Happening This Weekend

Photo courtesy of The Lowline.

Photo courtesy of The Lowline.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side this weekend:

–New Zealand folk singer Marlon Williams plays Mercury Lounge tonight at 8:30 p.m. $12.

–Grant Lee Phillips takes the stage at Rockwood Music Hall tonight at 7 p.m.

–Tonight from 6-8 p.m., Causey Contemporary Gallery hosts an opening reception for “The Weight We Hold,” a new group show. 29 Orchard St.

–A new exhibition opened at the New Museum this week, Anri Sala: Answer Me.” The Albanian artist created an extensive multichannel audio and video installation across three floors. The exhibition is the foundation for Saturday’s free event, First Saturdays For Families. 10 a.m.-noon.

–Tomorrow it’s Family Education Day at The Lowline Lab. From noon-2 p.m., there will be STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts  math) education activities, including a scavenger hunt! Activities are drop in on a first come, first served basis. 140 Essex St.

–The plight of St. Mark’s Bookshop is well known. Beginning this weekend, the store at 136 East 3rd St. is having a big clearance sale — 50% off most books and magazines. Cash only.

–“The Club,” the latest film by Chilean director Pablo Larraín, opens today at the Sunshine Cinema. The award-winning movie brings viewers deep inside the home of four priests removed from ministry for a range of sins. Ticket info here.

Happening Today: Essex Crossing Meeting, Getting Nude at Tictail Market, “Alive on the Inside” at City Lore

Essex Crossing Site 5. Photo by Kami Scott.

Essex Crossing Site 5. Photo by Kami Scott.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–The developers of Essex Crossing are holding a public meeting tonight to talk about construction issues and jobs at the large mixed-use site. From 6:30-7:15, they’ll update the project timeline, discuss progress at each site and address “community impacts (i.e. noise).” Then from 7:15-8 p.m., there will be information provided about the availability of construction jobs for local residents and training programs. This meeting will not cover affordable housing (updated information on applying for Essex Crossing’s 500 affordable apartments will come later). Grand Street Settlement’s community room, located at 80 Pitt St.

–Tonight from 7-11 at the Tictail Market, 90 Orchard St., there’s an exhibition called, Get Nude. Get Drawn.” It includes hundreds of pieces from several artists “created during one marathon day of nude drawings.” More info here.

–From 6-9 p.m. at Parasol Projects Gallery, there’s an opening reception for, “Nuevo Mundo – Colonization of the Americas through Abstract Landscapes.” The show includes “many larger than life scenes inspired by the highly influential book Open Viens of Latin America by Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano.” 2 Rivington St.

–This evening at City Lore,  there’s a one-man show, “Alive on the Inside.” It’s Richard Eagan’s story of his experiences as a Coney Island show barker, weight guesser and game operator. You might know Eagan as co-host of the Mermaid Parade. 7 p.m., 56 East 1st St.

At the Bronx Museum tonight at 6:30 p.m., the co-curator of the ongoing Martin Wong exhibition will moderate a panel discussion “looking back at the state of downtown New York’s Lower East Side in the 1970s.” Panelists include: Benjamin Binstock, David Freeland, Lia Gangitano, and Marvin Taylor.

Happening This Weekend: “The Chintz Age,” Gallery Openings, “Graveyard” at Bowery Ballroom

"The Chintz Age" by Ed Hamilton.

“The Chintz Age” by Ed Hamilton.

Here are some of the things happening on the Lower East Side this weekend:

–At Bluestockings from 7-8 p.m. tonight, author Ed Hamilton reads from his new book, “The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss For a New York.” 172 Allen St.

–Songwriter Sonya Kitchell plays Mercury Lounge tonight at 8:30 p.m. $12.

–From 6-8 p.m., tonight the James Cohan Gallery hosts an opening reception for, “Things People Do,” a solo exhibition by painter Mernet Larswn. The gallery is located at 291 Grand St.

At Cuchifritos in the Essex Street Market this evening, there’s an opening from 5-7 p.m. for “(a(version)s),” which “features original compositions from 10 sound artists who use sampling as an integral part of their practice.” 120 Essex St.

The Morris-Warren Gallery presents “Visible Histories,” a group show featuring a selection of artists representing the American Abstract Artist’s Association, in celebration of the organization’s 80th Anniversary. 7-9 p.m. tonight, 171 Chrystie St.

