“In like a lion and out like a lamb” is how March in New York is described, being the month where we transition from what seems like a never-ending winter to the beginnings of spring. According to local groundhog celebrity, Charles B Hogg, and his meteorologically challenged cousin, Punxsutawney Phil, we are in for an early Spring this year. It’s also the month where I become giddy with excitement as daylight savings makes a welcome return.
Here’s what’s on in New York in March:
Ever the doyenne of New York society, AWNY is hosting the following events plus events from the American Australian Association:
Wed Mar 6, 6 – 8pm: 2019 Tax and Immigration Seminar at WeWork in Financial District
Join presenters from Cammisa Markel and CST Tax Advisors for an update on key immigration and tax issues including; green cards & permanent residency – appropriate pathways for residing permanently in the U.S., recent immigration policy / visa changes in the U.S., how and when someone can become a US citizen, tax residency, superannuation/pensions, employee stock and estate tax. Tickets are $15 for AAA members/$35 for non-members. Registration is available online via the AAA site. For more info please email Melanie Chiew via email@example.com.
Tues Mar 19, 6.30 – 9pm: Spring Drinks at The Library Bar with AWNY
Save the date. Our social drinks events are always so popular. It’s not surprising, given that the dynamic community of Australian and NZ women in New York is full of personality and talent. Entry is free but we ask that you RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get an idea of numbers. There’s a cash bar to purchase drinks. Further details to be announced – check back on the AWNY website or AWNY Facebook page.
Apr: Australian Women in New York (AWNY) Annual General Meeting
Date TBA. The AWNY Annual General Meeting is just around the corner. If you want to get involved with a dynamic group of women, come along to the AWNY AGM and consider volunteering. Dates and details to be announced – check back on the AWNY website or AWNY Facebook page.
Plus there’s a plethora of offerings around town in March:
Throughout March: Roller Skating at Industry City
Last year I rediscovered my childhood love of roller skating and was reminded of the endorphin rush of rolling around under a disco ball against the sonic backdrop of a killer soundtrack. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can get your skates on and head down to the Dreamland Roller Rink at Brooklyn’s vibrant reclaimed warehouse ecosystem, Industry City for a roller disco extravaganza. Prince v Michael Jackson, 80s Pop Divas, 90s Hip Hop are a few of the themes in March. It’s just 20 minutes on the R/N train from Union Square.
Mar 5 – 7: Personal Branding with Zahrina Robertson
* EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE FOR AWNY COMMUNITY *
Australia’s leading branding expert, Zahrina Robertson, returns to New York offering individual sessions for women business owners who want to maximize their business brand. There’s a special package on offer exclusively for the AWNY community. Her 1-hour sessions take place in TriBeCa.
Mar 5 – 11: Invisible Boundaries by Veronica Green
* OPENING RECEPTION: Thurs Mar 7th, 6.30 – 9pm *
* ARTIST TALK: Sat Mar 9th, 11am *
New Zealand artist, Veronica Green, brings her solo exhibition, Invisible Boundaries, to the Van Rensburg Gallery in NoLITA. Green explains the heart of her new series: “Invisible boundaries, personal or geographical challenge us to make decisions based on the limitations we create”. To attend the opening reception and/or artist talk, RSVP to Beulah@vanrensburg-galleries.com.
Mar 9 – 24: Holy Day at New Ohio Theatre
* DISCOUNT CODE FOR AWNY COMMUNITY *
Produced by Australian Jillian Geurts and featuring 5 Australian actors, Holy Day is a powerful piece from acclaimed Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Delving into Australia’s complex and difficult history, the play deals with themes of race and justice, exploring conflicts between new beginnings and stolen pasts that resonate across international borders. The AWNY community can use the code AWNY for a $5 ticket discount. You can also join an AWNY group going on March 19.
Sun, Mar 10: Daylight Saving Begins
Time to spring forward. Put your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed, on the eve of March 10. If you are calling home, remember that SA, VIC, NSW, TAS and ACT are in the midst of daylight saving time until April 7. Don’t forget to also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them out.
Mar 12 – 17: Wonder by Gus Leunig and Nat Anderson
* OPENING RECEPTION: Thurs Mar 14th, 6.30 – 9pm *
* ARTIST TALK: Sat Mar 16th, 12pm *
Australian artists, Gus Leunig and Nat Anderson bring their dual exhibition, Wonder, to the Van Rensburg Gallery in NoLITA. Two painters, each deeply in touch with the natural environment, take a unique approach to revealing the wonder of the ambient landscapes in which they live, and in turn reveal their own visions of beauty. To attend the opening reception and/or artist talk, RSVP to Beulah@vanrensburg-galleries.com.
Fri, Mar 15, 10pm: Tainted Love 80s Dance Party at The Bell House
* FREE *
DJ Jane Elizabeth hosts a FREE monthly dance party at former warehouse turned bar/performance space, The Bell House, at Gowanus Brooklyn. This month’s set is inspired by Soft Cell, whose early-80’s cover of the Northern Soul classic, “Tainted Love” is forever etched in the memory of many a suburban Aussie school child. Front bar opens at 8pm, set starts from 10pm. Just a 5-minute walk from the R, G or F trains stop on 9th St and 4th Ave.
Fri, Mar 15 – Tuesday, April 30: Snark Park – Lost and Found
Opening at Hudson Yards, Snark Park is a multi-faceted exhibition space housing a series of immersive art installations, created by design studio Snarkitecture. The mandate to visitors is clear: “please do touch the art”. The first installation, Lost and Found, consists of an array of massive, inhabitable cylinders, reminiscent of mystical trees from an enchanted forest. Suitable for all ages, tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for kids.
Sat, Mar 16: St Patrick’s Day Parade
The NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. The Parade can also be watched live on NBC beginning at 11am. Although St Patrick’s Day this year falls on March 17, as it’s a Sunday, the parade is moved to Saturday for religious observance.
Mar 19 – 22: Australian International Screen Forum
The 2nd annual Australian International Screen Forum 4-day industry event returns to the Lincoln Center. The AISF connects Australian film, tv and digital works, and screen talent with the New York-based screen industries. Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin join the screen forum as Ambassadors. Programming and events have been announced – tickets and passes on sale now.
Mar 24 – Apr 7: Macy’s Annual Flower Show
Explore the heavenly blooms in the 2019 annual Macy’s Flower Show, Journey to Paradios, welcomes Spring via a space odyssey to a colourful floral paradise that is out of this world.
Thurs Mar 28, 8pm: Fair Dinkum Comedy at Three Seat Espresso
* FREE *
Aussie comedian Jess Fuchs of Fair Dinkum Comedy and her all-Aussie lineup are bringing the laughs to Aussie coffee hot-spot in the East Village, Three Seat Espresso. Please note this event was rescheduled to this new date of March 28, due to a family emergency for Jess. If you already ordered tickets for the previous date, they will be honored for March 28.
Mon, Apr 8: Aldous Harding plays Rough Trade NYC
The captivating and intense New Zealand singer-songwriter, Aldous Harding returns to New York, playing at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade. Immerse yourself in her new song and video, “The Barrel”, in anticipation of her upcoming 4AD release, Designer, on April 26.
Thurs, Apr 25: Anzac Day 2019
Anzac Day is the day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died for their country, and is marked annually on the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. Check back on the AWNY website for a comprehensive guide to Anzac Day events in and around New York.
Featured image from Wonder by Gus Leunig and Nat Anderson, showing at Van Rensburg Galleries, Mar 12-17.