Greenwich Village events: Concerts, parties, readings and more

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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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Queer Book Diorama Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation bring you this unique exhibition in which artists created dioramas inspired by notable LGBT books, including Chelsea Girls, by Eileen Myles; Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel; and Dancer from the Dance, by Andrew Holleran.

  1. New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library 425 Sixth Ave, between Christopher and W 10th Sts
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Wed Sep 24
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Ernest Cole: Photographer

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Ernest Cole was a South African gentleman whose photography changed the world. His stark view of life during apartheid allowed the Western world to see what the media wasn't presenting. The pictures are incredible and truly moving. Don't miss this.

  1. Grey Art Gallery/NYU 100 Washington Sq East, between Washington and Waverly Pls
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sat Dec 6
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Justin Vivian Bond: The Drift

  • Price band: 2/4
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Performer, writer and gender rebel Justin Vivian Bond has a mama-snake mixture of nurture and menace: part den mother, part cultural assassin, part offhand Cassandra. Bond's new Joe's Pub show is a stream of consciousness channeled from the spring of Tennessee Williams.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Fri Oct 3
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The Best American Poetry Reading 2014

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  • Free

The Best American anthologies are truly that, collecting the year's highlights of a given genre in one neat package. The 27th edition, featuring 2014's most mesmerizing poems, launches tonight with first-class readers like Lucie Brock-Broido, Cornelius Eady, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds and many more.

  1. The New School, J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 W 12th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Talib Kweli

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Since emerging in 1998 to link up with Mos Def and form Black Star, socially conscious MC Talib Kweli has made a name for himself as a solo artist of true integrity, and even Jay Z references his verbal dexterity: “If skills sold/Truth be told/I'd probably be/Lyrically/Talib Kweli.” Catch the underground hero here, performing with a live band in support of his latest LP, Gravitas.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Fri Sep 19
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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 vaginocentric 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” Horowitz 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. $33
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Oct 11
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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 Sep 20
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Roy Hargrove

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Hargrove has been doing double duty for five years now, spending half his time as a funkster with his slick combo RH Factor, and the other half as a soulful neobopper, usually with a quintet. Not much telling what mode he's favoring with this eponymous run, but it's sure to be fierce.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
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Scott Thompson: Trigger Warning

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Comedic actor and former Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson is back in town with this new hot-button–pressing one-man show.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Back to the '80s 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 Sep 20
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Back to the '80s 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 Sep 20
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WHY? + Dessa

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Oakland's WHY? has ties to the alt–hip-hop scene, but really the group is a quirked-up, tripped-out indie-pop outfit whose frontman, Yoni Wolf, just happens to boast respectable rhyming skills.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sun Sep 21
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William Tyler + Carla Bozulich

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Nashville's William Tyler plays rambling guitar instrumentals that come off as both rustic and mystical. Last year, Tyler issued his first Merge LP, Impossible Truth, which reconciled the spheres of John Fahey and Bill Frisell. He pairs with riveting postpunk singer Carla Bozulich, who released the haunting Boy on the Constellation Records label in March.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Migguel Anggelo: Between Dreams / Entre Sueños

  • Critics choice

The musician and storyteller comes to Joe's with a new, deeply personal show with Mau Quiros on the piano and direction by Jeff Halpern.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Lou Donaldson Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Veteran altoist Lou Donaldson is as staunch a bebopper as you're likely to find anywhere, but back in the ’60s, he was responsible for several tunes that would eventually become sample fodder for enterprising hip-hop DJs ("Midnight Creeper," "Pot Belly"). His combo includes organist Akiko Tsuruga and guitarist Randy Johnston.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Thu Sep 25
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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 Sep 27
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I Love Vinyl

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

DJ Scribe, Op!, Shawn Dub, Jon Oliver and Amir Abdullah are back, serving as the selectors at this all-night, all-genre sonic love letter to vinyl. R.S.V.P. at ilovevinyl.org for reduced admission (before 11pm $5, after 11pm $10).

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Sep 27
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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 Sep 27
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Movement Research at the Judson Church

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Tonight: Laurel Atwell and Tess Dworman, Marsi Burns and Alice Teirstein, and Kensaku Shinohara.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Sep 29
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