Things to do in New York in February 2019

February is Black History Month. It brings Cinema Tropical Film Festival, New York Fashion Week, Lunar New Year, Westminster Dog Show, Valentine’s Day, Carnival, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Presidents Day, Film Comment Selects, International Children’s Film Festival, ADAA Art Show, Broadway Week, Off-Broadway Week

Ongoing

Salvador Dali, an exhibition of work by the Spanish surrealist, continues at ACA Galleries in Chelsea, Manhattan, Tuesday-Saturday. FREE


WEEK 5 ~ January 28 – February 3, 2019

Monday – Thursday (January 2019 Calendar)


NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019 continues this week.

NYC Broadway Week Winter 2019 continues this week.

Friday, February 1

The 2019 Cinema Tropical Festival opens at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Through Sunday.

La Canción, the Puerto Rican hip-hop Off-Broadway musical, is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

The Master Drawings New York art fair is at 30 galleries in Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 11am to 6pm. FREE

NYC Ballet dances a Stravinsky & Balanchine program of Apollo, Orpheus and Agon at Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $35

Puerto Rican salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa plays New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ at 8pm. From $49

2018 “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo  and vocalist Sofia Tosello share a set of Argentine tango at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in NoHo, Manhattan at 9:30pm. $20


Saturday, February 2

Celebrate Candelmas, the end of the Christmas – Epiphany season and La Fiesta de la Candelaria.

Pop star Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 2, 1977.

‘La verdadera historia de Caperucita’ (The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood) is at Teatro SEA in Manhattan’s Lower East Side at 11am. Kids $10 Adults $20

CLOSING
The Master Drawings New York art fair at 30 galleries in Manhattan’s Upper East Side ends from 11am to 6pm. FREE

The Metropolitan Opera performs Bizet’s French opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 1pm. From $20

CLOSING
NYC Ballet dances this season’s final performance of Stravinsky & Balanchine, a program of Apollo, Orpheus and Agon at Lincoln Center at 2pm. From $35


Sunday, February 3

Daddy Yankee, the padrino (godfather) of reggaeton, was born in Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 3, 1977.

The La Vega Carnival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic opens today and runs Sundays through February 24.

Dance Argentine tango at the El Destino milonga (tango dance party) at Solas in Manhattan’s East Village from 6-11pm. $12

The Arturo O’Farrill Octet (Cuban) plays Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan at 9 & 11pm. $40


WEEK 6 ~ February 4 – 10, 2019

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019 and NYC Broadway Week Winter 2019 continue this week.


Monday, February 4

New York Fashion Week Men’s runs through Wednesday.

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Tuesday, February 5

Happy Chinese New Year! Yes there a many Chinese in Latin America.

The Metropolitan Opera performs Bizet’s French opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Wednesday, February 6

OPENING NIGHT
The Film Comment Selects film festival is at Film Society of Lincoln Center through Sunday. Victor Moreno’s Spanish documentary ‘The Hidden City’ screens at 9:15pm. From $10

Forro in the Dark plays Brazilian forro at Nublu Classic in Manhattan’s East Village with sets at 9 & 11pm.


Thursday, February 7

New York Fashion Week runs through February 13.

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15


Friday, February 8

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019 ends today.

Film Comment Selects
Beatriz Seigner’s 2018 Brazilian film ‘Los Silencios’ screens in Portuguese at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 6:30pm. From $10

LAST CHANCE THIS SEASON to see the Metropolitan Opera perform Bizet’s French opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

Film Comment Selects
Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel’s 2018 French film ‘Jessica Forever’ screens in French and English with English subtitles at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 9pm. From $10


Saturday, February 9

Watch the Madrid Derby, Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid, with either Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid at the Football Factory at Legends in Manhattan’s Koreatown, or with Peña Madridista NYC at the Playwright Irish Pub in Manhattan’s Garment District. Time TBD.

2018 “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango Jazz at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 8pm. $10 suggested donation

Dance Argentine Tango at the NYC All Night Milonga at Stepping Out Studios in NoMad, Manhattan from 10pm – 4am.


