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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Our Lady J: The Gospel of Dolly, A Hard Candy Christmas

  • Price band: 2/4
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Wonderfully strange and extremely talented singer-songwriter-musician Our Lady J is taking a yearlong break from touring to write for the Amazon original series Transparent. Catch her before she goes on hiatus at this Dolly Parton–infused Christmas show.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Mon Dec 22
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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 Dec 22 - Mon Feb 9
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Justin Vivian Bond: Star of Light! An Evening of Bi-Polar Witchy Wonder

  • Price band: 2/4
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Bond performs with a mama-snake mixture of nurture and menace: part transsexual den mother, part cultural assassin, part offhand Cassandra. Now the downtown performance legend returns to Joe's with a yuletide cabaret show that probably wouldn’t sit well with either Jesus or Santa Claus.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 23
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Bollywood Disco Xmas Edition

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Experience Bollywood with a performance by Shiamak Davar Dance Team, an art installation from Fictive and beats by DJ Sumie and DJ Rekha, a.k.a. the Ambassador of Bhangra.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Thu Dec 25
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Union Square Optical sale

  • Price band: 3/4
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Swap your shabby specs for a pair of high end, designer frames in honor of this boutique’s 30th anniversary. From sunnies to eyeglasses, everything is marked 50 percent off. Standouts include Saint Laurent readers (originally $459, now $219) and Porsche titanium aviators ($299, were $599).

  1. Union Square Optical 9 W 14th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Thu Jan 15
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Sandra Bernhard Is #blessed

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Divine Sandra is a mouthy actor, comedian and singer whose best work gives pop culture a big, sloppy kiss, while simultaneously biting it on the lip. She returns for her annual year-capping residency at Joe’s Pub, where's she'll wrap up 2014 with her blend of sentimentality, caustic wit, wistfulness and sarcasm and belt out plenty of tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) rock songs.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Le Bingo

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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 Dec 27
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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 Dec 27
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Joey Arias, Raven O and Sherry VIne: Bar d'O Reunion

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Demimonde eminences Joey Arias, Raven O and Sherry Vine revisit the tossed-salad days of their crowded weekly shows at Bar d'O in their 10th annual reunion concert.

  1. Acme 9 Great Jones St, between Broadway and Lafayette St, 10012
  2. Sun Dec 28
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Holiday Bonus Bingo

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Bingo hostess extraordinaire Linda Simpson brightens the dead zone between Christmas and New Year's with this night of old-fashioned bingo antics. She's joined by spokesmodel Reina Del Taco and DJ Formika.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Tue Dec 30
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Murray Hill’s New Year’s Eve Late Show

  • Price band: 3/4
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NYC's favorite drag king carries on his annual pageant with an A-grade lineup in tow: Burly-Q beauty Dirty Martini, singer extraordinare Bridget Barkan, comedy-dance duo Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, boylesque star Mr. Gorgeous and Neal Medlyn (in his Champagne Jerry guise) entertain the audience until the big countdown to the dollar-store-balloon drop. The fun continues with a dance party (with DJ Half ’N Half, otherwise known as Hill, on the decks), and the opportunity to corner one of the performers for a smooch.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Jan 1
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Murray Hill's New Year's Eve Late Show

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New York's nightlife king keeps the party going long after the ball drops at this late-late NYE party. His guests include burlesquers Dirty Martini and Mr. Gorgeous, rap prankster Champagne Jerry (a.k.a. Neal Medlyn), singer Bridget Barkan, and dance-comedy duo Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Jan 1
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Billy Lloyd

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Classical-inflected alt-pop singer-songwriter and queer activist Billy Lloyd comes to Joe's Pub to share songs from his recent EP of infectious songs, Who (/).

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat Jan 3
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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 Jan 3
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Scream Along with Billy

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Downtown punk-cabaret duo Billy Hough and Susan Goldberg take you on a demented tour of rock & roll history at this roudy concert. Special surprise guests are likely.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sun Jan 4
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The Dork Knight

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Jason O'Connell life is an adventure involving an infatuation with Batman. Watch as O'Connell's life unfolds onstage, expressing the many ways the Dark Knight has influenced him, professionally and privately.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Mon Jan 5
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Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

  • Price band: 3/4
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Nearly 60 years old, the Monterey Jazz Festival claims to be the longest-running jazz fest on the entire planet—seems like plenty of cause to celebrate with a week at the Blue Note. Carrying the Monterey torch here is an all-star band featuring trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxist Ravi Coltrane and pianist Gerald Clayton.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Tue Jan 6 - Sun Jan 11
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed. Rock Bottom: Theater review by David Cote I was a Bridget Everett virgin before Rock Bottom, so yes, there was some blood. There was also lots of spilled chardonnay, sweat and a few other fluids I’d rather not name. In other words, it was all flavors of crazy, and I loved every second. How is it possible that for years I’ve missed Everett’s vaginacentric shock comedy and rafter-splitting rock belt? Fear, if we’re being truthful. I’d seen the pictures, heard the titles and assumed she was too much woman to handle. Still, her latest cabaret act—with songs cowritten by Broadway vets Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), as well as with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray­—is a nice way to ease, semi-lubed, into the Everett aesthetic. Between a ditty about sampling international dong, “Tell Me (Does This Dick Make My Ass Look Big?),” and a nearly scatological dalliance with a British film star, “A Man So Fine,” Everett works

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $40 plus $15 minimum
  3. Tue Jan 6 - Fri Feb 20
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Winter Jazzfest 2015

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WJF, a perennial highlight of NYC's annual jazz calendar, hosts its signature Greenwich Village marathon on Jan 9 and 10, preceded on Jan 8 by two kick-off events: a Jazz Legends for Disability Pride fund-raiser at Friends Meeting House, with big names such as Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Brad Mehldau and Jimmy Cobb; and a showcase for the current Blue Note roster at Le Poisson Rouge.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Thu Jan 8 - Sat Jan 10
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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 Jan 10
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