The best of what to do in and around New York this week
This week it’s all about celebrating independent and emerging artists in New York City. For a Fringe-style theater experience, catch the end of the Frigid Festival; if independent art is your thing, then check out the Clio Art Fair; or, if you want to see who the next Michael Kors will be, make a stop at the Fusion Fashion Show. For something a little more laid back, drink through the NYC Whiskey Walk or head to Sag Harbor.
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Through March 6 | Theater
No, this event isn’t a commentary on our winter weather. It’s a theater festival organized by Horse Trade and EXIT theaters (the latter of which founded the San Francisco Fringe Festival). Much like its sister fringe festivals, Frigid celebrates the quirky, the independent, the emerging, and the experimental in theater. Each year since the inaugural event in 2007 the festival has grown in popularity, and it’s now a bit of a cult favorite. These are the last few days to catch what’s left of the fest’s three weeks and 150-plus performances. Keep an eye out for Lil’ Women: A Rap Musical, WITH YOU! (a “queer sports rom-com”), and Chalk (a silent one-man comedy).
Times and locations vary | $15 | website
March 3–6 | Independent art
Clio Art Fair
Billed as “the anti-fair for independent artists,” the Clio Art Fair highlights local artists who do not have exclusive NYC gallery representation. The idea is that without the constraints of the business side of the art world, these artists have more freedom to truly express themselves. Whether you are looking just to browse or to add a few pieces to your collection, it’s an opportunity to get acquainted with some under-the-radar artists. The fair is free, with the exception of a VIP Opening Reception Thursday night ($90).
Times vary | 508 W. 26th St., New York | Free | website
March 5 | Whiskey tour
Just try to walk in a straight line after completing the NYC Whiskey Walk: We dare you. This fun tour, which will lead you through tastings of eight Irish whiskeys at as many bars, is the perfect way to get in the spirit (pun intended) for St. Patrick’s Day. Food along the way will help soak up some of the alcohol, as will the walk between venues, which are centered in the East Village and Lower East Side. All proceeds will go to benefit Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit that provides underserved children with arts education and mentoring.
3–10 p.m. (check in between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.) | Tour starts at Libation, 137 Ludlow St., New York | $65 | website
March 5–6 | Fashion show
Fusion Fashion Show
New York Fashion Week is practically impossible to get into unless you’re in the industry or famous. Fortunately, there’s the annual Fusion Fashion Show, which pits students from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Parsons School of Design against each other in a friendly battle of designers. Project Runway fans will get a kick out of this two-day fashion show, in which 15 undergraduate students each present a collection of five looks. A judge’s panel of industry elites will give out a number of awards, such as the Best Designer Award and the Best Overall School Award. Years from now, you’ll be able to say that you knew these fashion icons when they were just starting their careers!
Times vary | New School University Center (Parsons), 63 Fifth Ave., New York | From $10 | website
March 5–6 | Escape the city
The weather is just starting to warm up, but beach season is still months away. Still, this is actually the perfect time to visit some beach season towns and appreciate everything they have to offer off-season. This weekend, head out to the eastern tip of Long Island for a getaway to Sag Harbor, the artsy yet increasingly exclusive enclave near the Hamptons. Moby Dick fans and history buffs will want to visit the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, while literati will want to check out local favorite Harbor Books. The downtown area is quaint, with cute shops aplenty. Food-wise, Estia’s Little Kitchen is a local favorite for Mexican-inflected brunch as well as dinner. Grab a room at The American Hotel which, built in 1846, is a slice of Sag Harbor History.
The American Hotel, 49 Main St., Sag Harbor | (631) 725-3535 | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.