After a monastic January (giving up all your vices and spending nothing since the holidays cleared you out), it’s time to cut loose and take advantage of all the NYC events in February. Use our events calendar to guide you to the best things to do in the winter this month: Get a delicious meal during NYC Restaurant Week, re-tox yourself at during New York City Beer Week with some of the best beer crawls and check out romantic things to do during Valentine’s Day.
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Featured events in February 2017
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.
This month, Chinatown gets stormed by dragons, dancers and some of the best Chinese food the city has to offer in celebration of the Lunar New Year. But before you get lost in the bang of firecrackers, check out some of the best things to do in Chinatown, NYC. Brace yourself for what’s sure to be a wild celebration with the Chinese New Year Parade!
The twice-annual discount dining event NYC Restaurant Week offers cheap dining deals at more than 300 restaurants in New York. From trendy newcomers to fine-dining standbys, the event draws bargain-hunting New Yorkers to try out new restaurants and revisit old favorites serving cheap eats.
Throw on your shoulder pads, perform your weird football ritual and get into the game with our guide to the best bars in NYC to watch the Super Bowl, plus how to chow down like a champion. And if you couldn’t give a hoot about the game, fear not! We’ve put together a list of the best football movies (and overall sports movies) to watch instead. Plus we’ll take you on a trip down memory lane with the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all-time.
No ticket to the shows? Don’t worry—feel like a fashion insider with our ultimate guide to NYFW. Tickets to the runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. Maybe you don’t have a front-row seat to the shows or a spot reserved next to Anna Wintour, but don’t fret—we’ve got you covered. From free New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend to tips on how to get noticed by street style photographers, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop.
Free NYC events in February 2017
More than 50 years since its inception, the Black Power movement’s influence is still felt around the world, reverberating in modern activism as well as hip-hop, fashion, visual art and spoken-word performance. This exhibition gives you the chance to learn more about the movement’s roots, achievements and failures, as well as its enduring legacy.
Jesse Eigner returns with the seventeenth edition of her sweet free night of comedy, inviting Wendy Steiner, Crystian F Ramirez, Caitlin Peluffo, Petey Rancel, Alex Carabaño, Hannah Boone and Luke Mones to the stage. Stick around for free ice cream treats at the end of the show.
This monthly comedy show hosted by writer and comedian Emily Winter and musician Larry Mancini (of the punk band the Tracys) has been going strong since 2012, featuring acts from Late Night with Seth Meyers, Inside Amy Schumer, The Onion, Vice and MTV. This month welcomes Rob Cantrell, Mike Brown, Chanel Ali, Andrew Casertano and Dewey Lovett.
Theater review by Raven Snook Move over, Wonder Woman: There’s a new shero in town. In Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 French novel The Three Musketeers, the aspiring swashbuckler D’Artagnan insists he’s “not a boy.” That’s literally the case in Classical Theatre of Harlem’s spirited staging, which casts the winning Miriam Hyman in the role—and boy, is she worth idolizing. She easily keeps up with the sword-fighting trio of the title, both in battle and in the bedroom, as they seduce ladies and fight against the tyranny of Cardinal Richelieu (Michael Early) and his evil agents Rochefort (a menacing R.J. Foster) and Milady de Winter (Piera Van de Weil, pretty and deadly). And in her acting, Hyman bests everyone else onstage; she alone proves able to navigate the production’s tonal inconsistency.Although this free, alfresco, family-friendly show has many strong elements—Rachel Dozier-Ezell’s sumptuous 17th-century costumes, Emmanuel Brown’s lively fight sequences, an adventuresome cast—its attempt to fuse comedy with action-adventure doesn’t always fly. Catherine Bush’s streamlined script is sober and straightforward, but director Jenny Bennett has thrown in anachronistic jokes and gags, some of which work better than others. (Audiences were delighted at the Musketeers’ dabbing.) Sluggish pacing also prevents the production from being a total victory. Still, it’s a worthy effort with many exhilarating moments, especially when Hyman is onstage. You’ll be all for this one. Richard Rodger
