What’s On February 2016

I just watched the new QANTAS in-flight safety video. Excuse me while I wipe the tears of pride and homesickness away from my face long enough to write the first AWNY What’s On for 2016. As a bone fide 50% Kiwi, I’ve always loved the Air NZ in-flight safety videos (especially the streaking grandma), but this one from QANTAS is the perfect mix of our true-blue spirit, unforgettable landscapes, and Bondi (just because). Ah, I can almost feel the sun…

There are some great AWNY events on this month, plus we’ve hand-picked some other fantastic goings-on so you have lots of excuses to get out and about and make the most of the mild winter. Well, mild with the exception of the blizzard. If you’re like me, you’ll be hoping that was just a blip on the otherwise smooth winter horizon.

Australian Theater producer and actress, Emilie Collyer, presents The Good Girl, at 59E59 Theaters from February 11th – Feb 28th. Tickets are a very reasonable $18, and there will be a number of AWNY friends attending on the 11th if you’d like to join! Purchase tickets here.

Advance Cheers and Chill New York City is being held on Tuesday February 9th at The Liberty, 29 West 35th Street, from 6.00PM – 8.00PM. This Aussie networking event is free and the Lib is putting on happy hour prices all night. See you there!

Out of town? If you happen to be moonlighting as a Bostonian on February 11th, then drop in to the special after-hours viewing of Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia. This free event will take place from 5.30PM at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA. Register here.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra performs The Reef at the 92Y on February 19th at 7.30PM. Described by The Australian as ‘virtoso surfing and mesmerizing music,’ this single performance is sure to sell out so get in quick. Tickets cost $35/$55 and can be purchased here

Australian dance ensemble Untapped performs at The New Victory Theater from February 5th – 21st.  The best seats in the house are a bargain at $38 (the up-the-back options are $15) and can be purchased here

One of the best things to experience in New York City is the Chinese New Year parade. Although there are a number of celebrations around the city, the big parade (i.e. with the dancing dragons) is on Sunday February 14th from 11.00AM – 4.00PM. It starts at Mott Street, map is here, and you’ll have a great view from pretty much anywhere along the route. Well worth it.

If you have some visiting Aussies over in February, treat them to a trip to the Top of the Rock for the Starlight Music Series. February 10th, 14th (V-Day!), 17th and 24th have live jazz and bubbles from 7.00PM – 9.00PM and one of the best views in the city. Tickets available here.

Some great events are planned for New York City’s Beer Week, running February 19th – 28th at various locations throughout the city. A great listing of events can be found here and if you can find it, make sure you try Kelso’s Nut Brown Lager. That. Is. Good. Stuff.

Photo credit: Joanna Hishon