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Gothamist Spring Guide: 16 Great Things To Do This March

<br/><br/>It may feel like we're already weeks into spring, but a quick check of the calendar confirms that March is only just beginning. All the unseasonably warm weather means that you've got no excuses for staying in, and fortunately we've amassed a list of the best happenings, from cocktail competitions to kink-friendly film screenings, basement goth parties to high-class theater. Get your calendars ready because it's time to make some plans.


<br/><br/>Before he was a <a href="http://https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/business/media/newmans-own-adjusts-to-reach-millennials.html">charitable salad dressing CEO</a>, Paul Newman was a damn fine actor. Come see for yourself at <a href="http://http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/">Nitehawk</a>, Williamsburg's premier location for dinner and a movie (and a drink, lest you forget they helped overturn the law prohibiting alcohol in theaters). <strong><a href="http://http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/cool-hand-luke-cb/"> The cinema is showing <em>Cool Hand Luke</em>,</a></strong> which stars Newman as the most rebellious link on a Florida chain-gang. There's rage against authority! Public intoxication! He's one "bad dude." Swing by a little early for either morning show and catch music from <a href="http://http://www.sashatheband.com/">Sasha Papernik's Glass Carnival</a> or some fixin's from Nitehawk's COUNTRY BRUNCHIN' menu. Just don't break any parkin' meters on your way home now, ya hear? <em>(Kyle Ballou)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th, 11 a.m. // <a href="http://http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/">Nitehawk Cinema</a>, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://http://348.formovietickets.com/T.ASP?WCI=BT&amp;Page=PickTickets&amp;SHOWID=19557">Tickets $16 </a></em>


<br/><br/>The only thing better than bar trivia is museum trivia with judges wielding lasers above a scale model of New York City. That's right, the <a href="http://www.cityreliquary.org/">City Reliquary Museum</a> and the Queens Museum are bringing back the <a href="http://www.cityreliquary.org/panochal10/">Panorama Challenge</a>. Quizmaster Jonathan Turner has compiled a new series of questions, ranging from important Gotham-related content like <em>Seinfeld</em>, Snow in the City; Traveling by Subway; Mills, Mills, Mills and Forts of NY. The halftime round is dedicated to BREXIT and the Trumps, two of 2016's most testing subjects. Don't worry though, beverages, sandwiches, snacks and beer will be provided by the<a href="http://http://rockawaybrewco.com/"> Rockaway Brewing Company.</a> While scores are being tallied, quizzers will be treated to a dazzling performance by <a href="http://http://batalanewyork.love/">Batala, an "all-women afro Brazilian samba reggae percussion band."</a> <em>(Kyle Ballou) </em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, March 4th, 5 p.m. // <a href="http://www.queensmuseum.org/">Queens Museum</a>, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens // <a href="https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11269">Tickets $12-20</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Charlie Hunter has been a musical pioneer for nearly 25 years, exploring the fringes of jazz, funk, and soul with the help of his very weird guitar. Hunter plays a custom instrument strung with both bass and guitar strings, allowing him to lay blistering solos over his smooth-as-butter low end. It's a technique that has seen Hunter collaborate with the likes of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZzH2M2BYv0">Frank Ocean</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlYNey3JQgU">John Mayer</a>, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17LQRXXrWjY">D'Angelo</a>; it's also propelled his career as a bandleader and made each of Hunter's 18 solo albums an instrumental delight. Early this month, <strong><a href="http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1428790-time-after-time-variety-show-brooklyn/">Charlie Hunter will play a two-night stand at Rockwood music hall</a></strong> in support of his funky latest record, <em>Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth</em>. It's going to be one hell of a jam.<br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/268520936&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th and 9th, 8:30 p.m. // Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3,185 Orchard Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com/">Tickets $15</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Strong women that make cinema about strong women for strong women will take over the Bell House this month for <strong><a href="http://http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1428790-time-after-time-variety-show-brooklyn/">Time After Time,</a></strong> a variety show all about feminism, gender equality, and the moving image. It features a strong roster of film critics, fans, and programmers who will be on hand to talk shop about classic movie moments throughout the years. The showcase highlights everything from Brooklynite Barbara Stanwyck in <em>Baby Face</em> (1933) to the original Midwestern "nasty woman" Tracy Flick (played by Reese Witherspoon) in <em>Election</em> (1999). The show is all talk <em>and action</em>, featuring dancing, presentations and even burlesque! March into Women's History Month the right way. <em>(Kyle Ballou)</em><br/><br/><em>Thursday, March 9th, Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. // <a href="http://http://www.thebellhouseny.com/">The Bell House</a>, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn // <a href="http://https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1428790?_ga=1.49669157.2000543533.1488229030">Tickets $10 advance $12 door</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Everyone's gotta get their bread somehow, and filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer's affecting <em>Canners</em> is a cinematic ode to the resourceful folks who earn their living collecting NYC's bottles and cans. The film has a natural soundtrack of clinking metal, general city noise and endless tallies of recyclables. <a href="http://http://metrograph.com/film/film/734/canners">The Metrograph Theatre is screening <em>Canners</em> on March 10th</a> and Kirchlheimer, who is currently a professor at the School of Visual Arts, will be in attendance. This "deeply humane" documentary takes viewers into the hearts, minds and dreams of those who traverse New York City's sidewalks and train stations, eking out an existence on the things we throw away. Thoughts on the city, America, recycling and more will be addressed. <em>(Kyle Ballou)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday, March 10th, 7 p.m. // <a href="http://metrograph.com/">Metrograph</a>, 7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://metrograph.com/film/film/734/canners">Tickets $15</a></em>



