Thursday, March 31

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at Brooklyn Museum

While Norman Rockwell’s paintings are timeless, there are only 10 days left to check out the Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera exhibit at Brooklyn Museum. On display in the Robert E. Blum Gallery on the first floor, you’ll find the a multitude of carefully-staged photographs that Rockwell used as tools to capture and depict real life in each of his illustrations. The exhibit, which closes on April 10, contains a selection from 20,000 digitized negatives alongside Rockwell’s completed paintings.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-5000
$10 adults, $6 students

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Wednesday, March 30

Rob Pruitt: The Andy Monument

American icon Andy Warhol stands tall alongside George Washington and Mahatma Gandhi in Union Square....well, his statute does. The Andy Monument, designed and crafted by Rob Pruitt, stands on the same street corner where Andy’s factory once operated. The chrome and concrete sculpture pays tribute to the multi-media artist and his dreams of making it big in New York.

Union Square Park
East 17th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10003

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Tuesday, March 29

The World’s Largest Bake Sale Hosted by Sandra Lee

There’s hardly anything Semi-Homemade about The World’s Largest Bake Sale at Grand Central Station! Food Network star and New York Times bestselling author, Sandra Lee, and culinary companions, Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, Emeril Lagasse and Duff Goldman from "Ace of Cakes” set up shop at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall today in order to raise $50,000 for the Food Bank of New York. Swing by and snack on sweet and savory treats from the likes of Ciao Bella Gelato, Junior's Restaurant, Magnolia, Manhattan Chili Company, Murray's, Zaro's, and 23 more top-restaurants.

Grand Central Station
Vanderbilt Hall
82 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 340-2583

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Sunday, March 27

Macy's Flower Show

It’s time to stop and smell the roses... and hydrangeas, and daisies! Spring is in full bloom at the Macy’s annual Flower Show. The Towers of Flowers celebration blooms today with five flowering exhibits including Antebellum, Japanese, Hydrangea, Desert, and Tropical gardens, each boasting native species in captivating arrangements. This 2-week long exhibition includes an array of in-store promotions, fashion shows, musical performances, and cooking demos, too!

Bonus: Complimentary guided tours (on the half-hour) at the Broadway + 35th St. entrance

Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-4400

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Saturday, March 26

Martha Stewart Pie Pop-Up

Martha Stewart is no longer confined to her home, much less the kitchen! Stop by Martha Stewart’s pop-up pie shop at Little Owl today for a slice (or two!) of sweet and savory heaven. As a special promotion for her new cookbook, New Pies & Tarts, you’ll get to meet with the confectioners and contributors to the book and delight in their signature cream pies, fruit tarts, and savory galettes, which are all recipes straight from this delectable cookbook.

Bonus: Raffles every hour!

Little Owl - The Venue
93 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 741-4695
Saturday + Sunday 10am-6pm

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Friday, March 25

The End of Hibernation Comedy Party

Winter blues be gone! Tonight at The Bell House, the skint is celebrating spring with their End of Hibernation Comedy Party alongside ECNY-winning performers, Kurt Braunohler (“Hot Tub”), This American Life contributor Dave Hill, comedienne Brooke Van Poppelen (VH1, TLC), 16-time Moth Story Slam winner Adam Wade and musical guests Adira Amram & The Experience. Fill up on Oaxaca tacos and Robicelli cupcakes, and win raffle prizes. Plus, take out any lingering winter aggression on Punch Me Panda!

Bonus: dance party with Happy House after the show!

The Bell House
149 7th St.
Brooklyn, NY 1215
Friday, March 25
7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show
$10 admission

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Thursday, March 24

Serge Gainsbourg Exhibition at FIAF Gallery

Be mesmerized and captivated all over again by the iconic Serge Gainsbourg. Initials L.G. remembers the famous French singer and artist and his untimely death 20 years ago. Featuring rare portraits and photos from the likes of Helmut Newton, William Klein, Patrick de Spiegelaere and Tony Frank, Initials L.G. pays tribute to his life and legacy.

