Arts Watch: Joey Arias – Christmas With the Crawfords Comes to Abrons


Beginning this Wednesday, the always entertaining Joey Arias is teaming up with San Francisco’s Artfull Circle Theatre in what looks to be a hilarious parody of — and homage to — the “golden age” of Hollywood in Joey Arias – Christmas With the Crawfords at Abrons Arts Center. Based on the infamous Christmas Eve radio broadcast from the Crawford family’s Brentwood mansion, the show promises that NYC’s Yuletide will be “ever so gay in this all-singing, all-dancing, holiday extravaganza.”

Through Dec. 27, 466 Grand St., showtimes vary, $45,

Arts Watch: Abrons Arts Center to Host Uptown | Downtown Benefit

Abrons is rolling out the red carpet for their annual benefit to support their arts center.

Joey Arias is Ready to Bedazzle at Abrons

Photo by Steve Menendez.

Downtown drag legend Joey Arias was feeling energized when I met him inside the historic theater at the Abrons Art Center one steamy day last month.  Fans would not leave him alone on the 45 minute walk from his apartment in the Village.  Joey, who opens a new version of his acclaimed 2008 show, “Arias With a Twist” this weekend, loved every minute of it.

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.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Harper Blynn will play Rockwood Music Hall

HARPER BLYNN – Friday, October 1 | 10:30pm at Rockwood Music Hall

Brooklyn’s Harper Blynn produce an extremely potent form of catchy power-pop. Their album “Loneliest Generation,” produced by David Kahne, has so many layers of harmonies, organs, and percussion toys that every listen has your head bopping to a new discovery every time.

Joey Arias in Concert at Abrons Arts Center

Downtown performance artist Joey Arias will be at the Abrons Arts Center this weekend and next in his first New York City concert appearance in nearly a decade. Arias, who recently spent six years as the host of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity is teaming up with jazz musician Ben Allison for the concert. CityArts has a nice article on the performers and the upcoming show here.  $25 // Oct. 1,2,8,9  // 8pm // 466 Grand Street.

This Week’s Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:

Clare Burson - Photo: Ted Barron

Clare Burson - Thursday, June 10 at 7pm

Southern Girl cum Brooklyn songwriter Clare Burson brings a special performance to a special place. Her Thursday night show at the historic Henry Street Settlement House marks the release of a new CD – and greater still, the culmination of her long and introspective journey across oceans, history, and family memories.