–The gallery, onetwentyeight, hosts an opening reception for, “Maxwell Stevens: Summer Table Paintings.” tonight from 6-8 p.m. 128 Rivington St.

–Tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the New Museum a panel of artists and curators take part in a conversation titled, “Fold, Screen, Skin: Contemporary Space in Contemporary Art.” It coincides with the Cheryl Donegan’s new exhibition, which opened just this week.

–Swedish rock band, Graveyard, plays Bowery Ballroom Saturday at 9:30 p.m. $20.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Spectrum, flutist Martha Cargo and violin/viola duo andPlay present a double bill of music. 121 Ludlow St., 7 p.m.

–Sunday from 7-9 p.m., Participant opens, “Peter Hendrick, Convocation,” a 5-channel sound and video installation that presents the output of a computer program devised by the artist to translate prominent religious texts into Morse code. 253 East Houston St.

–Sunday from 6-8 p.m., Envoy Enterprises opens a new exhibition, “Metrocard Merry-go-round +3, we all fall down,” by Richard Bloes. 87 Rivington St.

Happening Today: Blood Drive, Torres at Bowery Ballroom, Lucky Bee Opens

Torres (Mackenzie Scott).

Torres (Mackenzie Scott).

Some of the things happening on the Lower east Side today:

–The 7th Precinct is holding a blood drive today between noon and 6 p.m. No appointments necessary. 19 Pitt St. (at Delancey Street).

–At 9 p.m., Mackenzie Scott (Torres) performs at Bowery Ballroom in support of her second album. $17.

–NYC songwriter Chris Riffle plays Rockwood Music Hall tonight at 9 p.m.

–From 6-8 p.m., Salon 94 opens a new show from prominent sculptor Betty Woodman. 94 Bowery.

Junior Projects hosts an opening from 6-8 p.m. for Susan Smith’s “Splinters.” The artist “collects architectural remnants from our industrialized urban society” and reconfigures them in oil on canvas paintings. 139 Norfolk St.

–Artists Levan Mindiashvili and Kurt Steger will talk about their works in “Structures,” a show at the Manny Cantor Center focused on “architectural place-making on the Lower East Side.” 6 p.m. Here’s the Facebook invite.

The Lucky Bee, a new South Asian restaurant, opens tonight at 252 Broome St. For the moment, chef Matty Bennett is making do without gas, so this is a soft opening.

Happening Today: Elizabeth Street Garden Meeting, New Museum Opening, Occupy Wall Street Film

Elizabeth Street Garden site.

Elizabeth Street Garden site.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–This evening at 6:30, city officials will appear before Community Board 2 to present plans for a senior housing development on the Elizabeth Street Garden site. The proposal has pitted garden activists against City Council member Margaret Chin. Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway.

–District 1’s Community Education Council will meet tonight from 6-8 p.m. at P.S. 20, 166 Essex St. Details here.

–Today the New Museum opens an exhibition by artist Cheryl Donegan, which will “tackle the ways and means by which our connections to the past are produced, fabricated, and renewed, particularly in fashion and art history.” The fifth floor show, titled, “Scenes and Commercials,” can be viewed during the museum’s regular visiting hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

–At 7 p.m. at Bluestockings, there’s a screening of the film, “All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story.” Here’s the Facebook invite.

–The introspective West Coast songwriter, Andrew St. James, plays Mercury Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Ticket info here. Then at 10:30 p.m., the Canadian hard rock band, The Trews, take the stage. $12.

–At 7 p.m., New-York-based indie band, Supersmall, featuring songwriter Colin Dempsey and drummer Daniela Schiller, debut their new album at Rockwood Music Hall. $10.

–At 7:30 p.m., Dixon Place presents, “Fast Forward,” a dance series that features Autumn Kioti, Katy Gunn and Shauna Sorensen. $15.

Happening This Weekend

Current and past members of Martha Graham Dance Company joined by students, administrators, and others affiliated with the company in Michael Klien’s Parliament, 2015, a study for Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. Photo: Brigid Pierce

Current and past members of Martha Graham Dance Company joined by students, administrators, and others affiliated with the company in Michael Klien’s Parliament, 2015, a study for Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. Photo: Brigid Pierce.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side This Weekend:

–The bluesy retro rock band, Peoples Blues of Richmond, plays Bowery Ballroom tonight at 9 p.m. $18.

