Arts Watch: What to do in April

Ethan Lipton And His Orchestra return to Joe's Pub on Wednesday, April 9th to play "a regular band show."

Ethan Lipton And His Orchestra return to Joe’s Pub on Wednesday, April 9th to play “a regular band show.”

Here’s our list of highlighted events happening on the Lower East Side this month.

Fri. 4 – “The Real Estate Show” at James Fuentes Gallery: Fuentes revisits a seminal exhibition which took place in 1979-80 in an abandoned city-owned building at 123 Delancey St. Organized by a group of artists and activists, the exhibition aimed to deal with what they saw as a real estate crisis in New York City for the non-wealthy. See the full story here.

Through April 27 // 55 Delancey St. // additional sites at Cuchifritos in Essex Market, 120 Essex St., (April 19-May 11) and ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. (April 9-­May 8) // free.

Sun. 6 – Passover Nosh and Stroll at the Museum at Eldridge Street: Trace the route of turn-of-the-century immigrants as they prepared for the holiday and journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. Visit Streit’s Matzos, The Pickle Guys and other shops that shed light on Passover customs, foods and history of a century ago.

12 Eldridge St. // 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. // RSVP required // $25.

Weds. 9 – Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra at Joe’s Pub: The self-described “old-timey songwriter and playwright” and his band return to Joe’s Pub for a “regular band show” after touring internationally with their hit show, “No Place to Go.” Lipton’s witty, working-man lyrics stem from his modern-day experience as a “perma-lancer” in New York City before the economy crashed. Supported by his band’s addictive blend of jazz/folk/alternative music, the group raises cabaret storytelling to new levels.

425 Lafayette St. // 9 p.m. // $20.

Thurs. 10 – Richard Maxwell and New York City Players: Isolde at Abrons Arts Center: Theatrical heavyweight Maxwell’s latest play revolves around a famous actress who decides to build her dream house after her ability to retain her lines begins to slip away, but the project and her marriage become jeopardized by the award-winning architect she hires.

Through April 26 // 466 Grand St. // 8 p.m. // $25.

Mon. 14 – The Poet in New York at Bowery Arts + Science: This weekly event hosted and curated by Liz Peters and Nikhil Melnechuk features two special guest poets and 10 brave open mic poets competing to have their work published, with a live band backing up the readings.

Every Monday // 308 Bowery // 9 p.m. // $10.

Tues. 15 – Red Thread: The Prisoner and the Painter at Dixon Place: Painter Duston Spear created this short film based on the poetry of Judith Clark, a political activist and educator who has been an inmate at the Bedford Hills Maximum Security Correctional Facility for over 30 years.

161A Chrystie St. // 7:30 p.m. // free.

Weds. 16 – The Tribeca Film Festival: Founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the festival happily kicks off its 12th year of independent film screenings, panels and festivities throughout downtown.

Through April 27 // Visit tribecafilm.com for tickets, venues and the full schedule.

Mon. 28 – Jessica Lea Mayfield at Mercury Lounge: The 21-year-old neo-country singer-songwriter departs from her eloquently analytical love songs to play some new music from Make My Head Sing…, her just-released rock album. 217 E. Houston St., 7:30 p.m., $15.

Find more local events updated daily on our Calendar here.