Monologue Jam Comes to Arlene’s Grocery

Photo courtesy Alacrity Project

I’ve heard of Music Jams and Poetry Slams, but never Monologue Jams. Leave it to a group of LES artists to create a new genre. Courtesy of the Alacrity Project, a LES based theater company, the Monologue Jam, part of their A Live Series, provides “self-producing artists the opportunity to perform on a black-box-style stage in an alternative environment.”

To add to the kitty, the performers will be recorded (they get to keep their “tape”) while they are on stage, and adjudicated by a panel of professional artists—audience members can also vote for their favorite performers. Two winners get to select a prize from an assortment of goodies, including gift certificates to local restaurants and music lessons. All in all, not a bad deal for those struggling to make it as an actor!

This week’s jam on Sunday night is at Arlene’s Grocery.  The evening will feature fifteen performers from all over New York City. Comedians, Erin Conroy & J.F. Harris share hosting and emcee duties.

The Monologue Jam / Alacrity Project / Arlene’s Grocery / Sunday, December 2 / 4 – 6pm / Suggested donation $5 – $10


Rooftop Films Raising Money to Return to the LES

Our friends at Rooftop Films are doing a Kickstarter Campaign to keep their summer series going.  They put on fun events at different rooftop venues throughout the city, but the films they screen on the L.E.S. at Open Road Rooftop (on top of the old Seward Park High School) have always been some of their biggest and most popular. Apparently, Open Road Rooftop has raised their rental rates, so it’s important to help chip in on this one, if you are a fan of independent film.

Morning Reads: Waterfront Worries, East Houston Bike Lanes, New Museum Dance-Off

  • Michael Bloomberg believes the waterfront is still a great place to live (Capital).
  • Unprotected bike lanes come to East Houston Street (EV Grieve).
  • Sheldon Silver said a coalition between a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans would amount to “pure politics.” (Buffalo News).
  • Bowery burlesque: Bettie page shop opens across from the former Bowery Poetry Club (The Local EV).
  • Sculptor Alice Channer has her American solo debut at the Lisa Cooley gallery (NYT).
  • Those New Museum guards have got some moves! (Animal).


Good Morning!

Morning Light on Rivington

Rivington Street. Photo by Lee Brozgol.

Partly cloudy today with a high of 44.  Cloudy and 43 tomorrow.  Sunday we’re expecting a high of 53 and cloudy skies.  Have a good weekend.

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