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Things to Do on the Lower East Side This Week

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Turning Page opens at Dixon Place.
Turning Page opens at Dixon Place.

Here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood Feb. 22-28:

–Friday evening is opening night for Turning Page, a compelling solo performance by Angelica Page. In the piece, she pays homage to her mother, Geraldine Page, the extraordinary actress closely identified with the works of Tennessee Williams. The show will be performed on selected nights in March and April, in addition to this coming weekend’s opening. Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Dixon Place, more info.

–It’s your last weekend to see The Lowline Lab in the Essex Street Market. The prototype of the underground park now being planned in the old Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal has been visted by 100,000 people since opening in the fall of 2015. It’s also probably your last chance to see inside the 1940 market building. It’s scheduled for demolition later this year to make way for the Essex Crossing development project. Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 25 & 26, Lowline Lab, 140 Essex St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

–If you’re looking for a good way to ease into your weekend a little bit early, we suggest a visit to The Stone Series, curated by John Zorn, at the Russ and Daughters Cafe on Thursday evening. This month’s featured performer is Steven Bernstein, the well-known downtown bandleader, composer and trumpeter. Pull up a seat at the bar, order a cocktail and a nosh (perhaps an order of potato latkes with wild salmon roe) and enjoy the music. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 127 Orchard St. free admission, more info.

–On Sunday, the historic St. Augustine’s of Hippo Episcopal Church is inviting the community to celebrate Black History Month. There will be a special speaker, the Rev. Lee Thomas; a jazz trio; and an exhibition of dolls, quilts and artifacts. Sunday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon, RSVP requested, more info.

–The Orchard Street Runners holds its annual silent auction in support of the Lower East Side Girls Club. In addition to the auction, there’s a DJ, and an open bar with beer and margaritas. Thursday, Feb. 23, Ludlow Studios, 6-10 p.m., $25, more info.

–On Sunday, there will be a panel discussion, Jewish New York, at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Participants include: Niki Russ Federman, fourth generation co-owner of Russ & Daughters; Alexandra Kelly, manager of the New York Public Library’s Lower East Side oral history project; and filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski who will share his short film based on his years growing up inside a former Hester Street synagogue. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m., Museum at Eldridge Street,  $14 (includes reception), more info.

–Greg Graffan, frontman of the legendary punk band, Bad Religion, plays Rockwood Music Hall. He’s got a new solo album coming out next month, his first in 11 years. Monday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. (there are also shows Tuesday and Wednesday evenings), $18, tickets.

Check out our CALENDAR for more events and submit your own events HERE.


Here are a few community events on our radar:

Thursday, Feb. 23 – Lower East Side Employment Network/Job Training Expo

Thursday, Feb. 23 – Know Your Rights Workshop For Immigrants and Allies

Monday, Feb. 27 – Public Meeting: Tompkins Square Park Playground Renovation

Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Community Board 3 Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 9 – Public Meeting: Upcoming L Train Shutdown

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