March 2015 events calendar for New York City

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014

With spring just a whisper away, it's time to start booking these March calendar highlights, including an art retrospective of Bjork, the Black Party and St. Patrick's Day events—and then fantasize about packing away that puffy coat.

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Featured events in March 2015

St. Patrick’s Day in New York

Bust out your finest green T-shirts: St. Patrick's Day 2015 is officially upon us. One of the biggest events happening every spring in New York is the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which marches along Fifth Avenue—and passes by venerable New York attractions, including St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Park. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate St. Patty's Day 2015: Read on for our guide to the best St. Patrick's Day parades, events, Irish pubs and more.

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Björk

Critics' pick

MoMA celebrates the multi-faceted career of the Icelandic alt diva with a retrospective encompassing the many mediums she’s worked in: Music of course, but also art, costume design and video, among others. The installation includes an immersive “experience” in sound and film created especially for the show.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Saturday March 7 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Critics' pick

No St. Patty’s Day in NYC would be complete without staking out a spot at this parade, which makes its 253rd march up Fifth Avenue. (The event is even older than the United States; it was started by a group of homesick Irish conscripts from the British army in 1762.) More than 2 million onlookers are expected to show up for the annual spectacle, whose 2014 grand marshal is Jack Ahern of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30. Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St. Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave; 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central. RECOMMENDED: Complete St. Patrick's Day guide

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Manhattan Tuesday March 17 2015 Free

Rites XXXVI: The Black Party

Critics' pick

The Black Party weekend culminates in this all-night and most-of-the-next-day celebration of debauchery. Make sure to dress the part (the code: whatever makes you feel sexy), and be prepared to have your mind blown by sexy-steamy performances and DJ sets. This will be the first Black Party since its longtime home of Roseland shut down in 2014.

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Location TBA Saturday March 21 2015

Neil Diamond

Critics' pick

On his recent Rick Rubin–helmed albums, including his latest, Melody Road, Neil Diamond stripped away the schmaltzy layers that he accumulated over the decades, to fine effect. Though he's touring in support of that album, we're willing to bet that the singer may favor a more hits-based act at this show. Though Diamond has left the sequined shirts behind, don't bet on a fully austere Neil: to completely purge Neil Diamond of kitsch would be to steal his soul.

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Barclays Center Thursday March 26 2015

Free events in March 2015

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade

Dodge the boozy crowds of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue parade and head to Brooklyn for its street celebration of all things Irish. If you want to march, assemble at noon at Prospect Park West and 14th St. Just watching? The parade begins at 15th St and Prospect Park West, marches down Seventh Ave to Garfield Pl, then turns and proceeds along Prospect Park West. RECOMMENDED: Complete St. Patrick's Day guide

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Prospect Park Sunday March 15 2015 Free

Super Sábado! 2014/15

Critics' pick

El Museo del Barrio's free programming every third Saturday presents gallery tours and art workshops centered around a different theme each month. This March, explore the world around you through art making and storytelling (3/15). Enter the magical world of libros at a book fair this April (4/19), and fete the return of spring with a block party blowout in May (5/17). R.S.V.P. recommended

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El Museo del Barrio Saturday February 21 2015 - Saturday May 16 2015 Free

Trivia Thursdays

Critics' pick

Mona Mour hosts this weekly trivia night featuring a mixed, rowdy neighborhood crowd and boozy prizes.

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Branded Saloon Until Thursday March 26 2015 Free

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 February 4 2015 - Wednesday June 24 2015 Free

Secret Meeting

Critics' pick

Each week, Eli Yudin (SNL "Weekend Update" contributor) and Nick Mullen (Thought Catalog) host this stand-up showcase followed by karaoke.

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Pine Box Rock Shop Until Thursday October 8 2015 Free

Music events in March 2015

Dropkick Murphys

Boston's Dropkick Murphys play a besotted blend of lunkheaded but stirring Irish-influenced pub rock, as on their 2013 disc, Signed and Sealed in Blood. Live, they're a riot (sometimes quite literally).

