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

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sun Feb 8
More info

They Might Be Giants

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sun Jan 25 - Sun May 31
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Sleater-Kinney

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Thu Feb 26
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The River

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Circle in the Square 1633 Broadway,, entrance on 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 8
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Free events in February 2015

16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 1
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Le Freak

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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.

  1. LoveGun 617 Grand St, between Leonard and Lorimer Sts, 11211
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Mar 25
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Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons MetroTech Center Commons, Myrtle Ave, between Flatbush Ave and Jay St
  2. Until Fri May 29
More info

Music events in February 2015

Napalm Death + Voivod + Exhumed + Iron Reagan + Black Crown Initiate

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

U.K. vets Napalm Death, who helped establish the grindcore subgenre with seminal statements such as 1987's Scum, have proven remarkably durable. No original members remain, but the current

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Mon Feb 2
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Sharon Van Etten + Leon Bridges

  • Critics choice

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

  1. Warsaw at the Polish National Home 261 Driggs Ave, between Eckford and Leonard Sts
  2. Sun Jan 18 - Thu Feb 19
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Ariel Pink

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Wed Feb 25
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Sleater-Kinney

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Thu Feb 26
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They Might Be Giants

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sun Jan 25 - Sun May 31
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Arts events in February 2015

"El Greco in New York"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Sun Feb 1
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"On Kawara—Silence"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Fri Feb 6 - Mon May 4
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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sun Feb 8
More info

Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons MetroTech Center Commons, Myrtle Ave, between Flatbush Ave and Jay St
  2. Until Fri May 29
More info

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

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 15
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Wang Jianwei, Time Temple

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Mon Feb 16
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"Thomas Struth: Photographs"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Mon Feb 16
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"Sturtevant: Double Trouble"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sun Feb 22
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More events in February 2015

The River

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The River. Circle in the Square (see Broadway). By Jez Butterworth. Directed by Ian Rickson. With Hugh Jackman, Cush Jumbo, Laura Donnelly. Running time: 1hr 25mins. No intermission. The River: In

  1. Circle in the Square 1633 Broadway,, entrance on 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 8
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"Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Feb 22
More info

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 1
More info

Movement Research at the Judson Church

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Feb 9
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The Last Ship

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Last Ship. Neil Simon Theatre (see Broadway). Music and lyrics by Sting. Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Directed by Joe Mantello. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One

  1. Neil Simon Theatre 250 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 29
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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

  • Critics choice

Temperatures climb to a balmy 80 degrees in the 1,200-square-foot vivarium, returning for its 16th year. The 500 specimens flying around include monarchs, zebra longwings and iridescent blue morpho

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Mon May 25
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The Business NYC

  • Critics choice

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"

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue Dec 9 - Tue Jun 9
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Fuerza Bruta: Wayra. Daryl Roth Theatre (see Off Broadway). Conceived and directed by Diqui James. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission. Wayra: In brief Fuerza Bruta returns

  1. Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
  2. Until Thu Dec 31
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The Sherry Vine Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Jun 24
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