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Random Happenings in New York City This Weekend - March 16-March 18

March 12, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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There's always something going on in the world's captial, and City Guide has rounded up the best random happenings in New York City this weekend for those looking to do something a little out of the ordinary. You never know what you'll find going on in the city's many neighborhoods on the weekend, but you'll definitely find something, however miscellaneous it may be.

Happy Hour - The PIT Underground
March 16, 2018 - New York

Show up ready to be challenged, meet new people, and improvise! This jam will get you ready for the next level of improv while being the perfect pregame to your weekend. There are four rotating formats with different hosts.

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
March 16, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
March 16, 2018 - New York

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free. Register in advance for easiest check-in! (Pre-registration not required)

GO 90s with The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air - Le Poisson Rouge
March 16, 2018 - West Village

The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air official site | The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air on Facebook | The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air on Instagram | #freshkidsofbelair The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air are seven NYC-based musicians who have come together to put on the dopest live 90s show in the city. Every Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge the Fresh Kids take the stage and perform the hits you loved when you were still rocking butterfly clips and feeding your Furby. But the band doesn't stop at Fridays on Bleecker Street, they are taking the COUNTRY by storm, playing legendary venues like The Capitol Theatre, The Paramount on Long Island, The Howard Theatre in DC, Brooklyn Bowl, Union Transfer in Philly, Baltimore Soundstage and more! Seriously, they are all that and a bag of chips!

The Optimist - PIT Striker Mainstage
March 16, 2018 - New York

The Optimist is the story of a young man's journey through a intangible world in pursuit of discovering himself and empowering those around him through his artistry. This is the tale of a starving artist; living and breathing for a craft that can truly change the world and how the people in it see themselves and one another. The path of the optimist is one through an ever changing, dark and uncertain universe full of pitfalls and heartache yet illuminated by the sheer and unwavering forces of hope and effervescence. This production takes audience into a world not unlike their own to bring forth childlike wonder, to appreciate those who work so diligently to reach even the smallest stages and to peer into the small yet powerful elements that connect us.

Iconic Views of Central Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
Through March 16, 2018 - New York

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk. Details Meet: Tour starts and ends at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10)

Broadway Sessions - Laurie Beechman Theatre
Through March 16, 2018 - New York

Every Thursday night, as the curtains fall on Broadway, Host BEN D (from Broadway's Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and his crew of amazingly talented folks welcome a new Broadway cast to perform in this fun and zany musical theater variety show. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY.

Words: Hip Hop & Poetry Showcase & Open Mic with Wiseguy and Gaston - Nuyorican Poets Café
March 17, 2018 - New York

WORDS was created by Rocky LaMontagne & Bobbito the Barber to give young up-and-coming poets & emcees the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers. This showcase and open mic has featured Company Flow, Canibus, Mos Def, M.C. Search, Willie Perdomo, Saul Williams, and Suheir Hammad, among others. The open mic gives new artists a chance to perform in front of an audience. WORDS! is hosted by WiseGuy & Gaston and is held on the third Saturday of every month. $13 at the door, $10 with Student ID.

The Elastic Time Cannon - The PIT Loft
March 17, 2018 - New York

The Elastic Time Cannon is a mind bending, time blending, never ending adventure through the space-time continuum. With the suggestion of an opening line of dialogue this extratemporal cast creates an expanding and eventually collapsing universe of characters all born from the same moment in time. ETC shows are marked with causal loops, dimensional incursions, and a multiverse of high stakes moments. It's an absurd, laugh out loud thrill ride of a show!

Lescandal - Laurie Beechman Theatre
March 17, 2018 - New York

Le Scandal Cabaret is NYC's longest running burlesque variety show. For over 15 years producer Miss Bonnie Dunn's, Le Scandal has featured variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. NY Magazine called Le Scandal, "the rock star of the NY burlesque scene!" And the show is a NY Times "critics pick." New performers every week! Expect belly dancers, magicians, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra.

Cirque Saturdays - Highline Ballroom
March 17, 2018 - New York

The Slipper Room Show: Mr. Choade's Upstairs Downstairs - The Slipper Room
March 17, 2018 - New York City

Premier night of outrageous NY performance. Variety as it should be. **Ticket price includes Midnight Show!** Set times are 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 12am & 1am

Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl - Le Poisson Rouge
March 17, 2018 - West Village

Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl Jessie's Girl official site | Jessie's Girl on Facebook | Jessie's Girl on Instagram | #jessiesgirlnyc This amazing 7-piece band brings back the '80s like no other, performing all the greatest hits live! JESSIE'S GIRL's primary line-up includes a team of NYC's top rock and pop vocalists: Up-and-coming superstar Jenna O'Gara, Off-Broadway's Chris Hall and renown "Sting" impersonator Mark Rinzel. They are backed by one of the tightest bands in the city comprised of 20+ year veterans of the NYC music scene: Eric Presti on guitar, Sky on keys, Drew Mortali on bass, and Michael Maenza on drums, each with dozens of credits performing with authentic 80's icons who made the music famous to begin with! In fact, BRET MICHAELS, MC HAMMER, COLIN HAY from MEN AT WORK, TIFFANY, DEBBIE GIBSON, TAYLOR DANE, MIKE SCORE from A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, TONE LOC, ROB BASE and many more have all performed at the BACK TO THE EIGHTIES SHOW.