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Irving Plaza Sunday March 8 2015 - Tuesday March 10 2015

Meghan Trainor + Sheppard

Critics' pick

Pop-soul singer Meghan Trainor started behind the scenes in the music business, penning tracks for Rascall Flatts and Disney star Sabrina Carpenter before "bringing booty back," with her chart-dominating 2014 breakthrough, "All About That Bass." The size-savvy singer stops at Irving Plaza on the heels of her latest single, "Lips Are Movin'," and her major label debut, Title.

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Irving Plaza Friday March 13 2015

Cold War Kids + Elliot Moss

While we still don't think that California's Cold War Kids have yet topped their anthem "Hang Me Up to Dry," the group keeps chugging along. The band plays this T5 gig supporting its latest disc, Hold My Home.

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Terminal 5 Friday March 20 2015

Neil Diamond

Critics' pick

On his recent Rick Rubin–helmed albums, including his latest, Melody Road, Neil Diamond stripped away the schmaltzy layers that he accumulated over the decades, to fine effect. Though he's touring in support of that album, we're willing to bet that the singer may favor a more hits-based act at this show. Though Diamond has left the sequined shirts behind, don't bet on a fully austere Neil: to completely purge Neil Diamond of kitsch would be to steal his soul.

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Barclays Center Thursday March 26 2015

Alt-J + Phantogram

Critics' pick

Leeds, England–based quartet Alt-J traffics in a distinct sound, combining clever songwriting and colorful, jazzy instrumentation with world beats and skittering drops for a quirky brand of alt pop. The band's Mercury Prize–winning debut, An Awesome Wave, made a big splash in 2012, and now the group is back with a sophomore effort, This Is All Yours.

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Madison Square Garden Monday March 30 2015

Arts events in March 2015

Björk

Critics' pick

MoMA celebrates the multi-faceted career of the Icelandic alt diva with a retrospective encompassing the many mediums she’s worked in: Music of course, but also art, costume design and video, among others. The installation includes an immersive “experience” in sound and film created especially for the show.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Saturday March 7 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

"MoMA PS1 and Bob & Roberta Smith Invite You to Throw Your Art Away"

Critics' pick

Are you an artist who's finally had it with being ignored by the art world? Are you someone who has been given a work of art that you know perfectly well is without value, and may even be ugly as far as you're concerned? Are you an artist who's actually successful to some degree, but are embarrassed by an earlier work? Well, London's Bob and Roberta Smith (a.k.a. Patrick Brill) have a solution. Dumpsters in MoMA PS1's courtyard are being provided for all of the above and more to dispose of their art. For those having a hard time letting go, you can bring in your work to display in the second-floor gallery. The catch is that you must sign a pledge saying you never want to see the work again; if you prefer to up the ante, you can also promise to never make art again. If you opt for the latter, you get an official "I am no longer an artist" badge. Committing career suicide has never sounded so fun.

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MoMA PS1 Until Sunday March 8 2015

The Last Ship

Critics' pick

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 intermission. The Last Ship: In brief 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. The Last Ship: Theater review by David Cote To use shipbuilding as an analogy for crafting musicals, the songs are the hull—the most visible part of the thing, taking up the most space. But you won’t sail far without a strong, even keel, the beam around which the hull is constructed—the book, in other words. With The Last Ship, a fervent, rollicking and often glorious new musical scored by Sting and inspired by the town of his youth, the hull is magnificent, the keel has problems. When the muscular ensemble is tearing into Sting’s rueful ballads or jaunty barroom reels, you almost forget that the narrative stakes are exceedingly attenuated—unemployed shipwrights in a northern-English town occupy a decommissioned factory to build one final vessel as an act of defiant solidarity. It’s a nice gesture, a symbolic blow for the working man priced out of his profession, but book writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey

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Neil Simon Theatre Until Sun Mar 29

"The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World"

