February 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, Valentine's Day events and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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After a monastic January (giving up all your vices and spending nothing because the holidays cleared you out), it's time to cut loose. Use our events calendar to guide you to the best things to do this month: Get a delicious meal at NYC Restaurant Week, re-tox yourself at New York City Beer Week with our guide to NYC's best beer events, and check out Broadway’s latest musical-theater offering.

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Featured events in February 2015

Valentine's Day in New York

To help you have an enjoyable time on and around February 14, we've come up with Valentine's Day ideas that should help you plan the Goldilocks of dates: one that's not too cheap, not too expensive, not too over the top and not too uncaring—it'll be just right.

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By: Time Out editors

Mardi Gras in New York

Every year, New York's usual anxiety and chaotic charm turns laissez-faire via The Crescent City for Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras in NYC is a typically rambunctious affair, featuring jazz music performances, funky shows, rich cajun cuisine, king cake and some of the best parties in New York. So, for your celebratory pleasure, here's our roundup of the city's best Big Easy events.

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By: Jaz Joyner

Chinese New Year in New York City

Ring in the Year of the Sheep by exploring the numerous Chinese New Year happenings offered in New York! Chinatown hosts the annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, where crowds gather to enjoy food vendors, traditional lion and dragon dances, vibrant floats and multicolored confetti for days. In addition to festive celebrations occurring across the boroughs, learn about traditional Chinese arts and culture by attending one of the calligraphy workshops at Flushing Town Hall.

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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

Critics' pick

The explanatory text on the wall at the beginning of MoMA’s blockbuster of around one hundred of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs notes that these well-known works attempted to resolve the “eternal conflict of drawing and color.” Epic though that reconciliation may have been, it feels faraway and quaint these days.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Sun Feb 8

They Might Be Giants

Critics' pick

The quirk-rock masters come off last year's expectedly weird-but-charming Nanobots to play a special series of NYC dates: one MHOW gig per month for five months, starting with a sold-out show in January. Each of the following concerts is devoted to one of the band's classic releases: They Might Be Giants, Lincoln, Dial-A-Song and Flood, respectively.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday March 29 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Sleater-Kinney

Critics' pick

A mysteriously unmarked 7" (containing a heretofore unknown song) in Sleater-Kinney's recent career-spanning box set was all it took to get the blogosphere buzzing with reunion rumors, and days later, it was official—the band's back. The riot-grrrl torchbearers and indie-rock luminaries released their eighth LP, No Cities to Love, in January, their first in 10 years, and are playing a slew of 2015 dates, including this big one at T5. While the gig is as good as sold-out, we're keeping an eye out for more dates to be announced.

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Terminal 5 26 Feb 2015

Free events in February 2015

16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Critics' pick

Ring in the Year of the Horse at the 15th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. According to Chinese astrology, people born under the equine sign (if you’re turning a multiple of 12 in the next year, that’s you) love entertainment and carnivals; whether that translates into a larger-than-usual turnout remains to be seen. Either way, you can expect crowds, food vendors, traditional lion and dragon dances, costumes, floats and multicolored confetti that you’ll be picking from your hair days later. 

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Various locations 22 Feb 2015 Free

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

Critics' pick

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. 

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Until Sun Mar 1 Free

Le Freak

Critics' pick

DJ Tyler Stone spins all manner of disco at this weekly hump-day throwdown. Trey LaTrash serves as host and helps ensure that you have a wonderfully awful Thursday morning.

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LoveGun Wednesday March 4 2015 - Wednesday March 25 2015 Free

Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

Critics' pick

A process-oriented Los Angeles artist who works in a variety of media, Sam Falls has transformed Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons into a playground for his interactive art. Exploring the passage of time through light and color, Falls displays several sculptural works that are activated by the viewer and will physically alter over time. His Untitled (Thermochromic bench), for example, changes color due to heat generated by sitters or the intensity of sunlight.

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Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons Until Friday May 29 2015 Free

Music events in February 2015

Sharon Van Etten + Leon Bridges

Critics' pick

Brooklyn's own Sharon Van Etten plays a one-off hometown show before getting back on the road in support of her exceptional fourth album, Are We There. On top of her heartrendingly raw tunes, the lady's got some jokes up her sleeve; expect laughs squeezed in between the emotionally bare songs.

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Warsaw at the Polish National Home Sun Jan 18 - Thu Feb 19

Ariel Pink

Critics' pick

Los Angeles DIY pop king Ariel Pink promotes his latest weirdo, lo-fi disc, Pom Pom. With the album, Pink drops the Haunted Graffiti moniker used for his last two excellent records; the resulting LP is more raw and wiry, like a Russ Meyer romp set to four-track.

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Terminal 5 25 Feb 2015

Sleater-Kinney

Critics' pick

A mysteriously unmarked 7" (containing a heretofore unknown song) in Sleater-Kinney's recent career-spanning box set was all it took to get the blogosphere buzzing with reunion rumors, and days later, it was official—the band's back. The riot-grrrl torchbearers and indie-rock luminaries released their eighth LP, No Cities to Love, in January, their first in 10 years, and are playing a slew of 2015 dates, including this big one at T5. While the gig is as good as sold-out, we're keeping an eye out for more dates to be announced.

