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.
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.
Thursday, August 12
- Tenement Talks hosts author Edward Kohn in conversation with Richard Greenwald. They will discuss his book, Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896, the story of the catastrophic New York heat wave of 1896. Here’s an excerpt from The Takeaway. FREE // 6:30pm // Tenement Museum – 108 Orchard St.
- Bluestockings Bookstore hosts Pegi Deitz Shea in a reading and discussion about her novel, Abe in Arms, a book about the effects of child soldiering in war-torn Africa. FREE // 7pm // 172 Allen Street.
Friday, August 13
- The New York International Fringe Festival (fringeNYC) kicks off its 14th season of independent theater with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. $15 advance tickets // Shows run through August 29th.
- Our local dance company (and internationally renowned troupe), Paul Taylor II, will be at Summer Stage in East River Park with Naganuma Dance. Naganuma will be staging a fusion dance class (open to everyone of all ages and skill levels) before the performances.
- Don’t miss those infamous soul-singers, Jake & Ellwood, in this week’s midnight movie, The Blues Brothers, at the Sunshine Cinema. $9.99 // August 13, 14 // Midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.
Saturday, August 14
- In conjunction with their current Brion Gysin exhibit, the New Museum will be screening FLicKeR, a documentary by Nik Sheehan, about the life of the artist and his “dream machine.” The film features William S. Burroughs (in archival footage), singer Marianne Faithfull, guitarist Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, DJ Spooky and more. Free with museum admission // 3pm // 235 Bowery.
- Chuchifritos, the art gallery space located inside the Essex Street Market, will be hosting an opening for the show, 8 Artists: From the Archive, in collaboration with the Artists Alliance Inc.(AAI) and AAAC (Asian American Arts Centre). Live music and Greek food from the market. // FREE // 4pm // 120 Essex Street.
Sunday, August 15
- The newly re-launched literary magazine, Sensitive Skin, (“from the ashes of the Lower East Side”) will hold it’s first live reading event at the Bowery Poetry Club. Eight contributors/writers will read. $8 // 6pm // 308 Bowery.
- The Sulu Series will also be at Bowery Poetry Club with their monthly showcase of emerging and established Asian American artists locally and across the country. Hosted by Regie Cabico, curated by Artistic Director Taiyo Na, with music by resident crowd mover DJ Boo. $8, $5 students with i.d. // 8pm // 308 Bowery.