pencil it in: while i’m gone

March 15-23: Asia in the USA

Asian art and culture will take to the New York City streets this week. For nine days, 65 museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions will highlight works from the region, as well as host performances, panel discussions and more. Renowned domestic and international art dealers will also put various art on display for those interested, to buy. Full event info, locations and times can be found on Asia Week’s official site: asiaweekny.com.

March 16: The Other Football

While we know the sport as soccer here in the U.S.A. the rest of the world refers to the fast action game as football. This Saturday, New York’s very own major league MLS team will play their season opener with striker Thierry Henry and midfielder Tim Cahill ready to go. Positioned against bitter rivals, DC United, the game is promised to be an interesting one.  For tickets, click here. Red Bull Arena,  600 Cape May St, Harrison, NJ, 888 370 7287 

March 16: Because Everyone Has a Little Irish in Them

New York knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish and the city does so every year with the annual St. Patty’s Day Parade. With over 200,000 participants expected to attend the 5th Avenue celebrations alone, the whole city will in festival mode. Fifth Avenue and 44th Street, 11 AM- whenever, celebrations across all boroughs 

March 17: Return of the Red Sauce

For those wanting to return to their Italian roots or just pretend like they are, Abboccato is launching “Return of the Red Sauce”, a three-course feast of homestyle specialties prepared just like your nonna used to make. The nostalgic meal costs just $45 with possible wine pairings available for $25 more. Abboccato, 136 West 55th Street, 212-265-4000, from 5PM, $45

March 18: The Meatpacking is Open

Every New Yorker knows the Meatpacking district offers some of the citys best shops and grub. During the Open Market event, the neighborhoods shops and and restaurants will open their doors for an evening of shopping, eating, drinking, music and more. The fundraiser will feature sample sales, auctions and giveaway promotions and food and drink are included in the ticket price so you can spend your money instead picking up some designer duds. Highline Stages, 441 West 14th Street, 7-11PM, $150

March 23-24: Big Cheesy

Just as the event names sounds, the 3rd annual Big Cheesy competition will bring together the city’s best grilled cheese sandwich makers for a weekend full of dairy delight. The $25 dollar tickets provides those in attendance will samples of all seven gooey renditions as well as the chance to pick the People’s Champs big cheese winner over the course of an hour. To purchase tickets click here. OPENHOUSE Mulberry, 201 Mulberry Street, Sat & Sun 12-7PM, $25

March 24: Chelsea by way of James

On Sunday, March 24th, the James Beard Foundation will host an incredible night of delectable Chelsea Market eats. Chefs from the markets various restaurants will share their kitchens with some the the country’s other best  spots to create a celebratory Sunday Supper meal. Not only will your stomach feel the benefits of this culinary ensemble,  but so will the Fulton Youth of the Future and Wellness in schools; all proceeds from the event (and $240) tickets will go towards the James Beard Fun in support of the above. For tickets and full event info, visit the James Beard Foundation’s official site. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave, 212 627 2308, 6 PM, $240

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