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NYC events in March 2021

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By Time Out editors
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We’re starting to plan our calendar with the best NYC events in March, which means you can finally start getting excited for warmer weather. The month, which is known for St. Patrick’s Day, is also the time period when the city celebrates Women’s History Month and the start of spring. Things are a bit different this year—heading to the best Irish pubs in the city may not be possible and the St. Patrick's Day Parade may not be happening, but there's still fun to be had, from the Asia Week art show to outdoor movies at Syndicated Bar, Theater and Kitchen. And finally, we can start fantasizing about packing away that puffy coat and gearing up for the best things to do in spring.

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Featured events in March 2021

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Photograph: Courtesy Photo Julius Horsthuis and ARTECHOUSE

1. Get trippy at ARTECHOUSE

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Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions,” is the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis’ work to come to NYC. Previously, his work has been featured in Manchester by the Sea and through collaborations with musical artists like ODESZA, Meshuggah and Birds of Paradise. He uses fractals to create alternate science fiction-like realities using visual art and motion graphics, and they are a real trip, to say the least. The digital art destination on Manhattan’s west side (it’s literally located in Chelsea Market’s former boiler room) is opening the new show on March 1, and it will be on view through September 6. If you want to stop by and check out the endless geometric iterations and fractional dimensions for yourself—you frickin' fractal freak you—tickets cost $24 for adults and $17 for children. (Pro tip: New York and New Jersey residents receive a $5 discount on tickets on weekdays.)

 Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America
Photograph: Dario Lasagni

2. Visit "Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America"

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"Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America," a new exhibition that has taken over almost the entirety of the New Museum and is set to stay put until June 6, explores the history of racist violence all throughout the United States. Back in 2018, curator Okwui Enwezor began working on the project, hoping to mount it by last year's Presidential election. Unfortunately, the curator's passing in 2019 and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift in plans that delayed the show's opening to last week. In total, the work of 37 Black artists currently fills the museum's lobby, its three main viewing floors, the building's exterior and the South Gallery found in the building next door. 

Expect to browse through the amazing works of artists the likes of Kara Walker, who is the brain behind an entire wall filled with sketches and drawings; LaToya Ruby Frazier, who contributes over a dozen photographs from her "The Notion of Family" series; and Jean-Michael Basquiat, whose "Procession" can be glanced at as soon as the elevator doors open on the third floor. The show is a powerful one, with images ranging in style, theme and scope, but one that is necessary to delve into today more than ever. Given COVID-19-related guidelines, visitors have to purchase timed tickets ahead of their trip. Feel free to do so right here.

 

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Photograph: Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corporation/Giada Paoloni

3. Drink and dine for St. Paddy's Day at The Greens

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The Greens on Pier 17 is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a festive and traditional meal including Shepherd’s Pie and an Irish Whiskey Buck by its cocktail partner and World’s Best Bar, Dante, all set to Irish music. Cabin reservations open Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. for parties of up to 10 guests. All reservations are for 90-minute increments and can be booked from 11am–11pm. The rooftop venue has 28 individual 12’ by 10’ winterized dining cabins that have jaw-dropping, floor-to-ceiling views of NYC from its prime location on the East River waterfront.

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Photograph: Courtesy Cathedral of St. John the Divine

4. Do yoga with The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is doing virtual yoga classes and mindfulness meditation that it'll stream from inside the building's monumental architecture. Mia Michelson-Bartlett will lead the classes that aim to align, ground, and recalibrate using movement and breath to quiet the mind and connect with something beyond ourselves. All skills welcome. No equipment is necessary.

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Photograph: Courtesy of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation

5. Reminisce at "So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II"

Museums New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side

The New-York Historical Society has a new exhibit that coincides with the 80th anniversary of the United Service Organizations (USO) that shows off artifacts (a World War II-era aircraft fragment, mess kit, and other relics engraved to Hope), films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Bob Hope helped lift spirits with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.

There's also a companion exhibition, "The Gift of Laughter," that delves into Hope’s varied career after World War II as a USO entertainer, television star, and Academy Award host demonstrating the many hats worn by comedians. His legacy will be brought to life with many items, including costumes from the Emmy Award-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as objects related to other comedians—real and imagined—influenced by Hope.

