The 16 March Happenings You Need to Know About
This month we’re busy talking about basketball, Patrick Bateman, and cherry blossoms. From March Madness to music festivals, this month holds a plethora of exciting cultural events and releases. We’ve curated our must-list of goings-on to keep you in the know. Coast to coast, this is our rundown on what to see, do, eat, drink, and explore now. Okay, so we’re actually singing about Patrick Bateman. Keep scrolling to hear why.
The Kills’ “Doin’ It to Death” Video
The most painfully stylish duo in music, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, aka The Kills, are back with a new single and video. Clad in black-on-black (what else?), they croon and crawl on hearse hoods in charcoal denim and boots. Thier nationwide tour kicks off this month, catch them on tour, or just bask in four minutes of their dead-on vibe.
Hamish Bowles’s Packing Strategy
Vogue’s international editor at large, Hamish Bowles, is a man after our own hearts and suitcases. In his recent diary, he eschews the notion that packing should be a strictly edited game. Opting instead for “an embarrassment of choice” (his words), Bowles swan-dives into “a plethora of unnecessary socks” and, in our book, single-handedly makes over-packing cool. “I have to dress the part. What can I say?” he demurs. Packing light is so last season—viva the “dense forest” of wardrobe options. Watch the video on Vogue.com.
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Film & TV
It’s on our must list for fall films, yet with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we can’t help but lust after Gwyneth’s iconic every-shade-of-emerald wardrobe in Alfonso Cuarón’s adaptation of Great Expectations. Kissing in the rain, head-to-toe Donna Karan, and all the Ethan Hawke ’90s chemistry in Central Park await. Queue it now.
Everything Is Copy: A Nora Ephron Homage by Her Son
Nora Ephron is the queen of the rom-com. From When Harry Met Sally… to Sleepless in Seattle, her wry humor and well-drawn characters are some of the most memorable and beloved in the genre. Written and directed by the inimitable filmmaker’s son, Jacob Bernstein, the film bows on HBO on March 21, following its New York Film Festival premiere. Ephron’s whip-sharp intellect and incisive writing style carried her from mailroom assistant at Newsweek reporter to notable journalist to acclaimed screenwriter. Drawing upon interviews from friends and contemporaries, the film includes anecdotes from Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Steven Spielberg.
The Little Prince
Directed by Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborn, the film adaptation of The Little Prince stars Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Rudd. Produced entirely in Paris, the whimsical, stylized art pays beautiful homage to the source material and then some. We can’t wait to see the pages come to life on the big screen. The line “you’re going to make a wonderful grownup” is all too charming, isn’t it? Watch the Little Prince trailer on YouTube.
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at LACMA
One of the most influential visual artists of the 20th century, The Perfect Medium is a major retrospective and deep dive into the work and career of Robert Mapplethorpe. A must-see for any photography lover, the moody, oversize prints are as evocative and relevant as ever, echoing the resonance and staying power of a true visionary. If you find yourself in Los Angeles, catch the show this month.
Even the most cynical of sports fans can succumb to the intoxicating enthusiasm of NCAA March Madness. Take to your favorite outdoor bar to watch college basketball teams go hard in the paint all month long. It’s a great excuse to host a party, and we’d argue the is the perfect opportunity to lock in your pre–Cinco de Mayo margarita game.
American Psycho on Broadway
We never saw this coming, and it is an embarrassment of riches. This month Broadway welcomes the musical adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’s bloody cult classic novel and film, American Psycho. Proof positive that business cards and axes indeed mix with show tunes, it begins its run March 24. Buy American Psycho tickets online.
Music for Train Stations
In the 1980s, Brian Eno filled New York’s LaGuardia Airport with his Music for Airports. On a separate coast, this modern installation hosted in L.A.’s Union Station every Friday in March is pitched as “a calming and disarming auditory encounter,” just offbeat enough to pique our interest. Get tickets to Union Station’s Sound Series here.
Austin’s annual film, interactive, and music fest, SXSW, has grown exponentially over its 30-year run. Acts from unsigned talent to marquee names flock to the music city in droves to play showcases, main stages, and private events. We’ll be in attendance this year checking out the killer panels and filling you in on what acts to know in 2016. Stay tuned.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom this month as Washington D.C. prepares to host its annual Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 to April 17. This year peak bloom is slated to take place from March 31 to April 3. Fireworks, parades, and the most romantic, pretty-in-pink hues on deck.
Long Way Home by Låpsley
British singer-songwriter/electronic music artist Låpsley, aka Holly Lapsley Fletcher, has been on our radar for some time now. After earning over half a million listens via her Soundcloud page for her debut Monday EP, she signed to XL records and dropped her second EP, Understudy last year. Her debut full-length record, out March 4, is equally flush with the sultry songstress’s signature brand of deeply swoony tracks. Buy Long Way Home on iTunes.
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
With excerpts from Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and others, the tome is a tapestry of philosophy and biography, following the existentialist movement through jazz clubs and cafés on the left bank. It has the same revolutionaries swilling cocktails and trading incendiary ideas as Woody Allen’s hit Midnight In Paris. A spirited account of one of the 20th century’s most major intellectual movements, it’s a muse-worthy conceptual read. Buy At the Existentialist Café on iTunes.
Roy Choi is starting a fast-food revolution, and the first stop is Watts, California. Committed to creating easy, accessible eats affordable for all, his chef-driven chain, Locol, is redefining fast food. The menu features everything from cheeseburgers to tofu veggie stew. Made with fresh ingredients and flavors worthy of Choi’s impeccable palate, the most expensive thing on the menu caps out at $6.
Paul Qui’s new Austin, Texas, eatery, Otoko, is a multi-course omakase experience complete with beverage pairings for each course. Tickets are available on the first of each month. Known for his James Beard Award–winning Asian fusion, Qui’s Uchiko, Uchi, and Qui are local institutions. Otoko is at the top of our list for dining at SXSW, if you should be so lucky to score a table.
Spring break is high season for mixologists. Miami’s Mediterranean oyster bar meets upscale café, Marion, features just the right alchemy of innovators. With interiors befitting an ultra-chic Parisian café, a menu curated by Michelin-pedigreed chef Jean Paul Lourdes, and craft cocktails from Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta of Bar Lab, it’s just the sort of hideaway to get us planning a beachside rendezvous.
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa
The first resort to open in Anguilla’s East End, Zemi Beach House made the cut of 2016’s most anticipated hotels from Vogue. The resort boasts locally sourced farm-to-table food and beverage destinations, a 15,000-square-foot spa, meditation garden, balconies and terraces adjoining every guest room, and sprawling access to the white sand beach and turquoise waters of Shoal Bay East. This is our kind of spring break joint.
Kelly Wearstler’s Utopia Collection
Arbiter of West Coast cool and one of our favorite design mavens, Kelly Wearstler, launches a new lighting collection this month. Featuring rich metallic patinas, raw stone, and chic geometric shapes, the fractured angles and artisanal detail have the vibe of a bespoke creation. Inspired by California’s coastal landscape and Wearstler’s affinity for Mother Nature, it’s all very dramatic, not to mention aptly named. Shop Kelly Wearstler online.
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