“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
William Shakespeare
Love, it seems, is in the air. Everywhere I look around. Even, occasionally, in some (though thankfully not every) sight and sound. V Week is upon us, people. A holiday almost universally hated by all but Hallmark and bodega flower sellers. So I want to celebrate the spirit of one wise friend who, every year, would insist her ex-husband buy her dark chocolate the day AFTER the 14th – and get it half-price. She is beautiful AND smart, you see. Sadly (for him) he never complied with her request. Which is only one of the reasons he is now her EX-husband.

Whoever you love (and that includes the greatest love of all – that of yourself), I hope it transcends a single day whose grim origins include the beating of women with bloody animal hides and bidding for your date by lottery. Ah – now those Romans REALLY knew about romance.

Female Forward Festival
The Royal Family (no, not THAT Royal Family) uses its space in Times Square to celebrate all voices – especially those underrepresented in traditional theatre. This weekend’s Female Forward Festival includes some revolutionary new works by women playwrights that touch on the slave trade, immigration, and the meaning of community. Find out more.

Alice by Heart
Steven Sater, the Tony-winning co-creator of Spring Awakening, brings the book of his Off-Broadway musical Alice by Heart (which played at MCC Theater) to The Strand, with a performance by Krysta Rodriguez and Alex Boniello. Find out more.

Opening party at the Rubin
DJ Tasha Blank headlines this evening that marks the Rubin’s new exhibition Measure Your Existence. We’re promised dancing (and it’s free!). Find out more.

Grab a bag
New Yorkers use 9.37 billion plastic carryout bags every year, most of which end up flapping around on a tree for the remainder of their life. On March 1, each one will cost you 5c. Which means you’ll be needing a handy, dandy reusable one instead. Pick one up, courtesy of Corey Johnson’s office, anytime between 11am and 1pm on W23rd St - 8th Ave (northwest corner)

Strike a pose
The stars of Pose will be teaching the art of vogue at Alvin Ailey – I see you duck walking down 9th Ave! Find out more.

Step up
It’s the step dance championships at Lincoln Center. Find out more.

Westminster Week
It’s the dog show of dog shows! Tickets for events at Pier 94 are already sold out, but there’s still availability at MSG. And you can always watch the live stream action. Woof!

Black History Month screenings
To mark Black History Month, this weekend the Paley Center for Media is screening milestone sit coms and TV specials that featured black stars, including Julia (with Diahann Carroll as the first black lead in a comedy series not playing a domestic role). Screenings are fee. Find out more. 

Dorothea Lange at MoMA

MoMA’s latest exhibition focuses on the documentary photography of Dorothea Lange, covering 50 years of her work, 50 years, from her early street scenes to projects on criminal justice reform. Find out more.

Intimate Apparel at The Guggenheim
Get a sneaky peek behind the scenes of Lincoln Center’s exciting new opera with a conversation between Ricky Ian Gordon, Lynn Nottage, and Bartlett Sher, and performances from the cast. Find out more (and read about the sexy opera here).

The Oscars
If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you don’t have a ticket. So join the rest of the nation watching the highlights instead, ideally in the comfort of a bar, with champagne on tap (and a step and repeat for your own red carpet moment). Find out more.

Next weekend marks the beginning of a week of amazing events at the Intrepid Museum, including live animal shows, a pop-up planetarium, puppet making, face painting, storytelling, and performances from Sesame Street, Paddington, and STOMP! And that’s just the Saturday! We get it. Entertaining the kids all week is A LOT. Which is why we’re offering $10 off your tickets. Just use the code 42ST-KID20 at the online checkout.

The fun starts here

Free run in Central Park

All levels of fitness are welcome to this free run in the park, which includes intervals of strength training along the way. Find out more.

Youth Creative Project
The Youth Orchestra of St Luke’s (there’s a big feature on them in our March issue) and Cultivate HK are presenting this free concert of original compositions and reinventions of some of the young performers’ favorite songs. Find out more.

PDA Storytelling

The first of W42ST's regular storytelling nights at the Ainsworth Social. Hear the wildly talented host, Edith Gonzalez, Cristina Doikos, and more tell their stories of affection (there will be open mic slots, if you’re feeling the love). Find out more.

Michael Longoria
A concert of love songs from the star of Jersey Boys (and a W42ST alum – find out his five favorite places here). And find out about the concert here.

The Lineup
Stay on at Birdland for the brilliant Susie Mosher’s Lineup, which this week includes performances from Marti Gould Cummings (another W42ST alum). Find out more.

No Such Thing as Love
Terminally single comedians Jessie Jolles and Claire Burns go live with their weekly podcast of dating woes, featuring an actual live blind date on stage, so everyone can witness their failures in real time. Find out more.

David Dean Bottrell Makes Love

OK, this is going to be my last plug (this week) for another of our brilliant W42ST poster boys. This star of Modern Family, Boston Legal, and Mad Men (oh yes, we’re not messing around here) brings his solo show that recounts, with brutal honesty, a series of tragic internet dates, ill-advised love affairs, and the world’s worst divorce. Find out more.

Yoga flow 

A free class for teens and adults at Clinton Cameo Studios. Find out more.

Seth Myers writers
You've witnessed their writing on the telly. You know they’re funny. So see the, live and improvise at UCB. Find out more. 

  • That sought-after, golden statuette is worth just $1 (winners are banned from selling them before offering them back to the Academy – at a selling price of one buck). It stands 34cm tall and weighs in at 8.5 pounds.
  • Tatum O'Neal was the youngest award winner, winning Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973, at the age of 10.
  • The first awards ceremony took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. Just 270 people were in attendance and tickets cost $5.
  • Astonishingly, it took until 2009 for a woman to win the Best Director award. That honor went to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.
  • Sidney Poitier was the first African American to win Best Actor award in 1964, for Lilies of the Field.
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