The Best Week March 2014

As winter begins to wane, we send readers back into the world to start seeing and feeling again. This issue is full of opportunities to enjoy seven great days.

March is brimming with art possibilities, set aside at least one day to check them out. Dix Hills’ Art League of Long Island is exhibiting a collection of stunning prints. For something more upbeat, African dance is taking studios by storm as the earthy exercise craze for body and spirit.

There’s nothing happening tonight, get a leg up on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Pour a decidedly un-green American Trilogy and read up on Irish culture. Or meet up with LI’s potential contender for a White House primary, Citizen King.

Take in a showing of The Grand Budapest Hotel to discover Wes Anderson’s best new wrinkle of human quirkiness. Beforehand, sneak over to Woodbury’s new MoCA bistro and find out why our Richard Scholem says, “wow”.

Weekend jumpstart: Attend a staging of August: Osage County in Southampton for a little familial dysfunction. Or head West of LI for The Stone, NYC’s best underground music club.

The Space in Westbury is the Island’s newest music venue. And with Bowery Presents booking shows, it’s the perfect spot for live music. Nearby, Chi Lounge keeps its kitchen open until 11pm—the brick oven menu offers ideal after-show nosh.

Make for Relish of Kings Park to savor beer and eggs (yes, at once). Follow our lead on exploring a few household investments over breakfast: Putting solar power to work, upgrading the living room workbench or making vinous investments.

Come full circle this week by enjoying more of the latest artistic endeavors the Island has to offer. The Whitney is staging its Biennial and curator Elisabeth Sussman is bound to render a little controversy. The Armory Show and Artexpo are also setting up shop at Pier 94 in Manhattan to expand the artistic horizons.

3 Can’t Miss Events

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk 25th Anniversary Gala
March 13
Oheka Castle

This gala celebrates the continuum of the charity’s work and will help fund the foundation of its future. Habitat volunteers put in thousands of hours of backbreaking labor locally. Honoree: LIA Executive Director Kevin Law.

The Dance Theater of Harlem
March 22
Staller Center, Stony Brook University

The freshly revamped Dance Theater of Harlem, founded in 1969 and now under the artistic leadership of famed ballerina Virginia Johnson, will present Far But Close, a gorgeous one-act collaboration between choreographer John Alleyne, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken word artist Daniel Beaty.

Billy Joel in Concert
March 21
Madison Square Garden

Local kid makes good? Yes please. Mike DelGuidice was born on the North Shore and eventually formed Big Shot, the Billy Joel cover band. The once-cover artist will play MSG as a member of Joel’s band. Backstory on 58.