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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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. Thu Apr 24
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Hauschka

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Düsseldorf pianist-composer Volker Bertelmann performs adventurous and inventive prepared piano works—which can sound sort of like acoustic electronica—under the pseudonym Hauschka. Expect to hear selections from his brand-new disc, Abandoned City.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Bright Light Bright Light

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Elton John collaborator Bright Light Bright Light (a.k.a. Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas) is poised for big things, thanks to his dramatic, Robyn-esque blend of dance beats and melancholy melodies, and he seems to be attracting a similar (gay) following. He regales a rapt audience at Joe's with selections from his new EP, I Wish We Were Leaving.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Phil Klay: Redeployment

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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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K'naan

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Somalia native K'Naan is all about delivering politically charged lyrics with knifelike precision. He expressed disappointment in the poppy direction of his last LP, 2012's Country, God or the Girl, so expect to hear new material that gets back to his old ways—namely dense, heady rhymes over Afro-hip-hop beats.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat Apr 26
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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 27
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TRANS Formative: Songs That Propel Us

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A dizzying array of downtown stars takes the stage at this tribute to beloved vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern. Scheduled performers include Penny Arcade, Danny Bacher, Louisa Bradshaw, Seth Bedford, Machine Dazzle Flower, Miss Guy, Heather Greene, Benjamin Ickies, John Kelly, Taylor Mac, Nancy Magarill, Julie Atlas Muz, Sofia Rei, Rob Roth, David Sloane, Sofia Tosello, Vlada Tomova and her Bulgarian Trio, and Natti Vogel. Tammy Faye Starlite and Eric Schmalenberger host, 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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Eric Harland's Voyager with Jason Moran

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Eric Harland's name on a session is always a mark of quality; recently the drummer has been heard on outstanding records by Dave Holland, Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane. Expect scorchingly chopsy postbop here, as Harland leads a formidable quintet, featuring guitarist Julian Lage, saxist Walter Smith III, bassist Harish Raghavan and piano visionary Jason Moran.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Tue Apr 29 - Wed Apr 30
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Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments

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Bridget Everett (Our Hit Parade, At Least It’s Pink), the astonishing and totally fearless mama bear of alt cabaret, returns to Joe’s Pub to belt and overshare as only she can. Naughty, bawdy, sporty and not to be missed.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Tue Apr 29
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"DNA and the Search for Elusive Creatures"

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Is Bigfoot real? New York University's biological anthropologist Todd Disotell is the person to ask. Disotell runs NYU's Molecular Primatology Laboratory and has consulted on several Sasquatch-seeking TV shows (10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty and Joe Rogan Questions Everything, though not Finding Bigfoot, sadly). His talk is part of NYU's Science on the Square series, and will be held at the NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) auditorium.

  1. New York University 70 Washington Sq South, at La Guardia Pl
  2. Wed Apr 30
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The How I Learned Series

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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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Craig Leon

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Craig Leon has one hell of a CV. In addition to producing or coproducing the self-titled debut LPs by Blondie, Suicide and the Ramones (wow…) in 1976 and ’77, he also issued an album of charmingly offbeat electronic works, Nommos, via John Fahey's Takoma label in 1980. It's fitting that this LP and its 1982 companion piece, Visiting, are being reissued in June by the expertly curated RVNG Intl. label. At tonight's RVNG, Wordless Music and Le Poisson Rouge coproduction, Leon performs Nommos live with help from the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Wed Apr 30
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Nels Cline Singers + Mary Halvorson

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Fronted by Nels Cline, a veteran California out-jazz and free-skronk guitarist now most widely known for his fiery work in Wilco, the Nels Cline Singers match the lanky string-strangler with the powerful, versatile rhythm section of bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola. The nonsinging trio gigs here behind its latest release, Macroscope, with an opening solo set from local avant-guitar star Mary Halvorson.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Thu May 1
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Deerhoof + Tomaga + Awkwafina

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It's been a couple years since we've gotten a visit from the irrepressible Deerhoof—the world's premier art-pop band, and one of its premier pop bands, period. Chances are you'll hear from 2012's danceable, celebratory Breakup Song, but the band's shows always draw heavily on its sizable backlog of jagged yet whimsical roof-raisers.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat May 3
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Erin Markey

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The fantastically weird, fiercely committed, occasionally terrifying Erin Markey has spent the past few years making people uncomfortable all over town, notably in frequent Our Hit Parade appearances. On May 9 she offers stories and a solo cabaret act with musical director Kenny Mellman at the piano.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat May 3
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Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2014

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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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The Great Street Meet

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Roll with your favorite food trucks and carts at this mobile-eats rendezvous, honoring the town's top street vendors. Expect grub like vegan doughnuts from Cinnamon Snail and spicy chicken empanadas from Nuchas (2013 Vendy winner for Rookie of the Year). DJ Mike Levitt will spin danceable beats while you enjoy an open bar from Bklyn Blue island rum and the Bronx Brewery.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Tue May 6
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Employee of the Month

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Podcast host and comic interlocutor Catie Lazarus sits down to talk with people who are better than you (or at least live better: they have what many would consider a dream job).

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Tue May 6
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