Looking for a fun new cultural activity but not sure what to check out next? We’ve rounded up some of the highlights that you can experience for free this month with Culture Pass, from new exhibition openings to limited-run live performances. Check back each month for a new set of recommendations!
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PERFORMANCE: See Something Out of the Ordinary at Flushing Town Hall
Date: 3/2, 3/16
Historic Flushing Town Hall's Global Mashup series, where two cultures meet on one stage with an open dance floor, returns to Culture Pass this month. The latest installment, Quèbec meets Polka, will have you tapping your toes on 3/2. Up next, puppeteer Brad Shur's Cardboard Explosion! (pictured) brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of imagination on 3/16
PERFORMANCE: Catch a Free Concert at Kaufman Music Center
Dates: 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/7, 3/10/, 3/11, 3/12
Grab a pass for a concert by Grammy-winning self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry, the 2023-24 Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence, on 3/2—or check out one of several other concerts and workshops presented by the group in a series of pay-what-you-wish programs over the coming months, starting with a robust lineup in March.
NEW SITE: Catch an Evening Set at The Jazz Gallery
Date: 3/6, 3/7, 3/13, 3/21, 3/27
One of our newest cultural partners, The Jazz Gallery, is the country's premier performance venue for emerging artists who challenge convention. Grab a pass this month to hear Franklin Rankin, the Max Pollak Group, the Joy Guidry Quartet, & more.
PERFORMANCE: Feel the Music in an Intimate Experience at JACK
Dates: 3/8, 3/9
Can technology heighten our emotions and make us feel more connected? NYC-based artist collective UP UNTIL NOW aims to explore this question with midair for some time, an immersive installation at JACK in which the audience will have the chance to experience wearable haptics technology, which translates sound onto the skin through vibrations.
EXHIBITION: Explore the Profound Tradition of Zen Paintings at the Japan Society
Dates: Opening 3/8
The Japan Society’s spring 2024 exhibition, None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection, explores the origins of Zen Buddhism through over four centuries of ink paintings and calligraphy by painter-monks, including the celebrated Buddhist master Hakuin Ekaku.
EXHIBITION: Rediscover the Healing and Spiritual Effects of Plants at the Alice Austen House
Date: Opening 3/8
Ann Shelton: worm, root, wort... & bane, the latest exhibition at Staten Island's Alice Austen House, reassembles fragments of historical knowledge concerning the medicinal, magical, and spiritual uses of plants that were forcibly supplanted as pagan practices were displaced following the rise of capitalism.
EXHIBITION: Head to Poster House for the Opening of Two New Exhibitions
Date: Opening 3/14
New York City's explosive growth beginning at the end of the 19th century ultimately led to the creation of more travel posters than were designed for any other world city—a wealth now reexamined in the new Poster House exhibition Wonder City of the World: New York City Travel Posters (pictured), which opens this month alongside The Anatomy of a Movie Poster: The Work of Dawn Baillie.
NEW SITE: Explore the Multidimensionality of Queer and Trans Life at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
Date: Opening 3/15
SoHo's Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, the only dedicated LGBTQIA+ art museum in the world, has joined Culture Pass just in time for the opening of I'm a thousand different people—Every one is real, an exhibition of some of the museum's most recent acquisitions that, together, embrace a spectral, prismatic approach to rendering LGBTQIA+ existence.
EXHIBITION: Don't Miss the Eighty-First Installment of the Whitney Biennial
Date: Opening 3/20
Featuring the work of 71 visionary artists and collectives, the Whitney Museum of American Art's blockbuster Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing aims to interpret our current landscape and tell stories, spark discussion, and comment on issues across a variety of media and disciplines.