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Vision Festival Celebrates 25 Years

Lower East Side based experimental Free Jazz and arts festival, Vision Festival, is celebrating 25 years of "a collective artistic vision" with VISION 25, “Breaking Free  Coming Home." Their upcoming festival kicks off on July 22 at Pioneer Works in...

The Pyramid Club Officially Closes its Doors

Beloved by generations of nightlife fans, The Pyramid Club NYC announced their permanent closure in early April. Known as a drag and punk landmark since the bad old days (1979!), the team cited the closure as a consequence of the pandemic shutdown.

Local Musician Jill Fiore Entertains and Inspires From Her Fire Escape

A crowd gathered on Essex Street between Grand and Hester streets (above Delancy Car Service) last weekend for an inspired performance by local musician Jill Fiore. She's been getting some attention by keeping people dancing with her warm-hearted and creative pandemic work-around, by performing live on her fire escape.

Abrons Arts Center Teams Up with Publica, Featuring Puerto Rican Artists

Abrons Arts Center has announced a month-long co-residency program, teaming up with Puerto Rico-based cultural center Pública.  La Residencia, a co-located residency program that supports Puerto Rican artists. They write: Beginning on November 20 and running through December 23, La Residencia will...

Lower East Sider Linda Diaz Wins NPR Tiny Desk Concert 2020 Contest

Earlier this week, NPR Music announced the winner of their 2020 Tiny Desk Contest is Linda Diaz, a singer-songwriter with local roots. Diaz was born and raised on the Lower East Side and now lives in Brooklyn.

Drummer Amos Gabia Pays Tribute to Essential Workers, Entertains Neighbors

  A local resident sent along these uplifting video clips. The Lo-Down reader noticed Ghanian drummer, Amos Gabia, coming out every evening at 7pm to honor our essential workers, noting "... he's become our highlight in these gloomy days. We'd...

Private Piano Lessons in New York, Sponsored by New York Piano School

Some people have fond memories of taking piano lessons as a child, but for many others, the experience was less-than-inspiring. Perhaps their teacher was inflexible and not the best at interacting with students, unable to connect.  Perhaps the instruction was simply...

Upcycled Art Shines in Show at Pearl River Mart Gallery

There was a special performance last night at the gallery of the family-owned Asian emporium Pearl River Mart. The German dance troop, Cocoondance, performed what they coined a "trash mob" as part of the current show, "From Trash to Treasure." The show...

“Klezmer For Beginners” Debuts at Abrons Arts Center

A comedic Klezmer mash-up, of sorts, is debuting at Abrons Arts Center for three nights starting tomorrow, April 11 - Saturday, April 13, 2019. Comedic performer Morgan Bassichis and musician/composer Ethan Philbrick are collaborating, along with an allstar ensemble of klezmer luminaries Eva Boodman, Christina...

Sing in a Summer Choral Group at Two Bridges Music (Sponsored)

Founded in January 2014 by classical pianist July Yang, the Two Bridges Music program provides high quality music lessons at an accessible cost to students of all levels and ages. At Two Bridges Music we believe in exposing each student to...
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Here’s How the Lower East Side is Doing in the Battle Against Covid-19

Photo: Gouverneur Health, November 2020. None of us want to revisit those scenes from the height of the pandemic --...
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