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CITY OF CULTURE

While this town is rich in worldfamou­s museums, celebrated dance troupes, orchestras and the like, there are also lesser-known, under-theradar cultural happenings that we also think are worth investigat­ing. Here are our recommenda­tions.

- —The editors of Where New York

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1 TOWN HALL

Cardiac-surgeon-turned-satirist Bassem Youssef, known as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” dishes about both the serious and silly side of life in the Middle East. March 21.

123 W. 43rd St., thetownhal­l.org

2 BOWERY ELECTRIC

It’s a celebratio­n of live music every Monday, with 45 rpm records playing, beginning at 10 pm. All genres are included, from rock ‘n’ roll and pop to disco and anything else danceable. 327 Bowery, thebowerye­lectric.com

3 PARK AVENUE ARMORY

Bobby Cannavale plays a workingcla­ss man encaged, and enraged, by the industrial complex in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape,” an expression­ist play given an über- expression­ist staging. March 25–April 22. 643 Park Ave., armoryonpa­rk.org

4 METROPOLIT­AN PAVILION

Novice collectors—and seasoned connoisseu­rs— flock to the Affordable Art Fair, where original works by art stars and those on the ascendant are priced to sell. March 30–April 2. 125 W. 18th St., affordable­artfair.com

5 THE LOUNGE

Five actors, one of whom is totally blotto, brush up their Shakespear­e. The play’s the thing wherein this merry band raises the bar on The Bard in “Drunk Shakespear­e.” 300 W. 43rd St., drunkshake­speare.com

6 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

If you are a “Game of Thrones” fan (or not), this multimedia spectacle, led by the TV show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, will thrill as it magically transports you to the Seven Kingdoms. March 7. Seventh Ave., btw W. 31st & W. 33rd sts., thegarden.com

7 FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW

Get a glimpse of the next generation of musical theater talent at the annual FutureFest showcase, where local high schoolers sing songs by Broadway composers. March 22-23. 254 W. 54th St., 54below.com

8 MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA

Chinese food in America spans a lot of sour, sweet, bitter and spicy notes—visible and audible at this exhibit of glass sculptures, old menus and oral histories from 33 Chinese and Asian-American chefs, from Martin Yan to Cecilia Chiang and Danny Bowien. Through Sept. 10. 215 Centre St., mocanyc.org

9 PIERS 92/94

The Armory Show returns, bringing some of the most notable 20th- and 21st- century artworks to the public for viewing, appreciati­on and collecting. March 2-5. 711 12th Ave., at W. 55th St., thearmorys­how.com

10 NEW YORK CITY CENTER

“I Happen to Like New York,” wrote Cole Porter. And so sing all of us who await the rebirth of his 1930 musical, “The New Yorkers.” March 22–26. 131 W. 55th St., nycitycent­er.org

11 DAVID GEFFEN HALL

Yo-Yo Ma rehearses with the New York Philharmon­ic—and for $20 you can be there. March 15. Columbus Ave., at W. 64th St., nyphil.org

12 BROOKLYN EXPO CENTER

Steep, swirl, sip and savor more than 100 tastings at this 12th annual showcase of all things coffee and tea. The event also features seminars and pairings. March 18-19. 72 Noble St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, coffeeandt­eafestival.com/nyc

13 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Jack Sock and Juan Martin del Potro face off against fellow internatio­nal tennis stars at the BNP Paribas Showdown. March 6. 4 Pennsylvan­ia Plz., thegarden.com

14 MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

A nice perk of this museum, which focuses on works of innovative arts and crafts and is situated near Central Park, is a visit to the studios where artists produce their pieces. Stop by: They welcome your questions about their works and processes. 2 Columbus Circle, madmuseum.org

15 BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

The chamber music you hear floating over the water is real: It’s coming from the barge parked at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Throughout the month. Pier 1, at Old Fulton St., DUMBO, Brooklyn, bargemusic.org

16 LINCOLN CENTER/MOMA

At The New Directors/New Films festival, see screenings of movies from emerging filmmakers at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. March 15-26. 165 W. 65th St. (Lincoln Center); 11 W. 53rd St. (MoMA), filmlinc.org; moma.org

17 IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this Chelsea theater, founded to present powerful works by classic and contempora­ry Irish and Irish-American playwright­s. This month, see Eugene O’Neill’s “The Emperor Jones,” the story of a murderer who escapes prison and sets himself up as emperor of a small Caribbean island. 132 W. 22nd St., irishrep.org

18 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Hear acclaimed artists give insight into the artistic process in their own words at these intimate panel discussion­s, which sometimes include performanc­es. March 5 & 6. 1071 Fifth Ave., guggenheim.org

19 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

Relive the magic of “Harry Potter” with the help of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing every note of John Williams’ score to the first film in the series. March 31-April 1. 1260 Sixth Ave., radiocity.com

20 ROMULUS LINNEY COURTYARD THEATRE

Matthew Broderick returns to off- Broadway in Wallace Shawn‘s “Evening at the Talk House,” a play that celebrates friends, community and youthful fearlessne­ss. Through March 12. 480 W. 42nd St., thenewgrou­p.org

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