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Arts Watch: What To Do In March

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The Art Show, one of the most highly regarded and longest running art fairs in the nation, opens its twenty seventh edition on March 4th at the Park Avenue Armory. The fair, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and run in collaboration with Henry Street Settlement, features carefully curated solo, two-person, and thematic exhibitions by 72 of the nation’s leading art dealers.


Here are the highlighted events from our March events calendar, coming out in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine this week:

Sun. 1

James Lecesne – The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at Dixon Place: Award-winning writer and co-founder of The Trevor Project, Lecesne presents a solo show portraying various characters of a small Jersey shore town as they struggle to understand what happened to 14-year-old Leonard Pelkey. Adapted from his YA novel Absolute Brightness, with music by Duncan Sheik.

Through March 28 at 161A Chrystie St., 6 p.m., Fri./Sat. at 7:30 p.m., $18, dixonplace.org.

Weds. 4

The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory: Visit the longest running and most esteemed fine-art fair in the country and know that the price of admission is going to a good cause. The show is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and benefits neighborhood local Henry Street Settlement. Museum-quality displays showcase everything from 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces to contemporary works, not to mention a donated Matisse that will be part of the silent auction this year.

Through Sunday, March 8, 12 p.m.–8 p.m., Sat.:12 p.m.–7 p.m., Sun.: 12 p.m.–5 p.m., 643 Park Ave. (at 67th St.) $25, artdealers.org.


Call Me Crazy: Diary of a Mad Social Worker at the Nuyorican: If you missed Helena D. Lewis’ award-winning solo show this past summer, now is your chance to catch her comedic, autobiographical take on life as an inner-city social worker. Lewis recalls her true-life experiences working with prostitutes, drug addicts and prisoners.

Through March 7 at 236 East 3rd St. (bet Ave. B and Ave. C), 7 p.m., $20, nuyorican.org.

Fri. 6

Josephine and I at Joe’s Pub: Don’t miss Olivier-nominated actress and writer (The River, Julius Caesar, “Getting On”) Cush Jumbo’s one-woman show and “tour de force” directed by Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd (Julius Caesar, The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!). The show interweaves a modern-day story of an ambitious young woman with the fascinating life of the peerless, fearless Josephine Baker.

Through April 5 at 425 Lafayette St., 7 p.m., $40, no food/drink min., joespub.com.

Sun. 8

“The Last Mambo King with Orlando Marin” at the Museum at Eldridge Street: You won’t be able to resist tapping your feet as bandleader and drummer Orlando Marin and his band perform classic mambo and salsa music, as well as original music from his 60-year career as a beloved Borscht Belt performer.

The concert is part of the museum’s “Lost and Found” music series at 12 Eldridge St., 3 p.m., $20 adults, $15 stu./sen., eldridgestreet.org.

Thurs. 12

New Zealand Performance Festival at La MaMa: Nine comedy, dance, installation and theater works by eight performance groups grace the performance spaces at La MaMa for a new theater festival from a wacky ensemble of artists from Wellington, New Zealand.

Through March 29, showtimes vary, $20, nznewperformance.com.

Weds. 18

The Whites by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt, at Tenement Talks: Writer Richard Price (Lush Life, Clockers, The Wire) discusses his new detective story—about cops in New York who are haunted by the cases they couldn’t close—with Henry Chang, author of an acclaimed series of Chinatown-based crime novels.

103 Orchard St., 6:30 p.m., free, tenement.org.

Thurs. 19

I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees at Abrons Arts Center: Five-time Obie Award recipient actor/playwright David Greenspan presents a world premiere of his latest: the story of a young man’s pursuit of Helen Twelvetrees, a real-life star of the early talkies, during her run as Blanche DuBois at a summer stock theater in 1951. The production features Greenspan and is directed by Mr. Greenspan’s longtime collaborator, Leigh Silverman.

Through April 4, 466 Grand St. (at Pitt), 8 p.m., $35, abronsartscenter.org.

Sun. 29

A Brief History of Beer at Under St. Marks: Drink along at this monthly performance—part sketch, part lecture, part drinking game—in which audiences travel back in time in the “Quantum Pint Machine” with writers/performers Will Glenn and Trish Parry to save the world from a mysterious nefarious villain. In honor of Women’s History Month. This month’s show focuses on the role of women in brewing throughout the ages.

94 St. Marks Place (bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A), 6:30 p.m., $18, horsetrade.info.

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