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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Ah, New York, city of unique treats. Only in this metropolis of dreams and unfortunate smells can you take your kids to Diana Ross Playground, bring your date to see Woody Allen play jazz or get Reiki for your dog. And this Sunday, NYC is the only place on the planet that offers you the chance to take your mom to see Patti Smith play a Mother’s Day concert. Yes, that Patti Smith—uncompromising, defiant, razor-shunning punk poet—playing a Mother’s Day show. Smith does have a tender side, as readers of her memoir, Just Kids, will attest. She’s a political activist, deeply concerned with social injustice. And, as pertinently, she’s a mother herself (not to mention mother-in-law to a certain Meg White). If you graze your way through Smith’s blog, you’ll find mentions of daughter Jesse Paris Smith, a pianist and composer, as sweet as this one, written on a plane: “The moon is full. It is my daughter’s birthday but I am far from her, although in truth we are never far from one another. I go through the moments before her birth and the moments after when a double rainbow appeared outside the hospital window as it was raining through the sun.” Quirky veteran folkie Suzzy Roche and her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, will join Smith and her daughter onstage, undoubtedly singing their soft new single, “Song for Wayward Saints.” It’s hardly Martha Stewart, but your own mother probably isn’t a Hallmark mom any more than you’re a Hallmark kid, right? Fearless, creative mothers of the wRead more
Note: This engagement has been canceled. The Skirball's Visions + Voices: Germany series continues with a show in which three members of the Berlin female theater collective She She Pop rifle through its storage drawers and compare memories with three counterparts from the former East Germany.Read more
This London electropop trio got quite the bump a month ago when it was announced as the winner of the BBC's Sound of 2015 award (a distinction earned the previous two years by Sam Smith and Haim). If you like your pop music shimmery and cleanly produced with a thudding electronic pulse, we’d advise you have a listen pronto.Read more
New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton started out on the jazz scene, but has become quite the polymath—a magnificent soloist who can add teeth to easy-listening funk and bop and an astute commentator with sharp ideas on what he terms Black American Music. Here Payton, who doubles on keyboards, heads a hot combo with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White.Read more
Whether you’ve tackled Infinite Jest or just adore his tongue-in-cheek essay on cruises, every DFW fan should drop into this diverse afternoon of events celebrating his work and influence. The day includes a round table on Wallace and religion, a discussion with the author’s biographer D.T. Max, and a very special sneak peek of the upcoming Wallace-inspired play A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.Read more