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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Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure

  • Price band: 2/4
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  • 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

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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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I Remember Mama

  • Rated as: 4/5
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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. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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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 19
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The Meeting* with Justin Sayre

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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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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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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

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  • 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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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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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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