New York Fashion Week AW16 culture guide
When in New York
New York Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow for a week filled with stylish events, highly anticipated unveilings of new collections and vibrant catwalks. So while you're all dressed up and raring to go, head out to these events while you're in the Big Apple.
11 Feb - Maria Stuarda, Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center)
The history of English royalty is so rich and interesting that it can be turned into a classical Opera. Oh wait, it has. Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Stuarda will show at the Met, helmed by Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza, starring Sondra Radvanovsky as Mary Queen of Scots, and Elza van den Heenver as Elizabeth I.
13 Feb - The Sweetheart Soiree, Norwood
The fifth annual Sweetheart Soiree returns as The Jazz Age Lawn Party's Michael Arenella will be hosting a flirtatious black tie party with cocktails, live music and even dance lessons in an 1847 townhouse turned exclusive club.
13 Feb - Tinder LIVE! With Lane Moore, Union Hall
Love takes a lighter mood with this comedy show, where comedian Lane Moore will take the stage to navigate her way through Tinder, showing off her profile, swiping left and right, messaging interesting men, and even calling them live. Moore's posse Mara Wilson, Selena Coppock, Akilah Hughes and Amy O'Leary will join her on stage to evaluate their profiles.
14 Feb - The Rejection Show, Littlefield
Comedian Jon Friedman had just been dumped and passed over for a job at Comedy Central. So it's not surprising he'd focus on heartbreaks and sorrow with comedic pride. With a team of other comedian Friedman turns failure into laughs, and shares rejected moments and stories from his life.
14 - 15 Feb - Maxwell + Nas, Barclay's Center
For the first time in five years, R&B legend Maxwell returns to the stage with two stadium gigs. Another '90s superstar joins him on the stage, the pioneering hip-hop icons Nas of Illmatic fame.
15 - 16 Feb - Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Man's best friends take centre stage at the 140th annual dog show, which will bring together over 3,000 dogs that represent hundreds of breeds and varieties. Dogs will be judged across seven divisions (hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier), so there's bound to be a lot happening over the two-day event.
18 Feb - Best Coast + Wavves + Cherry Glazerr, Terminal 5
Indie music lovers can rejoice, as three surf rock outfits will converge at this big-room gig. The dreamy Best Coast will reunite with punk rockers Wavves for their Summer is Forever II tour, while dreamy Cali group Cherry Glazerr will open the set.
18-20 Feb - Le Ballets de Monte-Carlo: Cinderella, New York City Center
Monaco's national Ballet company heads to New York to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a performance that takes an unsentimental view on the Cinderella Story. Here, artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot puts Cinderella's late mother in a prominent role, set to music by Prokofiev, with a set by Ernest Pignon-Ernest.
February (month-long) - Company XIV: Snow White, Minetta Lane Theatre
Director-choreographer Austin McCormick presents his latest nightlife-performance spectacle: an elaborate, adults-only version of Snow White, featuring Company XIV's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design. He previously gave an haute-burlesque twist to Cinderella and The Nutcracker.