What to Do This Month in L.A., Miami, and NYC

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February. Halfway through winter. You’ve made it. There’s still a good deal of it left, but spring awaits, distant on the horizon. To help you while the rest of the season away, our events writer Scott Heins has created a short list of this month’s top to-dos. Whether you’re into futuristic R&B, cookies in Hollywood, or aerialist feats beyond your wildest imagination, we’ve got you covered and then some. Here’s what’s happening.

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Photo courtesy of Mayer Hawthorne via Facebook.

NEW YORK CITY: Mayer Hawthorne DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl

Just across the river in Williamsburg, one of the world’s best dance parties happens every week at Brooklyn Bowl. A wild night of rare soul and classic hip-hop, Bowl Train packs the house thanks its usual headliner, the one-and-only DJ Questlove. February offers three chances to get down to his musical selections, but on Thursday the 22nd, modern funk icon Mayer Hawthorne will be taking over, putting his own spin on things. Count on ’80s classics a la Hall & Oates, plus Hawthorne’s own tunes courtesy of his new project Tuxedo. Admission is only $10, but be sure to arrive early and energized–this one’s going to be packed from start to finish. Thursday, February 22nd, 11 p.m. til late // 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn // Tickets $10

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Image courtesy of New Museum.

NEW YORK CITY: Sara Magenheimer’s at the New Museum

Manhattan is home to a countless art museums, galleries, and pop-ups, but this month’s biggest and best exhibit can be found in the front window the Bowery’s New Museum, courtesy of local artist Sara Magenheimer. Her new piece blends video, sound, sculpture, and live performance to create a dizzying trip into her own head. What’s the theme? There’s no easy answer, but expect to see palm leaves, kitchen knives, and pods of bright clay inviting you in to take a closer look. After you’re done gazing through the glass, buy a ticket and tour the rest of the New Museum, where you’ll find some of the finest (and strangest) modern art the city has to offer. It’ll give you plenty to discuss later over drinks at a nearby bar. Exhibit runs all month, open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed Mondays) // 235 Bowery, Manhattan // Admission $18

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LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Cookie Con

L.A. may be known for its organic cafes and juice shops, but after all that healthy eating sometimes you just need a cookie. Luckily this month some of the best bakers and pastry chefs in the country are coming to southern California for L.A. Cookie Con, a two-day celebration of all things sugar. Due to overwhelming crowds in past years, the party has been moved to the spacious Anaheim Convention Center, so there’ll be plenty of room for you to sample the sweet stuff, check out the baking competitions, and gaze in awe at the decorators’ showcase. You may even catch sight of a few celebrity guests, including chef Duff Goldman and TV star Dr. Ken Jeong. Saturday & Sunday, February 10-11th, opens at 10 a.m. // 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim // Tickets $25 and up

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Photo courtesy of Majid Jordan via Facebook.

LOS ANGELES: Majid Jordan at the Wiltern

Despite scoring a mega-hit in 2013 (thanks to a guy named Drake), Majid Jordan still operate below the radar, bringing their futuristic brand of R&B to intimate venues across the world. This month, the Toronto duo will play a must-see set at the Wiltern in Koreatown. With lead singer Majid Al Maskati’s icy smooth falsetto and the sparse drum work of producer Jordan Ullman, the group delivers a soundtrack to the smoky neon-lit parties of your dreams. Catching them live while you’re in town just might be the beginning to the best night of your stay. Wednesday, February 7th, 7 p.m. // 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles // Tickets $78 and up

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Photo courtesy of Everfest.

MIAMI: Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Layer on the sunscreen and prepare for a beautiful time outside during this month’s three-day Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Over a mile of boardwalk along Biscayne Bay will be packed with live music, delicious eats, art vendors, performers, themed showcases, and more. Whether you’re looking to meet a local legend or brush elbows with the biggest curators in South Beach, Coconut Grove will fulfill your every art need–all at an unbeatable price. Plus, with its close proximity to the beach, it should be easy break up the day’s perusing by taking an ocean (or just soaking up some rays). Saturday through Monday, February 17-19th, 10 .m. – 6 p.m.  // 2700 S Bayshore Drive, Miami //  Tickets $12 and up

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MIAMI: Sensatia Cabaret Theater

Grab a seat and get ready for a night of love, lust, and all points in between. Sensatia, a kaleidoscopic burlesque theater, is continuing its acclaimed run at the Faena Theater, bringing film, live music, aerialist feats of wonder, and delicious food together for a riotous night. At its heart, Sensatia is a play about two star-crossed artists who grow together as they discover their true passion, but there’s so much more than meets the eye. Plan for a rousing night of pyrotechnics, dazzling lights, and eye-dropping dance numbers. Plus, proceeds from each performance go towards feeding the needy throughout south Florida. Be sure to bring a date–or find one at a nearby table. Performances every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night // 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach // Tickets $55 and up

Header photo via L’officiel de la Mode 

Scott Heins

Scott Heins

Scott Heins is a writer and photographer living in New York City. Born in Minnesota, he currently works in Brooklyn as a journalist and portrait artist. He's fascinated by anything in the world that's strange, futuristic, or forgotten.

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