Sunday, February 10

The La Vega Carnival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic opens today and runs Sundays through February 24.

The 72nd BAFTA Awards (British Academy Film Awards) are from 2 – 4pm ET.

The Grammys begin with a Premiere Live Ceremony at 3:30pm ET and continue with a Red Carpet Livestream on Grammy.com at 5pm. Alicia Keys hosts the Grammy Awards on CBS at 7pm ET.

Dance Argentine tango at the El Destino milonga (tango dance party) at Solas in Manhattan’s East Village from 6-11pm. $12

Film Comment Selects
Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s 2018 Chilean film ‘Los Reyes’ screens at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 6:15pm with a red carpet meet and greet with Hearts & Bones adoptable dogs at 5:45pm. From $10

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays Cuban jazz at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan at 9 & 11pm. $40


WEEK 7 ~ February 11 – 17, 2019


Monday, February 11

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

NYC Off-Broadway Week Winter 2019 is through February 24, 2019.

The Westminster Dog Show is at Piers 92/94 (day) and Madison Square Garden (evening) through tomorrow.

Fashion Designers of Latin America fashion shows are through Wednesday.

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Tuesday, February 12

Abraham Lincoln, who as president ended slavery and kept our country together, was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809.

The Westminster Dog Show is at Piers 92/94 (day) and Madison Square Garden (evening) through tomorrow.

OPENING NIGHT
‘La celestina,’ the Spanish Golden Age comedy opens at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 7pm. From $17

OPENING NIGHT
Puerto Rican soprano Nadine Sierra and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo star in Verdi’s Italian opera ‘Rigoletto’ at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

2018 “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango Jazz at The Django in Tribeca, Manhattan at 7:30pm. Bar no cover

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Wednesday, February 13

Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘La celestina’ is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $40.

Forro in the Dark plays Brazilian forro at Nublu Classic in Manhattan’s East Village with sets at 9 & 11pm.


Thursday, February 14 ~ Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!

Colombian movie ‘Birds of Passage’ opens at Film Forum in Hudson Square, Manhattan with screenings at 1pm, 3:40pm, 7pm & 9:30pm.  Through February 26. From $9

Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem at 7 & 9pm. $20

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $40.

2018 “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango Jazz at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 8pm. $10 suggested donation

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15


Friday, February 15

It’s President’s Day Weekend.

The Metropolitan Opera usually announces its coming season on February 15.

La Canción, the Puerto Rican hip-hop Off-Broadway musical, is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

Mikhail Kalatosov’s legendary movie ‘I am Cuba’ opens at Film Forum in Hudson Square, Manhattan with shows at 12:40pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm and 9:30pm. Through February 21. From $9

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $40.

Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘La celestina’ is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 8pm. From $17


Saturday, February 16

LAST CHANCE to see the exhibition of new work by Colombian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Mateo López “Play” at Casey Kaplan in Chelsea, Manhattan from 10am-6pm. FREE

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2pm & 8pm. From $40.

Two legends play Puerto Rican salsa when El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico and La Sonora Ponceña play Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Manhattan at 8pm. From $86

Puerto Rican soprano Nadine Sierra and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo star in Verdi’s Italian opera ‘Rigoletto’ at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20

Puerto Rican salsa legend Marc Anthony plays Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey at 9pm. From $76


Sunday, February 17

The La Vega Carnival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic opens today and runs Sundays through February 24.

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 1pm. From $40.

Italian crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli sings Three Centuries of Love at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 5pm.

Dance Argentine tango at the El Destino milonga (tango dance party) at Solas in Manhattan’s East Village from 6-11pm. $12

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $40.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays Cuban jazz at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan at 9 & 11pm. $40


WEEK 8 ~ February 18-24, 2019


Monday, February 18

Celebrate President’s Day in honor of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. It’s a New York State holiday.

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Tuesday, February 19

It’s a Congressional District Work Period. Speak up to your members of Congress at a Town Hall meeting near you.

