One month closer to summer! Celebrate with a myriad of handpicked events around New York City this weekend. Watch Noura Mint Seymali's performance on February 24, close out Black History Month at the Afropunk Festival or see the New York City Ballet before it breaks. Check out our list of top picks below.
February 24, 25
Feinstein’s 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street
Danza hits the stage to perform timeless music and storytelling with his band! They will perform favorites from the Great American Songbook and selections from the Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. Tickets are $80-$155 with a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information visit here.
Noura Mint Seymali
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Experience one of Mauritania’s musical emissaries and talented star of the West African country. Noura Mint Seymali has a unique and unforgettable voice that has been performing around the world since she was 13. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. For more information visit here.
Through February 25
To close out Black History Month, the Harlem Stage and the Apollo Theater present an Afropunk festival. There will be a comedy night, a celebration of black protest music with Jill Scott, an open jam session, a panel on “Black Joy as an Expression of Resistance and Liberation” and more. For more information visit here.
New York City Ballet
Through February 26
David H. Kock Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Don’t miss out! It’s the last chance to see the New York City Ballet perform live until April. There will be a program of three works by Jerome Robbins or a “Broadway to Ballet” program with music set by Richard Rodgers. Tickets are $30-$175. For more information visit here.
Through February 26
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway
She’s been on SNL, the recent female remake of Ghostbusters, the film Trainwreck and so much more. Nicknamed the “SNL Standout” by The New Yorker due to her “brash sensibility, humor and forceful presence,” Jones will take the stage at Carolines on Broadway. Tickets are $65.50. For more information visit here.
New York International Children’s Film Festival
Through March 19
Venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Get your popcorn ready! The 20th annual New York International Children’s Film Festival will feature animated and live-action films from 30 countries. This year’s jurors include Sofia Coppola, Geena Davis, Gus Van Sant and Matthew Modine. For tickets and more information visit here.
On the Exhale
Through April 2
Black Box Theatre at Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater, 111 West 46th Street
Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland plays a liberal college professor who reacts to an act of gun violence that tears her world apart. Tickets are $25. For more information visit here.
If I Forget
Through April 30
Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater, 111 West 46th Street
A powerful tale of the clash of family and culture with both humor and insight takes the stage this month. The story follows a liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer and his reunion with his sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. The tensions grow as the family discusses deeply controversial topics in relation to their family values and history. Tickets are $79. For more information visit here.
Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s
Through May 14
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street
With works from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, Julian Schnabel and Kenny Scharf, the Whitney’s newest exhibition highlights that talented artists that took over in the 1980s. The art on show explores figure painting to abstraction and issues such as war, AIDS, feminism and more. For more information visit here.
Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje
Through July 3
Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse
In collaboration with the El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, this new exhibition features over 30 Cuban born artists. With a variety of sculptures, paintings, drawings, photography and video displayed, the focus is to explore community and the urban experience. For more information visit here.