Arts Watch: What To Do in June

Sunshine Cinema. Photo via: Cinema Treasures.

The LES Film Festival opens at the Sunshine Cinema June 12. Photo via: Cinema Treasures.
The LES Film Festival opens at the Sunshine Cinema June 12. Photo via: Cinema Treasures.

Here’s our list of noteworthy events happening in June:

Sun. 1 – DayLIfe Street Festival: The LES Business Improvement District rolls out the astroturf, DJs and pushcarts for a day of local festivities. Enjoy some of the best food on the LES, free yoga classes, bocce ball, badminton, face-painting and live music. Noon to 5 p.m., Orchard Street between Delancey and Houston streets, free.

Mon. 2 – The Grand Street Cooperatives, Past, Present and Future at Manny Cantor: Join The Lo-Down for a lively panel discussion. Moderated by co-op resident and author Laurie Gwen Shapiro, special guests discuss the unique history of the co-ops, how the community has changed and what lies ahead for these diverse residents. Beer, kosher wine and snacks provided. 197 E. Broadway, 7 p.m., free.

Sat. 7 – Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz 11th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Nuyorican: Celebrate and support Neal’s monthly tradition of jazz and poetry with special guest vocalists and musicians Carol Woods (from Broadway’s “Chicago”), Johnny O’Neal, Carol Maillard (of Sweet Honey and The Rock), Danny Simmons, Patience Higgins, Dave Gibson, Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitbly and surprise celebrity guests. And, of course, complimentary homemade banana puddin’. 236 E. Third St., 9:30 p.m., $50.

Sun. 8 – Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival: The multicultural festival on Eldridge Street returns for its 14th year of celebrating the collision of Chinatown and the Jewish Lower East Side. Enjoy Chinese opera and acrobatics, klezmer music, Yiddish and Chinese language lessons, mah jongg, scribal arts, food and folk art demos, crafts and synagogue tours while noshing on egg rolls and egg creams. Noon to 4 p.m., 12 Eldridge St., free.

Thurs. 12 – LES Film Festival Opening Night at The Sunshine: The quirky independent festival is back for its fourth year of unique low-budget features, shorts, docs and music videos in creative locations throughout the neighborhood. This year’s opening film is the Russ & Daughters documentary, Sturgeon Queens. Through June 22. Various venues, $12.

Thurs. 12 – Gertrude Stein SAINTS! at Abrons Arts Center: Theater Plastique brings its award-winning pop opera to Abrons, setting Stein’s “Saints” librettos to distinctly American genres of music including rap, country, rock ‘n’ roll, hollerin’, gospel, Shaker, bounce, jazz and bluegrass. The original music is composed by the performers. Through June 28. 466 Grand St., 8 p.m., $20.

Fri. 13 – Sharon Van Etten at The Bowery Ballroom: The indie supernova performs songs from her just-released fourth album, “Are We There,” a self-produced work touted for its exceptional intimacy and immense breadth. Also Saturday, June 14. 6 Delancey St., 9 p.m., $20. (SOLD OUT)

Fri. 13 – Jeanine Oleson, Opera Premiere at the New Museum: The New Museum premieres Oleson’s experimental opera as a culmination of her four-month residency and exhibition “Hear, Here.” Beginning in a cave and ending on a mountain, the work is presented in two acts, complete with Oleson’s mix of humor, rancor and joy in addressing an avalanche of pressing issues in contemporary life. 235 Bowery, 7 p.m., (also Saturday, June 14 at 3 p.m.) free.

Sat. 14 – Ninth Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island: Put on your flapper gear and brush up your “Great Gatsby” impressions for this long standing Prohibition-era soiree with live music from Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. The beloved lawn party–a dream of the 1920s–inspires New Yorkers to don a seriously classy/vintage wardrobe in a tribute to “hot jazz, stiff cocktails and loose morals.” The day includes live music and dance performances, dance instruction for the hottest steps of the time, games for all ages and a wide variety of 1920s-inspired refreshments and gourmet food for purchase. Also Sunday, June 15. Catch the ferry to Governor’s Island at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St.,11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $30 (children under 12 free).

Mon. 23 – An Evening of Cabaret With Julie Klausner at Joe’s Pub: Join the comedienne and host of “How Was Your Week,” correspondent and author of “I Don’t Care About Your Band,” for an evening of music and comedic banter. Featuring special guests and Musical Director Jon Spurney. Through June 27. 425 Lafayette St., 7:30 p.m., $20.

To add your own events, visit our full Calendar.  Events must be submitted by June 14 to be considered for our July/August print magazine.