What’s on in February 2015

A short list of things to do and see in NYC this February curated by Belinda Jackson.

February is the month when it’s still really cold and we’re all looking for things to survive cabin fever. This is a great time to look up some of the visual arts on offer; there are some wonderful exhibitions plus a good time to catch up on movies. For those of us who love the outdoors try heading upstate for a skiing day trip or check out one of the wonderful Ice Skating rinks in the the city.

Here are a few other things of interest for you to consider:

The Winter Antiques Show is on at the Park Avenue Amory. Jan 23 – Feb 1.

Jan 17 – Feb 25 – Modernism Exhibition Christie’s at Rockefeller Center presents Rockefeller Center and the Rise of Modernism in the Metropolis, an exhibition that celebrates the rich artistic heritage of Rockefeller Center. Combining paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs and 20th century design, the exhibit explores themes such as industry, progress and innovation, which were integral to the creation of this national landmark and account for its seminal place in American history.

Painting Music in the Age of Caravaggio at The Met from Jan 20 to Apr 5.

Super Bowl is Feb 1, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the highest rating television program for the year, hence an opportunity to capitalize on those advertisements so look out for some great advertising. Here are the funniest Super Bowl adverts from 2014. And there is an Australian entry in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl competition, you can vote up till Jan 28 here.

Groundhog Day is Feb 2 – head down to Pennsylvania to visit Punxsutawney Phil or catch the ferry to visit Staten Island Chuck both who predict the anticipated start of Spring at 7:30am. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Aussie singer songwriter Greta Gertler will be playing at The Bell House on Feb 14 with the Steve McQueens.

Aussie band The Hipstones will be playing at the Rockwood Music Hall on Feb 15.

New York Fashion Week – Feb 12 to 19.

Westminster Dog Show is on Feb 16 and 17 at Madison Square Garden. This is the largest Dog Show in America and the second oldest sporting event (the oldest being the Kentucky Derby).

Chinese New Year is Feb 19 and this year is the year 4714 and the year of the Goat.

Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival is on Thursday, Feb 19 from 11am – 3:30pm at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (between Grand & Hester Streets)
The firecracker detonation, with expected attendance by local politicians and community leaders, is intended to ward off evil spirits. A large stage will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian-American singers and dancers. Plus, a dozen lion, dragon and unicorn dance troupes will march through Chinatown’s main streets, including Mott Street, the Bowery, East Broadway, Bayard Street, Elizabeth Street and Pell Street.The parade usually winds throughout Chinatown down Mott, along East Broadway, up Eldridge Street to Forsyth.

Chinatown Parade is on Sunday, Feb 22 at 1pm
Commencing at Mott Street and promenade through practically every street in of Chinatown, finally dispersing at Broome/Forsyth. The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local organizations. The parade is expected to conclude at 3pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.

Feb 13–27 – MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media

Restaurant Week– The winter edition of New York City’s 2015 Restaurant Week will be Feb 16 – Mar 6. The city’s tourism agency has announced that a three course dinner at participating restaurants will be $38 plus drinks, tax, and tip. Information about participating restaurants will be available at the Restaurant Week website in the future.

Photo creditgonyc.about.com