Weekend Kids’ Pick

Cirque Le Jazz performs at the Theater for the New City this weekend.

Take the kids to see a mini circus/musical theater performance at the Theater for the New City this weekend. Cirque Le Jazz is a company of four performers who display their singing, dancing, twirling and acrobatic moves in one act, ideal for families with young children. Performances are today through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. $15 for adults; $10 for children, students and seniors. 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets).

For more family friendly events and activities, please visit our kids page.

Weekend Kids’ Pick

This weekend the Theater for the New City is hosting the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, with two family-friendly puppet shows and a workshop where kids can make their own puppets.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11am, I Laid an Egg uses  “the elements of Shadow Theater, Object Theater, music and a dialogue between an Egg and a Baby” to “bring the audience into a child’s imaginary world.” On Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, Wonderspark Puppets retells the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Weekend Kid’s Pick

Youth performances are from 2 to 5pm on Saturday

This weekend is the 16th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets). On Saturday, youth performances are from 2 to 5pm in the Johnson Theater and include dance, theater, music and art. Also on Saturday, an outdoor street festival runs from noon until 5 on Saturday along East 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. For more details and a full listing of events, visit the Festival webpage.

Peter J. Ketchum “Hanging Tenaciously” at Theater For the New City

DO Tell by Peter J. Ketchum

Lo-Down Arts Contributor Ashlie Cotton stopped by the Theater For The New City after we heard from artist Peter J. Ketchum about his show, “30 Years Hanging Tenaciously on the Edge,” which is currently up in the gallery there.

Theater For the New City Ready to Kick off This Weekend’s LES Festival of the Arts

Artistic Director, Crystal Field, is ready for their 14th annual arts festival.

Artistic Director, Crystal Field, is ready for their 14th annual arts festival.

We stopped by to visit with Crystal Field, Theater For the New City’s executive director,as she finalized preparations for the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.  Crystal has seen the neighborhood change dramatically since starting the community cultural center in 1986.

She told us: “That was when this area had a very bad reputation. All the struggling artists were moving here and we felt that it would be important to show the rest of the world that we were not just about criminals, vandalism and drugs, and that we really were a very important cultural part of the city.”  Twenty-three years later Theater for the New City is an institution.  With four theaters, ongoing art exhibits, poetry readings, community board meetings and more, there always seems to be something interesting happening.

Reflecting the economic hardship facing the community, this year’s theme is: “The Necessity of Art in Good Times and Bad”. The festival includes theatrical performances, film screenings, poetry, visual arts, childrens’ theater (some even written by children), booths for LES vendors, and more. Highlights will include performances by Tammy Grimes, Judy Gorman, Composer David Amran (“Splendor in The Grass” and “The Manchurian Candidate”), Penny Arcade and many more. The best part? It’s absolutely FREE.

For information and a schedule of the three day extravaganza, visit their website.

Schedule Released for the LES Festival

The Theater for the New City has released its schedule for the 14th Annual LES Festival of the Arts. Among the featured performers are jazz composer and musician David Amram, Judith Malina of the Living Theater, Broadway actress Vinie Burrows and composer Phoebe Legere. There will also be a film festival a block party and special events for kids. The festival is May 22-23. All events are free. Broadway World has all the details. You can also check out the complete schedule at the Theater for the New City's web site.

Incidentally, we did an extensive interview with the Living Theater's Judith Malina, a living legend. We'll have a video report on her efforts to reshape the Living Theater for a new generation in the next couple of weeks.