The Best Week February 2014

For this chilly month, we recommend quick trips outside followed by plenty of cozy indoor fun and relaxation.

Art day! Kick things off with Kasmira Mohanty’s techno take on classical imagery at the Riverhead Town Hall Gallery, then head for the Islip Art Museum to check out Shock-U-Mentaries.

Hit the ground running (or rather gliding) by heading to Brooklyn’s LeFrak Center for ice-skating. Back on the Island, unwind with master mixologist Dave Chiarella at PeraBell Food Bar in Patchogue.

Recover from yesterday’s exertions with a hot coffee brewed by one of the roasters we profile this month. Over-caffeinated? Put the energy towards a self-defense/fitness class.

Time to ruminate on your existential tendencies. Stuck for a topic? Try mulling over what people might say at your funeral. (Doc Fred lays the groundwork.) When the sun goes down, work out those probing themes with the singer-songwriters at Caffé Portofino in Northport.

Partying on Fridays and weekends is great, but insiders escape the crowds by heading out on Thursdays. Start the party early by crawling the craft breweries detailed in Red Zone.

Hungover? Treat yourself with a little sugar therapy: Visit the Master Sweets baking old school goodies. Or relax and rehydrate with a tea tasting as described in our Luxe List.

Ready for a big night? Hit the Great White Way to witness the Shakespeare revival we explore in our Stage section. After a long absence, the bard is back! Our pick is Twelfth Night with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry (playing only through February 16).

3 can’t miss events

Super Bowl weekend
January 29th to February 2nd

Get in the spirit of the big game on Super Bowl Boulevard, which runs up Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets. For a more VIP experience, head to the Klein Sun Gallery on January 31st, where a host of NFL players and celebs will gather for the 9th annual “blue carpet” football celebration—a fashion and art fundraiser benefitting philanthropy in Haiti.

Kristin Chenoweth
January 7th
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Kristin Chenoweth will perform songs from Wicked, Glee and her new album, Some Lessons Learned this month. Read the songstress’ thoughts on life, stardom and her Twitter-trending haircut on page 65.

Bolshoi Ballet’s
The Sleeping Beauty
February 9TH
Adelphi University
Performing Arts Center

The Bolshoi Ballet won’t be bouncing around Adelphi, but this live recording will be presented in HD in the renovated concert hall. This performance is considered the zenith of choreographer Marius Petipa’s career.