FIAF Gallery
22 East 60th St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-6100
Runs through April 23

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Wednesday, March 23

Merce Cunningham Dance Company at The Joyce Theater

Since 1953, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company has been a purveyor of the avant-garde in dance. The company revisits The Joyce Theater before disbanding to perform its final leg of its two-year Legacy Tour. Watch as Cunningham’s repertory program dancers grace the stage and perform CRWDSPCR, Quartet and Antic Meet, not seen since 1969.

The Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-0800
7:30pm (runs through 3/27)
$10 and up

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Tuesday, March 22

New York City Opera’s Spring Season Opens

The New York City Opera commences its 2011 season today at its newly renovated home in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. With some of the most reasonably priced opera tickets around—one quarter of the performances are less than $25—“The People’s Opera” continues to promote great opera with a modernized and popular attitude. City Opera kicks off the season with the premier of Gaetano Donizetti’s Elixir of Love.

New York City Opera
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 870-5570

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Monday, March 21

Dine in Brooklyn Week

Always wanted to try that French place out in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn? Well, now is the time! Dine in Brooklyn is back! For 10 days, over 200 restaurants in almost every Brooklyn neighborhood are serving up some delicious deals on tasty meals. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, or if you’re hungry for soul food or sushi, this week you can enjoy special menus and 3- and 5-course meals for only $20.11 for lunch and $25.00 for dinner. That way both you and your wallet will stay full.

Bonus: More than 20 restaurants are offering 2-for-1 brunch, lunch, and dinner deals. Yum!

Dine in Brooklyn
Various locations. Map here (pdf).
March 21- 31

Sunday, March 20

Free Macarons Today

! It’s Macaron Day! Today, enjoy a free petite pastry from 16 bakeries across the city. Macaron Day NYC was founded in 2010 by famous confectioner, François Payard and coincides with Jour du Macaron in Paris, France. Delight in the almond joy of the macaroon at Almondie Bakery, Bouchon, of course the Macaron Café. Plus, today, a portion of each bakery’s sales of macarons go directly to support City Harvest.

Various locations

Saturday, March 19

Get Real NY Craft Beer & Food Festival

It’s rare. It’s hoppy... and it’s delicious! It’s Get Real NY’s Craft Beer & Food Festival! This weekend, it’s “March Madness” and “Sunday Funday” at the Altman Building where, in 3 delicious hours, you’ll get to sip on more than 80 (!) brews from local and North American breweries. Plus, sample artisanal foods from more than 20 NYC food trucks and restaurants. Featuring a cask bar with the likes of Sierra Nevada Harvest, Green Flash Double Stout and Lagunitas Brown Shugga, plus food vendors like Brother Jimmy’s, Luke’s Lobster, and Murray's Cheese, the Craft Beer and Food Festival has something for everyone!

Bonus: Get a souvenir glass with admission!

The Altman Building
135 West 18th St.
New York, NY 10011
Saturday 12-3pm
Sunday 12-3pm, 5-8pm

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Friday, March 18

Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend at the Barrow Street Theatre

Comedian and author of Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories, Mike Birbiglia, performs his new one man show, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend tonight at the Barrow Street Theatre. Directed by Seth Barrish (Margot At the Wedding), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend chronicles the most awkward, embarrassing, and outright hilarious romantic blunders of Mike’s life. As painful and funny as the stories are, in the end everyone makes out!

Barrow Street Theatre
27 Barrow St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-6262
$35.50 and up
8pm Tues-Fri
4, 8pm Sat-Sun
Through May 15

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Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Since 1762, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a staple of New York City culture. Don’t miss this year’s display, as it celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the first parade up 5th Avenue. And to celebrate the luck of the Irish, world renowned author, Mary Higgins Clark will lead the parade as Grand Marshall. Starting at 44th St. & 5th Ave, the parade marches all the way up to 86th St. Be sure to grab your spot for the best views!

Parade begins at 44th St. & 5th Ave.
New York, NY
New York, NY 10036
11 am-3pm

Wednesday, March 16

New York Dolls at Bowery Ballroom

1970s punk rock legends the New York Dolls may no longer be dealing with any personality crises as they're back on their home turf tonight. The band, which reunited in 2004 at the behest of Morrissey, is promoting their 5th full-length album, Dancing Backwards in High Heels. Catch them tonight and tomorrow (with fuzzy pop rock band, Make Out) at the Bowery Ballroom.

Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 533-2111
9pm (and 3/17)

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Tuesday, March 15

Ted Danson at Barnes & Noble Tribeca

Ted Danson is very well known for his role as Sam, the bartender from TV’s Cheers, as well George Christopher on Bored to Death, but throughout his career he has played a much larger role as oceanic activist. Ted Danson is the founder of Oceana, the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation. He has spoken before Congress in Washington, D.C. and the WTO in Switzerland, and most recently authored Oceana: Our Planet’s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them. Join the actor, activist, and author tonight for a book signing and learn what you can do to help save the oceanic environment.

Banes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren St.
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

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Monday, March 14

7th Annual Excellence in Comedy Awards

The votes are in for the 7th Annual Excellence in Comedy Awards! Find out who the funniest of the funny are on the New York comedy scene this year at 92YTribeca. A mainstay of comedy awards, the categories include best stand-ups, sketch artists, improvisers, musical comedy acts, storytellers and writers. Hosted by Jon Friedman ("The Rejection Show") the evening will be full of (hopefully hilarious) surprises, celebrity presenters and performances by musical comedy nominees.

200 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 601-1000
8pm doors, 8:30pm show

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Sunday, March 13

Spring Cupcake Crawl with Walking Tours Manhattan

If there are two things that New Yorkers are notorious for it’s walking everywhere and their love of good foodstuffs. Thankfully we’re a capable bunch and can do both at the same time! So, join up with the Walking Tours Manhattan on a Cupcake Crawl today at 11am for a real (delicious!) taste of Greenwich Village. The sugar rush begins at Billy’s Bakery and meanders to Amy’s at Chelsea Market. Then it’s off to Cupcake Stop and a final stop at Magnolia Bakery. Come hungry, leave full of cupcakes. Sounds like a good Sunday to us!

Meet at Billy’s Bakery
184 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9956
11 am-12:30pm
$5 suggested donation benefits Food Bank for New York City; pay-as-you-go for sweets

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Saturday, March 12

The Pier Antiques Show and Fashion Alley at Pier 94

After you check out the Antiques & Arts at the Armory, head up to The Pier Antiques Show and Fashion Alley at Pier 94. With over 500 exhibitors converging on the Hudson, this is the art and antiques show that people travel from across the United States for. Plus, Gary Sohmers (PBS’ Antiques Roadshow) will be on hand for antique appraisals (just $5!). Strut over to Fashion Alley where designers, celebrities and couture-seekers converge for unbeatable vintage clothing and jewelry finds.

Pier 94
711 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
$15, Children under 16, free

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Friday, March 11

AVENUE's Antiques & Art at the Armory

AVENUE Shows are defined by design and quality and the Antiques & Art at the Armory is no exception. Running through Sunday March 13, Antiques & Art at the Armory brings together some of the finest art dealers from across the United States—and from across the pond. With over 40 dealers and thousands of pieces of art including: antique furniture; sculptures; textiles; rugs; tapestries; a variety of fine, modern, and contemporary art and prints; plus jewelry, folk art, and rare books, this exhibit has something for everyone!

The Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(626) 442-1627
Thru March 13
11am-7:30pm daily
Sunday 11am-5:30 pm

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Thursday, March 10

An Evening with Stiller and Meara at the Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image in collaboration with The Comedy Hall of Fame presents the first of a three-part series about comedy in New York from 1955-1965. To kick off The New York School, join New Yorker writer Ben Greenman in “An Evening with Stiller and Meara”. Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, best known for their “distinctly New York” comedy styles, will discuss their careers, from their frequent appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1970s to their current weekly series Stiller and Meara: A Show About Everything.

The Museum of the Moving Image
3601 35th Ave.
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 784-0077

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Wednesday, March 9

Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89, at FIT

To many, Vivienne Westwood is synonymous with the wedding dress that Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex & The City. From Vivienne Westwood’s roots as a designer who addressed fashion from outside the mainstream to her awards as British Designer of the Year (1990, 1991), she has transformed the fashion world by blending street culture with couture. Whether it be traditional English fabrics with modern cuts or a revival the corset, The Fashion Institute of Technology pays tribute to Vivienne Westwood with an exhibition of exclusive garments and an array of photographs, magazines, and videos that capture the essence of the designer.

