The Week Ahead – March 1: what to see, do and watch this week.

Plays – Broadway

The Audience with Helen Mirren
The Audience with Helen Mirren

The Audience (opens March 8) – Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in the story of the Queen’s relationship with the twelve prime ministers that encompass her sixty year reign.  The play, fresh from its London run, is directed by two-time Tony winner Stephen Daldry.

On the 20th Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher
On the 20th Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher

On the Twentieth Century (opening night March 12) – Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher star in the remake of this comedy from Roundabout Theatre Company which takes place on a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York.

Music

Betty Carter
Betty Carter

Salue to Betty Carter (March 6 & 7) – Vocalist Charenee Wade and drummer/music director Alvester Garnett celebrate Betty Carter – one of the most original jazz vocalists of our time – who would have turned 85 this year. Garnett will be joined by a few past members of Betty Carter’s band.

Fashion

March sample sales – Racked NY just published a comprehensive guide to New York’s sample sales this month:  http://ny.racked.com/2015/2/26/8113677/sample-sales-nyc-march-2015

Movies

Two Men in Town with Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman and Ellen Burstyn
Two Men in Town with Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman and Ellen Burstyn

Two Men in Town (opens March 6) – Stars Forest Whitaker as a man recently released from a lengthy prison sentence during which he developed an Islamic faith. He faces opposition in his desire to live an honest life from the county sheriff (played by Harvey Keitel) and his former criminal gang. Also stars Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman and Ellen Burstyn.

TV / DVD

Foxcatcher stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum
Foxcatcher stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo

Foxcatcher (releases to DVD March 3) – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo star in the well-reviewed (five Oscar nominations) story about the real-life relationship between two Olympic-champion wrestlers and millionaire John du Pont.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (releases on Netflix March 6) – The original comedy series from Netflix is produced by Tina Fey and stars Ellie Kemper as s a woman who, after escaping a cult, comes to work as a socialite’s (30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski) unlikely nanny.

Archer - Season 5
Archer – Season 5

Archer (Season 5 releases on March 7) – One of the smartest, snappiest and funniest TV comedies running today.  And who doesn’t love Jessica Walter? Season 5 may not be their best but still better than most.

The Week Ahead – February 9

Movies

Kingsman: The Secret Service opens February 13th.  The movie, directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class) stars Colin Firth (with Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson also in the cast) as the head of a super-secret spy organization that recruits a street kid into its training program.  The movie looks promising – I have been watching the coming a’s for months, the move received an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has also spawned a collaboration with Mr Porter (also a personal favorite of mine) – what more do you need?

Kingsman

Fifty Shades of Grey also opens this weekend and really needs no introduction. I don’t have a lot of interest but confess to reading the series to see why these books sold 100MM copies. . .

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fashion

I am a sneaker fan and they are often part of my daily uniform.  My favorites – until now – have been Adidas Originals (Stan Smiths, Sambas, Superstars – a patent pair found on sale at Barney’s Beverly Hills is a special favorite, Jack Purcells and Lanvin (not comfortable but love the look – and form really is more important than function when it comes to fashion). Recently I discovered a line called Greats (two of my favorite models picture below). The line was launched Fall 2013 out of Brooklyn with a direct-to-consumer model.  Prices start at $49 and go up to $199.   Check them out.  http://www.greats.com/

Greats - WilsonGreats Mowbray

Museums

Last Chance – the Cubism exhibit at the Met ends on February 16th.  The exhibit features 81 works of art from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (a promised gift to the Met) featuring George Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger and Pablo Picasso.

Met - Cubism

Music

Dianne Reeves will be making her annual appearance at Lincoln Center Jazz on February 13th and 14th.  Her concert last year was great.

LCJazz - Dianne Reeves

Restaurants

Dirt Candy, Amanda Cohen’s vegatarian restaurant is now open in its new, larger digs.  http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/

Pete Wells awarded Cosme three stars. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/04/dining/restaurant-review-cosme-in-the-flatiron-district.html?ref=dining&_r=0

The much-anticipated Hell’s Kitchen outpost of Brooklyn Fare is allegedly “two chandeliers” away from opening. Jared Sippel (Frasca) is out and Cesar Ramirez will run both locations.  http://ny.eater.com/2014/8/27/6164979/brooklyn-fare-manhattan-is-almost-here-sippel-is-out