Actor Benicio del Toro was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico on February 19, 1967.

Puerto Rican soprano Nadine Sierra and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo star in Verdi’s Italian opera ‘Rigoletto’ at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $40.

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Wednesday, February 20

It’s a Congressional District Work Period. Speak up to your members of Congress at a Town Hall meeting near you.

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $40.

Forro in the Dark plays Brazilian forro at Nublu Classic in Manhattan’s East Village with sets at 9 & 11pm.


Thursday, February 21

It’s a Congressional District Work Period. Speak up to your members of Congress at a Town Hall meeting near you.

CLOSING
Mikhail Kalatosov’s legendary movie ‘I am Cuba’ closes at Film Forum in Hudson Square, Manhattan with shows at 12:40pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm and 9:30pm. From $9

‘En El Monte,’ a site-specific installation inspired by Cold War battles between the U.S. and Cuba, opens with a reception at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn from 7-9pm. Wednesday-Sunday through April 21. FREE

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
The Doc Fortnight Film Festival opens with Prune Nourry’s American film ‘Serendipity’ (2018) at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan at 7pm. The Festival runs daily through February 28. $12

Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem at 7 & 9pm. $20

Catalan Spanish baroque music master Jordi Savall and his Les Concert des Nations orchestra play French Baroque music in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall at 7:30pm.

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $40.

The Premio Lo Nuestro awards are live on Univision from Miami, Florida from 8-10pm.

Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘La celestina’ is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 8pm. From $17

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15

2018 “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango Jazz at Terraza 7 in Elmurst, Queens at 9:30pm. Bar free. Upstairs stage seating $10


Friday, February 22

American founding father “Jorge” Washington was born in Popes Creek, Virginia on February 22, 1732.

Spanish-Mexican filmmaker Luis Buñuel was born in Calanda, Teruel, Spain on February 22, 1900.

The 44th César Awards, the French Oscars are today.

It’s National Margarita Day!

National Puerto Rican Day Parade scholarship applications are due today.

NEIGHBORING SCENES ~ OPENING NIGHT
The 4th Neighboring Scenes film festival of new Latin American cinema opens with a screening of ‘Belmonte’ by Federico Veiroj (Uruguay, 2018) at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $12. The Festival runs daily through February 26.

NY INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ~ OPENING NIGHT
Malawian film ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ screens at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, Manhattan at 5:30pm. From $15. The Festival continues at multiple venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on four weekends from February 22 to March 17, 2019. From $14

The exhibition Carlos Vega: Correspondences (Spanish) opens with a reception at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan from 6-8pm. The exhibition continues Tuesday-Saturday through March 30. FREE

Farruquito dances Spanish flamenco at The Town Hall in Midtown, Manhattan at 8pm. From $52

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $40.


Saturday, February 23

Puerto Rican soprano Nadine Sierra and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo star in Verdi’s Italian opera ‘Rigoletto’ at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 1pm. From $20

NYC Ballet dances Martins’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8pm. From $40.

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
The Festival’s Shorts Program: The Presence of Place screens Brazilian, Cuban, Indigenous and Peruvian shorts at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan at 4pm. $12

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
Javier Olivera’s 2018 Argentine documentary ‘La extraña‘ screens at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan, at 7pm. $12

Puerto Rican jazz legend Eddie Palmieri reopens El Museo’s beautiful theater, El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $45

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
Judith Vélez Aguirre’s 2018 Indigenous Peruvian documentary ‘Volver a ver‘ screens at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan, at 7:30pm. $12

Dance Argentine Tango at the NYC All Night Milonga at Stepping Out Studios in NoMad, Manhattan from 10pm – 4am.


Sunday, February 24

The La Vega Carnival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ends today.

CLOSING
NYC Off-Broadway Week Winter 2019 ends today.

Joan Miró: Birth of the World opens at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan, from 10:30am – 5:30pm. $25. The exhibition continues daily from February 24 – June 15, 2019. $25

NY INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
‘Pachamama,’ a Canadian film about Indigenous Peruvian culture screens with director Q&As at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, Manhattan at 1:15pm. From $15.