The Optimist - PIT Striker Mainstage
March 17, 2018 - New York

The Optimist is the story of a young man's journey through a intangible world in pursuit of discovering himself and empowering those around him through his artistry. This is the tale of a starving artist; living and breathing for a craft that can truly change the world and how the people in it see themselves and one another. The path of the optimist is one through an ever changing, dark and uncertain universe full of pitfalls and heartache yet illuminated by the sheer and unwavering forces of hope and effervescence. This production takes audience into a world not unlike their own to bring forth childlike wonder, to appreciate those who work so diligently to reach even the smallest stages and to peer into the small yet powerful elements that connect us.

Holi in the City – Saturday March 17th – Festival of Colors Brunch Party - Stage 48
March 17, 2018 - New York

Price increase warning: Holi In The City ticket prices will be going up significantly(100% +) the closer you get to the event date. Also note that these Events always sell out. Join a beautiful crowd at Stage48 and get painted in reds, yellows, greens, pinks and enjoy the Festival of colors in style with food, drinks, and the amazing beats by NYC's Top Entertainers. Welcome to the happiest day party in New York City! The Festival of Colors celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. This Indian Festival happens ever year, not only in India but throughout the world. Join us on Sunday March 11th or Saturday March 17th. This is a day & night event and all nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate! Make sure to wear white because this party gets colorful. The colored powders used in Holi represent happiness, love, and the freedom to live vibrantly. Take the opportunity to cover yourself and your friends in colorful powders and dance your heart out. Enjoy musical performances, delicious food, and an afternoon of messy, color fun! Hope you all can make it! GENERAL ADMISSION PERKS : Fully Stocked CASH BAR (12:00PM – 7:00PM) ... (read more)

Glitterati with Greg Wilson - House of Yes
Through March 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

Illuminate your life! Enlighten your inner light! Tonight we initiate you into our secret society of sparkle. Let the glitter be your guide into the divine night.

In the News with Jeff Greenfield - 92nd Street Y
March 18, 2018 - New York

An award-winning TV journalist, Jeff Greenfield has served as a senior political correspondent for CBS, a senior analyst for CNN and a political and media analyst for ABC News. His acclaimed books include If Kennedy Lived. Any interview he does is fun, stimulating and often buzzworthy. Don't wait for an edited clip to show up — be there when the news happens and ask your own questions.

Poetry of Witness: 5-week poetry workshop w/ Michael Collins - Bowery Poetry Club
March 18, 2018 - New York

Discussion, Generative Writing, Workshop: 5-week poetry workshop w/ Michael Collins This workshop will meet the following Sundays: February 11, February 18, February 25, March 4, March 18 TIME/LOCATION: 12 PM – 2 PM at Bowery Poetry located at 308 Bowery INSTRUCTOR: Michael Collins The goal of this class will be to explore the craft of poetry, specifically in one of its many essential roles, bearing witness -- either by recording direct experience or through acts of compassionate imagination. I don't think I need to explain to anyone why this particular approach to poetic craft is important in our current social and political situations. In times such as these, we need more empathy for those who are "different" -- apparently, anyway -- in one way or another, from "us." We need more poets for this movement! Therefore, this class will aim to welcome newer poets with accessible lessons, invite those who have gotten out of the practice of writing to return to a writing community, and help all participants who value diverse perspectives to hone their visions into poems. Sessions will include discussion of model poems and related generative writing and guided exercises, and work... (read more)

Pop up Repair - Grand Bazaar NYC
March 18, 2018 - New York

Grand Bazaar NYC has partnered with FIXUP to help make repairs easy and convenient for you. Every third Sunday a month we'll have a special Pop Up Repair booth at our market for you to drop-off your beloved items that you'd like fixed - lamps, chairs, small appliances, jewelry, ceramics, toys, and more. This is such a great service that helps extend the lifespan of your favorite items, while diverting waste from landfills, and providing work for local fixers. Be sure to Share & Invite your friends so that they can find out about this special service. Thanks!

Mac & Cheese Smackdown - Brooklyn Expo Center
March 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

Grab your sporks and warm up with NYC's best mac and cheese contenders on Sunday, March 18 at Brooklyn Expo Center. Time Out New York is blowing it out even bigger and better this year featuring 20 of the city's best restaurants to battle it out for the ultimate showdown to crown New York's top mac. Mac + free beer + tunes, what more could you need?

The Telephone Show - The PIT Loft
March 18, 2018 - New York

Patrick Keene hosts a show inspired by Chicago's Mullaney Chain, where improvisers call each other one by one to form a team! No one knows what the line-up will be! $1 for both the audience and participants!

