NYC Weekend Events: Festivals, Shows, Things To Do

February 23, 2017 2:35 PM

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It’s the end of February, which means pretty much everything worth doing this weekend takes place inside. Among our picks are a celebration of black protest music, a dance festival, and a film festival centered around the natural world. Read on for details. By Jessica Allen.

credit: AFROPUNK / Facebook

credit: AFROPUNK / Facebook

AFROPUNK the Takeover Harlem

Various venues

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February, as you may know, is Black History Month—and AFROPUNK is celebrating by taking over the legendary Apollo Theater, among other venues in Harlem. Scheduled performances include a panel discussion about the multiple meanings of black joy, exhibitions of dissent in contemporary art, a celebration of black protest music, “a candid and kinky communal conversation” about hair, and stand-up from emerging comedian Gina Yashere. Now through Saturday, February 25, see schedule for detail and ticket info.

credit: Winter Film Awards / Facebook

credit: Winter Film Awards / Facebook

Winter Film Awards

Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street
New York NY 10003
(212) 924-3364

Showcasing both diversity and emerging filmmakers from around the world, the sixth annual Winter Film Awards is an all-volunteer endeavor putting the spotlight on people of color and women. This year, more than 85 movies will be screened, including web series, narrative shorts, feature narratives, animation, and horror films. As if that weren’t enough, you can attend a cocktail party sponsored by Cinematcher, an app also known as “the Tinder of Film Casting.” Thursday, February 23, through Saturday, March 4, see schedule for details, tickets required.

credit: Garrett Ziegler

credit: Garrett Ziegler

New York Wild Film Festival

The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 877-6364

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The New York Wild Film Festival means “wild” in the sense of “all the awesome and beautiful and astounding things to behold in nature,” rather than in the sense of “let your hair down and make your freak flag fly.” This year’s selections, some 20 in all picked by scientists, educators, and environmentalists, ranging from narratives to shorts to documentaries, share the same goal: to “promote awareness, educate and inspire interest in exploring and protecting the natural world around us.” Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26, see schedule for details, tickets required.

credit: Ryan Kenner-Photography + New York Dance Festival / Facebook

credit: Ryan Kenner-Photography + New York Dance Festival / Facebook

New York Dance Festival

The Roosevelt Hotel
45 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
347-829-NYDF

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Dance like nobody’s watching goes the cliché. At the New York Dance Festival, the exact opposite holds true: here the folks on the floor dance like everyone’s watching. And what they see is nothing short of amazing. The annual festival draws competitive ballroom and Latin dancers from around the world for several days of rumba, cha cha, samba, waltz, mambo, foxtrot, and quickstep. Want to learn? Sign up to take a class or two. Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26, see schedule for details, tickets required (day-of sales are cash only).

credit: The Sweet Spot / Facebook

credit: The Sweet Spot / Facebook

The Sweet Spot

The Hall at MP
470 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-4001

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Chase away the winter and/or Sunday blues by celebrating life’s sexiness. The Sweet Spot calls itself “a high-energy, heart-pounding, fist-pumping, laugh-out-loud pop erotica event.” There will be poetry, and nudity, and burlesque, and art, and fashion, and comedy, and music. And dancing—lots and lots of dancing. We can’t go into too much detail, but suffice to say that this event is rated R (for risqué, raunchy, racy, ribald, riveting, and rejuvenating). Enjoy! Sunday, February 26, show starts at 6 pm, $20, tickets required, must be 21 or older.

Jessica Allen is a New York-based writer.

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