–New York-based guitarist Yonatan Gat has an early gig at Mercury Lounge tonight. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10.

–Tonight from 6-8 p.m., the Taittinger Gallery holds an opening reception for “Ballet Mécanique,” a group exhibition examining “the diminishing divide between the natural and the artificial.”

–This weekend’s Midnight Movie at Sunshine Cinemas is, “Big Trouble in Little China,” starring Kurt Russell!

–Saturday evening, Michael Kliën’s, “Excavation Site” is presented in collaboration with the New Museum. As part of the COIL 2016 festival, a multigenerational group of performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company’s past, present, and future explore their relationships to Graham and the underlying “movement forces” that bind them to one another, to Graham, and to the Company. This event takes place at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., $20.

At Bowery Electric tomorrow night, revisit the glory days of 1970s punk on the Lower East Side with “Television’s” Richard Lloyd. 7:30 p.m.

–Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., “My Brightest Diamond,” the baroque pop project of musician Shara Worden, is part of a showcase at Rockwood Music Hall.

–Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Spectrum presents a contemporary recital by accomplished violinist Josh Modney. He’ll be joined by members of the Wet Ink Ensemble.

–Tomorrow from 1-4 p.m., Museum of Chinese in America offers a printmaking workshop in celebration of Martin Luther King. “Using community stories, civic action and prints in MOCA’s collection,” participants will “create art that takes a stand and inspires others to take action.”

–Sunday at 7 p.m., the Afropunk musician Saul Williams takes part in the APAP Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall.

–Sunday is you last chance to see artist Glen Fogel’s solo show  at JTT Gallery. “Why Don’t I…Pretend to Be Your Dad?” includes a video based on the film, “Weekend,” synchronized with stripped down pop love songs and LED lighting. 170 Suffolk St.

Happening Today: Seward Park Visioning, Punk Magazine 40th, “The Chintz Age”

punk magazine

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–Community Board 3’s Parks Committee meets tonight for a visioning session tied to the city’s “Parks Without Borders” funding initiative. Community members will be asked to weigh in on their ideas to improve Seward Park. BRC Senior Center, 30 Delancey St., 6:30 p.m. Click here to see our previous coverage of this project.

–Tonight at Howl! Happening, it’s the opening of a new exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Punk Magazine. 6 East 1st St., 6-8 p.m. Here’s the Facebook invite.

–At Parkside Lounge, Ed Hamilton reads from his new book, “The Chintz Age.” It’s part of the Inspired Word Series. 8 p.m., 317 East Houston St.

–From 6-8 p.m. there’s an opening reception for, “Paper Cuts,” a group show at Cuevas Tilleard Projects, 142 Henry St.

–Scarlett Lace’s Flashback series continues at Botanic Lab with an 80s-inspired, star-studded Go-Go-A-Thon and Dance Party. 8:30 p.m, 85 Orchard St.

Happening Today: Liquor Permit Hearing, Comedy at the Grocery, Playback Wow

49 Monroe St., the site of a new restaurant from the Forgtmenot team.

49 Monroe St., the site of a new restaurant from the Forgtmenot team.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–At 10:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña joins the New York Immigration Coalition to announce new resources for translation and interpretation. The event takes place at P.S. 126, 80 Catherine St.

Community Board 3’s SLA Committee holds its monthly meeting tonight. Among the liquor permit applications to be considered: A proposal from the “Forgtmenot” team to open a new venue at 49 Monroe St. The operators of “Old Man Hustle” will be seeking to make some changes. Community opposition is expected. Plus the board will hear about plans for a new restaurant in the old Winnie’s space on Bayard Street. CB3 office, 59 East 4th St., 6:30 p.m.

–The American Realness dance festival continues at the Abrons Arts Center. Check out today’s lineup here.

–At 8 p.m. at Arlene’s Grocery, the well-regarded “Comedy at the Grocery” returns. This evening one audience member will receive a makeover!

–Playback Wow’s Winter Showcase takes place at the Wow Cafe Theater, 59 East 4th St. at 7:30 p.m. “Playback is a participatory, improvisational performance form for acting out y/our stories… Members from the audience are invited to tell a personal narrative and have it ‘playbacked’ by the actors.” More info here.