<br/><br/>Richard Mosse is, simply one, of the most powerful visual thinkers alive today. The Irish-born artist's work in photography and film constantly seeks to blend simple aesthetic beauty into the world's deadly conflicts, creating a sense of intellectually bracing confusion. In Mosse's work, the world's cliches seem to break. War's bloody rituals of violence become remade, and we are forced to reckon with breathtakingly lovely scenes of death. In 2013, Mosse debuted <em><a href="https://vimeo.com/67115692">The Enclave</a></em>, a work that captured brutal Congolese militias on bright pink infrared film, and with his new exhibition, <strong><em><a href="http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/richard-mosse/">Heat Maps</a></em></strong>, he once again depicts the tense present in a disarming medium.<br/><br/> This time, Mosse focuses on the refugee camps of Europe and uses a black and white thermal film to show the warm bodies (or lack thereof) left out on the margins of the West. With the help of a military-grade camera repurposed for humanitarian art, Mosse has once again made a beautiful and heartbreaking document of a conflict many would rather not see.<br/><br/><em>Exhibition runs through Saturday, March 11th // <a href="http://www.jackshainman.com/">Jack Shainman Gallery</a>, 513 West 20th Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.jackshainman.com/exhibitions/20th-street/">More info here</a> </em>

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<br/><br/>Get an early taste of what the city's greatest mobile, generator-powered kitchens are serving up for summer at the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-food-truck-fest-tickets-32012574472?aff=eac2">NYC Food Truck Fest</a>. You can bet there'll be fresh lobster rolls, delicious Neapolitan Pizza, savory BBQ baskets, fried empanadas, and a beautiful rainbow of grilled cheese options. Profits from the outdoor fest will be donated to four local public schools on the Upper West Side, and admission is completely free. This year's <a href="http://gothamist.com/tags/vendyawards">Vendy's</a> are a <em>long</em> ways away, so go and enjoy the delicious works of these hardworking chefs, all while never sitting down!<br/><br/><em>Sunday, March 12th, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. // <a href="https://www.grandbazaarnyc.org/">Grand Bazaar</a> NYC, 100 West 77th Street, Manhattan // <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-food-truck-fest-tickets-32012574472?aff=eac2">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The only proper way to follow up a Sunday full of boozy cocktails is to hop the W train out to Astoria and keep the party going (the W stands for <em>"WILD"</em> after all!). This year's <strong><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ny-cocktail-expo-queens-tickets-28465901277">NY Cocktail Expo</a></strong> will offer the chance to walk the cutting edge of modern mixology as you sample drinks from the expert bartenders of Dutch Kills, Sanfords Restaurant, Station House, The Bonnie, Proof + Guage, Diamond Dogs, and more. Spirit companies like Wyoming Whiskey and Hendrick's Gin will be doling out samples of their best, newest spirits and bartenders will be squaring off during the "cocktail throwdown" competition. Free food will be passed around and there'll even be a prize awarded to the best old-timey mustache-and-vest combo (we're kidding).<br/><br/><em>Sunday, March 12th, 1-6 p.m. // <a href="http://bohemianhall.com/">Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall</a>, 2919 24th Avenue, Queens // <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ny-cocktail-expo-queens-tickets-28465901277">Tickets $55-75</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Movies that capture our ability to love, tease, long for, and fuck on plural terms will screen for a week at Anthology Film Archives during <strong><a href="http://cinekink.com/">CineKink NYC</a></strong>, a six-day film fest dedicated to getting off off the beaten path. With curated selections that highlight BDSM culture, gay masculinity, female sexual agency, and titillating indie horror, CineKink will feature something for everyone who isn't a total prude (but if you are, that's okay too!). Galas celebrating both the <a href="http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2017/kick-off-gala/">kick-off</a> and "<a href="http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2017/afterglow-party/">after glow</a>" of the fest will give fans the chance to mingle with other, uh, open-minded cinephiles, and there's even a porn production workshop for all you DIY aspiring filmmakers.