Everything you need to know about visiting Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave; East Dr at Lincoln Rd). At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors per week, with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors doling out everything from Dutch waffles to pasta doughnuts. Where is it?Depends on when you go. For the summer 2017 season, the fest is in Williamsburg’s East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) on Saturdays and Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (East Dr at Lincoln Rd) on Sundays. Additionally, starting mid-July 2017, Manhattanites won’t have to cross the river to taste the treats. A Smorgasburg Soho is coming to 76 Varick St, and will be open seven days a week, with a half-dozen vendors on the weekdays, swelling to as many as twenty on the weekends. When can I go?Smorgasburg is open year-round. The summer months might be the most popular, running from April through October at 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but in the winter months (November to March), the market joins forces with Brooklyn Flea and moves indoors. This past winter, the indoor Smorg was located at Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place) on weekends from 10am to 6pm. Is there anywhere to sit?There are some picnic tables set up by the Smorgasburg team, but don’t plan on snatching one unless you have patience of steel. The organizers encourage you to bring picnic blankets with which to sit on the lawns of East River State Park or Prospect Pa
Once again, the city becomes a movable ode to Bird for a weekend in August. While this fest may be named for the legendary Charlie Parker, SummerStage’s jazz program isn’t stuck in the past. This year, the 25th anniversary, features boundary-pushing talent, presented over four days, including tap dance virtuoso and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, saxophonist Joshua Redman's quartet and clarinet player Anat Cohen.
The Night Shift, which describes itself as a “working class theater” group, hosts this inebriated monthly reading of Shakespearean monologues. Want to see if you can recite Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” after a few brews? Step up to the mike, or just sit back and soak in the iambs.
Music events in February 2017
Cloud Nothings play the sort of scruffy fuzz-pop you've heard a million times, but thanks to the vocal pathos and songwriting smarts of frontman Dylan Baldi and the wiry muscle of bassist TJ Duke and drummer Jayson Gerycz, this Cleveland crew achieves a rare resonance. The band follows up its debut and a Wavves collaboration album with a wearier, more introspective collection of tunes, Life Without Sound.
Rashad, part of the same Top Dawg Entertainment crew that includes Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, makes nuanced R&B-soaked hip-hop on his debut LP, The Sun's Tirade. Like his excellent 2014 mixtape Cilvia Demo, its a heady, hazy collection of emotionally all-in verses.
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This is the stage name of L.A. producer Jennifer Lee, who makes psychedelic hip-hop with skittering electronic beats. Fans of Flying Lotus will likely dig her sound (in fact, she’s signed to the producer’s label, Brainfeeder). Here she takes over Output's state-of-the-art sound system for a DJ set.
Rubblebucket funnels Afrobeat, funk and electronica into good-natured grooves, which have lately veered into offbeat avant-rock territory. With its most recent release the gloriously weird 2014 LP, Survival Sounds, this whimsically named group promises to bring the heyday of soul into our hipster times.
Swearin' leadperson Allison Crutchfield, whose delivery suggests a riot-grrrl take on the Guided by Voices oeuvre, recently signed her solo project to Merge Records. Hear songs from her debut, Tourist in this Town, as she takes the stage with Sam Cook-Parrott's fuzzy power-pop project Radiator Hospital.
“If they try to slow me down, I’ll tell them all to go to hell,” Brian King screams on “The House That Heaven Built,” the most blaring single from Japandroids' 2012 album, Celebration Rock. The band's been silent these past few years but no longer. The duo returns with a new album in tow, the spectacularly titled Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, that promises all the same cathartic audience sing-alongs of yore.
With Dangerous Woman, her third album, Grande proved herself adept at making a range of pop styles her own, from the reggae-pop of "Side to Side" to hazy trap-influenced "Everyday." Whether she's able to anchor a stadium-sized blow out hinges on your fondness for EDM-soaked singles such as “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder.” One thing's for sure: She has the voice for it.