A wise woman named Alicia Keys once referred to New York as “a concrete jungle where dreams are made of” and it is an apt description, indeed. With entertainment venues on nearly every corner, it’s easy to see why so many aspiring artists come from far away to make a name here (and then return regularly once they have carved a place among the stars).
When former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Media and Entertainment commissioned a nightlife study in 2016, it found that there were more than 2,400 spaces where such magic happens – from Broadway theatres and concert halls to piano bars, cabaret rooms and comedy clubs. Many of these spots took a hit over the past two years when gatherings were on hold, but that number is growing once again, and New York City has reemerged its merry old self (give or take a few new safety protocols and COVID-19 vaccination requirements).
So go ahead and let these streets make you feel brand new – we know the bright lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New York, and for all these amazing performances, productions and museum exhibitions that are finally back in full swing.
Take Me Out on Broadway
Previews Begin March 10, 2022
240 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) star in the Tony-Award winning dramedy about a mixed-race center fielder who comes out as gay, much to the surprise of his teammates and fans of his beloved baseball team, the Empires. Richard Greenburg’s pioneering play first opened off-Broadway in 2002, and now director Scott Ellis is bringing the still-poignant production about the prejudices that permeate America’s favorite pastime back to life with an all-new cast and a refreshing perspective. Get tickets at .
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction
Through March 12, 2022
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
To say Sophie Taeuber-Arp was ahead of her time is an understatement. She began her journey as an applied arts teacher at the turn of the century before emerging a key player in the Dada movement. In the years after she took an awe-inspiring multi-disciplinary approach that saw her continue to produce textiles, paintings, sculptures, and expansive murals, often spotlighting her keen interest in abstract geometry. Living Abstraction features more than 300 works and is the first US exhibition in nearly four decades to cover her extensive career. Last seen at the Tate Modern in London, Living Abstraction finds its temporary home in midtown through March 13th. Buy timed entry tickets at www.moma.org.
Tig Notaro: Hello Again
March 20, 2022
The Beacon Theatre
New York, NY 10023
Comedian and writer, Tig Notaro, brings her inimitable brand of deadpan storytelling to The Beacon theatre this March. The queer artist became an underground stalwart years ago but has since gained notoriety by way of her 2015 HBO stand-up special Boyish Girl Interrupted and later, her 2018 Netflix hour-long special, Happy to Be Here. The past decade hit her with a cancer diagnosis that shifted her signature take on observational comedy into something personal and reflective. The transformation was well received, landing her Emmy and Grammy nominations in the time after. Experience a taste of her offbeat punchlines at one of the city’s most iconic live performance venues this spring. Get tickets at www.beacontheatre.com.
Worra, TRUTH x LIES and Remnique
March 18, 2022
Elsewhere (Zone One)
599 Johnson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Who loves house music? Get your fix from a slew of the scene’s most fierce, and at one of the city’s most inclusive venues to boot. Chicago-based queer producer, J. Worra, brings her award-winning talents to Elsewhere’s famed Zone One with direct support from local up and coming bass house duo, TRUTH x LIES, and the always eclectic, Remnique. Techno titan Ellen Alien will be tearing it up in the main room on that same night, so you know this beat-filled hang is destined to be stellar. https://www.elsewherebrooklyn.com/
Martha Wainwright: Stories I Might Regret Telling You
March 29, 2022
City Winery – The Loft
25 11th Ave. @ Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10011
Pop into The Loft at City Winery and share an intimate evening with the celebrated vocalist, Martha Wainwright (sister of Rufus and daughter of Loudon, in case you didn’t know that already). During this up-close-and-personal performance the talented wordsmith will read from her moving new memoir Stories I Might Regret Telling You, as well perform songs from her forthcoming fifth studio album Love Will Be Reborn, a deeply personal collection of tunes in which she explores the pangs of loneliness and what it means to embrace the light after a period of time defined by sorrow. Grab a glass of house wine available on tap, and snack on a cheese board as you get to know one of indie music’s royal family members on a whole new level. Get tickets at www.citywinery.com
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