<br/><br/><em>Tuesday through Sunday, March 14-19th; Showtimes vary // Films screened at <a href="http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/">Anthology Film Archives</a>, 32 Second Avenue, Manhattan // <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinekink-nyc-2017-tickets-29755226684">Tickets and information here</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Synthesizers, jagged guitars, and electric xylophones make sweet, sweet love at every Tortoise show, and the Chicago post-rock legends are finally back in town. <strong><a href="http://lpr.com/lpr_events/tortoise-march-16th-2017/">Tortoise will play The Hall at MP</a></strong> in Williamsburg this month in support of their 2016 disc, The Catastrophist, which saw the band branching out into vocal work. With plenty of long instrumental songs that traverse mazes of time signature and tempo changes on their way to either a deafening drone or triumphant, funky groove, Tortoise is not for the faint of heart. This is music that sounds like it's from the year 2085, made by virtuosos who all stopped giving a fuck back in 1994. But if you've been in a sonic rut lately and could use a jolt of something new, let them be your polyrhythmic Moog-powered 5/4 defibrillator.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, March 16th, 7 p.m. // <a href="http://thehallbrooklyn.com/">The Hall at MP</a>, 470 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=7097395&amp;pl=cegpresents&amp;dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;REFID=mp">Tickets $25</a></em>

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<br/><br/>When homemade spheres of tasty meat compete, you win! This year's <strong><a href="http://thetakedowns.com/bkmeatballtakedown2017/">Meatball Takedown</a></strong> will once again bring both expert and amateur chefs together to see who can cook the best meatball in town. This year, Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be hosting the competition, which means you'll have the chance to nibble on those tasty meat globes as you enjoy the weirdly-detailed fixtures of an <a href="http://gothamist.com/2016/09/09/polonaise_terrace_bk_bazaar_photos.php#photo-1">old art deco Polish wedding hall</a>. Prizes will be doled out throughout the day, and attendees will help determine who gets crowned meatballer-in-chief.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, March 19th, 2-4 p.m. // <a href="http://bkbazaar.com/">Brooklyn Bazaar</a>, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2892478">Tickets $20</a></em>



<br/><br/>The origin of an art form so transgressive, powerful, free-thinking, and cool that it could only come from New York City is at the center of <strong><a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/tabula-rasa">MCNY's upcoming Tabula Rasa </a></strong>night. We're talking about graffiti, of course. The museum will spend the evening digging deep into the the street art and tagging movements of the late '60s and early '70s, with a screening of Roger Gastman's 77-minute film <em>Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence.</em> <br/><br/>At the center of Gastman's film is not just graffiti, but the young spray can shakers who turned it from vandalism into an art form that blasted social issues and cultural shifts onto storefronts, billboards, and train cars. After the lights go up, Gastman will talk with living legend taggers MIKE-171, Wicked Gary, and COCO 144 about the history of graffiti and where street art stands today.<br/><br/><em>Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:30 p.m. // <a href="http://www.mcny.org/">Museum of the City of New York</a>, 1220 5th Ave and 103rd Street, Manhattan // <a href="https://35948.blackbaudhosting.com/35948/Tabula-Rasa">Tickets $12-20</a></em>

