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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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
Forget all your stress and adult worries as you (softly) pummel strangers. At New York’s 10th annual International Pillow Fight Day, the flash mob—which last year attracted 5,000 participants—turns Washington Square Park into the city’s bedroom, and the only rules to this favorite slumber-party activity are to not hit hard, avoid smashing cameras and leave weapons of the feather variety at home (down pillows create a mess). After the fun is over, you can choose to deposit your cushion in a donation truck where it will go to a person in need.Read more
Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison first made his mark in an edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers that also featured his New Orleans neighbor Terence Blanchard, after which the two fronted one of the best hardbop squads of the Young Lions era. Since then, Harrison's dug deep into his roots, incorporating second-line strut and Mardi Gras Indian spirit into a sound that's completely NOLA and all his own. Here, he's working with an all-star band featuring Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley and rising trumpet phenom Christian Scott.Read more