The Oscars, the 91st Academy Awards are broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California from 5-8pm ET.

Dance Argentine tango at the El Destino milonga (tango dance party) at Solas in Manhattan’s East Village from 6-11pm. $12

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
Lola Arias’ 2018 Argentine documentary ‘Teatro de guerra‘ (Theater of War) screens at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan, at 7:30pm. $12

NEIGHBORING SCENES FILM FESTIVAL
The Festival centerpiece, ‘Our Time’ (Nuestro Tiempo) by Carlos Reygadas (Mexico, 2018), is screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 8:30pm. From $12.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays Cuban jazz at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan at 9 & 11pm. $40


WEEK 9 ~ February 25-28, 2019


Monday, February 25

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20


Tuesday, February 26

CLOSING
Colombian movie ‘Birds of Passage’ closes today at Film Forum in Hudson Square, Manhattan. From $9

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
Lola Arias’ 2018 Argentine documentary ‘Teatro de guerra‘ (Theater of War) screens at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan, at 4pm. $12

Alexandre Arrechea: Corners (Cuban) opens with a reception at Galeria Nara Roesler in Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 6-8pm. FREE

The Pablo Aslan Quartet plays Argentine tango in the Icons of Jazz series at the Two E Lounge at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 7:30pm. $75

Italian-American hot jazz specialist Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play Iguana in Times Square, Manhattan at 8 & 11pm. $20

NEIGHBORING SCENES FILM FESTIVAL ~ CLOSING NIGHT
The Festival closes with ‘Murder Me, Monster’ by Alejandro Fadel (Argentina, 2018) at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 9pm. From $12.


Wednesday, February 27

It’s Dominican Independence Day (from Haiti) on February 27, 1844.

Carnaval de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico runs through March 5.

La Canción, the Puerto Rican hip-hop Off-Broadway musical, is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

The ADAA Art Show opens with a Gala Preview at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. From $175. The art fair runs daily through Sunday. $25.

The NY Red Bulls play Atlético Pantoja (Dominican) in the 2nd Leg of a CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 match.

Watch El ClásicoReal Madrid vs Barcelona , a Copa del Rey semi final that likely determines the Cup’s winner, with Peña Madridista NYC at Playwright Irish Pub in Manhattan’s Garment District or with Penya FC Barcelona NYC at Smithfield Hall in Chelsea, Manhattan at 3pm. No cover

The Enduring Power of Image Eugène Delacroix and 21st Century Art, an exhibition of works on paper by Delacroix and artists influenced by him, opens with a reception at Jill Newhouse gallery in Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 5-8pm. The exhibition continues Monday-Friday through March 3.

Forro in the Dark plays Brazilian forro at Nublu Classic in Manhattan’s East Village with sets at 9 & 11pm.


Thursday, February 28

‘La verdadera historia de Caperucita’ (The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood) is at Teatro SEA in Manhattan’s Lower East Side at 9am. Kids $10 Adults $20

The ADAA Art Show art fair is at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 12pm – 8pm. $25

The Barranquilla Carnival Queen is crowned today in Barranquilla, Colombia.

DOC FORTNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
Judith Vélez Aguirre’s 2018 Indigenous Peruvian documentary ‘Volver a ver‘ screens at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan, at 4pm. $12

Jorge Pardo: Eccentric Reflexivity 1988–1994 (Cuban) opens with a reception at Petzel gallery in Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 6-8pm. Tuesday-Saturday through April 20. FREE

OPENING NIGHT
The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema film festival opens with a screening of ‘The Trouble With You’ (En liberté) at Film Society of Lincoln Center at 6:30 & 9:30pm. From $20. The Festival runs daily through March 10, 2019. From $12

CLOSING NIGHT
The Doc Fortnight Film Festival closes with a screening of Dutch film ‘Buddy’ (2018) by Heddy Honigmann at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan at 7pm. $12

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15


Friday – Sunday (March calendar)


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