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<br/><br/>If you know, you know. Mykki Blanco has been serving up deft hip-hop material that challenges the genre's strict gender norms for the better part of a decade, and has grown into the roles of writer, MC, and activist for LGBTQ rights. Blanco's profile has only risen since revealing she was HIV positive in 2015 and asserting her identity as a transgender woman, but don't brush the music aside as simply "queer rap." Blanco's intention is to make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sokeAMDm7mk">challenging, creative bangers</a> that could come from anyone, anywhere on the Kinsey scale. This month, she'll be joined by 25-year-old rising star Cakes Da Killa when <strong><a href="http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/1404353-stunt-queen-tour-mykki-new-york">their Stunt Queen tour rolls into the Bowery Ballroom</a></strong>. That night there'll be no norms, no gods, and no reason not to wil' out.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, March 26th, 8 p.m. // <a href="http://www.boweryballroom.com/">Bowery Ballroom</a>, 6 Delancey Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/1404353-stunt-queen-tour-mykki-new-york">Tickets $17</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Many years of attending rock shows have led me to one very simple conclusion: <em>you never miss Minus the Bear.</em> Fueled by the effect-pedal wizardry of guitarist Dave Knudson and sultry, punch-drunk lyrics of Jake Snider, the Seattle rock band is still blending prog, hard rock, and infectious pop in brilliant ways, despite blowing up back in the Limewire era. After more than four years on hiatus, MtB is roaring back with their new record <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLP6LXGgKTc">VOIDS</a></em>, which has them riffing away in top form. Late this month they'll play <strong>two shows, one at Webster Hall, the other at Music Hall of Williamsburg</strong>. Catch one (or both!) of the nights, and you'll be treated to a band that regularly achieves sonic feats other rock bands couldn't even imagine.<br/><br/><em>Tuesday, March 28th, 7 p.m. // <a href="http://www.websterhall.com/">Webster Hall</a>, 125 E 11th Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=7143125&amp;pl=webhall&amp;REFID=whsite">Tickets $28.50</a></em><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, march 29th, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/">Music Hall of Williamsburg</a>, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/1413679-minus-bear-brooklyn">Tickets $29.50</a></em>

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<br/><br/>A little goth could do you good. Every month, <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/arkham.brooklyn/">ARKHAM</a></strong> celebrates the darker side of dance culture in Brooklyn with DJs and performers that specialize in Goth, Industrial, Synth, EBM, Darkwave, Cold Wave, Deathrock, and dark themed music from the 1980s. But things don't stop there. The entire night is intended to conjure up scenes from H.P. Lovecraft with horror films projected on the walls and a clientele decked out in attire that makes <em>The Craft</em>'s witches seem downright angelic. This month will be ARKHAM's inaugural night at <a href="https://www.bizarrebushwick.com/">Bizarre Bushwick</a>, a pairing that makes absolute perfect sense.<br/><br/><em>Friday, March 31st, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m. // <a href="https://www.bizarrebushwick.com/">Bizarre Bushwick</a>, 12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn // <a href="https://www.bizarrebushwick.com/calendar?lightbox=dataItem-iwe7a2qo2">Free</a></em>


<br/><br/>At David Byrne's last NYC performance, at Bryant Park during <a href="http://gothamist.com/2016/10/03/photos_david_byrne_dangelo_wu-tang.php#photo-1">the Roots Picnic</a>, fans hoping to hear Talking Heads classics instead got treated to a batch of new, unrecorded songs pulled from an upcoming musical about the life of Joan of Arc. It was, in short, the ultimate David Byrne move, but at least now the final product is here for us to enjoy. <strong><em><a href="http://www.publictheater.org/en/Public-Theater-Season/Joan-of-Arc-Into-The-Fire/">Joan of Arc: Into the Fire</a></em></strong> is running all this month at the Public Theater, and features music and lyrics composed entirely by Byrne. Director Alex Timbers is at the helm of what's been praised as timely look back at a woman who defied entrenched power in order to lead a resistance of the people before paying the ultimate price. Public Theater productions sometimes <a href="http://gothamist.com/2015/02/19/hamilton_miranda_review.php#photo-1">leap up out of Lafayette Avenue and into giant Broadway theaters</a>, which is all the more reason for both Byrne and theater fans to scoop up tickets while they last. <br/><br/><em>Performances at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. // The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.publictheater.org/en/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/16-17/Joan-of-Arc-Into-the-Fire/">Tickets $90 and up</a></em>