New York events in March

Plan your month with our events calendar, including the Black Party, Lorde and Night of a Thousand Gowns

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With spring just a whisper away, it's time to start booking these March calendar highlights, including an artsy residency from the xx, The International Escort Awards (also known as the Hookies) and the super-glamerous Night of a Thousand Gowns—and then fantasize about packing away that puffy coat.


Our March highlights

Lorde + Lo-Fang

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  • Critics choice
  1. Roseland Ballroom 239 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Mon Mar 10 - Wed Mar 12
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Paul Taylor Dance Company

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Wed Mar 12 - Sun Mar 30
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Rites XXXIV: The Black Party

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Roseland Ballroom 239 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Sat Mar 22
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. Sat Mar 29 - Sun Jul 20
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  1. The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  2. Thu Feb 27 - Tue Jun 10

All the Way

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Former TV meth overlord Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) gets back to his stage roots in this Washington drama set in the 1960s. Cranston takes on the swaggering role of President Lyndon B. Johnson, fighting to pass his landmark civil rights bill. Bill Rauch directs the Robert Schenkkan piece.

  1. Neil Simon Theatre 250 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Feb 25 - Sun Jun 29
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The Bridges of Madison County

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First a best-selling book, then a 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, this tale of a photographer and the unhappy Italian wife he tenderly romances has returned as a Broadway musical. The score is by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years), while Marsha Norman wrote the book. Bartlett Sher directs Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara as the lovers.

  1. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10036
  2. Until Sun Nov 23
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Rocky

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One of the latest films to get the Broadway treatment is this iconic portrait of a Philadelphia thug chasing his boxing dreams. The jury’s still out as to how well the story of a raw-egg-swilling palooka will translate to the stage, but the champ’s got a strong team behind him: golden-boy director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), book writer Thomas Meehan (The Producers), and, cowriting and producing, original movie star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone.

  1. Winter Garden Theatre 1634 Broadway, between 50th and 51st Sts
  2. Until Sun Nov 23
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Les Misérables

  • Price band: 3/4

A 16-year original run, a 2006 revival and a megahit movie clearly can't quell the French fighting spirit. Cameron Mackintosh brings his global phenomenon back to the Great White Way, in a reconceived staging that stars Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and Nikki M. James.

  1. Imperial Theatre 249 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Sat Mar 1 - Sun Sep 28
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NYC Craft Beer Festival - Spring Seasonals

For the vernal addition of this annual hops-fueled tasting, enjoy unlimited 2oz samples of 150 spring-release craft beers from all over the country. Devout brewhounds can up their ticket to VIP for an extra hour of rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres in a private lounge. • 646-424-5500, nyccraftbeerfest.com

  1. Lexington Armory, 68 Lexington Ave between 25th and 26th St
  2. Fri Feb 28, Sat Mar 1

If/Then

Beloved diva Idina Menzel (Wicked) returns to Broadway in a new musical by the makers of Next to Normal. Menzel plays a fortyish woman whose life is followed along two parallel tracks in the classic "what might have been" scenario. Michael Greif, her old partner on Rent, directs.

  1. Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Mar 5 - Sun Jul 6
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Faye Driscoll

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Driscoll's Thank You for Coming—created with the performers Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Alicia Ohs, Brandon Washington and Nikki Zialcita, and designers Nick Vaughan, Jake Margolin and Amanda K. Ringger—reflects on the experience and event of performance. In the piece, the collaborators draw from dance ritual throughout time and genre, from cultural ceremony to story ballets, all while questioning dances influence and influences, including the role of the audience.

  1. Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery 131 E 10th St, at Second Ave
  2. Thu Mar 6 - Sat Mar 15
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Bullets Over Broadway

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Woody Allen's 1994 period comedy about gangsters, playwrights and the Great White Way becomes the musical it was always destined to be. This stage adaptation features a book by Allen and Douglas McGrath and direction and choreography by the peerless Susan Stroman (The Producers). The tunes are jazz standards from the 1920s. Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie star.

  1. St. James Theatre 246 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Mar 11 - Wed Dec 31
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"Bill Cunningham: Facades"

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In 1968, the legendary New York Times photographer set out to explore the idea of fashion as cultural history in a photo essay titled "Facades." More than 40 years later, 88 original prints from the project—featuring elaborate vintage attire culled from thrift shops and modeled in front of iconic NYC locations—offer as much insight into fashion as they do to Cunningham himself.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Fri Mar 14 - Sun Jun 15
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The Bunker: Voices from the Lake + Portable

