Notable NYC Events-Feb.

Amazing things to do in NYC in February

By Jennifer Picht, Time Out New York

Time Out New York does a fine job identifying all the great events happening every day in NYCity. Pick up a free copy of the magazine each week, available all over town.

Dynamite things to do

TimesTalks: A Final Farewell to the Cast of Girls, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; Feb 1 at 7pm; tickets start at $48
Catchup with the Girlsthemselves—LenaDunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet—beforethe sixth and final season of the groundbreaking show premieres on Feb 12. Fans won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the stars talk feminism, womanhood and what’s next for Hannah and co.

Tattooed New York; New York Historical Society; Starts Feb 3–April 17; Free with museum admission
The New-York Historical Society presents over 250 items, including rare photos, early 20th-century tattoo machinery and designs by tattoo pioneers like Sam O’Reilly and Lew Alberts, documenting the city’s long love affair with body art—oh, and that nearly four-decade period from 1961 to 1997, when tattooing was illegal in NYC.

Target First Saturdays; Brooklyn Museum; Feb 4; free
For this month’s edition of its free Saturday series, the Brooklyn Museum presents vocalist and percussionist Courtnee Roze, neo-soul and hip-hop duo OSHUN, DJs mOma, Rich Knight and Lola Chung, selections from Jinah Parker’s choreoplay SHE and much more. When you’re not taking in top-notch performances, learn ways to become more active in your community at the event’s Community Resource Fair, attend pop-up gallery talks and get made into a comic book character at Black Gotham Experience’s photo booth.

Love, Loss and What I Wore, KaufmannConcert Hall at 92nd Street Y; Feb 5 at 8pm; tickets start at $167
This one-night-only reading of Nora and Delia Ephron’s play features a star-studded cast: Rosie O’Donnell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Natasha Lyonne, Carol Kane and Lucy DeVito. Ladies in the audience will find the vignettes about women’s lives told through their wardrobes funny, poignant and perhaps a bit too familiar.

Chinese New Year Parade Chinatown; Feb 5; free
During one of the best events in February, Chinatown, NYC is stormed by dragons and dancers, while some of the best Chinese restaurants serve delicious food in celebration of the Lunar New Year. But before you get lost in the bang of firecrackers, check out some fun things to do in the neighborhood. Brace yourself for what’s sure to be a wild celebration, especially with the Chinese New Year Lunar Parade and Festival!

Love at the Tenement; The Tenement Museum; Feb 10; $30
Discover the affairs of the heart that played out among New York’s optimistic working-class immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries on this guided tour. You’ll be able to ease your real-estate anxiety on a stroll through Orchard Street the old-school lover’s lane of the LES: Orchard Street. View richly re-created apartments from the era, indulge in sweet treats, and hear the most salacious and sweet tales of late-night fire escape rendezvous, renter-boarder romance and neighborhood scandal since Sex and the City.

Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival; Naumburg Bandsell, Central Park; Feb 11; free
After it was canceled because of high winds last year, the Ice Festival returns with ice-carving artists from Astoria-based Okamoto Studio, who transform 6,000 pounds of the cold stuff into replicas of statues in New York’s backyard. No big deal, right? The real party starts after, though. A free silent disco (with live DJs) lets you choose between ’80s, ’90s and Top 40 hits so you can dance the night away.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden; Feb 11-14; various prices.
As fun as they are, puppy cams and viral videos can’t compare with real-life specimens as a cuteness delivery system. Coo over more than 3,000 dogs representing hundreds of breeds and varieties at the 141th annual caninefest, where dogs are judged across seven divisions (hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier). If you can’t score a ticket, you can still get your fix via online streaming during the day and TV coverage of the evening competitions.

Dita Von Teese, Gramercy Theater;Feb 14-18 at 7:30pm; tickets start at $114
Don’t miss the queen of burlesque on the New York leg of her “Art of the Teese” tour. She’ll debut brand new acts and bust out some favorites—including her famous performance with a giant martini glass.

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Opening Night, the Apollo Theater; Feb 22 at 7:30pm; tickets start at $39
Watch aspiring musicians, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and more battle it out at the first night of the Apollo’s annual live talent competition, now in it’s 83rd year. The winner will receive $20,000 and the prestigious title of Super Top Dog.

