Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ON THE TOWNS: It’s a Woman’s World (at Least for a Month) … Worlds of Cinema From Hearts of South Asia and France … Wide World of Emotional States Among Ancient Greeks … Joffrey Ballet Explores a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Cast in Another World

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, far left, visits Syrian refugees during a trip to Jordan. She is to receive a special award from the UN Women for Peace Association for her work on behalf of women and girls. Photo courtesy of UN Women.

MARCH 2017

IT'S Women's History Month and the UN Women for Peace Association is marking the occasion with an annual celebration and march.

Elsewhere, French film is all the rage at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Down in Dallas-Ft. Worth, the South Asian Film Festival is centerstage. Meanwhile, the emotions of ancient Greeks are something to contemplate, then there is the Whitney Biennial.

1-7 March

DANCE. From 6:30 p.m. 1 March. Rioult NY Winter Gala. The annual fundraiser of the modern dance company will feature a raffle, auction and live dance performances. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and West Side Highway. New York.

FILM. 1-12 March. 22nd Rendez-vous with French Cinema. The festival dedicated to French film opens with "Django" from Étienne Comar. It is an account of jazz musician Django Reinhardt's escape from Germany-occupied Paris. The festival closes with Jérôme Salle's "The Odyssey." It is based on the life of Jacques Cousteau, including the challenges his family faced as he pursued his dreams.  Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St. New York. http://

FILM. 3-5 March. 3rd Annual DFW South Asian Film Festival (SAFF). Award-winning shorts, documentaries and feature films from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan). The festival opens with "A Billion Colour Story" and closes with "Doctor Rakhmabai." Hoglund Foundation Theater of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N. Field St.) and AMC Village on Parkway 9 (5100 Belt Line Rd. #220). Dallas.

Samba dancing is one of the highlights of the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Carnival. Photo courtesy of Veuve Clicquot Carnaval.

FOOD, DRINK, DANCE, PARADE. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. 4 March. 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Carnaval.The Champagne brand, with cohost Adriana Lima, brings Carnaval to Miami with samba dancers, drummers, live music and more, including a parade (3 p.m.). Proceeds benefit the Perez Art Museum. Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL. http://

8-14 March

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli / Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo. Photo courtesy of Onassis Cultural Center.

ART. 9 March-24 June. A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC – 200 AD. Considering how in modern-day Western society we express ourselves and interpret the meaning of others by observing more than 130 "priceless" works of art from ancient Greece. Pieces are on loan from some of the world's most renown museums, including the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum. Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Avenue. New York.

CULTURE. From 11:30 a.m. 10 March. UN Women for Peace Association Annual Awards Luncheon.The organization honors individuals who have made a positive difference in the lives of women and girls. Among this year’s honorees are Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; Dayle Haddon, Founder &CEO, WomanOne, and Luz Towns-Miranda, mother of fellow honoree Lin-Manuel Miranda. Martha Stewart is among the invited guests. Delegates Dining Room, United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street. New York.

15-22 March

William Pope L., “Training Crawl”, (for The Great White Way: 22 miles, 5 years, 1 street), 2001. Lewiston, Maine. Performance photographs. The work of the artist is featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Photo courtesy of William Pope L

ART.  17 March-11 June. 2017 Whitney Biennial. The 78th edition of the exhibition is the largest in terms of square footage and the first at the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art ... Sixty-three artists. From emerging to well-established individuals and collectives. Painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music and video game design. Whitney Museum of American, 99 Gansevoort St. New York.

23 March and beyond

The Lighthouse cheeseburger comes on a brioche bun and is topped with beef, cheddar, onions, jam, pickles, jalapeños and mayonnaise. Dinner for two at the Williamsburg, Brooklyn eatery is among the online auction lots associated with the Lighthouse dinner benefiting Change Food fundraiser. Photo courtesy of the Lighthouse.

FOOD. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 27 March. Lighthouse dinner benefiting Change Food. Celebrating select Brooklyn businesses during a four-course, sit-down vegetarian/pescetarian dinner at the Williamsburg restaurant. Accompanied by an online auction of food-related goods and services. Proceeds benefit the healthy food advocacy nonprofit Change Food. Lighthouse, 145 Borinquen Place. Brooklyn, NY.

DANCE. 29 March-2 April. The Joyce Theater Foundation’s presentation of The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet. For the first time in more than 20 years, the full company will perform in New York. The centerpiece is Krzysztof Pastor’s critically acclaimed updated version of "Romeo & Juliet." On 30 March is a gala performance of mixed repertory, including "Body of Your Dreams" (Myles Thatcher) and "Fool’s Paradise" (Christopher Wheeldon). David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza. New York.

FILM. 30 March-9 April. The 11th Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) The festival celebrates movies released in 1967, including a 50th anniversary year screening of "Bonnie and Clyde,” its opening night feature. Other films from that year to be screened include “Guess Whose Coming to Dinner.” Among the world premieres is “Man in the Camo Jacket,” a documentary by Russ Kendall about Mike Peters of the rock band, The Alarm. It chronicles the singer's rise to fame and battle with cancer, including his efforts to help save the lives of cancer patients around the world. Various locations. Dallas. http://


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