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Nilaja Sun will premier her new one-woman show, PIKE ST., (via the Epic Theatre Ensemble)  at Abrons Arts Center beginning Nov. 9, 2015.
Nilaja Sun will premier her new one-woman show, PIKE ST., (via the Epic Theatre Ensemble) at Abrons Arts Center beginning Nov. 9, 2015.

Here are the highlighted Lower East Side events from our November events calendar, out this week in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.

Fri. 6 – Tiger Tiger (On the Nature of Violence) at Dixon Place

Playwright Jessica Almasy has created this new production based on real life events and partially inspired by her own experiences. In the story, three boys walk into a zoo in San Francisco and two walk out in handcuffs and a tiger is on the loose, setting off a media frenzy.

This play about surviving and coping with violence is not appropriate for children. 161a Chrystie St., $18.

Sat. 7 – First Saturday for Families at the New Museum

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Jim Shaw: The End is Here, there will be a family workshop based on two of the artist’s most well-known projects. In “Dream Drawings” (1992–99) and “Dream Objects” (1994–present), Shaw translates his dreams into surreal works of art. During the workshop, families will work collaboratively to translate their own dreams into poetic lines, then drawings, and, finally, fantastical sculptures.

235 Bowery, 10 a.m.-noon, Free.

Sat. 7 – 2015 La MaMa International Puppet Series

Puppetry from the U.S., Japan, Belgium and Colombia will be featured at this biennial festival Leading puppet artists taking part include: Heather Henson, Ty Defoe, Tom Lee, Koryu Nishikawa V, Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company and Maiko Kikuchi.

Continues thru Nov. 29. Visit lamama.org for details.

Sun. 8 – The Eyal Vilner Big Band at Museum at Eldridge Street

Seventeen musicians make up this ensemble, led by Tel Aviv-born, New York-educated musician Eyal Vilner. The band has collaborated with big time jazz legends such as Jimmy Heath and Jimmy Owens. They’ll be performing Vilner’s new arrangements of jazz classics as well as his original compositions.

12 Eldridge St., 3 p.m., $20.

Tues. 10 – Nilaja Sun’s Pike Street at Abrons Arts Center

The award winning playwright and actor comes home to the Lower East Side for the world premier of her experimental production under the auspices of the Epic Theatre Ensemble. In Pike St., Sun tells the story of a struggling family, living in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge and preparing to ride out the next big storm. Unable to move her teenaged daughter, Candace, whose mysterious aneurysm has rendered her unable to move or breathe on her own, mother Evelyn plans for more than just survival: as the storm approaches, she fights for healing and redemption.

It’s Sun’s first solo show since the Obie-winning play, No Child… She got her start at Abrons, taking her first acting class there.

Through Dec. 6, 466 Grand St., 8 p.m., $30.

Wed. 18 – The American Dream at the Tenement Museum

In the museum’s regular Tenement Talks series, panelists discuss the present day role of immigrant workers in New York City. Journalists Sarah Maslin Nir, who exposed the world of nail salon workers in the New York Times, and Lauren Hilgers, who revealed the inner workings of the Chinese restaurant workers network in the New Yorker share the stage with former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, who moderates the conversation.

103 Orchard St., 6:3p p.m., free.

Mon. 23 – Okkervil River at Bowery Ballroom

The Austin, Texas-based indie band Okkervil is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its seminal release, Black Sheep Boy, with a new deluxe 3 LP set. The band will make a stop at Bowery Ballroom this month for three shows beginning on Monday, Nov. 23. Loosely based on the life of singer-songwriter Tim Hardin, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 39, Black Sheep Boy received immediate critical acclaim upon its release in 2005. 6 Delancey St., 9 p.m., $25.

Fri. 27 – Wallace Roney at Joe’s Pub

The great trumpeter Wallace Roney – who trained under Miles Davis – will take the stage at Joe’s Pub in support of his new album. He will debut music from his new album, Powerhouse (Chesky Records) Buster Williams (bass) and Lenny White (drums) will join Roney for this performance.

425 Lafayette St., 7:30 p.m., $20.

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