Greenwich Village events: Concerts, parties, readings and more

Find karaoke parties, dance performances, theater, indie films, comedy shows, gallery exhibits and more with our guide to the best events in Greenwich Village.

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Greenwich Village may not be as large as its West Village and East Village neighbors, but it packs in a lot of live-music venues, art galleries and performance spaces. Use our guide to the best upcoming events in Greenwich Village to plan a night out in downtown Manhattan.

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God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert, Live from Hell

  • Price band: 2/4
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In a match of performer and role that burns with sulfuric genius, the ferocious Erin Markey plays Westboro Baptist Church brimstone monger Shirley Phelps-Roper in John J. Caswell's musical fantasia, which imagines the antigay firebrand performing a hateful cabaret act in the very hell to which she imagines "fags" will be consigned.

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $18 plus two-drink minimum
  3. Fri Oct 31
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Ernest Cole: Photographer

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Ernest Cole was a South African gentleman whose photography changed the world. His stark view of life during apartheid allowed the Western world to see what the media wasn't presenting. The pictures are incredible and truly moving. Don't miss this.

  1. Grey Art Gallery/NYU 100 Washington Sq East, between Washington and Waverly Pls
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Dec 6
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Rachael Sage

  • Price band: 2/4
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Seasoned local folk-pop songsmith and five-time Out Music Award winner Rachael Sage celebrates a fresh album, Blue Roses.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
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Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Never Sleep Alone

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Talented character actor and cabaret comic Roslyn Hart plays "sexual psychologist" Dr. Alex Schiller in this interactive bash. The doctor’s goal: getting the audience in the mood with a few choice tunes and making sure all the single people in the audience hook up. For more information, go to neversleepalone.com.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Never Sleep Alone

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Talented character actor and cabaret comic Roslyn Hart plays "sexual psychologist" Dr. Alex Schiller in this interactive bash. The doctor’s goal: getting the audience in the mood with a few choice tunes and making sure all the single people in the audience hook up.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl

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Leg warmers live on with Reagan-era fixated combo Jessie’s Girl playing vintage hits like “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bookended by period-apropos DJ sets. Kelly Ripa apparently endorses this party—and since she’s a graduate of the seminal ’80s teen dance show Dance Party USA, it’s safe to consider her something of an expert.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Downtown survivor Penny Arcade performs this continuously evolving multimedia piece, created with her longtime collaborator, Steve Zehentner, about love, loss and Manhattan's diminishing status as a cultural hub.

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $20 plus $15 minimum
  3. Sun Nov 2 - Mon Nov 10
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Marc Ribot Trio

  • Price band: 2/4
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Guitarist Marc Ribot, a rootsy maverick with about as broad a stylistic range as you'll find in modern improv, reconvenes his outstanding trio with veteran bassist Henry Grimes and versatile drummer Chad Taylor in celebration of Grimes's 79th birthday. The band draws inspiration from Albert Ayler and late-period Coltrane, and while it excels at ecstatic free jazz, it can also stomp the blues and break your heart with a ballad. For evidence, consult its 2014 Pi Recordings effort, Live at the Village Vanguard—or, better yet, turn up for this gig.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Mon Nov 3
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Basement Bhangra

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DJs Rekha and Petra blend South Asian bhangra beats with hip-hop, dancehall and bass-heavy electronic rhythms at this long-running monthly soiree. The event begins with a happy hour from 7 to 9pm, and the bhangra dance lesson and party commence at 10:00pm.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Thu Nov 6
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Women of Letters

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Australian literary salon returns stateside, inviting notable women writers and performers to air their dirty laundry in the form of personal letters crafted just for the occasion. The evening’s lineup includes Brooklyn author Siri Hustvedt, writer Michelle Orange, Saturday Night Live player Sasheer Zamata, performer Ruby Wax, author and comedy writer Julie Klausner and acclaimed film producer Lorri Davis; they’ll each pen “a letter to my wake up call."

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Nov 6
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Martha Graham Cracker: A History of Joe's Pub in Song

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Hirsute, Philadelphia-based drag queen (and the creation of Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito van Reigersberg) Martha Graham Cracker and her band return to NYC to pay tribute to some of the most notable acts to grace the stage at Joe's.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Nov 7
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 8
More info

Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Leg warmers live on with Reagan-era fixated combo Jessie’s Girl playing vintage hits like “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bookended by period-apropos DJ sets. Kelly Ripa apparently endorses this party—and since she’s a graduate of the seminal ’80s teen dance show Dance Party USA, it’s safe to consider her something of an expert.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 8
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Waxahatchee + Alison Crutchfield + Radiator Hospital

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Waxahatchee, the spare, vulnerable indie-pop project of singer-songsmith Katie Crutchfield, turned heads last year with Cerulean Salt. Here, Crutchfield joins a bill with her sister, Alison, of pop-punk band Swearin', and Philly punks Radiator Hospital.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Mon Nov 10
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Downtown Sings Peggy Lee: A Book-Launch Celebration

  • Price band: 2/4
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Musical biographer James Gavin celebrates his newest book, Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee, with a spectacular lineup of cool vocalists to honor Lee's legacy. Performers include Justin Vivian Bond, Nellie McKay, Barb Jungr, Kenny Mellman, Baby Jane Dexter, Spencer Day, Tammy Faye and the New Standards (pictured).

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Mon Nov 10
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 15
More info

Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Leg warmers live on with Reagan-era fixated combo Jessie’s Girl playing vintage hits like “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bookended by period-apropos DJ sets. Kelly Ripa apparently endorses this party—and since she’s a graduate of the seminal ’80s teen dance show Dance Party USA, it’s safe to consider her something of an expert.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Movement Research at the Judson Church

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  • Free

Judson Mondays are here again. Pop by for a free evening of movement experimentation, curated by Neal Beasley, Bradley Ellis, devynn emory, Malcolm Low and Molly Poerstel.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Nov 17 - Mon Feb 9
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Nov 22
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