Happening Today: Three Kings Day, Charter School Hearing, Iron Mule Short Short Comedy Film Fest


Three Kings Day 2015. Photo via Teatro Sea’s Facebook page.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–Teatro Sea’s Three Kings Day event takes place from 3-5 p.m. at the Clemente, 107 Suffolk St. Kids from the community are invited to “meet the 3 Kings, enjoy traditional Latino Holiday Music and receive a FREE gift.”

–Tonight at 6:30, Community Board 3’s economic development committee holds its monthly meeting. Agenda items include: a presentation from the city’s Department of Finance on property taxes and continued discussion about a proposed special zoning district in support of small businesses. Village View Community Room, 175 East 4th St.

–There will be a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on a revision proposal from Manhattan Charter School. You can see details here.

–At 7:30 p.m., Community Education Council 1 will hold its monthly meeting at P.S. 20, 166 Essex St. Here’s the agenda.

–Lizzi Bougatsos opens a new show at the James Fuentes Gallery tonight from 6-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 55 Delancey st.

–Tonight at 6 p.m., the Performance Project at University Settlement presents, “The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime SHARE.” Hosted by Chris Tyler, this salon series event will ask, “What makes ‘BIG’ entertainment? What is the value of performance? How do we create substantial work in times of scarcity?” Here’s the Facebook invite.

The Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival opens tonight at Dixon Place: Stars like Stephen Colbert, Dan Harmon, Aziz Ansari, Lena Dunham and Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer showed their films at past Iron Mule screenings. The festival is hosted by filmmaker Jay Stern and filmmaker/comedian Victor Varnado. 7:30 p.m., $12 adv./$15 door, 161A Chrystie St.

Happening Today: Jesse Malin at Bowery Ballroom, Boozy Political Gab Fest, Anomalisa at the Sunshine

Jesse Malin.

Jesse Malin.

Here are some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–A familiar face on the LES, Rocker Jesse Malin, plays Bowery Ballroom tonight with a preview of his next album, “Outsiders.” 9 p.m., $25. Velvet Elk, his label, is also hosting a holiday benefit show in support of the Bowery Mission.

–Amore Opera, an offshoot of the dearly departed Amato Opera, will be performing “Hansel & Gretel” today and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Loreto Theater, 18 Bleecker St. Ticket info here.

–At Upright Citizens Brigade East, it’s “Two Beers In,” a political roundtable discussion in which each participant must consume two beers on stage before speaking. This event is hosted by Cody Lindquist and Charlie Todd. Panelists include the journalist Pat Kiernan and the comedians Zhubin Parang and Neil Casey, with a special appearance by Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump. 8 p.m., 153 East 3rd St. More info here.

–Charlie Kaufman’s latest film, the stop-motion feature, ANOMALISA, debuts tonight at the Sunshine Cinema. Ticket info here.

Cake Shop’s weekly comedy night begins at 8:30 p.m. Check out the lineup here.

Happening Today: New Museum Open, Mehldau & Thile at Bowery Ballroom, KGB Bar Reading Series

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau are at Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau are at Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Here are some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–The New Museum is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. But since it’s a holiday week, they’ll be open both today and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Take a look at the exhibitions on view, including, “Jim Shaw: End of Days,” which closes January 10.

–Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and songwriter Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, J .S. Bach and now Prairie Home Companion) team up for tonight’s performance at Bowery Ballroom. 10:30 p.m., $40.

–Sandra Bernhard continues her New Year’s week run at Joe’s Pub. “Feel the Bernhard” offers two performances tonight at 7:30 and 9:30. Ticket info here.

–Guitarist/composer Jim Campilongo is back at Rockwood Music Hall for his regular Monday gig at 10:30 p.m.

–Four writers, all University of New Hampshire MFA Grads, will read from their new works at KGB Bar, 45 East 4th St., at 7 p.m.

Happening Today: Basquiat’s 55th, Quique Gonzalez at Joe’s Pub, Last Minute Art Gifts


Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–Community Board 3’s December meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at P.S. 20, 166 Essex St.

–Spanish songwriter Quique Gonzalez is at Joe’s Pub at 7 p.m. $20.

–Today would have been Jean Michel Basqiat’s 55th birthday. Tonight at The Delancey there’s a live art tribute to Basquiat. More info here.

–Electronic alt R&B artist Alge is out from Los Angeles to play Piano’s at 8 p.m.

