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Friday 27th of March 2015

It's another exciting week for NYC culture cravers — whether you are craving a Broadway show, affordable art, or a crashcourse in the history of personal computing. CRAVE the events that tempt you to keep track of your cultural "to dos" and RATE them once you've seen them. 

If you want to discover incredible emerging artists, visit the Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea this weekend. There are thousands of works for between $100 and $10,000. It runs through Sunday, March 29.

Fun Home — the new autobiographical musical based on Alison Bechdel’s comics — got largely positive reviews at the Public Theater. It starts previews on Friday, March 27 on Broadway.

The best reviewed new movie coming to cinemas this weekend is While We're Young, an exploration of aging, ambition, and success that stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Craving a story? On Sunday, March 29, six people who have shaped the New York fashion scene over the past five decades will tell stories at MoMA PS1 woven around a specific garment or object. Vestoj Storytelling Salon runs from noon to 6 PM.

In 1955, The Museum of Modern Art staged a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region with Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980. It opens on Sunday, March 29.

Friday 20th of March 2015

Here are our top picks of the new cultural events opening up just in time for the start of spring in New York City. From Wolf Hall on Broadway to a real life a cappella competition to flex dance at the Park Avenue Armory, there are so many great choices. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz about what's new and exciting. RATE events once you've been. 

See the Cold War Kids at Terminal Five on Friday, March 20.

Did you love Hilary Mantel’s prizewinning novels about Henry VIII, the rise of Thomas Cromwell, and the death of Sir Thomas Moore? Thanks to the Royal Shakespeare Company, it’s coming to Broadway as Wolf Hall Parts One and Two. The two shows are playing in repertory starting on Saturday, March 21.

The first day of spring is the beginning of the new year in the Persian Calendar. You can celebrate the Persian New Year (Nowruz) at the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Persian Festival, which will include music, dance, theater, and storytelling on Sunday, March 22. There’s also a parade on Sunday starting at 8 AM. 

Celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s birthday this weekend at Sondheimas at 54 Below, which is billed as the “annual quasi-religious celebration of the birth of the savior of musical theater.”

Craving a cappella? With less than two months until Pitch Perfect 2 hits movie theaters, experience the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. It’s taking place at Columbia’s Miller Theater on Saturday, March 21. If you want more, see Out of the Blue — an all-male vocal group from Oxford University — perform at 54 Below on Thursday at 9:30 PM.

Moisés Kaufman (Larammie Project, 33 Variations) pairs with multi-talented writer and actor Daniel Beaty in his newest one-man piece about performer and political activist Paul Robeson, The Tallest Tree in the Forest.

Saturday 14th of March 2015

Gallerist Meredith Rosen's gallery will open a new exhibition, Laura Lancaster: A Stranger's Dream on Friday, March 20. We're craving it! We're also craving all the exciting shows she's highlighting here as her top NYC art gallery picks of the week:  

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production (through April 18)

Thursday 12th of March 2015

It's a big week for Broadway in New York City, as Hand to God, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, Skylight, It Shoulda Been You, and Gigi open — all in time for the TONY judges to consider them this year. Another highlight is the new Mad Men exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image. Our top picks of the week are below. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've seen them. 

If you’re a cat person, head to the Japan Society starting Friday, March 13 to see Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection. The exhibition delves into Japan’s feline love affair. It’s divided into five sections: Cats and People, Cats as People, Cats versus People, Cats Transformed, and Cats as Play.

Laurie Simmons: How We See explores the "Doll Girls,” who alter themselves to look like Barbie and Japanese anime characters. It’s at the Jewish Museum through on Friday, March 13 through August 9.

Starting Friday, March 13, take kids aged 7 and up to a psychedelic rock musical version of Pinocchio at the New Victory.

Craving song and dance? An American in Paris — the Gershwin musical film reimagined for the stage — is starting previews on Friday, March 13.

Meghan Trainor — the creator of the super catchy “All About That Bass” — is performing at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 13. 

Take a tour through Don Draper’s life at a new exhibit Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men at The Museum of the Moving Image. It starts Saturday, March 14 and runs through June 14.

Friday 6th of March 2015


This year the Armory Show presents a curated section on “MENAM,” the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Naturally, this mini-fair within a fair couldn’t possibly survey such a vast terrain. But it is nice to see this region highlighted, even if the highlighted cities have been showing up at international art fairs for years.

As I walked through the show, one large wall work, Ahmed Mater’s Cowboy Code II (2012), was particularly intriguing.

Mater creates a hazy red wash over the wall by covering it with toy gun caps. The gaps between caps spell out two parallel but presumably unrelated codes of law, Ten Commandment style: The Cowboy Code and laws from the Hadith.

The Cowboy Code is uplifting and inviting, evoking the playful spirit of a child admiring cowboys from Western films and implying simple, good ethics. Anyone can accept and respect these laws.

On the other side, the Arabic text is a heavier set, evoking religion, controversy, and, for Westerners, possibly darker, unknown elements of the Middle East.

It is an accessible glance to the West via a playful take on “Western” ethics vs. apparently incomprehensible Islam.  

