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Top Things to Do in February 2017

If you don't have Valentine's Day plans, no worries — there are plenty of other cool things to do in February 2017. We're talking movie premiers, hot new restaurant openings, and even Ryan Gosling sightings (yup, really.)

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American Chef Edouardo Jordan draws on his Southern roots to serve up authentic down-home dishes at his soon-to-open Seattle eatery, Junebaby. Sourcing ingredients from local farmers, his menu is all about smoked meats, long braises, offals and other classic plates, in addition to cocktails made with moonshine, rum, bourbon, and whisky.

Rooster Soup Company

A passion project from the duo behind Philly hotspots Federal Donuts and Zahav, Rooster Soup Co. is a luncheonette with a charitable side. The restaurant—whose menu features comfort-driven fare like biscuits and gravy, chicken cutlet sandwiches, and yes, soup— donates 100% of its profits to the needy via the Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative. So no guilt for stuffing your face.


Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new restaurant abcV is a vegetarian spinoff of his classic New York restaurant, ABC Kitchen. The destined-to-be-hotspot offers a health-conscious breakfast and lunch menu featuring a wide array of vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes—plus a selection of “healing tonics” made from exotic ingredients like rose petals, damiana leaves, and Chinese herbs.

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"Joan of Arc: Into the Fire at Public Theatre," New York City

If you’ve seen Rudolph’s Maté’s staggeringly beautiful 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc," it can be hard to imagine an electric-rock reimagining of the French heroine’s tragic story. But New York City’s Public Theatre will fearlessly attempt just that when it stages the world premiere musical this February. Jo Lambert will take on the title role of Joan, while David Byrne, the former lead singer of the Talking Heads, will compose, and Golden Globe winner Alex Timbers will direct.

"Sunset Boulevard" at The Palace Theatre, New York City

Reprising the role for which she won a Tony in 1995, Glenn Close will appear as silent movie star Norma Desmond in a poperetta adaptation of Billy Wilder’s _Sunset Boulevard. _With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and direction by Lonny Price, the production will be accompanied by an on-stage 40-piece orchestra—the largest on Broadway. The limited 16-week engagement runs through May 28th.

"The Price" at American Airlines Theatre, New York City

This month, Mark Ruffalo will return to Broadway (a decade after his appearance Broadway breakout in Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth”) in a revival of Arthur Miller’s "The Price"—a dramatic tale about a policeman returning to his childhood home to sell off his parents’ estate. Ruffalo, who plays the lead character, will be joined by fellow actors Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht,and Danny DeVito.

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

If you didn’t get an invite to the Oscars this year (so strange, us neither!), you can spot celebs and catch the season’s hottest flicks at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival instead. The 32nd annual event will offer films from more than 50 countries, including 51 world premieres, drawing celebrities and directors like Denzel Washington, Casey Affleck, Barry Jenkins, and Ryan Gosling.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Bright Lights, the HBO documentary about mother-daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, will kick off the 14th anniversary of Missoula’s Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Other must-sees include retrospectives of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge and Montreal-based film collective EyeSteelFilm.

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New York Fashion Week

It’s backkkk. New Yorkers are readying themselves for the hordes of models, celebrities, and fashion-industry types set to descend on the city February 9th for New York Fashion Week. This season’s highlights: Raf Simons’ NYFW Men’s debut for Calvin Klein, Yeezy Season 5, and retail chain Club Monaco’s presentation. With a number of free events like this Puma after-party, it’s never been easier for everyone to attend.

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"Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work," New Museum, NYC

Since the late 1960s, artist Raymond Pettibon has been creating works that explore American history, mythology, and culture. He was a preeminent figure in the Los Angeles punk scene, famously creating the illustrations that graced the cover of Black Flag albums and concert posters, and this month, the New Museum will host a major survey exhibition of his work. Expect to see more than 700 drawings, as well as early zines, artist’s books, and video collaborations, spanning three floors.

"Merce Cunninham: Common Time," Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The late choreographer and dancer Merce Cunninham was a seminal figure in dance in the 20th century. Now, fans young and old will get the opportunity to look back on Cunningham’s career through a multidisciplinary retrospective of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition will feature sets, props, and costumes created for Cunningham by artists like Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, as well as performances by former members of his dance company.

"Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," LACMA, Los Angeles

"Future Present" is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Hungarian modernist László Moholy-Nagy in over five decades. The exhibition puts front and center the pioneering artist’s experimentations in light, transparency, and abstract shape through a wide range of his work including photographic reproductions, films, advertising, and industrial design. Also on view: a multimedia installation based on the artist’s unfinished pieces.

"Two Views," Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Ansel Adams is best known for his iconic images of the American West, but his documentation of the Japanese internment during World War II “is itself a collection of high artistic as well as historical significance,” says Karen Christian, a spokesperson for Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, where a collection of his related photographs (along with Canadian photographer Leonard Frank’s) will be on display starting February 19th. Touching on themes of reactionary politics, racism, and forced separation, the exhibition feels especially timely given the current global refugee crisis.

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