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Author Zadie Smith will be a guest on Employee of the Month at Joe's Pub this Thursday. Photo by Dominique Nabokov.
Author Zadie Smith will be a guest on Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub this Thursday. Photo by Dominique Nabokov.

Here are some recommended events in the neighborhood March 14-21:

Wednesday, March 15
Award-winning author Min Jin Lee comes to the Tenement Museum with her new book, Pachinko. The story follows a Korean family’s struggle through generations, beginning in the early 1900s, as they immigrate to Japan.  Lee will be in discussion with Ken Chen, executive director of the Asian American Writers Workshop. 103 Orchard St., 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., freemore info here.

Thursday, March 16
Host Catie Lazarus talks with acclaimed author Zadie Smith, comedian Judy Gold and Cabaret Starlet Lady Rizzo at her monthly live podcast talkshow, Employee of the Month. Lazarus and her house band keep the show down to earth yet somehow rollicking at the same time. 9:30 p.m., at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $30, more info here.

Prague-based collector František Bányai brings his collection of historic postcards to the Museum at Eldridge Street for the exhibition, Lost Synagogues of Europe. The late 19th and early 20th century postcards in reproduction form depict synagogues and communities in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and other European countries – the majority of which were destroyed during World War II. 12 Eldridge St., Opening reception 6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m., on view through June 8, more info here.

Friday, March 17
On The Rocks Theatre Company debuts its new sci-fi comedy with music, FRED, at Dixon Place. Fred is a robot with origins as a pool vacuum, who has been keeping his inventor’s comatose widow alive for over two hundred years. When he decides they could both use a change, he packs up their home in Phoenix and relocates to The Clam—a once luxurious retirement space station orbiting Pluto. 161A Chrystie St., 7:30 p.m., $22, weekends through April 1, more info here.

Saturday, March 18
Indie director Kelly Reichardt introduces (in person) two of her feature films, Meek’s Cutoff and Certain Women, at the Metrograph. Reichardt’s gorgeous and haunting films are often about people living on the fringes of American society, in sparsely populated environments. 7 Ludlow St., screenings are at 6:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., $15, more info here.

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


Upcoming Community Events:

Wednesday, March 15 – Community Board 3’s Land Use Committee meets. Discussions will take place on Two Bridges environmental review and Chinatown neighborhood plan.

Thursday, March 16 – Community Board 3’s Parks Committee meets. Discussions will take place on renovated bathrooms in Sara D. Roosevelt Park and Basketball City parking issues.

Saturday, March 18 –  Yahrtzeit (anniversary) service at the Stanton Street Shul in memory of the victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

Sunday, March 19 – Women’s History Month Forum at Henry Street Settlement with Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou + Constituent Resources Fair. RSVP Requested.

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