Read more
Terminal 5 26 Feb 2015

They Might Be Giants

Critics' pick

The quirk-rock masters come off last year's expectedly weird-but-charming Nanobots to play a special series of NYC dates: one MHOW gig per month for five months, starting with a sold-out show in January. Each of the following concerts is devoted to one of the band's classic releases: They Might Be Giants, Lincoln, Dial-A-Song and Flood, respectively.

Read more
Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday March 29 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Arts events in February 2015

"El Greco in New York"

Critics' pick

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco (1541–1614), surely one of the most popular of the Old Masters, not only due to the devotional nature of his work, but also because much of it anticipated modern Expressionism (or, more accurately, influenced it). To mark the occasion, the Met brings out its considerable El Greco holdings, including the superlative View of Toledo, painted around 1597, and The Hispanic Society of America has loaned its El Grecos to the show (while the Frick has likewise dusted off its examples of the Greek-born Spanish painter). In all, this trove represents the single largest group of El Greco’s art outside of the Prado in Madrid.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Sun Feb 1

"On Kawara—Silence"

Critics' pick

Over the 40 year span of his career, On Kawara has been best known for his “Today” series of paintings, one created each day in a single day and bearing, simply, the date of its making. Starting in 1966, he’s maintained this daily practice even while traveling, marking the location of each place a painting was created by covering the back of the canvas with the front page of the local newspaper from the same day. However, as this Guggenheim retrospective demonstrates, he’s undertaken other projects as well, some involving postcards or maps. 

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Until Sunday May 3 2015

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

Critics' pick

The explanatory text on the wall at the beginning of MoMA’s blockbuster of around one hundred of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs notes that these well-known works attempted to resolve the “eternal conflict of drawing and color.” Epic though that reconciliation may have been, it feels faraway and quaint these days. 

Read more
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Sun Feb 8

Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

Critics' pick

A process-oriented Los Angeles artist who works in a variety of media, Sam Falls has transformed Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons into a playground for his interactive art. Exploring the passage of time through light and color, Falls displays several sculptural works that are activated by the viewer and will physically alter over time. 

Read more
Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons Until Friday May 29 2015 Free

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe"

Critics' pick

People—women and men alike—can't seem to get enough of high heels, and the higher the heel, the more likely that it will attract attention. That ability to captivate is the driving principle behind this show, which argues that, whatever the sexual connotations of high heels, they are also art objects. To illustrate this very sharp point, the exhibit trots out examples of fetishy footwear from the 16th century to the present, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

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Brooklyn Museum Until Sun Feb 15

Wang Jianwei, Time Temple

Critics' pick

Installation, painting, film and live theater are all part of this Chinese artist’s exhibition, his first in America and the first of three major works commissioned by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative for the Guggenheim. The piece, which will become part of the Gugg’s permanent collection, is the latest example of the artist’s ongoing examination of social order and the individual’s relationship to it. His work also often alludes to China’s modern history.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Fri Nov 21 - Mon Feb 16

"Thomas Struth: Photographs"

Critics' pick

These 25 photos by Struth, dating from 1978 to the present, are exemplary of the German artist's panoramic, empirical treatment of subjects, which range here from deserted New York streets to a robotically assisted surgery in progress.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Mon Feb 16

"Sturtevant: Double Trouble"

Critics' pick

When this Ohio native began to copy the work of her Pop Art betters and claim it as her own, she was dismissed as an eccentric at best, a crackpot at worst. But Sturtevant (1924–2014)—whose first name was Elaine, but who went by her last name only—was simply carrying the logic of both the readymade and Pop Art to its radical conclusion, answering in the affirmative the following question: If the entire buffet of low-cultural signs and products was available for artistic consumption, why not artworks as well?

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Sun Feb 22

More events in February 2015

"Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection"

Critics' pick

Peruse vintage European trains at this premiere museum exhibition of the Jerni toy collection. A display of mini choo-choos, bridges, carousels and Ferris wheels, as well as the first-ever model of an elevated train station, creates a diorama populated by figurines in colorful 19th-century garb.

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New-York Historical Society Fri Nov 21 - Sun Feb 22

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

Critics' pick

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. Through Mar 1. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Until Sun Mar 1 Free

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Critics' pick

Judson Mondays are here again. Pop by for a free evening of movement experimentation, curated by Neal Beasley, Bradley Ellis, devynn emory, Malcolm Low and Molly Poerstel.

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Judson Memorial Church Mon Nov 24 - Mon Feb 9 Free

The Last Ship

Critics' pick

Longtime rocker Sting tries his hand at the Broadway musical with this semiautobiographical tale set in the working-class seaside town of Wallsend. An ambitious young man leaves his roots behind but finds himself caught in the wake of his past. Joe Mantello (Wicked) directs a fine cast that includes Michael Esper, Jimmy Nail and Sally Ann Triplett. 

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Neil Simon Theatre Until Sun Mar 29

The Business NYC

Critics' pick

A team of four promising comics—Alex Koll, Michelle Wolf, Kara Klenk and Jared Logan—produces this biweekly New York edition of the popular West Coast stand-up showcase. Use promo code "BUSINESS" for $10 tickets.

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The Stand Until Tuesday June 9 2015

Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

Critics' pick

Fuerza Bruta returns in the third installment of the De La Guarda trilogy. If it's anything like the first two, you can expect a visually impressive dance-rave thrill ride that merges striking imagery with techno music and aerial showboating.

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Daryl Roth Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

The Sherry Vine Show

Critics' pick

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

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Industry Bar Wednesday March 4 2015 - Wednesday June 24 2015 Free

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