The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

Our weekly look at upcoming happenings on the Lower East Side.  If you have a neighborhood event you would like us to post, please email us here.

Dancers Scott Heron and Hijack come to Dixon Place with Smithsoniansmith - photo by William P. Starr via Time Out NY

Wednesday, July 28

  • Blaise Allysen Kearsley brings her monthly reading and performance series, How I Learned, back to Happy Ending Lounge. This months guests will be talking/reading/ruminating on the theme How I Learned I Was Right All AlongFeaturing: Aryn Kyle (Boys and Girls Like You and Me; The God of Animals), Jeff Gordinier (X Saves the World; Details Editor-at-Large), Lynn Harris (The Nation; Death By Chick Lit), Leslie Goshko The Liar Show; Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) // FREE // 8p // 302 Broome Street.
  • Bluestockings Bookstore hosts the Assembly Launch Party. Assembly, a new cultural journal featuring a mix of fiction, narrative nonfiction, essays, interviews, poetry, art and design, will celebrate with several contributors from their first issue: journalist Kashmir Hill will discuss online privacy and M. A. Wallace & Dave Odegard will read short fiction. From 9 to 11 they will have free drinks and free copies of the journal a few blocks away at Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street). // Donation // 7p // 172 Allen Street.

Thursday, July 29th

  • Dixon Place brings smithsoniansmith to the Hot! festival. Choreographed and performed by Scotty Heron and HIJACK Dance (Kristin VanLoon, and Arwen Wilder), the piece is touted as “a lovely, lo-fi, sci-fi mess. Dancing sculptors, builders and architects in the midst of a sexy, violent play.” Read a great interview with the trio in TimOutNY here. // $10 advance sale, $15 door // 7:30p // 161 A Chrystie Street.
  • The Amoralists Theater Company opens it’s “double header” at PS122 with The Pied Piper of the Lower East Side. Voted one of the Top Ten Plays of 2009, (as well as being noted for “the funniest onstage nudity in recent memory,” by Variety, the play is touted as a celebration of love and the search for human grandness. // $40, $20 students // 7p // 150 First Avenue.

Friday, July 30th

  • The New Museum Gets Weird with members of Sonic Youth and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as they offer multimedia tributes to Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine. // $15 // 7p // 235 Bowery.
  • Improv Team Chester hosts Don’t You Find Us Charming, back at ABC NoRio with music from Nate Kushner, storytelling from Heather Trobe and standup from Stephanie Fagan. // $3-$8 // 156 Rivington Street. 

Saturday, July 31st

  • Kim Katzberg will be back at Dixon Place with her “tragicomic send-up” of a one-woman show, Penetrating the Space, in the Hot!Festival. // $10 advance, $15 door // 9:30p // 161A Chrystie Street.

Sunday, August 1

  • The Free Art Society will be in Tomkins Square Park for their First Annual Massive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Hostess Nicolina sends instructions: “Don your maddest hat and be prepared to lose your head!” // FREE // 6p // Tompkins Square Park, center circle.

Monday, August 2

  • Clemente Soto Velez will host the show, Invisible Woman, in the Abrazo Interno Gallery. A multimedia exhibition by three artists who deal with representations of women in their work. (Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 6) // FREE // Gallery Hours 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm m-f, s by appointment // 107 Suffolk Street.