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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While a number of places have a mythical hold on the nation’s imagination, few are as resonant or important to our cultural heritage as the Mississippi Delta, home to the blues, and repository of both the suffering and resilience of African-American life. The art of James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas, a musician and self-taught sculptor, was both literally and metaphorically wrested from this landscape. A gravedigger by trade, Thomas was know for modeling skulls out of the clay of the Yazoo River, which were sometimes augmented with real human teeth: Momento mori that not only recall life’s vanities, but also America’s self-dealing attempts to bury the past.Read more
Born in Hong Kong, Tseng was something of an art- and club-scene fixture during the go-go ’80s, a celebrity shutterbug who documented downtown nightlife, as well as a performance artist for the camera whose photographic self-portraits capture him in a Mao suit, posing fish-out-of-water style against New York and American landmarks. This first-ever retrospective revisits his alien’s perspective of the Reagan era.Read more
The crucial local free-jazz fest presents its 20th annual installment, featuring Vision mainstays such as Roscoe Mitchell (July 7), the Sun Ra Arkestra (July 8), Milford Graves (July 9), William Parker (July 10), Joelle Leandre (July 11) and Matthew Shipp (July 12). For the full schedule, visit artsforart.org.Read more
Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (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 theRead more
One of the world's great cabaret singers, England's Jungr is a a joyful oracle, with a particular affinity for densely poetic work. Between songs, she is disarmingly garrulous, funny and candid; when she sings—in a warm, breathy voice acutely attentive to rhythm—she is serious but free of pretense. Her Hard Rain set is devoted to wary, hard-nosed, political songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.Read more
You remember the wedding-reception scenes in Old School and The Hangover, in which the band’s singer keeps tossing out obscenities, to the befuddlement of the guests? Said act is L.A.’s real-life Dan Band, which busts out tongue-in-cheek, yet intensely passionate, pop covers laced with wanton profanity. If you’re a sucker for the gimmick, you probably already have tickets.Read more