10 things to do this week in NYC, Feb. 26-March 4 - Metro US

10 things to do this week in NYC, Feb. 26-March 4


Escape the Room ‘DIG’
Through March 8
Escape the Room NYC,22 Little West 12th
Free, digescapetheroom.com

The USA network is kicking off a new murder mystery series called “DIG” on March 5. To promote the show, why not lock a bunch of strangers in a room together and see if they can survive — er, escape. Pairing with Room Escape Adventures, USA is inviting the non-claustrophobic lot to RSVP for free 30-minute sessions where participants (up to 10) solve riddles and find clues in order to find the key that will let them out. Slots are filling up fast; the first challenge is how fast you can round up your friends and commit.

Ed Sheeran
May 31, 7:30 p.m
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave.

Singer-songwriter and U.K. darling Ed Sheeran will serenade Brooklyn with his smooth vocals May 31. Be among the first to snag tickets when they go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday. His opening acts and set list haven’t been released yet, but we can assume he’ll feature hits from 2014’s “X,” which was nominated this year for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year at the Grammys. Watch out for the rabid One Direction fans though; his work on their albums earns him tween affection by proxy.

Black History at Green-Wood
Feb. 28, 1-3 p.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery,500 25th St., Brooklyn
$20, www.green-wood.com

Close out Black History Month by learning about some of New York City’s notable African-American residents. Board a trolley for a two-hour ride past the resting places of black luminaries and abolitionists while learning about the city’s role in the civil rights movement. Sites visited and stories shared include those of Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first African-American female doctor in the state, and Jeremiah Hamilton, New York’s first black millionaire.

Bronx Academy of Letters Chef’s Tasting Benefit
March 4, 7-9:30 p.m.
Edison Ballroom,240 W. 47th St.
$125 and up,

Sample some of the city’s top dining establishments while supporting education and the arts with Urban Assembly. The ticket price isn’t too steep if you consider that you’ll be feasting on fare from Momofuku, The Spotted Pig, Baby Cakes, Montmartre, Flatiron Room and Le Bernadin all in one night. This year’s event, “Food for Thought,” honors publishers Reagan Arthur and Susan Kamil.

The Art Show
March 4-8
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave.
$25, www.henrystreet.org

If you don’t have time to browse all of the city’s constantly changing art shows and galleries, you can make up for your fine cultural deficit in one day at The Art Show, where more than 72 dealers will display their collections. One of the longest-running art fairs in the U.S. — it was founded in 1989 — it originated (and continues) as a benefit for the Henry Street Settlement, which offers social services to Lower East Side residents. If you’d like a more intimate experience, there’s a gala preview night March 3 with tickets priced at $175.

‘The Rap Guideto Religion’
Through March 29

SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.
$45, www.sohoplayhouse.com

While you’re waiting to see “Hamilton” this summer when it makes the move from the Public Theater to Broadway, you can get your dose of fast-paced, fact-based theater in “The Rap Guide to Religion,” which has just been extended through March 29. Written and performed by Baba Brinkman, “Rap Guide” combines comedy, music and trivia about the highlights and flaws of faith, from ancient times through today.

Frigid Festival
Through March 8

Multiple venues and times
Prices vary, horsetrade.info

The people making the little, experimental plays of today are the people who’ll be creating the big, world-changing theater of tomorrow. And Frigid Festival, now in its ninth year and produced by Horse Trade Theater Group, gives those artists a platform as they’re starting out and exploring their voices. More importantly, all revenue generated from ticket sales goes directly to the participating companies.

NY International Children’s Film Festival
Through March 22

Multiple cinemas and times
$8-$450, www.gkids.com

This weekend kicks off the18th year for the monthlong fest, which focuses on creating smart and inspirational movies forchildren and teenagers. Along with 100 live-action, animated and experimental films, the festival includes workshops, galas, audience voting and Q&As.

Lincoln Speaks
Through June 7

Morgan Library & Museum,225 Madison Ave.
$18, www.themorgan.org

This year marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Take a look back at his legacy at Lincoln Speaks, an exhibition at the Morgan Museum & Library that examines the 11th president’s commitment to liberating slaves and changing the course of civil rights in America through manuscripts, portraits, letters and books from Lincoln’s own collection.

Persian Festival
March 1-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Children’s Museum of the Arts,103 Charlton St.
$11, www.cmany.org

For seven years, the Children’s Museum of the Arts has used the months of January, February and March to highlight three new cultures. Coming up is a celebration of Persia as part of 2015’s focus on Asia. General admission to the museum gets you access to the special festivities as well, which include music, dance, theater and storytelling from the featured community. The Asian American Alliance helps shape the programming and art-making workshops.

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