John Zorn’s Club, The Stone, Set to Close in February of 2018

As in years past, John Zorn will be back this week at his East 2nd Street music club, The Stone, to close out 2016 with a series of special “Improv Nights.”  But this year’s concerts are likely to be bitter-sweet. News broke in the past couple of days that the beloved center of avant-garde music is apparently closing in early 2018. The good news: There’s still another year to enjoy music at The Stone.

As the Destination: Out Twitter feed noted on Monday, the not-for-profit club’s online calendar for Feb. 20-25 of 2018 includes the following entry: “Farewell to The Stone: John Zorn Improv Week Celebration to ring the bell, close the book and quench the candle for The Stone.”

The New York Times contacted Zorn to find out what’s happening:

In an emailed statement, Mr. Zorn confirmed the timing of the closure, but added that a future was likely for the Stone in another space. “We hope to secure a new location and discussions are proceeding, but as yet nothing has been definitely decided,” he wrote. “We do hope you will all enjoy this last year in our historic underground East Village location and that you will all follow the music wherever it leads,” continues the statement, which he said would be soon posted to the club’s website. “Venues come and go, but the music continues on forever!”

This week’s improv performances take place Thursday and Friday. These are benefit concerts to help the venue “stay afloat.”  Here’s the Facebook invite if you’d like to attend.

New Year’s Eve Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks for a New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side.


Patti Smith


PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND – 8PM at Bowery Ballroom

If you’re planning to ring in the new year on the Lower East Side, what better way to do it than with a downtown legend.  Poet, award winning author, and American punk pioneer, Patti Smith, welcomes 2011 at the Bowery Ballroom. On the 31st, the artist that gave us such essential albums as “Horses” and “Easter,” will deliver an experience that will undoubtedly bring on feelings of delivering a death-blow to one year and celebrating the noisy, messy birth of another.  $55 // 6 Delancey Street.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Joshua White

The Joshua Light Show – Friday 14 at 8 PM

Light artist Joshua White has been creating live work with musicians in New York for decades, working with the likes of Frank Zappa, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane. An almost perfect creative relationship, the music compliments the light design and the light design compliments the music.

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Notes

There is no shortage of entertainment to be had this weekend:

Along with tonight's Rooftop Films Opening Night Party, which we featured here yesterday, the New York Times highlights two LES art shows: Carrie Moyer's paintings at the "Canada" Gallery on Chrystie Street and Matt Sheridan Smith's multi-media show at the Lisa Cooley Gallery on Orchard.

Tonight at the New Museum, a panel considers the legacy of the 1990's. "The 90's vs. the 90's," defining a decade, 7pm. More info here.

If you're looking for a fun and unique evening of readings and drinking, check out the NYC Lit Crawl tomorrow night.  There will be readings at various bars in the East Village and around the L.E.S.

WNYC's web site has great things to stay about "The Stone," on Avenue C and 2nd Street. They call the "unassuming room" on the LES founded by John Zorn "the best place to see new and exciting music."

The Museum at Eldridge Street offers the "Sacred Sites Bike Tour" on Sunday.

“HomeBase IV”, a fascinating site-specific installation built around a dozen
artists’ notions of home is running through May 24th in Bialystoker Nursing Home leased by The Educational Alliance on E. Broadway.