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Photographs: Courtesy Elsewhere | Paperboy Prince, Peter Smith, Princess Nokia and Starchild & The New Romantic

6. Tune into Elsewhere Sound Space

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Elsewhere is bringing back live performances via Twitch so everyone can tune into its new monthly series, "Elsewhere Sound Space." Hosted by trans comedian and actor Peter Smith, the episodic series will feature new musical guests and live performances from New York City’s underground music and arts scene each month, starting with Princess Nokia on January 28, Starchild & The New Romantic on February 23, Paperboy Prince on March 23, and others on April 27, May 25 and June 24.

The premise of the whole series is out of this world—it's a continuing story that follows the sci-fi misadventures of a music deity marooned in space and their curious cultural dispatches back to Earth. Peter Smith will be broadcasting live from the "Astral Spa & Sound Bath" while on a "chilled-out mission to bring the joy and community of live music to Earthlings, who are in their most quarantined and isolated state." Twitch audience members can expect comedic skits, psychedelic musical performances, candid artist interviews and holistic wellness treatments.

By using Twitch, Elsewhere is able to have a three-way dialogue between the host, musical guests, and audiences in real-time. The show will be able to feature live-edited 2D and 3D imagery and animation, body and face-tracked video effects, in addition to motion graphics, sound design, AR effects, and much more. 

“Elsewhere Sound Space riffs off our creative isolation during 2020’s lockdown because it was created out of it,” said Jake Rosenthal, co-founder of Elsewhere. “With our venue closed, we feel sort of exiled from the culture we participate in every day and a deep need for it to return. The show combines the spirit of Space Ghost with the liveness of an SNL musical performance and tries to find strange or surreal common grounds with our guests. It’s the cluttered mind of a shuttered club.”

In addition to Elsewhere Sound Space, ElsewhereTV hosts live performances on select Wednesdays as well as live-stream music sessions every Friday and Saturday, all broadcasting live from the venue.

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7. Fawn over Hollywood dogs at the AKC Museum of the Dog

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America's most famous dogs are getting their due at the AKC Museum of the Dog. The museum launched "Hollywood Dogs" featuring drawings, portraits and posters of some of the biggest canine blockbusters like Lassie to Old Yeller and All Dogs Go to Heaven. Inside the exhibit, you'll also see animated and cartoon dogs in old celluloid, pencil sketches, comic strips, old portrait photos of Rin Tin Tin and other headlining canines. The exhibit will be on through April 11 at 101 Park Avenue, but it'll also be put online at a later date so dog lovers can view it from home.

 

8. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

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One of the biggest events in March 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. Unfortunately, masses of people aren't allowed to gather yet, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day: Read on for our guide to the best St. Patrick’s Day events, Irish food and drink and more.

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9. Celebrate Women’s History Month

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NYC offers a bevy of ways you can show solidarity for your sisters during Women’s History Month. New York ladies are getting in formation by hosting a series of cool events, from comedy shows to workshops and more.

Looking for more things to do?

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Winter activities and things to do in New York

Things to do

Resist the urge to hibernate for the next three months—we’ll help you fill your calendar with an array of winter activities the season’s best cultural activities, museum exhibits, food festivals, concerts, Christmas shows and more.

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The best spas in NYC

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It’s no secret that New Yorkers are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where the best spas in NYC come in. The city boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the country, but affordable spa treatments also abound. So get inspired with birthday party ideas in NYC or date night ideas in NYC and book yourself a treatment at one of our favorite New York City spas.

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26 gorgeous photos of New York in winter

Things to do

Is there any city quite so dramatic, romantic and inspiring as New York in the snow? We're going to go ahead and say no—NYC wins the crown. And when you peep at these beautiful photos, we think you'll agree with us.

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The most secluded getaways from New York City this winter

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With a long winter before us, escaping New York City on a secluded getaway is at the top of our list. We're craving a respite from the busy lives we lead in NYC and are seeking to snowshoe in the Adirondacks, walk solo in Rhode Island, roast marshmallows at an isolated campsite in the Catskills, and more. These spots make for ideal trips during times of global crisis and not. As fun-filled as camping sites, cycling and hiking trails are, there is something about going a bit farther away that makes for more memorable times—especially given the current travel restrictions in placeSo, without further ado, in no particular order, here are the best secluded getaways to take from New York to escape the crowds. 

NOTE: Although our list has been vetted, re-opening guidelines in the New York area are constantly changing. Reach out to specific venues and destinations before planning a trip. 

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