Critics' pick

Though tedious arguments persist that painting is dead, the medium has been happily thriving where it counts most: In the hands of artists. But while it's true that there's plenty of painting around to compete with the installation and conceptualist fare stuffing galleries these days, it's also the case that many contemporary painters have either internalized the painting is dead position in some way, or relied on installation strategies to contextualize their work. Sometimes they do both. Also, thanks to the demise of the avant-garde, contemporary painting drives backwards more than forwards because the latter gear no longer exists. Thus mixing and matching historical styles has come to dominate the medium. Nevertheless, there's still alot to enjoy as MoMA sets out to prove in this roundup of 17 recent artists representing the panoply of millennial painting.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Thursday March 5 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Critics' pick

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Ethel Barrymore Theatre (see Broadway). By Simon Stephens. Based on the book by Mark Haddon. Directed by Marianne Elliott. With Alex Sharp, Francesca Faridany. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: In brief Based on the 2003 best-seller about an autistic teen’s search for the killer of his neighbor’s pooch, this stage thriller comes to Broadway on a wave of acclaim from England. The adaptation is by the prolific Simon Stephens, and the spectacular staging is by Marianne Elliott (War Horse). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Theater review by David Cote Despite the Sherlock-derived title and gruesome crime scene it opens with, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time solves the case relatively quickly. By the end of the first act we know whodunit (that is, impaled a pooch with a pitchfork) and we’ve gotten another revelation, this one having to do with the hero’s mother. But there’s a broader mystery raised by this dazzling and pulse-pounding drama: “How on earth did they do that?” By “that,” we mean how the British import translates Mark Haddon’s tricky 2003 novel—narrated by a 15-year-old boy who’s clearly on the autism spectrum—to the stage. Christopher John Francis Boone (Sharp) is a math savant with a fondness for the color red, who has difficulty interacting with people—he screams if you touch him. The strain of raising such a gifted but

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Ethel Barrymore Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

"Madame Cézanne"

Critics' pick

Although Paul Cézanne’s wife was his most frequently painted subject, she’s been given short shrift by art historians, who have tended to focus on the artist’s still lifes, landscapes and figurative studies of bathers. As a remedy, the Met gathers paintings, drawings and watercolors, featuring Hortense Fiquet (the spouse in question) from its collection, as well as from others in Asia, Europe and the United States.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Sunday March 15 2015

More events in March 2015

Rites XXXVI: The Black Party

Critics' pick

The Black Party weekend culminates in this all-night and most-of-the-next-day celebration of debauchery. Make sure to dress the part (the code: whatever makes you feel sexy), and be prepared to have your mind blown by sexy-steamy performances and DJ sets. This will be the first Black Party since its longtime home of Roseland shut down in 2014.

Read more
Location TBA Saturday March 21 2015

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Critics' pick

No St. Patty’s Day in NYC would be complete without staking out a spot at this parade, which makes its 253rd march up Fifth Avenue. (The event is even older than the United States; it was started by a group of homesick Irish conscripts from the British army in 1762.) More than 2 million onlookers are expected to show up for the annual spectacle, whose 2014 grand marshal is Jack Ahern of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30. Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St. Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave; 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central. RECOMMENDED: Complete St. Patrick's Day guide

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Manhattan Tuesday March 17 2015 Free

Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

Critics' pick

This sizable outdoor rink is open to the public Friday through Sunday and has a roof to prevent winter snows and spring showers from raining on your Ice Capades moves. And since Riverbank State Park overlooks the Hudson, you’ll have nice views of the river and the George Washington Bridge. Through March. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

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Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink Friday January 30 2015 - Sunday March 15 2015

St. Patrick’s Day in Irish New York

If the traditional St. Patty’s parade is too much for you, check out the lower-key, lower-Manhattan walking tour, themed especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Walkers will explore NYC's former “Little Ireland” district, learn about the incredible contribution Irish immigrants made to the overall history of the city, and understand why this day is more popular in New York than it is in Ireland. Note: the meeting point will be in front of St. Paul’s Chapel. All ages.

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St. Paul's Chapel Saturday March 14 2015 - Sunday March 15 2015

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