Weekend Events: Have Fun, Support Sandy Recovery

In addition to dining out at local eateries this weekend, there are plenty of other easy, fun things to do (art exhibits, movies, shopping, gardening) while also boosting a variety of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. We’ve listed a few here; write us at tips@thelodownny.com or Tweet us @lodownny if you know of others we should add.

Weekend Guide

Trick 'R Treat, a Creep-Showesqe collection of scary stories at Midnight at the Sunshine Cinema this weekend

What to do with a gorgeous fall weekend on the Lower East Side?  We have plenty of suggestions:

Along with our Weekend Music Picks, The Lo-Down List and the L.E.S. Harvest Festival (not to mention the 5 foot tall Knish parading down Second Avenue) here are a few more items of note:

Weekend Guide

What’s on our calendar for the weekend?  Well, we have our (previously noted) Weekend Music Picks, shows from Joey Arias and Kate Clinton, a festival of Art in Odd Places and — a few other items of note:

  • This week’s Midnight Movie at the Sunshine is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam’s fantasmagoric odyssey based on Hunter S. Thompson‘s book of the same name.  The film is an underrated tribute to the late “gonzo” journalist and features two thrilling and quite brilliant performances from Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. $9.99 // Fri. and Sat. at midnight // 143 E. Houston.
  • The Nuyorican Poets Cafe‘s Poetic Heritage Festival continues with SLAM REVIVAL on Friday Oct. 1st at 7pm,  starring past & present Nuyorican Slam Team members  Jared Singer, Caroline Rothestein, Ken Arkind, & Carlos Andres Gomez.  This Saturday through Monday, the cafe will present a staged reading of SHANGO DE IMA by Pepe Carril and adapted by Susan Sherman.  The readings will be directed by award-winning director Rome Neal with the Orisha music performed by Grammy-nominated Wilson “Chembo” Corniel. Also starring Audelco Award-winning actor Lloyd Goodman.  $10 // 7pm // 236 East 3rd Street.
  • The New Amsterdam Market is back down at South Street & Peck Slip on Sunday from 11a – 4p with a slew of local vendors and purveyors offering L.E.S.  favorites like Saxelby Cheesmongers to Rick’s Picks to Luke’s Lobster.

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.

Ackroyd and Belushi are The Blues Brothers - at the Sunshine this weekend.

Wed., August 11

  • Tenement Talks hosts author Ghita Schwarz in conversation with Sara Ivry. They will discuss her novel, Displaced Persons, a story of a group of Holocaust survivors struggling to remake their lives and cope with the stigma of their pasts in the wake of monumental Nazi horrors. FREE // 6:30pm // Tenement Museum – 108 Orchard St.

Midnight Movie at The Sunshine – Wet Hot American Summer

Aptly titled for this very weekend: The Sunshine’s Midnight Movie is David Wain’s 2001 cult comedy film, Wet Hot American Summer. It’s the last day of summer camp at Camp Firewood and Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, and Marguerite Moreau (to name a few) all take part in the hijinks, set in 1981.$9.99 // Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th //  143 E. Houston Street.

Weekend Guide

Along with previously mentioned anticipation of Keith Hennessy appearance at the New Museum tonight, here are a few suggestions for a fun-filled weekend on the Lower East Side.

Joey Arias and Penny Arcade

As we posted in our Weekly Music Picks, NYC icons Joey Arias and Penny Arcade, are hosting the theatrical cabaret Weimar New York, dreamed up by “avant-curator” Earl Dax, at the Abrons Arts Center.

Weekend Guide

There is plenty going on here on the Lower East Side this weekend.  Here are some highlights:

Rooftop Legends curator and NDHS dean, Jesse Pais

New Design High School will present their 2010 “Rooftop Legends” show on Saturday with an opening reception from 3-7pm. The curated show is a graffiti event that takes place up on the open rooftop of New Design High School (formerly Seward Park) and is a fundraiser for the school.