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Lower East Side Arts & Events Weekly Roundup

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Some local events that caught our attention this week:

  • Black Out!: A Black History Month Comedy Extravaganza! comes to Caveat NYC on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00pm. Written, directed, and produced by Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland in celebration of Black History Month, Black Out! is a live stage comedy that centers around the Black experience, and sheds light on different aspects of African-American life.
  • Azure Arts NYC (5 Rivington St.) presents a group exhibition, “Vital Impetus: Alice Garik, Gina Kropt, & jdx,” opening on Thursday, February 23 from 6-9pm. The exhibition “derives its title and curatorial theme from a concept élan vital (vital impetus), a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson. Rather than simply adhering to a set of mechanistic laws, Bergson contended that life has an inherent drive or impulse towards creativity, growth, and innovation… 
  • The First Step, a new documentary about Van Jones directed by Brandon Kramer, is screening all week at DCTV’s Firehouse theater. Multiple screenings include talkbacks with the filmmakers. “In a divided America, Van Jones controversially works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to America’s addiction crisis.”
  • (Beyond) Doomsday Scrolling, “A fierce, feminist, epic cabaret about women, war, displacement and resistance…” currently performing at HERE, connects the 2022 invasion of Ukraine with larger international landscapes. The performance on February 24th will honor a year of Ukraine’s resistance against Russia’s most recent military aggression and includes a conversation with Ukrainian actress Lilian LeVos. 
  • The Aunties of Reservation Dogs, an online discussion celebrating the Indigenous women from the hit television series Reservation Dogs comes to the National Museum of the American Indian on March 1st. The conversation features with one of the female writers/directors and the actresses who play the comedic and sassy aunties.

Check out our Lower East Side Events Calendar for more neighborhood activities and add yours HERE.

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