There are big things happening this month in each of SIXTY’s ports. In Los Angeles, the first West Coast iteration of a New York City art fair. In New York, an orchestral performance of astounding classical works. And, in Miami, a food and wine fest that’ll dominate all of South Beach. Herewith, your guide to an undeniably culturally relevant February.
NEW YORK CITY: The greatest symphonies ever written will be performed by some of the greatest musicians alive today when the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra takes the stage at Carnegie Hall. Over a two-night program, the orchestra will perform standout works like Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5, and Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben.” These are some of the finest pieces ever composed, and will be in very good hands as conductor Daniel Harding leads the Royal Concertgebouw through each measure. If you’ve never taken in a full classical symphony—and especially if you’ve never enjoyed the unforgettable space that is Carnegie Hall—this back-to-back symphonic blowout should be at the top of your to-do list. Thursday and Friday, February 14th and 15th; 8 p.m. // Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium, 881 7th Avenue, Manhattan // Tickets $25 and up
NEW YORK CITY: At the heart of MoMA’s newest exhibition is a familiar question many of us face each day: What is good design and how can it enhance everyday life? The answer plays out as a collection of hundreds of pieces pulled from archives dating back over 80 years—themes of affordability, domestic beauty, and speedy technological growth all run through the show. You’ll see a Brazilian bowl chair, an American Eames chair, Chemex coffee makers, and an entire Italian Fiat Cinquecento. Global in its scope and forward-thinking in its outlook, The Value of Good Design also makes demands of the future and points to which trends and values, be it a beautiful wrench or a perfectly-machined camera, deserve to be preserved through the 21st century. Exhibition opens Sunday, February 10th // Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd Street, Manhattan // Admission $14-25
LOS ANGELES: After an eight-year absence, Robyn swiftly reclaimed her title as dance floor doyenne with Honey, her seventh LP. It’s a record of airy house beats that gradually cascade into breathless peaks, a carefully-made pop statement that channels the emotional rush of having heartbreak deferred by the right melody and just the right time. Honey is full of songs that encourage us to find strength in life’s changes, to be flexible even as we shore up the core of who we are, what we need, and how we love. Robyn will be bringing both Honey and her extensive catalog of hits to the Hollywood Palladium for a two-night stand this month, and it’s sure to be the hottest February ticket in town. Get yours and prepare to get down. Friday and Saturday, February 22nd & 23rd, 6 p.m. // Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles // Tickets $118 and up
LOS ANGELES: Art mavens in New York and Los Angeles have long had access to Frieze, but now the annual exhibition is finally getting a West Coast iteration. Frieze Los Angeles will descend upon the Paramount Pictures Studio lot and combine the best works of over 70 galleries from across the world to create would could be next great art event anywhere. Pieces from New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Mexico City, and beyond will be on hand, and a program of panel discussions, guided tours, and talks will make it easy to spend the entire weekend in an aesthetically-attuned frame of mind. And to sweeten the deal, legends like Barbara Kruger and Hannah Greely will feature special site-specific projects. Friday through Sunday, February 15-17th; Times vary // Paramount Pictures Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles // Tickets $53.85 and up
MIAMI: If you’re looking to savor Miami’s restaurant scene this month, there’s only one ticket you need. The South Beach Wine and Food Festival will spread all across the city, taking on many forms, including intimate group dinners, special brunch menus, walking taste tours, and wild late night parties (this is still Miami, after all). So whether you’re looking to broaden your taste for Puerto Rican cooking, hit the town and drink in the newest it-bars, or want to brush up on a how to cook crab with Emeril, browse the SBWFF site for a rundown of the varied, delicious events planned. Festival runs Wednesday-Sunday, February 20-24th; Event schedule here // Venues vary across Miami // Tickets here
MIAMI: Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast, remains one of the most promising acts in indie rock. Fueled by brawny walls of guitars and Zauner’s haunting melodic vocals, Japanese Breakfast’s second LP, Soft Sounds From Another Planet was praised as one of the essential releases of 2017. It’s kept Zauner on tour ever since, and this month she’ll be bringing a full band Japanese Breakfast show to Gramps. Fans of shoegaze, and Pacific Northwest grunge will find plenty of material to love, even if Zauner’s records have yet to cross your radar, while deep devotees of Japanese Breakfast will be amazed and how artfully each song is brought to life. A ticket to one of these shows is going to be near impossible to get two years from now, so get yourself on the will-call list so you can say you were there early. Monday, February 11th, 8:30 p.m. // Gramps, 176 NW 24th Street, Miami // Tickets $20-25
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