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13 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Harlem, Washington Heights and Beyond



A range of art exhibitions, concerts and tours honoring Women's History Month—plus more fun things to see and do this weekend:


Thursday, February 29-Saturday, March 30; Thu-Sat noon-5pm

Central Harlem The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 W 129th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

An exploration of female jazz influences through the art of Meclina Gomes, Noland Anderson and Kamil Peters.


Saturday, March 2 6pm-8pm

Central Harlem Kente Royal Gallery, 2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

A group exhibition celebrating Women's History Month, including artists Sandra White, Nai Turner and others.


Every Sunday in March at 11am

Washington Heights Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace between W 160th and W 162nd Sts

A special Women's History Month tour focusing on the women who have lived and worked in Manhattan’s oldest remaining house, featuring a 45-minute guided tour of the grounds, plus a self-guided tour inside the mansion.


Monday, March 4 7pm-8:30pm

Central Harlem Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd at W 135th St

The Schomburg's annual Women's Jazz Fest kicks off with a collaboration between saxophonist-composer Javon Jackson and famed poet Nikki Giovanni.


 

In case you missed it:



February 25-July 28; Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun-Tues & Thu 10am-5pm

Upper East Side The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave and E 82nd St

This long-overdue exhibition shines the spotlight on the paintings, photography and sculptures of Black artists who portrayed life in Harlem and other cities during the flourishing early years of the Great Migration (1920s-1940s).


February 1-July 8 Mon-Sat 10am-6pm FREE

Central Harlem Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St

Photos by Griffith Davis document Langston Hughes' friendships with Black artists such as Zora Neale Hurston, Roy DeCarava and others.


Credit: Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives

February 1-April 30 Tue-Sun 11am-6pm FREE

Central Harlem The Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater, 233 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Blvds, first floor

Marking the opening of the Apollo's two new performance spaces in the renovated Victoria Theater, this photo exhibition on the ground floor highlights the work of Alex Harsley. The photographer and gallerist—he was the founder of the Fourth Street Photo Gallery in the East Village—chronicled the lives of Black artists at the Apollo and beyond from the 1950s to the early 2000s.


Fri 5:30pm-8:30pm, Sat & Sun 12:30pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm

West Harlem Skating Rink at Riverbank State Park, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St

Lace up your skates: ice skating season at Riverbank State Park is open for the season.


Through March, Thu-Sun noon-5pm FREE

Washington Heights The Hispanic Society Museum & Library, Broadway between W 155th and W 156th Sts

Head to the renovated Main Court to see this new exhibition featuring some of the most famous paintings in the museum's collection, including works by El Greco, Velazquez and Goya (yes, the Duchess of Alba is back). While you're there, check out Venezuelan kinetic artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s "Penetrable," an interactive sculpture installed on the museum's upper terrace.


"Penetrable" by Jesús Rafael Soto at the Hispanic Society.


Through July 21; Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Mon 10am-5pm

East Harlem The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at E 103rd St

This new exhibit explores all the ways the city has inspired storytelling in film, TV, music and more. Think Carrie Bradshaw's pink tutu, Sesame Street's green street sign, and more.


Through March 10; Thu-Sun 11am-5pm

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave at 104th St

This rotating exhibition presents more than 500 works by 90 artists from the museum's permanent collection over the course of a year. Now on view: nine sections focusing on themes such as Afro-diasporic Modernities, Así es la Vida and Tropical Extraction, plus four artist spotlights.


Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm FREE

Hamilton Heights 414 W 141st St between St. Nicholas and Convent Aves

Go on a free tour of founding father Alexander Hamilton's historic uptown home, including a stroll through the parlor, dining room and study.


Weekends until 3:45am

Central Harlem Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

This gem of a live music venue kicks into high gear on the weekends with a mix of jazz, funk, blues, and even comedy—ending with DJ sets that run into the early morning.


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