Gallery FIT
The Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 217-4558
Weekdays 12-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, through April 2
Closed Sunday and Monday

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Tuesday, March 8

Second Annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball: A Benefit for the Lower Eastside Girls Club

Fat Tuesday is upon us! To celebrate Mardi Gras, Two Boots is bringing the Big Easy to the Big Apple. Comedian Murray Hill serves up the laughs while performers Loose Marbles, Reverend Billy & His Gospel Choir, the Hungry March Band, Mamarazzi, and Raya Brass Band will fuse jazz, swing, funk, and brass into a memorable night supporting the The Lower East Side Girls Club. With live art by The Free Art Society, Art In Odd Places and LES portrait artist Anthony Zito; raffles prizes (including a weekend trip to NOLA!) for best costume, individual and krewe; and the crowning of King and Queen of Mardi Gras are plenty of reasons to don a gold, purple, and green mask and embody the colors, the spirit, the pride of New Orleans.

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-4854
$25 admission, $100 VIP open bar

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Sunday, March 6

Armory Arts Week

With fresh canvases and new installations, the annual Armory Arts Week has returned! Today is the final day to see dozens of NYC’s galleries that have opened their doors for visitors to experience the artwork and exhibits of thousands of contemporary artists. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out The Armory Fair (Pier 92 and 94), The Moving Image Fair, The Independent, or one of the several other fairs occurring this weekend.

Various locations

Saturday, March 5

The Orchid Show: On Broadway

Spring is in bloom at The Orchid Show: On Broadway, and it is spectacular! Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask and Drew Hodges have recreated elemental scenes from legendary Broadway plays made almost exclusively from 300 species and hybrids of orchids at the “Singular Sensation Flower Show.” If your allergies kick in, visit the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and Rondina and LoFaro Gallery where Al Hirschfeld’s “Broadway Scrapbook” is on display with over 30 rarely seen Broadway posters, programs, and sketchbooks. And on Saturdays and Sundays from now until April 25, Broadway comes alive with the sound of music: Cate Cox performs 30-minute sets of classic Broadway tunes.

The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Rd.
Bronx, New York 10458
(718) 817-8700
10am-6pm, Closed Mondays
$20 adults, $18 students

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Thursday, March 3

Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

Ring in the Tibetan New Year at the 21st Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet at Carnegie Hall. The Year of the Iron Rabbit kicks off with a concert in the Stern Auditorium on the famous Perelman Stage with appearances by and performances from Patti Smith with Jesse Smith and Michael Campbell, The Flaming Lips, Taj Mahal, The Roots, Angelique Kidjo, Michael Stipe, James McCartney, Tenzin Choegyal, and of course, Phillip Glass.

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 807-0563
7:30 pm

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Wednesday, March 2

Blood, Bones, and Butter at powerHouse Arena

Prune chef/owner, Gabrielle Hamilton, serves up a reading of her much-anticipated memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter at the powerHouse Arena tonight. The virtuoso of victuals talks with food writer Peter Meehan, (Momofuku) about her childhood and inadvertent culinary education that took her from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the Italian countryside, to the Midwest and back again. Bonus: drinks will be served.

powerHouse Arena
37 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 666-3049

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Tuesday, March 1

2-for-1 Admission to 8 NYC Museums with the Museum Discovery Pass

Well hello, March! Start the spring off right with 2-for-1 admission to 8 of NYC’s museums with the Museum Discovery Pass. You and a pal can stroll up and along Central Park and then stop in and explore the: American Folk Art Museum; Asia Society Museum; International Center of Photography; Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art; Museum of Arts and Design; Museum of Chinese in America; Noguchi Museum; and the Rubin Museum of Art—each for the price of one admission! From now through May 31, just stop in at any NYC & Company’s Official NYC Information Center, or print your wallet-sized Museum Discovery Pass from any of the aforementioned museums’ websites.