a-kind immersive theatrical experience 8Players.
Teknopolis, through March 11
Teknopolis is a presentation of immersive art and new technology held annually at this time by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Though mum’s the word so far on works being included, what’s promised are “four floors of responsive art, 360-degree films, music-making apps, and virtual reality worlds.” BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Fort Greene
Paddy Johnson, WSWD?! Art Expert
As the founder and editorial director of Art F City, a highly regarded art criticism and commentary site, this longtime art writer and curator knows what she’s talking about. She has written for New York magazine, The New York Times, The Economist, and more.
“Of Earth and Heaven: Art From the Middle Ages,” through March 11
A collection of some of the world’s most exquisite medieval artworks from the 12th to 16th centuries is showing, curiously, in one of Chelsea’s best contemporary art galleries. The centerpieces of the fantastic show are three monumental sections of carved stonework from the south transept window of Canterbury Cathedral. Luring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), Chelsea
As an artist and film curator, Surno keeps us in the know on the latest avant-garde art and film happenings in the city. Her own installation works have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Getty in Los Angeles. On top of her success as an artist, Surno founded and directs Cinema 16, which revives the mid-century film salon.
“Zoe Leonard: Survey,” through June 10
The Whitney shows the first large-scale exhibition from Leonard, one of this generation’s most well-respected artists, whose photography explores gender, sexuality, mourning, and displacement. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street (between Washington and Tenth Avenues), Meatpacking District
Jamie Hort WSWD?! Art Expert
This contemporary art adviser and collector is the founder and publisher of the contemporary online art blog Arte Fuse.
“Take My Breath Away,” through May 9
Vietnamese artist Dahn Vo is honored with a beautiful retrospective of his work at the venerable Guggenheim. Vo focuses on “the tiny diasporas of a person’s life” and believes that the self cannot be defined, but rather is a fluid concept that exists within the constructs of the larger power systems (colonial occupation, in his country’s case) at play. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (between East 88th and 89th Streets), Upper East Side
An early music blogger whose website received millions of visits, John has gone on to run his own boutique live-performance PR and marketing company, supporting many of NYC’s biggest and best-known venues and festivals. To keep up with what’s going on in the field, our music expert attends at least 200 live shows a year.
Chita Rivera, March 20–22
Though she seems ageless, two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera won’t be with us forever. Best to catch the 85-year-old legend while the getting is good at this extended run of her career-spanning cabaret show, which will include songs from West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Feinstein’s 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Midtown