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The Bunker is back at Output for another night of underground electronics—and joy of joys, the gang is bringing back the duo Voices from the Lake for a six-hour set in the main room. The music of Donato Dozzy and his fellow Italian producer Neel is carefully composed, warm and flowing; anybody who caught the pair's last DJ-live hybrid set at the Bunker will know not to miss this return visit. Top support comes courtesy of Clay Wilson and Bunker boss man Bryan Kasenic. Süd Electronic label honcho Alan "Portable" Abrahams, the man also known as Bodycode, plays his beautiful, slightly odd deep house and techno in the club's Panther Room, with Mike Servito and Wreck's Wrecked's? Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell opening.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Fri Mar 14
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The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

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Hirsute, Philadelphia-based drag queen (the creation of Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito van Reigersberg) Martha Graham Cracker and her band return to NYC for more rolicking alt-cabaret shenanigans.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Mar 14
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"Other Primary Structures"

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Nearly 50 years after its groundbreaking 1966 exhibition, "Primary Structures"—widely considered to be the first ever museum survey of Minimalist sculpture—the Jewish Museum presents this revisionist version of the show. While the original featured American and British artists, the current lineup draws from countries that were largely ignored by the art world at the time, such as Argentina, Pakistan, Poland and the former Yugoslavia. Though obviously organized from a 21st-century globalist perspective, the exhibit reveals just how quickly cutting-edge ideas spread back then, while also offering a fascinating glimpse at the way history is written and rewritten.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Fri Mar 14 - Sun Aug 3
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"Robert Heinecken: Object Matter"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Heinecken (1931–2006) was a pioneering artist in two respects: as a member of Los Angeles's contemporary art scene from the late 1950s onward, and as one of the first photographers to deconstruct the medium. His tools ranged from collage to rephotography (that is, photographing an extant photograph, a technique whose invention is usually ascribed to Richard Prince, even though his work came well after Heinecken's), and his imagery was equally eclectic, relying on a grab bag of borrowings from newspapers, magazines, pornography and television. Ghostly and fragmented, Heinecken's work was ostensibly fixated on sex and the nude female form, though his real subject was the atomizing effect of mass media.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Mar 15 - Sun Jun 22
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Well-Strung

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  • Critics choice

This extremely charming singing string quartet has spent the last year playing all over the country, and even a few overseas gigs. Be sure to catch them at this increasingly rare hometown gig, where they'll find the common ground between Mozart and Ke$ha, among other great composers.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Sun Mar 16
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Martha Graham Dance Company 2014

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  • Critics choice

The queen of modern dance's legacy lives on. This season, the company performs a variety of classic Graham works, including the 70-year-old Appalachian Spring and 30-year-old The Rite of Spring. Highlights also include 1990's Maple Leaf Rag—the last work Graham choreographed—and a new one-act version of Clytemnestra (1958), arranged by artistic director Janet Eilber and former Graham company member Linda Hodes. In a new approach to programming, the company will also perform new works by guest choreographers; this year's artists are Nacho Duato and Andonis Foniadakis.

  1. New York City Center 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Wed Mar 19 - Sat Mar 22
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The xx

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The xx manages to communicate volumes in its elegant, subdued and understatedly sensual songs. Expect the transmissions to be all that much more intimate here, as the deservedly fussed-over London trio sets up camp at the Armory, reprising a residency it undertook in Manchester last year. The details are mouthwatering: 25 shows over 11 nights, with no more than 40 people in attendance at each gig. See you on Craigslist, then?

  1. Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave, between 66th and 67th Sts
  2. Wed Mar 19 - Sat Mar 29
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Act One

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Moss Hart's 1959 showbiz memoir has inspired generations of theater geeks. Now it comes to the stage in a version written and directed by James Lapine. The knockout cast includes Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub as the younger and older Hart, respectively, dazzled by the lights of Broadway and finding a home there.

  1. Vivian Beaumont Theater (at Lincoln Center) 150 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Thu Mar 20 - Sun Jun 15
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Michael Che

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  • Critics choice

This young comic has been at stand-up for a only few years but his name is on everyone's lips: He's written for SNL, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and is in demand all around the city. Clearly a natural, Che's cool demeanor only hints at the landscape of bizarre opinions just beneath the surface.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Thu Mar 20 - Sun Mar 23
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Cabaret

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A decade after closing their hit revival of the Kander and Ebb classic, the Roundabout and director Sam Mendes reopen the Weimar-era Kit Kat Klub. Alan Cumming reprises his sinister-slinky turn as the Emcee and Michelle Williams plays nightclub crooner Sally Bowles. Linda Emond, Bill Heck and Danny Burstein costar.

  1. Studio 54 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Fri Mar 21 - Sun Aug 31
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Horse Meat Disco

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Josh Wood Productions brings the disco daddies of Horse Meat Disco all the way from the South London headquarters of the Eagle for a night of sweaty fun. This time, they're here to kick off Black Party Weekend, so be prepared for an especially wild (and extra gay) scene at Cielo.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Fri Mar 21
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The International Escort Awards

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Better known as the Hookies, this annual awards show kicks off Black Party Weekend by honoring the top (and bottom…) male sex workers around the world. Head to the website to vote for your favorite hunks, most of whom are porn stars, and all of whom will be willing to spend some time with you for a fee. (Check out their profiles at Rentboy.com, the event's sponsor.)

