The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

Museum at Eldridge - Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans Window Mock Up. The opening celebration is this Sunday.

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.

Wednesday, October 6th

  • The Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle & Reel screening for caregivers and their babies is Never Let Me Go. The film has been getting good reviews.  It stars the talented and attractive Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield; it’s based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s (Remains of the Day) bestselling novel of the same name. Adults pay normal admission prices but all babies are FREE – tickets available at the box office only on the day of show // 11:00am // 143 East Houston Street.
  • The New Museum is teaming up with a slew of journalism organizations, writers, artists and organizations to produce their latest exhibit, The Last Newspaper, which opens Wednesday. The exhibit will focus on the way artists respond to various forms of news. General Admission – $12, Seniors – $10, Students – $8, 18 and under – FREE, Thursdays 7-9p – FREE // 235 Bowery.

Friday, October 8th

  • By now you should have heard about the return of Joey Arias and his concert with Ben Allison (mentioned in the New Yorker as a “must see”) – they are back this weekend with what sounds like a fantastic show. $25 // 8pm // 466 Grand Street.
  • But have you heard actor/choreographer Jack Fervor (Strangers With Candy) will also be at the Abrons this weekend for a reading of the play, “NOTES – A Very Dramatic Reading of a Parody of Notes on a Scandal?” It looks to be a fun night of “over-the-top, insane evening of lesbian lust, sociopath school teachers, and outlandish fighting, sex, and more fighting — all done with British accents!” $10 // Oct. 8th & 9th // 466 Grand Street.

Saturday, October 9th

  • Dixon Place Artist in Residence, Kim Katzberg, is back with her ever-evolving, exhilarating send-up of a show, Penetrating the Space, about a kooky bisexual performance artist and incest survivor.  Click here for a personal invitation from Terry, one of the many characters in the one-woman tour de force. $15/ $12 // Fridays, October 8 & 15 at 9:30pm; Saturdays, October 9 & 16 at 7:30pm // 161A Chrystie Street.

Sunday, October 10th

  • New York City has been waiting with bated breath to see the debut of the new stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans at the Museum at Eldridge, culminating a 24-year restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. The opening celebration is today, along with an artisans dialogue at noon and a performance by Isle of Klezbos at 4:30pm. The opening celebration is FREE, the concert is $20 adults; $15 students & seniors // 11a – 5:30p // 12 Eldridge Street.
  • If you are a fan of jazz, this should be a show worth catching – as part of their Poetic Heritage Festival, The Nuyorican will present MONK – The Play, one performance only, in honor of Thelonius Monk’s birthday. The piece is written by Laurence Holder and stars Rome Neal (Artistic Theatre Director of the Nuyorican), directed by Holder and Neal – both winners of the Audelco Award and National Black Theatre Festival Award for excellence in African-American Theatre. $20 // 3p // 236 East 3rd Street.

Monday, October 11th

  • Poet, performer and Warhol Factory fave Taylor Mead is back at the Bowery Poetry Club to read some of his poetry. His latest book of poems is called A Simple Country Girl. Mead was the subject of a documentary entitled Excavating Taylor Mead, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005 and has been “a beloved icon of the downtown New York art scene since the 60s.”