Spring is officially springing! But whether it's rain or shine this weekend, there's no reason not to go out on the town. Check out some live music, laugh it up with Sup or Fantastic Mr. Fox, or just hit the bars with help from Quiet Clubbing or a pub crawl!
No excuses, folks!
Friday, March 16th
Cellular Songs (651 Fulton St @ 7:30 PM)
Start off your Friday right and head down to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to enjoy the “fearless” and “uncompromising” talents of legendary vocalist Meredith Monk and her accompanying four-woman ensemble.
Her innovative show pairs movement, instrumentation, and a site-specific video installation and “contemplates the fundamental unit of life and its relation to the universe.”
She’s spent 5 decades exploring the power of the human voice and leading critics are certain she’ll go down in history, so if you can make it you’re in for a truly unforgettable night. If you can’t make it today, she’ll also be performing Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM!
Can NYC Survive the Sea? A Talk by Ted Steinberg (68th Street and Lexington Avenue @ 7 PM)
Ever wondered whether a Day After Tomorrow-style disaster could happen in real life?
We all hope not, but the fact that nearly half of New York City currently constitutes a hurricane evacuation zone, sea levels are rising, and we lack a solid response plan to coastal flooding should it occur all sound like major red flags.
Hear Ted Steinberg, author of Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, give his thoughts on how we might be able to weather the next storm.
Subway Silent Disco Mobile Dance Party (225 E 44th St @ 7 PM)
Maybe by now you’ve heard of “Quiet Clubbing,” which provides party-goers with headphones so that they can enjoy a poppin' musical atmosphere but keep the tunes entirely under their control.
However, their latest event — limited to 100 people — takes the groove up a notch by taking attendees on a tour-guide led journey through “several iconic NYC subway platforms and terminals” as well as to some bomb bars!
Japan Week (89 E 42nd St @ 9 AM)
Want to get a taste of Japan without leaving the Big Apple? These are the last two days you can check out this annual offering from the Japan National Tourism Organization conveniently located in Grand Central Terminal’s illustrious Vanderbilt Hall.
Explore arts, crafts, and food from their rich culture, and don’t miss popping into the 3D trick art featured in this year’s exhibition to get an epic pic for your Instagram!
Saturday, March 17th
St. Patrick’s Day Parade (5th Ave between 44th St and 79th St @ 11 AM)
Looking for St. Paddy’s day plans a little more interesting than just hitting the bars?
Start off the celebration at the oldest and largest holiday parade in the world, dating all the way back to 1762 and yearly drawing approximately 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators.
Loretta Brennan Glucksman, co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and Chair Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund, will serve as Grand Marshal and will be joined by a cohort of aides from all over New York state.
The ‘SUP Show: A Comedy Showcase for Female, Queer, and Gender Non-Conforming Voices (21A Clinton St @ 9 PM)
Enjoy the best and the brightest acts to emerge from the weekly SUP open mic! Attendees are in for the talents of Aparna Nancherla, Aaron Jackson, Karolena Theresa, and so many more of these unique, hilarious voices at swanky Lower East Side venue Caveat.
Tickets are a chill $8 in advance or $10 at the door and seats are first-come first serve, and save room for a few drinks!
Pub Crawl (Various Times and Addresses)
What better way to welcome spring and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than with a good old-fashioned pub crawl? Luckily, PubCrawls.com is offering an array of exciting options to help you indulge in the quintessential Irish pastime on Saturday and Sunday and in various NYC neighborhoods.
Drink responsibly guys! For those who would prefer to celebrate the holiday a little drier head over to the parade or check out our alternative St. Paddy's Day Guide.
WoMarch (4 PM, 224 Manhattan Ave)
The go-getter gals among us may want to join the creative networking platform Womarch to get inspired at an “electrifying night of healing, commemoration, and community empowerment.”
Enjoy Elliot Ashby’s MC skills, music by Olivia Dope, and performances by Samira Gibson, Cynthia Amoah, Riki Stevens, and Saba Jenga at this 21+ night to remember!
Sunday, March 18th
Mac and Cheese Smackdown Fest (Various Times, 72 Noble St)
War is never a good thing…. unless it’s a war of the mac and cheeses! This Sunday, Murray's Cheese, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Harlem Public and a ton more of the city’s best restaurants will compete to fight for the title of New York’s top version of the dish.
A ticket to this blowout will get you a chance to taste them all and beer to make things even more fun!
Bachata With Joan Soriano (137-35 Northern Blvd @ 3 PM lesson, 4 PM show)
Want to enjoy some tunes that are a little outside of your comfort zone?
Get a taste of Dominican culture with Bachata from a renowned practitioner of the form Joan Soriano, who blends modern music with the traditional.
Fantastic Mr. Fox + Bean’s Alcoholic Cider (308 Bedford Ave @ 4:30 PM)
Most people don't want to spend their nights for alone in their living room with Netflix and beer.
But if you still feel like vegging out and drinking up, enjoy Wes Anderson's acclaimed animated masterpiece on the high tech screens of Brooklyn's Videology Bar and Cinema and washed down with a good old glass of cider?
They also offer a full bar and food and beverage service during the screening, so may as well come hungry!
Peace Bike Ride (1 Bowling Green @ 2 PM)