–From 6-10 p.m., it’s the “Last Minute Gift Ideas Art Show” at Arlene’s Grocery.

Happening Today: Winter Solstice, Feast of the Seven Fishes, Holy Smokes

Children's Magical Garden.

Children’s Magical Garden.

Here are some of the things transpiring today on the Lower East Side:

–It’s the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Starting at 3:30 p.m., there will be a celebration at the Children’s Magical Garden. There will be bulb planting, live music from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, snacks and beverages from Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop. Stanton and Norfolk streets.

–Also at 3:30 p.m., Care for the Homeless and the New York City Rescue Mission will hold their annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day observance at 90 Lafayette St. The event is observed to remember those who passed away during the year without stable housing. More info here.

–The next three nights, El Rey Coffee Bar, Russ & Daughters and Morgenstern’s Ice Cream have teamed up for a progressive “Feast of the Seven Fishes.” They collaborated on the menu with award-winning chef David Tanis. Details and tickets here.

–The Columbus, Ohio rockers, Holy Smokes, are at Mercury Lounge tonight at 9:30 p.m. $10.

–At 8 p.m., Brooklyn-based folk-rock artist, Sherman Ewing will perform at the Slipper Room. 100% of the proceeds from the show will go to BARC (the Williamsburg animal shelter), Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation and Sanctuary for Families. More details on our Calendar.

Happening This Weekend: Justin Vivian Bond, East River Park Bird Count, Knish Klatch

Justin Vivian Bond/Joe's Pub

Justin Vivian Bond/Joe’s Pub

Happening on the Lower East Side this weekend:

–Justin Vivian Bond’s annual holiday extravaganza continues at Joe’s Pub this weekend. 9:30 p.m., $35. Ticket info here.

–Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., the Metropolitan Playhouse on East 4th Street features, “Golden Light for a December Night,” Chubby Boy’s “mellifluous classical saxophone sound.” $25, details on our Calendar.

–It’s your last chance to check out the Lowline Lab at the Essex Street market before the holiday break. 140 Essex St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This evening, Grit N Glory + Social Decay present “a night of epic holiday debauchery… with booze, music, snacks by Georgia’s East Side BBQ & last minute discount shopping.” 6 p.m., 186 Orchard St.

–Sunday at the Museum at Eldridge Street, it’s the debut concert of “Book of Questions,” which is described as a “song cycle inspired by ethnographer and playwright S. Ansky’s classic study of Jewish life in the Pale of Settlement in the early 20th century.” $20, 3 p.m. More info here.

–On Sunday at 12:30 p.m., international knish expert Laura Silver appears at the Village Temple, 33 East 12th St. She’ll be talking about the “disappearance of her beloved Brighton Beach knish shop (Mrs. Stahl’s) and on her seven-year, three-continent quest for traces of the humble hunk of stuffed dough and the uncanny discovery of her own roots….in the Polish town of Knyszyn.”

–On Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon, you can join the LES Ecology Center and the Audubon Society for the annual “Christmas Bird Count” in East River Park. Meet at the Fire Boat House at Grand Street.

Happening Today: “Structures” at Manny Cantor Center, San Fermin at Bowery Ballroom, Holiday Bazaar

"Future Queer Perfect" at Station Independent Projects.

“Future Queer Perfect” at Station Independent Projects.

Some of the things happening on the Lower East Side today:

–At 5 p.m. at the New Museum, Mexico City Artist Pia Camil will be trading 100 custom designed sweatshirts in exchange for personal items from the public in an event titled, “Pia Camil: A Pot for a Latch” Exchange Day. More info here.

–From 6-8 p.m. at the Manny Cantor Center, curator Keith Schweitzer debuts “Structures,” a show that explores the built environment of the Lower East Side.

–At 6 p.m. at Station Independent Projects, curators Olga Kopenkina and Yevgeniy Fiks present, “Future Queer Perfect,” an exhibition that “explores utopian dimension of queer imagination and memory.”

–From 6-10 p.m., Shoot the Lobster will host an opening party for its Holiday Bazaar. The sale features clothing, jewelry, DVDs, CDs, soaps, candles, furniture, artworks, holiday goodies and more by 50+ artists. 138 Eldridge St.

Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin plays Bowery Ballroom at 9 p.m. $20.

Trumpeter Sam Jones performs a recital at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St., 7 p.m. $15.