Things to Do in New York in March: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

March is here, and as the winter weather prepares to give way to spring, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day, and plenty of other exciting events. Spend your March with these talks and events spanning everything from lady pirates to Buddhism and the brain.

Thursday, March 1. Serve yourself at this talk focused on the African Americans who have served on the President’s food service staff, dating back to the days of George Washington. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Friday, March 2. Run out the clock at this discussion on what happens to the brain during a filibuster with Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who made headlines for her 11-hour filibuster in 2013. Rubin Museum of Art.

Saturday, March 3. Dive into Ocean Luminaries, an evening of discussions and performances on marine research and the world’s oceans. American Museum of Natural History.

Sunday, March 4. Get the pointe at the Museum of the City of New York’s family-friendly Herstory Day, which will feature a live interview with ballerina Misty Copeland.

Monday, March 5. Ponder the question “Should we engage politically?” at the next session of Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe, which draws on the thinking of Simone de Beauvoir. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Tuesday, March 6. Favor curry at this discussion on J. Ranji Smile, the country’s first celebrity chef, who brought Indian cuisine to America at the turn of the 20th century. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Wednesday, March 7. Cast your ballot at this examination of voting rights in 2018 and how Americans can fight to expand access to the ballot box. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

Thursday, March 8. Take a different tack on Women’s History Month with a book talk on Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Friday, March 9. Make ‘em laugh at this evening with legendary comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks. Temple Emanu-El.

Saturday, March 10. Delve into one specific American life at this event with Ira Glass on lessons from his own story. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Sunday, March 11. Persist at this event with former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton to celebrate her new book She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History. Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library.

Monday, March 12. Raise the curtain on women in entertainment at Women’s Day on Broadway, a day of panel discussions with women on Broadway and in the entertainment industry.

Tuesday, March 13. Look forward to the past at What Will Be Different for Historians in a Changing America?, a consideration of the role of historians in public discourse in the age of “alternative facts.” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Wednesday, March 14. Thank your lucky stars – and then realize you don’t have to – at this discussion breaking down the science of luck and how we can generate it for ourselves. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, March 15. Question democracy at this seminar on the nature of self-government and Michel Foucault’s Radical Prescription for Democracy. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

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Friday, March 16. Gain a new perspective on one of the world’s most notorious leaders at PutinCon, a day of talks examining Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime.

Saturday, March 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a good book thanks to the 8th Annual Irish Arts Book Day, which distributes free books by Irish, Irish-American, and Caribbean authors throughout the five boroughs. Irish Arts Center.

Sunday, March 18. Join reincarnate lama HE Dza Kilung Rinpoche and neuroscientist György Buzsáki as they look at time through the lenses of Buddhism and the brain. Rubin Museum of Art.

Monday, March 19. Lock into this discussion on incarceration in America and what action is needed to correct the complex web of issues faced by the prison system. New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Tuesday, March 20. Say “shalom” to generations of Jewish women at this session on untold stories from before the Holocaust. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Wednesday, March 21. Eat as the Greeks ate at this talk on ancient cuisine – which will include snacks. Caveat.

Thursday, March 22. Invest in this walking tour on the women who have shaped the history of Wall Street. Museum of American Finance.

Friday, March 23. Take in the stars at this lecture on Cool Stars, Hot Exoplanets, which will be followed by a stargazing session. Columbia University.

Saturday, March 24. Get a radical view of the East Village on this walking tour of the neighborhood’s rebellious past. 92nd Street Y.

Sunday, March 25. Bounce back at this talk exploring how we can fortify our resilience. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Monday, March 26. Take a page from the “badass librarians” who moved 377,000 medieval Arabic manuscripts to safety away from Al Qaeda’s rule. The Explorers Club.

Tuesday, March 27. Go to Mars, or at least as close as you can, with the latest high-res imagery from the red planet. American Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, March 28. Get extremely empathetic for Cris Beam’s just-released book I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy, where she speaks on her experiences in classrooms, prisons, and the labs where the neural networks of compassion get mapped. McNally Jackson.

San Zeno Astrolabe, Italy, Verona, ca. 1455, illuminated for the Abbey of San Zeno by an anonymous Lombard artist, courtesy of Michael Stone, Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla

Thursday, March 29. You won’t have to beware the Ides of March at this talk explaining the concept of Roman time and how it evolved in the Middle Ages. Morgan Library & Museum.

Friday, March 30. Look to the future with a duo of talks, one on Sir Thomas More’s share in our current dystopia, and the other an examination of Afrofuturism. The Strand.

Saturday, March 31. Cover your tracks on this walking tour of lower Manhattan exploring the history of crime in NYC. New York Local Tours.

For a printable PDF of this calendar, click here.

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