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.


A fun way to keep up with the Fringe Fest (running in various downtown venues through Sunday, the 29th) is to follow the video posts AndrewAndrew have been doing for TimeOutNY’s blog, Upstaged. They are seeing everything and give brief, often biting, always honest video “insta-reviews” of the shows.

Tuesday, August 24th

  • Dance/theater group Witness Relocation will bring their acclaimed production of Toshiki Okada’s play, Five Days in March, to the E. River Park Bandshell, (weather permitting) this evening, as part of the ongoing SummerStage performance series.  The piece revolves around the lives of six young Japanese hipsters during the last hours leading up to the Iraq war.  The Village Voice did a review of the piece when it was at LaMaMa this past May. FREE // 8p // Free valet bike parking offered, as well.

Wednesday, August 25th

  • The Tenement Museum’s Tenement Talks series will host Michele Carlo, reading from her recent book, Fish Out of Agua: My Life on Neither Side of the (Subway) Tracks. The book is a memoir full of stories about growing up as a redheaded, freckle-faced Puerto Rican in the Polish section of the Bronx.  FREE // 6:30p // 108 Orchard Street.

Thursday, August 28th

  • Solo performer David Deblinger explores the Talmudic “Story of the PARDES” depicting four Jewish sages entering a mystical garden in the 2nd century in his multimedia piece, Beyond Measure, at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Directed by Jennifer Paulson Lee.  $10 // 7pm // 236 E. 3rd Street.
  • Banana Bag & Bodice is taking last year’s acclaimed production of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage on tour and it’s stopping in the E. River Park Bandshell for the last week of SummerStage.  Their raucous, punk rock version of the epic poem re-imagined and brought in to a wacky realm of present day will perform Wednesday – Friday at 8pm and then moves to Joe’s Pub for three shows, as well.  FREE // 8pm // E. River Park Bandshell.

Friday, August 27th

  • The cult/action thriller, The Warriors, (directed by Walter Hill) about a street gang from Coney Island is this week’s Midnight Movie at the Sunshine. $9.99 // Friday and Saturday at Midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.

Monday, August 30th

  • Tenement Talks will celebrate the release of some new editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age and The Beautiful and Damned from Vintage Books with  F. Scott Fitzgerald: American Icon with Ruth Prigozy and David Lipsky. Ruth Prigozy is the executive director of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. David Lipsky is a short-story writer who has harbored a life-long fascination with F. Scott Fitzgerald. FREE // 6:30p // 108 Orchard Street.