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March 06, 2014

The Culture Index

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture

The Culture Index
Courtesy of the Robert Mallary Estate and The Box, LA

Five can't-miss cultural happenings this week.

  • Between The Armory Show (March 6–9; Piers 92 & 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St.; thearmoryshow.com) and countless satellite fairs—we like the Independent (March 6–9; 548 W. 22nd St.; independentnewyork.com) (Robert Mallary's Campbell's Soup Can Collage, 1980 is pictured above)—the art world is about to converge in New York. Don’t miss the 2014 Whitney Biennial (March 7 to May 25; 945 Madison Ave.; whitney.org), the last to take place at the Madison Avenue museum before it moves downtown next spring. —Christina Ajudua
  • Known for staging theatrical, immersive screenings in abandoned locations, Secret Cinema is now bringing Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel to life in London at an undisclosed location. Viewers are treated as guests—there’s a check-in process and a dress code—and transported to a grand hotel in the fictional state of Zubrowka, circa 1932. Tickets start at $90; secretcinema.org. —C.A.
  • Hot on the heels of its inaugural performances in a gorgeously restored 1929 theater in Los Angeles (which attracted lines around the block), Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project heads to his native country with a varied program of modern works, notably Justin Peck’s much lauded Murder Ballads, at the Théâtre du Châtelet. March 5–9; tickets start at $20; 2 Rue Edouard Colonne; 33-1/40-28-28-28; chatelet-theatre.com. —Rebecca Milzoff
  • The Metropolitan Opera’s inventive—so inventive, some have called it “revisionist”—staging of Borodin’s Prince Igor, based on a 12th-century epic poem, has earned raves for the bold way in which it dismantled, reconstructed and, in some cases, even filled in the unfinished masterpiece. If you made a mental note to get tickets as soon as you read those reviews, let us make it easy and give you a deadline: The opera’s last performance is March 8. Tickets start at $100; Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-362-6000; metoperafamily.org. —Julian Sancton
  • The Abu Dhabi Festival (abudhabifestival.ae/en) kicks off three weeks of performances by top American artists—including Herbie Hancock (March 21), Renée Fleming (March 23) and the American Ballet Theater (March 29). Much like the announced outposts of the Louvre and the Guggenheim (opening in 2015 and 2017, respectively), the impressive lineup reflects the emirate’s unabashed ambition to become a cultural capital to rival any other city in the world. Tickets start at $35; virginmegastore.ae. —J.S.

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