Mater’s piece reminds me of the savvy, tongue-in-cheek Middle Easterners who are veterans of international art fairs and graduate programs. Many grew up on Western culture and education, and offer outsiders a friendly and cool access point to the Middle East. Yet, with the Hadith, Mater also gives a nod to religious Muslims, who are less accommodating and accepting of Western culture.

Mater puts two different codes of conduct on display: two different takes on playing with guns, two real sides of the Middle East.

Ella Levitt is a Culture Craver, a critic, and a museum exhibition consultant living in Brooklyn. The picture at the top is Ahmed Mater, Cowboy Code II (2012) Plastic Gun Powder Caps. Photo Credit: BFA. It is on display in the Athr Gallery booth at the Armory Show.  

Thursday 5th of March 2015

This is a big week for NYC Culture Cravers, who can expect everything from art fairs to two new Broadway shows to a whole exhibition about Japanese cat art. CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been. 

It’s perhaps the best time of year for NYC art lovers. There’s a fair for everyone through the weekend. Options include The Armory Show, ADAA: The Art Show, Art on Paper, The Independent, Moving Image Fair, New City Art Fair, PULSE, SCOPE, Spring/Break,  (un)Scene, and Volta.

On Saturday night, see crooner Harry Connick Jr. perform at Avery Fisher Hall.

The Met Museum is uniting Plains Indians Masterworks, from ancient sacred pipes to modern paintings. See The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky from March 9 through May 10.

Get ready for some photorealism! Starting Tuesday, March 10, the Museum of Arts and Design presents Richard Estes: Painting New York City.

Craving dance? It’s the inaugural season of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center starting on Tuesday, March 10. 

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

Art dealers, collectors, and cravers from around the globe are about to descend on New York City for Armory Week 2015. It's perhaps the best few days of the year for art ogling. So, put on your fashionable shoes (weather be damned!) and head to the art fairs. The lineup of options is below. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been to share your (always savvy) point of view. 

Park Avenue Armory

Park Avenue at 67th Street

March 4 – 8


It’s the 27th annual Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). It features curated exhibitions from 70+ of the nation’s leading art dealers. ADAA president and NYC gallerist Daria Daniel told ArtNet: “I think that galleries need to remain flexible, as the landscape is very complex. By that, I mean thinking about and responding to different ways to be seen and heard.”


Piers 92 & 94

12th Avenue at 55th Street

March 5 – 8


The Armory Show is an enormous contemporary and modern art fair that is the centerpiece of Armory Arts Week in NYC. Go to see important 20th and 21st century works.


Pier 36

299 South Street on the East River

March 6 – 8


It’s the inaugural Art on Paper, a fair put together by Art Market Productions, a Brooklyn-based production firm. Among other great things, literary world star Dave Eggers’ drawings will be on display. “Nobody has seen these before, ever,” San Francisco gallerist Noah Lang told The New York Observer.

Thursday 26th of February 2015

From orchids at the Botanical Garden to the looks of Lauren Baccall, it's an exciting week for NYC culture cravers. Here are some of our top picks for the week ahead. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been. 

Starting Friday, Feb. 27, see 100 short and feature films for children in the New York International Children's Film Festival, which is one of the largest film festivals for kids aged 3 - 18 in America. Get the full program and showtimes here, and read about it in the New York Times here.

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the Met Museum on Saturday, Feb. 28 with New Beginnings: Lunar New Year Festival. The Museum has planned a whole lineup from noon to 5 PM with puppets, music, dance, and activities.

Craving flamboyant color and intoxicating fragrance? Visit the annual orchid festival at the New York Botanic Garden, which starts Saturday, Feb. 28.

On Tuesday, March 3, chat with Brooklyn artists about how they use Google maps to inspire their work at Stoop Series: Digital City - Google Map Hackers at the BRIC House.

Friday 20th of February 2015

From calligraphy by a 102-year-old master to Elisabeth Moss on Broadway to historic maps in downtown Brooklyn, this is an exciting week for New York City Culture Cravers. We've picked out our favorite events on the horizon to help you plan your culture going. Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you and rate them once you’ve been. Happy craving!

Playwrights Horizons mounts Placebo, Melissa James Gibson's affectionate new comedy about a minty green pill that may or may not be the cure to sexual arousal. Previews begin on Friday, Feb. 20.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend with some exciting events around the city. On Saturday, celebrate at Moon Over Manhattan! family day at the Asia Society. Sunday is the 16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. It starts at 1 PM in lower Manhattan. At Flushing Town Hall, see the masterful calligraphy of Chao-Lin Ting (who is 102 years old) and Yoo Sung Lee in Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy, which starts on Sunday and runs through March 22. You can also sample dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, and beyond Sunday at 2 PM at the free Lunar New Year Dance Sampler.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, catch what the New York Music Daily called "the future of music" as the five-piece band Bombay Rickey plays its mix of 1960s movie soundscapes, surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with a little coloratura soprano, at Barbes.

The Paley Center takes on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) on Saturday with Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, an exploration of the role media plays in creating role models and changing perceptions of science and more. The event features leaders from Google, Soundcloud, Hopscotch, and the White House Office of Science and Technology.

Didn't you know that Blair Waldorf had a record deal? Leighton Marissa Meester plays Irving Plaza in support of her debut album, Heartstrings on Saturday.