Hilarious comedy shows

Showgasm Ars Nova; Feb 2 ; $5–$20
Joel Kim Booster hosts this eclectic neovaudevillian variety show, which features a lively mix of music, comedy and burlesque. This edition features performances by Amber Alert, Sonia Denis, Mo Fry Pas, Mitra Jouhari, Talkboy and Jaboukie Young-White. The show starts at 8pm, but we recommend arriving early for Foreplay, the pre-show happy hour from 7–8pm with killer specials ($20 gets you two drinks, a slice of pizza and a ticket to the show). As with all Showgasm shows, you never know when a famous face will drop by for a wild and queer night.

Comedy at Stonewall The Stone Wall Inn; Feb 4; $5, at the door $10, plus two-drink minimum
Chrissie Mayr hosts this monthly showcase of stellar queer and queer-appealing comics at the historic Stonewall. Get down to killer sets from Tim Dillon, Exiene Lofgren, Von Decarlo, Joel Kim Booster, Eman El Husseini and Josh Carter.

Tinder Live: Valentine’s Day Spectacular The Bell House; 8pm; $15
Comedian, writer and musician Lane Moore takes the stage in this critically-acclaimed comedy show to open up her Tinder profile, swipe left, message guys that pique her (and the audience’s) interest and even call them live. During this special Valentine’s Day show, Moore is joined by Naomi Ekperigin, Dan Soder and Amy Rose Spiegel.

Never Sleep Alone; Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Feb 14; $45, participants $35, plus $12 minimum
Outrageous character actor and cabaret comic Roslyn Hart inhabits her alter ego, “sexual psychologist” Dr. Alex Schiller in this interactive bash. The doctor’s goal: getting the audience in the mood with a few choice tunes and making sure all the single people in the audience hook up. Make sure you’ve made your bed before heading to Joe’s Pub, as you’re likely to bring a new friend from this show home with you.

Get Out

Key & Peele is a show that we mourn deeply. But the guys have moved on: Keegan-Michael Key builds his impressive big-screen career, while his partner-in-comedy, Jordan Peele, has chosen an unusually ambitious route, writing and directing an original horror film about an interracial couple and the extreme troubles they encounter. It’s equal parts funny and creepy. Get Out opens Feb 24.

Amazing concerts and shows

Isaiah Rashad at Highline Ballroom; Feb 1; $15
The singer, an associate of fellow Top Dawg Entertainment acts including Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, visits NYC behind his R&B-soaked hip-hop debut, The Sun’s Tirade.

Sampha at Terminal 5; Feb 9; $25
The UK soul-pop singer—best known for crooning the hook on Drake’s “Too Much”—airs his own music from his just released debut, Process, at this big gig.

Hamilton Leithauser at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Feb 23, 24; $25
The Walkmen singer performs tunes from his acclaimed collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. The record, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, mixes Leithauser’s patented charismatic crooning with Rostam’s ear for polished melody.

Japandroids at Terminal 5; February 23; $25
The rock duo, hearts firmly on sleeves, return with their second LP, Near to the Wild Heart Of Life, for what’s sure to be a sing-along-filled night.

Ariana Grande at Madison Square Garden; Feb 23, 24; $60–$200
The pop star belts out the hits—from “Break Free” to the recent reggae-inflected “Side to Side”—at this stadium blowout.

Delicious food and drink events

NYC Winter Wine Festival PlayStation Theater; Feb 4; $75-85 general admission, $132 premium early access, $235 VIP Suite
Pretend you’re on holiday at this makeshift “indoor vineyard” and taste more than 250 wines. Along with vino born in locales as diverse as South Africa, Chile, Japan and Portugal, you can also enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.

Art of Food Sotheby’s; Feb 4; $105 general admission; $185 VIP
Hosted by American Iron chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife Margaret, this event brings together food and art, with dishes that mimic art pieces curated and displayed at Sotheby’s.

Kosher Food & Wine Experience Pier 60; Feb 13; $125 general admission
You don’t have to follow kashrut to take part in the Kosher Food & Wine Experience. The festival dubs itself as the most comprehensive kosher wine tasting in the nation, but it’s not all drinking—there’s plenty of grub to eat, too.

NYC Beer Week Brooklyn Expo Center; Feb 24-March 5; Prices vary
Beer lovers, rejoice! The annual brew celebration kicks off with an opening bash where local beer makers invite their favorite breweries from all over the world for guests to try unlimited samples. Rounding out the fest is the first-ever Fermentation Festival, as well as workshops and seminars.