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Mar 21
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Rinsed: Ejeca + South London Ordnance

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You might think that the Rinsed gang would be content to rest on its laurels after its recent third-birthday extravaganza—but no siree, that's not the way these kids roll. Take tonight's secret-location bash, for instance: Northern Ireland's Ejeca is an expert at producing current-clubland-defining house music with an early-’90s vibe—some of his tunes could pass for lost Kerri Chandler tracks. Rising star South London Ordnance, meanwhile, has only been on the scene for a couple of years, releasing cuts on Audio Culture, Aery Metals and Hotflush—but he works the territory between deep house and techno with the aplomb of a veteran.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Mar 21
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Northern Grade NYC x GQ

This traveling pop-up bazaar, featuring American-manufactured men’s goods from 25 to 30 indie brands, is finally making its way to the East Coast (previous markets were held in San Francisco, Nashville and Chicago). For their first Brooklyn assembly, Minnesota cofounders—and designers of outerwear label Pierrepont Hicks (pierreponthicks.com)—Kat and Mac McMillan are hooking up with GQ to add a dash of cool-guy savvy. Expect a craft cocktail bar by Vinegar Hill House and complimentary grooming services by Fellow Barber. Minneapolis DJ Jonathan Ackerman will be spinning beats as shoppers browse duds from designers such as Almond Surfboards & Designs, Taylor Stitch, and Rancourt & Co. • 718-666-3049, northerngrade.com. Noon–7pm.

  1. The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn
  2. Sat Mar 22 - Sun Mar 23

Broadway Backwards

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Broadway gets gender-bent at this annual fund-raising concert where stage stars perform musical-theater numbers with a queer twist. Spring for the top-priced tickets and you'll find yourself hanging out with the cast. Glamour! Proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

  1. Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 W 45th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Mon Mar 24
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Time Out Food & Drink awards

TONY celebrates another primo year of New York cuisine with a blowout bash, honoring the winners of our annual Food & Drink Awards in categories such as best new restaurant, best new cocktail bar and chef of the year. Voting for the Readers’ Choice winners closes on February 18th. • 646-473-0202

  1. Marquee, 289 Tenth Ave between 26th and 27th Sts
  2. Mon Mar 24

"When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South"

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The Studio Museum takes a fascinating look at the relationships in African-American art between self-taught and trained artists, making the point that the former occupy a far more sizable position in the annals of black culture than white outsider artists do within the European canon. The show also points to the role of the Deep South, and the legacy of slavery and segregation, in spawning the region's rich roster of talents who, compelled only by their individual vision and innate sense of craft, created amazing works of art.

  1. Studio Museum in Harlem 144 W 125th St, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave), 10027
  2. Thu Mar 27 - Sun Jun 29
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Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls

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  • Free

Leslie-Lohman presents a sure-to-be-steamy exhibit of illustrations featured in gay male magazines, from early beefcake "fitness" periodicals in the 1940s to the more blatantly porny titles of the 1990s. Artist Robert W. Richards curates the show, which includes works by Tom of Finland, George Stavrinos, Harry Bush and many more.

  1. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, between Canal and Grand Sts
  2. Fri Mar 28 - Sun May 25
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Night of a Thousand Gowns

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

The Imperial Court of New York’s big annual fund-raiser is one of the season’s most dazzling spectacles. Expect to see lots of sequins, feathers, precious metals and anything else that can be incorporated into a glamorous look. Emperor XXII Wen-D Bouvier Pinkhouse and Empress XXVII Gracie Steeles will reign over the proceedings, which will include performances from Vandellas lead singer Martha Reeves, ’80s freestyle combo Exposé, the cast of Pippin and more. This year's beneficiaries are God's Love We Deliver and the True Colors Fund.

  1. New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Sts, 10036
  2. Sat Mar 29
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Pier Antique Show

Nearly 500 dealers will be in attendance at this comprehensive vintage show, housed inside Pier 94. Browse 133,000 square feet of home goods, baubles and fashion from the 18th century through the ’80s. Don’t miss Fashion Alley, featuring 40 sellers hawking unique clothing and accessories from the past. Prices are negotiable, so stop by David Surgan for a Heintz Art Metal Shop table lamp or visit Koblenz & Co. to snag Isabel Canovas ’80s African-mask brass earrings ($595). Purchase tickets online to receive $5 off admission price (normally $20), valid for both days of the event (use code “TONY14”). • 239-732-6642, pierantiqueshow.com. 10am–6pm.

  1. 711 Twelfth Ave at 54th St
  2. Sat Mar 29 - Sun Mar 30


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