What’s on in March 2015

A shortlist of things to do and see in NYC in March curated by Belinda Jackson.

There’s a great New York saying that goes – ‘March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb’. It seems as though March 2015 is living up to that, hard to believe that spring will be here in two weeks. No doubt we’re all looking forward to the Spring. Here are a few things to look forward to this March.

NY Botanical Garden Orchid Show – 28 Feb to 19 April.

New York Children’s Film Festival – 27 Feb to 22 March.

International Women’s Day – Sunday, 8 March – this year’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’. Celebrating women’s achievements and a call for greater equality.

United Nations – Commission for the Status of Women – 9 to 20 March. This is the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women and it will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.

UN Women Australia – Lunch Discussion (American Australian Association event) – 12 March – Join delegates from the Australian National Committee for UN Women for a lunch discussion and update on global women’s issues; as well as current issues facing Australian women.

The Armory Show – 5 to 8 March – This is a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York. The fair takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan and is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its sixteen years, the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello – 20 February to 14 June 20 February to 14 June – Twenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture—most never seen outside Italy—will be exhibited at MOBIA as the centerpiece of the Museum’s tenth anniversary season. MOBIA will be the sole worldwide venue for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. These works—by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia and others—were made in the first decades of the fifteenth century for Florence Cathedral (“Il Duomo”), which was then in the last phase of its construction, and are figural complements to Brunelleschi’s soaring dome, conveying an analogous sense of courage and human potential. Like the dome, these statues of prophets and saints express the spiritual tension of a faith-driven humanism destined to transform Western culture.

Pinocchio at the New Victory Theater  13 to 22 March – Produced by Australia’s Windmill Theatre / State Theatre Company of South Australia

With bold ballads, angsty anthems and a plot knotted with tabloid twists, Carlo Collodi’s classic tale about a wooden boy with a nose for trouble gets remastered in this psychedelic rock musical. Tenderly tooled by the lonely Gepetto, Pinocchio takes a walk on the wild side when the need to belong gives way to temptations of fun, fame and the dream of becoming a real boy. Last seen at the Sydney Opera House, this “really brilliant musical for kids” (Time Out Sydney) is a visually stunning, must-see production.

True Gods by Warwick Thornton – 4 March at The Rubin Museum. Post-screening discussion with Australian aboriginal representative at the UN Sonia Smallacombe and psychotherapist Joe Loizzo of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

“True Gods,” directed by Warwick Thornton will be screened as part of the series and has been described as “the most visually lush of the films, Thornton’s camera luxuriating in the deep russet expanses of the Outback desert, as a lone Aboriginal woman (“The Sapphires” star Miranda Tapsell) searches for a suitable spot in which to give birth.” (Variety)

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, 8 March – remember to put your clocks forward one hour. Enjoy the additional hour of daylight until Sunday, 1 November.

Radio City Rockettes Spring Spectacular – 12 March to 3 May.

St Patrick’s Day Parade – 17 March at 11am at 44th St and 5th Ave.

Craft Beer Festival – 13 and 14 March.

The Black Party – 21 March – This year moving to a new location, a warehouse in Brooklyn. The Black Party is one of Gay New York’s most attended, longest running and highly anticipated events. With more than 5,000 attendees it remains one of the biggest gay dance parties in the world. It is known and respected world wide for cutting edge productions, innovative staging, superstar international DJs, world class performers and notorious “strange live acts.”

Macy’s Spring Flower Show – 22 March to 4 April.

Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington –  20 March to 12 April.

Save the Date for April and May

Easter Parade – Easter Sunday, 5 April.

The Cat Empire 18 April at Webster Hall.

Cherry Blossom’s in Central Park

Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden – 1 – 26 April.

Sakura Matsura Festival at BBG – 25-26 April.

Gurrumul at SubCulture – 29 April.

AWNY member Nadia Ackerman will be performing at The Living Room in Williamsburg on 30 April.

Five Borough Bike Tour3 May.

Iggy Azalea at Barclays Center, Brooklyn – 7 May.

AWNY member Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl will be performing on 12 May at the Triad.

AWNY member Skye Cleary will be launching her book, Existentialism and Romantic Love – 28 May @ 6.30-8pm at the New York Public Library – Jefferson Market.

photo credit: Belinda Jackson – photo of the Macy’s Flower Show centerpiece 2014