What To Do This Month In L.A., Miami, And NYC

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Spring officially starts March 20, and SIXTY couldn’t be more excited. Because spring means, at least in our colder ports, that everyone will soon crawl out of hibernation and infuse the city with a kind of indescribably infectious energy. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. A chill still lingers in the air. Nevertheless, here is your guide for a fantastic March, whether you’re in L.A., Miami, or New York City.

NEW YORK CITY: This month, the best art in New York City can be found along the Hudson river at Piers 90, 92, and 94. The annual Armory Show will once again bring the finest works from around the world together for a can’t-miss weekend of painting, sculpture, installations, and more. Galleries representing Europe, the Americas, and Asia will all set up temporary halls throughout the three vast piers, creating an experience that outstrips even the best of Manhattan’s many museums. Not up to speed on the latest in the modern art scene? Don’t worry, the Armory Show’s mix of accessible works and incredible people watching means even the casual fan will find much to enjoy (and, of course, Instagram). Thursday through Sunday, March 7-10th; hours vary // Pier 90, 92, 94, 711 12th Ave, Manhattan // Tickets $33 and up

NEW YORK CITY: Take a quick ride on the Metro North line to the New York Botanical Garden this month, where the greenhouses are filled with some of the most beautiful and rare flowers on earth. The NYBG’s 2019 Orchid Show will offer the perfect escape from the chilly gray of spring on the East Coast, with hundreds of breeds of plants specially propagated and arranged around this year’s theme of “Singapore.” Orchids are a crucial part of Singapore’s landscape, and throughout the garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory you’ll find towering arches that surround visitors with the colorful flowers. Posted information boards and guided tours offer the chance to learn even more about the history of orchids and their place in both American and Singaporean history. Show runs through April 28th; Garden schedule here // New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, the Bronx // Tickets $23 and up

LOS ANGELES: The 30-year-old adventure of a laboratory-made man with deadly blades for hands is, believe it or not, a perfect musical for 2019. Scissorhands is a musical theater take on the goth-romance classic from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and has been earning high praise from L.A.’s theater critics and fans alike. After all, the character Edward Scissorhands is a social outcast—unwanted and misunderstood—and the new production by director Bradley Bredeweg foregrounds that in a way that’s thought-provoking but never preachy, and packs a song list with numbers by Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Aerosmith. Most notable is the show’s direct engagement with modern issues of gender: Scissorhands is played by a woman in this show, and it brings up the question of how presumptions and pronouns shape a person’s future. Showing March 2nd through 17th; Times vary // Rockwell Table and Stage, 1714 North Vermont Ave, Los Angeles // Tickets $14.50 and up

LOS ANGELES: Get your St. Patrick’s Day off to a harder, better, faster, stronger start at Daft Brunch, a recurring party with a very simple goal: to get you moving to French electro as you nibble on huevos rancheros. Hosted by Downtown L.A. hotspot Resident, the brunch will make it easy to kick off the holiday in top form whether you’re sitting outside in the beer garden or inside the restaurant’s stylish industrial digs. All of Daft Punk’s legendary catalog will be in crates of the morning’s DJs, along with a bevy of lesser-known French touch and classic house material to keep the tempo up between cuts off of Discovery. What more do you need to know? Sunday, March 17th, 1-7 p.m. // Resident LA, 428 S Hewitt Street, Los Angeles // RSVP Here

MIAMI: If all you know is “Pretty Pimpin'” then you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Indie rock superstar Kurt Vile is on the road with his band, The Violators, touring in support of his vast and powerful new record, Bottle It In. Once a favorite of college stoners across the country, Kurt has been hard at work sharpening his sound, focusing on more detailed songs that get to to the point rather than navel-gaze. This month, he’ll play a full set at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, with support from Canadian rock quartet The Sadies. It’s set to be a good old-fashioned proper rock show.   Wednesday, March 13th, 7 p.m. // Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale // Tickets $24 and up

MIAMI: This month, visitors to Miami will have the chance to watch a legend in action. Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer Sara Baras will be returning to South Beach for the 12th annual Flamenco Festival Miami, performing some of her greatest works at the Arsht Center for an expected crowd of 40,000. Renowned the world over for her dance compositions and blistering skill, Baras is undoubtedly the star of this year’s festival, and many of her original pieces will be danced throughout the week, each of which merges classicist flamenco movement with a modern, convention-bending edge. If that’s hard to visualize, then have a look at this brilliance. Performances Wednesday through Saturday, March 13-17th; Showtimes vary // Asht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami // Tickets here

Header photo: Fin de Siècle, 2014, Architecture and Design series, Swiss Institute
. Curated by Andreas Angelidakis. Photo by Daniel Pérez, Coma Manifesto, 2017.
Courtesy of Andreas Angelidakis.

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.