Hula (Open Level) - 92Y
March 18, 2018 - Upper East Side

Explore the native dance of Hawai'i and the holistic values embodied in its poetry, music and movement. Experience hula's fundamental elements with respect to the form's historical perspectives and cultural context. The Hawai'i-born facilitator is a student of Kumu Hula (master teacher), Johnny Lum Ho.

The Slipper Room Show: Slippery Sundays Burlesque - The Slipper Room
March 18, 2018 - New York City

Glide on in for our glistening new Sunday night event. Your well-lubricated host presents a show drenched in sexy, dripping with burlesque talent, slick moves, and smooth operators. End your weekend with a splash. You'll be gushing over Slippery Sundays at The Slipper Room.

The Signature Project - Sheen Center
Through March 25, 2018 - New York

The Signature Project is multi-sensory theatrical experience. Its core is a huge 76 ft x 36 ft mural layered with hidden secrets. For the past 22 years a live performance has toured the United States bringing the mural to life, with artist Patrick Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. Now, this play with music and dance comes to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere. A unique, exhilarating tapestry blending art and technology, The Signature Project offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental art work. The painting and the play are constantly changing and evolving as people contribute their own signature and story to the larger art work, adding perspectives and ideas which make the world so special and wonderful, beyond imagination. Creator, Patrick Dunning is from Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Portland, Oregon. For schools and groups of 15 or more email nyc@signatureproject.com for special pricing.

Material Witness Witness Material - Knockdown Center
Through April 15, 2018 - Maspeth

Knockdown Center is pleased to present MATERIAL WITNESS WITNESS MATERIAL, a group exhibition on view March 3 – April 15, 2018. The exhibition brings together the work of Amber Atiya, Amy Khoshbin, Esteban Jefferson, DonChristian Jones, SomBlackGuy, Chris Watts, and Lachell Workman, all of whom embrace experimental and rigorous ways of considering how violence and resistance are inscribed on and internalized in the body. These artists employ diverse mediums to translate the aftermath of trauma and discrimination. Featuring: Amber Atiya Esteban Jefferson DonChristian Jones Amy Khoshbin SomBlackGuy Chris Watts Lachell Workman Alessandra Gomez

Friday Stories and Glories: World Mythology at The Met (Ages 6–8) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through April 27, 2018 - New York

Lauren Ebin, instructor Uncover the world of art at The Met! Jump into stories, mythology, and folklore from around the globe during this interactive gallery program just for kids. This is a drop-off program; however, interested adults are welcome to attend. Please register interested siblings separately. Classes are limited to 20 children and registration is required.

Pause for Pegasus: The Inspiration of Antiquity (Ages 9–12) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through April 27, 2018 - New York

Barbara Woods, instructor Jean Sorabella, instructor The timeless myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome come alive in this unique class! Explore connections between art and literature through readings from classical authors, role play, sketching, and discussion of works of art throughout the Museum's galleries. Make creative connections that reach across space and time. This is a drop-off program; however, interested adults are welcome to attend. Please register interested siblings separately. Classes are limited to 20 children and registration is required.

Saturday Stories and Glories: World Mythology at The Met (Ages 6–8) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through April 28, 2018 - New York

Lauren Ebin, instructor Uncover the world of art at The Met! Jump into stories, mythology, and folklore from around the globe during this interactive gallery program just for kids. This is a drop-off program; however, interested adults are welcome to attend. Please register interested siblings separately. Classes are limited to 20 children and registration is required.

Taste the Hudson Valley Bike Tour - New York
Through May 01, 2018 - New York

Take a bike ride to one of the most spectacular regions for both scenery and artisanal food and wine on this full-day tour in the Hudson Valley. Vault across the Hudson River on the Walkway Over the Hudson, then experience two beautiful rail trails on a mostly car-free ride to the town of Gardiner, where your bicycling excursion takes a turn to explore the local flavors of the Hudson Valley. Make three stops to taste it all, with lunch included. No car or driving required. THE DETAILS This tour is only offered to individuals on the following dates in 2017. May 20, September 23 and October 14. We can arrange a special tour for groups of 6 or more on any day. Take the Metro-North Hudson Line train to Poughkeepsie with bike in tow (bikes are allowed on the train) and meet the group to start the day's journey. The train leaves Grand Central at 8:48am and Harlem-125th Street at 8:59am, then arrives in Poughkeepsie at 10:47am. (If not arriving from NYC, drive to the Poughkeepsie train station and park for free before meeting the group at 10:47am). Guides will provide energy bars, snacks, and water before sending the group on their way. It's a 15.5 mile ride to the first stop at Gardiner ... (read more)

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 9–12) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through May 05, 2018 - New York

Padma Rajendran, instructor Build drawing skills, including observation, composition, perspective, and shading, and create your own works inspired by objects at The Met. Explore the Museum's galleries, from Egyptian to Modern and Contemporary, and see things in a new way through sketching.

Painting Lab (Ages 9–12) - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through May 05, 2018 - New York

Rosemarie Fiore, instructor Mix your own paints and learn a variety of techniques used in works of art in the Museum, by artists from Vincent van Gogh to Chuck Close. Use a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, and tempera, to build your own painting portfolio.

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