Women Chefs Rule The Beard House; Feb 27; $160 for members, $210 for non-members 
Join gastro geniuses from all over the country for this female-fronted dinner. The chefs and restaurateurs hail from places like Salty Tart in Minneapolis, n/naka in Los Angeles and Dirt Candy in NYC to create a well-rounded menu that includes dishes like pumpkin pad thai, carnitas fat-whipped potatoes and scallop sashimi.

Spectacular dance performances

New York City Ballet Winter 2017 David H. Koch Theater; Jan 17–Feb 26; $30–$175
City Ballet’s winter season includes premieres of dances by Pontus Lidberg and resident choreographer Justin Peck, as well as a two-week run of The Sleeping Beauty, a romantic full-length work by company ballet master Peter Martins.

Batsheva Dance Company: Last Work at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; Feb 1–4; $25–$70
Israel’s Ohad Naharin and his Bathsheva Dance Company present their seventh BAM engagement: an evening-length 2015 work that continues to explore the possibilities of Naharin’s dance vocabulary, which is known as Gaga.

Vim Vigor Dance Company: Future Perfect at Baruch Performing Arts Center; Feb 2–11; $21–$29
Vim Vigor gets physical in a new show choreographed by founder Shannon Gillen, in which five dancers bounce and slide on a surface that evokes the ground at a campsite in the woods.

Andrea Kleine: My Dinner with Andrea—The Piece Formerly Known as Torture Playlist at New York Live Arts; Feb 9–11; $15–$25
In a new work commissioned by New York Live Arts and inspired by Wallace Shawn and André Gregory’s discursive 1981 film, My Dinner with André, Kleine examines the difficulty of making art about torture, or indeed about anything at all.

Martha Graham Dance Company: Sacred/Profane at the Joyce Theater; Feb 14–26; $26–$66
The Graham company keeps the modern dance master’s legacy alive with three programs in rep. Among the dances are selections from Graham’s Dark Meadow (1946), Clytemnestra (1958) and Diversion of Angels (1948), alongside premieres by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Annie-B Parsons.

New York Theatre Ballet at the 92nd Street Y; Feb 24, 25; $25–$29
The troupe presents an installment of its Legend & Visionaries series, featuring three ballets by Antony Tudor (Soirée Musicals, Les Mains Gauches, the pas de deux from Romeo & Juliet) and two by his mentee Martha Clarke, the romantic trio The Garden of Villandry and the solo Nocturne.

Marvelous theater experiences

Evening at the Talk Houseat the New Group; Jan 31–Mar 12; $75–$95
Though Wallace Shawn may be best known for his adorable persona as a character actor, he is cherished by theater fans as the author of smart, dark and menacing plays. Matthew Broderick stars as a playwright is his latest dystopian drama, directed by Scott Elliott for his New Group.

Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre; Feb 2–May 28; $65–$199
Glenn Close returns to the role she last played on Broadway more than 20 years ago: the delusional, fading film star Norma Desmond. Andrew Lloyd Webber continues his renaissance on the Great White Way with this stripped-down but lushly orchestrated revival, staged by Lonny Price.

The Glass Menagerie at the John Golden Theatre; Feb 7–July 2; $39–$149
Tennessee Williams’s oft-revived family drama, last seen on Broadway in 2014, returns starring Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield. Joe Mantello plays Tom, haunted by days gone by, and Madison Ferris is the delicate, damaged Laura. The ingenious Sam Gold directs.

Sunday in the Park with George at the Hudson Theatre; Feb 11–Apr 23; $59–$295
Jake Gyllenhaal, who revealed surprising musical-theater chops in 2015’s Little Shop of Horrors, stars opposite Broadway it girl Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) in a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1984 musical, a gorgeous portrait of artistic ambition and compromise.

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire at the Public Theater; Feb 14–Apr 16; $90–$115
After the success of their 2013 pop musical, Here Lies Love, art-rock icon David Byrne reteams with director Alex Timbers for a rock-concert take on the life of Joan of Arc. Downtown badass Jo Lampert stars as the teenage 15th-century French visionary, rabble-rouser and martyr.

Amazing art shows

Katharina Grosse Gagosian Gallery; through Mar 11; free
You might have caught this German artist’s public art project this summer out Rockaway Beach, where which she transformed an abandoned building into a kind of 3-D gestural painting. Bold gestures on the menu again for her latest show, this time on regular canvas.

“Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space” The Met Breuer; through May 7; suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free
Merz was the sole female member of Italian Arte Povera, the late-’60s movement that took a somewhat nihilistic approach to form and material. Merz followed suit but added some feminist flavor to the recipe. This 50-year career survey is the first major retrospective of her work in the United States.

“Richard Oelze: 1900–1980” Michael Werner; through Mar 11; free
This now-forgotten Surrealist from Germany was a reclusive visionary who actually destroyed a considerable portion of his work.

“Wangechi Mutu: Ndoro Na Miti” Gladstone Gallery; through Mar 25; free
Mutu tackles feminism, globalism and multiculturalism with a flamboyant mix of African folklore, Western Art History, pop culture and pornography. Her large environmental installation here consists of a sort of indoor landscape populated by works that include a pair of large figurative bronzes that reflect on the meaning of diversity in both the biological and cultural sense.

“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” Whitney Museum of American Art; through May 14; $22; seniors, students $18; 18 and under free
Mutu tackles feminism, globalism and multiculturalism with a flamboyant mix of African folklore, Western Art History, pop culture and pornography. Her large environmental installation here consists of a sort of indoor landscape populated by works that include a pair of large figurative bronzes that reflect on the meaning of diversity in both the biological and cultural sense.

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Things to Do in NYC in February

by City Guide News Desk

February in New York may be sunk in winter, but the city is as vibrant as ever, with theater, culture, dining, and nightlife scenes all going full-bore. Shoppers can take advantage of some great sales over President’s Week, and lovers can mark the 14th in red for Valentine’s Day. We’ve also got Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year celebrations, Restaurant Week, Broadway Week, and Fashion Week. For the best of New York in February, check out our rundown below.

Things To Do in New York in February: Nightlife

(2/28) It’s Fat Tuesday! Check out Geoge Clinton and P. Funkadelic at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill for a special Mardi Gras celebration.

(1/23-2/10) NYC Restaurant Week. Hundreds of the city’s most popular restaurants will be participating, including Benjamin Steakhouse, Le Colonial, Mario’s Restaurant, The River Café, Fig & Olive, Il Buco, and Morton’s The Steakhouse. Enjoy prix-fixe meals that only cost $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner.

(2/9) Neil Gaiman: Norse Mythology at The Town Hall. In an exclusive event, author Neil Gaiman introduces and reads from his new book, Norse Mythology (2017, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.), a dazzling version of the great Norse myths. 7pm.

(2/11-2/12) Bring someone special to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Weekend at New York Botanical Garden. Stroll through the expansive Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, talk to guides on hand about the many aphrodisiac plants that can be found at the Garden, and enjoy expert-led chocolate discussions and tastings—all included with an All-Garden Pass. The Hudson Garden Grill will feature a special prix fixe menu alongside its seasonal winter menu.

(2/11) Patti LaBelle performs at Brooklyn’s restored Kings Theatre.

(2/13-14) Enjoy a romantic New York Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruises aboard Bateaux New York. Choose from brunch or dinner options.

(2/14) For something a little more risque, check out Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular at Highline Ballroom.

(2/15, 2/17, 2/18) Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Madison Square Garden.

(2/17) Rick Astley at Webster Hall.

(2/23-2/24) Ariana Grande at Madison Square Garden.

(2/24) Lauryn Hill The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series with special guests Little Simz & JoJo Abot at Radio City Music Hall.

Things To Do in New York in February: Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld

(2/9) Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand at the Beacon Theatre.

(2/2-2/4) Ian Bagg at Gotham Comedy Club.

(2/10) Jim Jeffries: The Unusual Punishment Tour, stops at Beacon Theatre.

(2/19) An Evening with Ralphie May at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

(2/23-2/25) Pablo Francisco at Gotham Comedy Club.

(2/26-2/27) Bruce Bruce at Gotham Comedy Club.

Things To Do in New York in February: Sightseeing

Winter Eco Cruise with New York Water Taxi

(now-3/12) Every Sunday (*except Feb. 5), New York Water Taxi offers an Audubon Winter Cruise, complete with seal sightings around New York Harbor.

(2/11) Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures at our sixth annual Ice Festival. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most beloved statues.

As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs, all to celebrate the Central Park Conservancy’s preservation efforts. 3pm-7pm.

