The Armory Show
March 3-6, 12-7 p.m.
Piers 92 & 94 (12th Avenue and 55th Street)
The art world’s second biggest gallery show of the year begins its 20th anniversary event this Thursday, with 204 galleries (including a first-ever appearance by Cuba) from 36 countries bringing modern and contemporary works. The show’s Focus series turns the spotlight on Africa with art from Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria curated entirely by women, while the Open Forum panel talks will feature the early life of Andy Warhol and how criticism is changing in the digital age. Plus, get a cupcake from a naked performance artist in a cage, because modern art is nothing if not multisensory and a little strange. —Eva Kis
Through March 6
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave.
Hardcore fetishists and the kink curious alike are welcome to CineKink NYC, a film festival that’s now in its 13 th year of highlighting sexual diversity. There are six days of screenings and events, from campy comedies to explicit adult films, with several U.S. and world premieres. It all starts with a CineKink Kick-Off Gala at Taj, billed as a “pansexual celebration … of cinematic decadence.” The fest culminates in a free awards show and an after-party on March 6 at Bowery Bliss.
NYC Drone Film Festival
Directors Guild of America Theater, 110 W. 57 th St.
Drones: They’re not just for crashing the White House anymore. Drones are being used to create short and feature-length films, enough so that there’s an entire festival dedicated to the results of this new media. The second annual NYC Drone Film Festival takes place this weekend, with screenings, guest speakers and surrounding events. Although weekend passes are sold out, you can still get on the waitlist or purchase tickets to panels and events taking place at the Liberty Science Center on Sunday.
Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits
March 3, 6-9 p.m.
La.venue, 608 W. 28 th St.
Be the first to know about upcoming cocktail trends while sampling some of the best tried-and-true brews and ciders on tap at NYC bars at the seventh annual Good Spirits. Drinks prepared by some of the city’s best mixologists highlight participating brands (Brooklyn Gin, Finlandia Vodka, Chambord) and are served with artisanal bites (Orwasher’s Bakery, Dirty Burger). If you like what you’re trying, distillers are also selling on-site.
69 th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave.
Get a crash course in all things vino, from production to pairings, at Wine Riot. Taste up to 250 wines from around the world and chat with the experts who make them, plus DJs, photo booths, temporary tattoos, primer classes and interactive tutorial booths. There’s also an app to take notes on the wines you liked and find them at local stores. Sessions are available 7-11 p.m. Friday and either 1-5 or 7-11 p.m. on Saturday.
March 5, 5-10 p.m.
Libation, 137 Ludlow St.
Much like a marathon, it’s amateur to go into a drinking holiday without sufficient training. That’s why, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, you can give your liver a trial run at this weekend’s Whiskey Walk. Participants visit eight locations in the East Village to sample the nectars of Ireland. Food will also be served (probably a good idea). Registration takes place at Libation until 3 p.m. All proceeds go to FreeArts NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to providing underserved children with creative outlets.
NY Drinks NY: Grand Tasting
March 8, 6-8 p.m.
Altman Building, 135 W. 18 th St.
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is dedicating March to educating New Yorkers about wines in their home state. One of the highlights comes this week, when wineries come together for one night to show off their varietals. Although the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and Long Island boast over 350 wineries, that would be impossible to include in a single event, you can taste among 200 samples from over 30 participants.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
March 5, 8 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Trekkies, you finally have a reason to visit Madison Square Garden. Star Trek has been integral to America’s entertainment landscape for 50 years, and its cultural impact will be celebrated at a themed concert this Saturday, featuring a live symphony orchestra and video clips projected on a 40-foot screen.
March 5 & 7
The Triad, 158 W. 72 nd St.
Love Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment? It gets even better when you hand actors highlighted excerpts of celeb memoirs. Now in its seventh year, the hysterical show Celebrity Autobiography returns for two nights of comedy from an impressive array of stage and screen stars. On March 5, you’ll see readings from Rachel Dratch (SNL) and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), while March 7 features Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss?) and Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton). Tickets start at $40, and there’s also a two-drink minimum.
Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play
March 7-July 31
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Though glamorized to dizzying technological feats on shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, photography has been a part of crime-solving since its start. The Met’s newest exhibit, Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play, examines police work through mug shots, vintage crime scene photos dating back to 1850 and new works from artists inspired by the crime photography genre.
7 Days of Genius: AI
March 9, 7-8:45 p.m.
92 nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
Will robots be humanity’s downfall? It’s not just a sci-fi premise anymore, with artificial intelligence developing at a rapid pace. To evaluate this threat, Intelligence Squared U.S. is staging a pro/con debate as part of the 92 Street Y’s 7 Days of Genius festival, with computer science philosopher Jaron Lanier and documentarian James Barrat, who’s turned his interest from the natural world to our uncertain future at the mercy of computers, making the case against AI, while United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt and bioethics author James Hughes argue for robots’ benefits to humanity.