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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Juana Molina + Xenia Rubinos

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Argentine singer Juana Molina’s soft Spanish songs are worldly, intrinsically musical and, at times, even funny. She never oversells a tune, letting her work placidly roll forth as if she is soundtracking a dream. Here, she's joined by kindred spirit Xenia Rubinos.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Tue Apr 15
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I Remember Mama

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

I Remember Mama. Gym at Judson (see Off Broadway). By John Van Druten. Directed by Jack Cummings III. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. I Remember Mama: In brief Transport Group's Jack Cummings III directs a revival of John Van Druten's 1944 Broadway smash, a domestic drama about a Norwegian family in 1910s San Francisco. In a high-concept twist, ten veteran actresses—including Barbara Barrie, Rita Gardner, Lynn Cohen and Marni Nixon—play all 25 roles. I Remember Mama: Theater review by Helen Shaw Transport Group's tremendously moving revival of John Van Druten's I Remember Mama encourages reminiscence—and not simply because the 1944 drama is structured as a memory play. At least, it certainly carried me into the past: Van Druten's adaptation of Kathryn Forbes's novel Mama's Bank Account has long been a community-theater staple, and I can't be the only one who sat stunned and weepy in the Gym at Judson, remembering a long-ago production I saw as a child. Whether misty-eyed over an early theatergoing memory or no, nearly everyone present was lost in her own nostalgic haze, thanks to an inspired staging choice by director Jack Cummings III. This Mama is played entirely by ten astonishing older actresses, many in their sixties and beyond, who effortlessly become narrator Katrin (Barbara Barrie); her gruff papa, Lars (Dale Soules); mysterious boarder Mr. Hyde (Lynn Cohen); and, of course, Katrin's mama herself (the infinitely warm Barbara Andres). N

  1. 243 Thompson St, at Washington Sq South, 10012
  2. $49–$55, premium $65
  3. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Apr 20
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Hamilton Leithauser

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Late last year, the Walkmen announced an "extreme hiatus," clearing the way for a steady stream of solo projects from the members of the local indie-rock faves. Keyboardist Walter Martin unveils a solo LP in May, and bassist Peter Matthew Bauer drops one in June, just a couple of weeks after frontman Hamilton Leithauser enters the fray with Black Hours. You'll no doubt get a taste of the LP at this week's intimate gigs—if lead single "11 O'Clock Friday Night" is any indication, you can expect some body-moving uplift (we can't help but think of Graceland) mixed in with Leithauser's patented charismatic crooning.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Hamilton Leithauser

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Late last year, the Walkmen announced an "extreme hiatus," clearing the way for a steady stream of solo projects from the members of the local indie-rock faves. Keyboardist Walter Martin unveils a solo LP in May, and bassist Peter Matthew Bauer drops one in June, just a couple of weeks after frontman Hamilton Leithauser enters the fray with Black Hours. You'll no doubt get a taste of the LP at this week's intimate gigs—if lead single "11 O'Clock Friday Night" is any indication, you can expect some body-moving uplift (we can't help but think of Graceland) mixed in with Leithauser's patented charismatic crooning.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Though his father once warned him not to write "like a self-hating Jew," satiric novelist Shteyngart's new memoir can't help but dig into a childhood marked by illness, an awkward adolescence and a lonely adulthood with relish—or, say, a dish of Russian gherkins.

  1. New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 W 10th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Playing for Jim Hall

  • Price band: 2/4
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Magisterial guitarist Jim Hall, who died in December, had virtually no peers when it came to mixing improvisational finesse, harmonic sophistication and abundant heart. No imitation at these tribute gigs, then; just a number of friends and collaborators paying their respects by being themselves. Hall's trusty rhythm section—bassist Scott Colley and drummer Joey Baron—anchors the proceedings, and all-star soloists on hand include Bill Frisell, Julian Lage and Greg Osby.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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The Meeting* with Justin Sayre

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Justin Sayre, an avatar of retroqueer cultivation, poses as chairman of the International Order of Sodomites in this delightfully droll monthly gay variety show, which includes wittily scripted riffs and rants, plus sketches and musical interludes. The April episode features a tribute to John Cameron Mitchell.

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $20 plus $12 minimum
  3. Sun Apr 20
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Arias and Ratzke

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Demimonde demigod Joey Arias has entertained and scandalized the club world for decades with his fetish-drag getups, extravagant charisma formidable vocals. Now he joins Dutch-German pop cabaret star Sven Ratzke to take Joe's Pub by Sturm.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Funkbox

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Veteran mixtape maestro Tony Touch and his guests are on the decks in the club's Gallery every Sunday, spinning soulful house, classics, Afro-Latin-tinged rhythms and more.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2014

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Program: My Lindblad and Ursula Eagly, Melanie Maar, RISK and Antonio Ramos.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Apr 21
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Rachel Kushner: The Flamethrowers

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The stunning sophomore effort from National Book Award finalist Kushner (Telex from Cuba) is the story of a young woman in the mid-'70s who gets embroiled with men, the New York City art scene and revolution overseas.

  1. New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 W 10th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Thu Apr 24
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Phil Klay: Redeployment

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  • Free

This Iraq War vet, whose first story was published in the summer 2011 issue of Granta, copes with battle and its aftermath in his new collection. In spare (and unsparing) prose, Klay relates disturbing moments of overseas service and the conflicting emotions that result.

  1. New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 W 10th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Arias and Ratzke

  • Critics choice

Demimonde demigod Joey Arias has entertained and scandalized the club world for decades with his fetish-drag getups, extravagant charisma formidable vocals. Now he joins Dutch-German pop cabaret star Sven Ratzke to take Joe's Pub by Sturm.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Funkbox

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Veteran mixtape maestro Tony Touch and his guests are on the decks in the club's Gallery every Sunday, spinning soulful house, classics, Afro-Latin-tinged rhythms and more.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sun Apr 27
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TRANS Formative: Songs That Propel Us

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A dizzying array of downtown stars takes the stage at this tribute to beloved vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern, whose students dominate the lineup. Scheduled performers include Lady Rizo, Justin Vivian Bond, Kathleen Hanna and Our Lady J. Tammy Faye Starlite hosts, and proceeds go to New York Voices and the Ali Forney Center.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Mon Apr 28
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The How I Learned Series

  • Price band: 1/4
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Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Wed Apr 30
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Funkbox

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Veteran mixtape maestro Tony Touch and his guests are on the decks in the club's Gallery every Sunday, spinning soulful house, classics, Afro-Latin-tinged rhythms and more.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sun May 4
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Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2014

  • Critics choice

Program: Jeanine Durning, Deborah Hazler, Phoebe Morris and Saúl Ulerio.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon May 5
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Funkbox

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Veteran mixtape maestro Tony Touch and his guests are on the decks in the club's Gallery every Sunday, spinning soulful house, classics, Afro-Latin-tinged rhythms and more.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sun May 11
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