Sweets for the Sweet! Grab your honey or friend this Valentine’s Day for a cozy ride aboard A Slice of Brooklyn’s Chocolate Tour, TripAdvisor’s top-rated NYC tour company A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours has launched its Brooklyn Chocolate Tour, which visits artisanal chocolate sites Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO, The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, Raaka in Red Hook, and Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City, Sunset Park. Offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

(2/13-2/14) The Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show will take place at both Madison Square Garden, with daytime sessions this year at Pier 92/94. It’s basically the Super Bowl for dogs. Canines get grouped into categories like Hound, Toy, and Terrier, with a panel of 37 judges looking on.

(2/9) 14th Annual New York Pet Fashion Show, will be held just a few days earlier, across the street, at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Things to Do in New York in February: Exhibits

The Orchid Show
(2/18-4/9) The Orchid Show: Thailand celebrates its 15th year at The New York Botanical Garden with an homage to the wealth of orchids and rich cultural history of Thailand. Thailand is home to more than 1,200 native orchid species and over the last century it has become the leading exporter of cultivated tropical orchids in the world. Native and hybrid orchids alike have become synonymous with the nation, where the environment is so hospitable to orchids that the dazzling flowers even grow on the trees that line public streets.

This year’s exhibition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will feature an astonishing array of blooming orchids in a lush tropical garden, including a rainbow of vanda orchids, whose large patterned blooms are widely popular in Thai gardens and homes. The show culminates in a jaw-dropping scene of a large arched façade in the style of a traditional Thai pavilion—festooned with hundreds of exquisite orchids. Round out your visit with tours, orchid care demonstrations, expert Q&As, and more. And on select nights, Orchid Evenings return with after-hours viewings of the exhibition featuring cocktails, dance, and music.

(now-5/21) I’m Nobody! Who Are You: The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson at Morgan Library & Museum. Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody! Who are you?—a title taken from her popular poem—is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.

(now-4/23/17) Also on display at the New-York Historical Society are two revealing exhibits:—Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing and “I Am The King of the World”—Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky. The complementary exhibits, one by a watercolor painter/sketch artist and one by a Madison Square Garden photographer, offer an intimate perspective of the heavyweight boxing champion’s trailblazing career. Both shows come from a place of deep respect and trust; they chronicle highlights and low points, as well as capturing Ali’s sometimes quieter, more thoughtful interior life.

(2/3-4/30/17) Tattooed New York at the New-York Historical Society explores more than 300 years of tattoo culture. The exhibit will feature more than 250 works dating from the early 1700s to today—exploring Native American body art, tattoo craft practiced by visiting sailors, sideshow culture, the 1961 ban that drove tattooing underground for three decades, and the post-ban artistic renaissance.

(now-3/10) Tales of Our Time at the Guggenheim Museum showcases the works of Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao. The exhibit will explore the concept of geography, and specifically, the definition of a “nation-state” through unique perspectives that incorporate individual and collective memory, technological developments, and upended traditions.

(now-4/23/17) Prolific NYC filmmaker Martin Scorsese is the subject of a new exhibition opening Dec. 11 at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image. In addition to exploring his films, the exhibit grants visitors unprecedented access to his personal storyboards (including one he made when he was 11 years old!), screenplays, photos, props, costumes, letters written to him by various directors including Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schraeder, actor Robert DeNiro, and others.

(now-2/5/17) Explore contemporary art and design through a craft lens at The Museum of Arts and Design, an intimately sized museum in the heart of Columbus Circle. MAD offers five exhibition floors, open artist studios, an award-winning store, and an iconic restaurant, Robert, with spectacular views of Central Park. The new exhibit Chris Antemann: Forbidden Fruit celebrates the collaboration between Oregon-based artist Chris Antemann and the renowned MEISSEN Porcelain manufactory, founded in 1710. Antemann’s limited editions are displayed here in an installation that reinvents and refreshes the figurative tradition

(New! Permanent) The Museum of the City of New York presents NY at Its Core. Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core presents the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition.

(ongoing) On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War at the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum tells the the story of the aircraft carrier’s three tours during the Vietnam War, between 1966 and 1969.

(now-2/19/17) Night Fever: New York Disco 1977-1979, the Bill Bernstein Photographs at the Museum of Sex explores the sexually and socially radical multiculturalism embraced by the New York disco clubs of the late ’70s. The exhibition assembles 40 photographs from Bill Bernstein, taken from 1977 to 1979, accompanied by audio interviews, in an immersive installation that invites viewers to experience the freedom and intoxication of the disco era.