February is officially both the Creative Romance Month and the Sinus Pain Awareness Month, but to me the best thing about February is that it’s only 28 or 29 days long. Fortunately, there is a silver lining to this slippery, icy month; because it’s difficult to tempt people out of their warm homes onto the cold streets, intrepid city boomers can find many good entertainment and dining deals. With nimble fingers, you may even be able to score $25 Rush Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera, as I’ve done on a couple snowy days.
Spring season has started on Broadway and several exciting shows are in previews with discount ticket opportunities. The two major new productions are:
Fish in the Dark. Previews began Feb. 2, opens March 5. Larry David’s play is eagerly awaited by all his Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld fans, my husband among them. Advance sales have been strong, so cheap seats may be limited, but keep checking your favorite discount sites.
The Audience. Previews begin Feb. 14, opens March 8, closes June 28. The fabulous Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, as Queen Elizabeth II. This will definitely go on the must see list.
Then there are two notable revivals:
On the Twentieth Century. Previews begin Feb. 12, opens March 12. Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher headline this revival of a zany musical set on a transcontinental train.
The Heidi Chronicles. Previews begin Feb. 23, opens March 19, closes August 9. Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men-fame stars as Heidi Holland in the revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer and Tony-winning 1988 comedy-drama. It will be fun to see how the 80’s looks in the rearview mirror.
Also, keep an eye out for discount tickets to Honeymoon in Vegas that opened last month. This fun new musical got great reviews but seems to be in the winter doldrums at the box office, so now is your chance to see it without breaking the bank. My husband and I saw it on great $45 TDF tickets (row C, orchestra, side) and we both liked it a lot.
February is also the month when NYC restaurants roll out their Restaurant Week deals, February 16-March 6. You can enjoy 3-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners at many of the most exclusive restaurants in the city. It’s often easier to get reservations for lunch at the top places, which is perfect for us city boomers — we can while away an entire afternoon over a wonderful meal and a glass of wine. Make reservations quickly, before prime places and times sell out.
With fine dining on your mind, also check out the talk about the latest food trends at the 92nd Street Y on Monday, February 9, between Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, and Andrew Zimmern of the hit Travel Channel show, “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,”
Final Weekend of Matisse: The Cut-outs at the MOMA. The exhibition will be open all day, all night, Friday, February 6, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, February 8, 5:30 p.m. Admission is, adults $12, seniors $10. Timed tickets are required for nonmembers. What would be more of an ultimate New York experience than seeing this fabulous exhibit at 3am, if you can stay up that late, and then heading out for a very early breakfast. Just like you used to do in your 20’s!
MoMA PS1 is showing the third installments of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky’s video epic Cabaret Crusades. The artist uses marionettes to retell the story of the Crusades from a non-Western perspective, with historical facts and song and dance.
The New Museum opens on February 25 its third Triennial, titled “Surround Audience”. It will feature fifty-one artists and artist collectives from over twenty-five countries; for many of the participants, this will be their first inclusion in a museum exhibition in the United States. The show probes the social and psychological effects of digital technology.
Check out how our friends at Thoughtgallery.org have come up with some more creative Valentine’s Day celebrations than a dozen roses. And best of all, many very light on the pocketbook.