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Culture calendar: March 2020

Experience the artist as activist

March 5 to April 11

The Power to the People! Festival celebrates the role artists play in advancing social change, civil rights, and humanitarian causes. Curated by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, events will take place at venues across Los Angeles including the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Catch performances by Patti Smith and Terence Blanchard and listen in on speakers like legendary activist Angela Davis.

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Celebrate powerful women

March 6 to 8

The WOW Foundation’s Women of the World festival is now in its 10th year. Held at London's Southbank Centre, it will feature concerts, workshops, and talks on topics like women in sports, having feminist sex, what it means to be intersex, and diversity in the corporate world.

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Explore tech and culture at South by Southwest

March 13 to 22

At this year’s installment of the behemoth music, film, and tech festival in Austin, you’ll find more than 2,000 musical performances along with speakers like Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters and human connection expert Brené Brown. Film screenings include A Most Beautiful Thing, co-executive produced by NBA All-Stars Grant Hill and Dwayne Wade.

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Relive Studio 54’s heyday

March 13 to July 5

Revelers across different sexual, sociopolitical, and financial strata (think Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, and 77-year-old “Disco Sally") gathered at Studio 54 in its heyday. Known for its unfettered nights of disco and drug use, it earned the title of most celebrated club of all time. At the Brooklyn Museum exhibit “Studio 54: Night Magic,” you’ll explore what went on behind the iconic velvet rope.

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Delight in the National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20 to April 12

Spring is a special time in Washington D.C., when its 3,800 Yoshino cherry trees are in bloom. Witness the sight surrounding the Tidal Basin and take in a grand parade, kite festival, and Petalpalooza, which includes a beer garden and live entertainment.

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Upcoming events at The Shed at Hudson Yards:

March 10 to April 5: Help

Acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine examines the nature of white privilege in this new Shed commission. The play builds upon her recent New York Times Magazine essay, “I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked.”

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Until March 22: Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates

Budapest-born Agnes Denes has been dubbed the “Queen of Land Art” for her pioneering conceptual, environmental, and ecological pieces. This major retrospective looks at more than 150 works spanning her 50-year career, including her iconic Wheatfield—A Confrontation (1982), known as one of New York City’s greatest public art projects. It will also showcase new Shed commissions.

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