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A classic of Yiddish Theater is coming back to “haunt” us. Peretz Hirschbein’s classic tale, “The (*) Inn” is being re-staged by the Target Margin Theater of New York’s Lower East Side. First performed in Vilna in 1912, it was an immediate hit, and the show traveled on to London, and opened in New York in 1917.
The (*) is hard to translate; although it is most often rendered as “haunted” the Inn could just as easily mean empty, vacant, or abandoned. Whichever way the Yiddish is explained, the story is a symbolic tale of the lives and loves of country Jews, full of lust and angst. The subject was a favorite of Yiddish playwright, novelist, journalist, travel writer and theater director Hirschbien, who wrote about a dozen tales on the theme of rural Jews. A spokesman for Target Margin Theater describes the play as “Tevya on Drugs.”
The revival of The (*) Inn will be performed at the Abrons Art Center. Performances will run as follows:
March 7-30, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, with an additional performance on Monday, March 11 at 7pm. On Thursday, March 14 there will be a special benefit performance at 7pm.
Tickets are $20 until March 11, and $25 after that date.
Looking for something to do that is quintessentially ‘Village’? Then you must check out “CBGB.” Located at 315 Bowery at Bleeker Street, it is where you end up after taking a scenic walk down the historic Bleeker Street.
Mostly a bar, back in the day CBGB made a low risk bet when it gave a venue to the ‘not-too-good’ punk-rock band, the Ramones, and therefore launched a revolution in music. Some say that CBGB is the birthplace of the “modern hipster,” and who knows? Maybe they’re right.
So if you have a hankering for being smushed together in a less than comfortable space; perhaps having a beer or two spilled on your clothing; or feel a deep-seated need to visit one of the most horrific restrooms in town, then don’t hesitate to make a visit. Not up for such and adventure? Try the downstairs space which affords its patrons a less ‘avant-garde’ experience.
The Village East Cinema has a long, colorful history. First built in 1926, it opened as the Yiddish Art Theater in the New York’s Jewish Rialto district. The building was created to be an elaborate theater for Yiddish theater pioneer Maurice Schwartz and was designed by the Jewish community leader Louis Jaffe. The interior was designed in the Moorish Revival style which was prominent in synagogues of that time. The theater includes a forty-foot highly decorated ceiling with an amazing Star of David design in the center which can still be seen today.
The Yiddish Art Theater of Maurice Schwartz attracted such stellar guests as Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, George Gershwin and former New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. In the mid-1900s the theater changed names several times, and finally as the landmark Phoenix Theater it housed such productions as “Oh! Calcutta”, “Grease”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “The Princess and the Pea” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
In 1992 the theater was converted and restored, and became the Village East Cinema. Today it is a lovely, seven-screen movie theater. Because of the sprawling, ornate main auditorium with orchestra and balcony seating and its oversized screen, this theater is still one of New York’s most wonderful places to view a film.
In 2006 the upper and lower lobbies were elegantly renovated with new concession stands and comfortable couches and lounging areas.
The Village East Cinema is located at 181-189 Second Avenue between East 11th and 12th Streets. Check the website for show times and what is playing.
Looking for that perfect performance art space that you have only dreamed of? Well you can make up and smell the stage lights; Performance Space 122 is just what you have been dreaming of. Located at 150 First Avenue at East 9th Street, PS 122 is a revamped public school now housing two performance spaces and one gallery space.
Expect the unexpected here, where the shows are inevitably innovative, avant garde and experimental. Presentations of theater, dance, music, film and video are all welcomed at PS 122.
Now in performance at PS 122 are “Newyorkland,” presented by Temporary Distortion; Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company’s presentation of the “Untitled Feminist Show;” and The Team’s performance of “Mission Drift. “
All shows are running now through February 4th. For more information call: (212) 477-5829 from 10am to 6pm.
In the heart of the East Village, directly across the street from Tompkins Square Park, is a wonderful little club called the Lakeside Lounge.
Found at 162 Avenue B, they feature just one band each night, and are determined to always start the show on time. The venue is unique, and a great opportunity for new bands just getting heard. The bands are not paid, and the listeners are not charged a cover. Noise is a problem, and the club says the next fine they will pay will cost them $9,000, so they do not book overly loud bands, and do not turn up the volume. That might suit many listeners just fine.
Bands who have played at the Lakeside include:
- Andre Williams
- Graham Parker & the Rumor Steve Earle & the Dukes
- Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolomite)
- Hasil Adkins
- Dee Dee Ramone
- Go To Blazes
- Martins Folly
- Waco Brothers
- Freedy Johnston
- Spanking Charlene
- Chip Robinson
It is always free to get in to the Lakeside Lounge, and they are open from 4pm to 4am every day. You must be 21 or over to get in. Call 212.529.8463 for more information.
Located at 500 East 11th Street, just one block north of Tomkins Square Park is unique nightclub known as Angels and Kings. This special nightspot is part of a franchise with locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Barcelona. The New York branch was opened in 2007 by Pete Wentz, bassist for Fall Out Boy, and Jamisen Ernest, of the band Yellow Fever, and is co-owned by several other musicians.
Upcoming events include Brain Wave Wednesday with DJ Little Star Dweller, November 9, 16 and 30. This show, which begins at 11pm, features “Brain Wave” which describes itself as “the only IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) and Experimental Electronic Music party currently in NYC.”
“Weekly resident Little Star Dweller will be spinning a mix of ambient, IDM and early electronic music like Tangerine Dream, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Alva Noto, Orbital, Plaid, Rei Harakami and some really rare synth bands. Guest artists and DJ’s also perform live every week.”
For more information call: 212-254-4090.
Smalls Jazz Club was founded in 1993 by Mitch Borden, a jazz impresario. The original space was an unfinished basement, but the primitive venue did not hinder Smalls from developing into a late-night gathering place for jazz musicians from a gamut of generations. Many of today’s most well-known jazz artists began their careers in Smalls.
During the financial downturn which befell New York after September 11th Smalls was forced to close. Ownership of the space changed hands, but not for long. In 2007 Spike Wilner and Lee Kostrinsky joined the original owner Mitch Borden to renovate and recapture the original “freewheeling and bohemian vibe.”
This Thursday night at Smalls Jazz Club you will hear the great piano sounds of the Spike Wilner Duo, with Ned Goold accompanying on tenor sax. The show begins at 7:30pm, continuing until 9:45pm.
If you care to stick around, at 10pm the Jack Walrath Group will be taking over the stage. Walrath is a trumpeter, and he brings with him Abraham Burton on tenor sax, Orrin Evans piano, Boris Kozlov playing bass, and Donald Edwards on drums. Josh Evans will take the stage at 1am until closing for Smalls’ after hours and Jam Session.
For more information don’t hesitate to check out Smalls’ website and then go to 183 West 10th Street in Greenwich Village and experience for yourself what has been called “New York’s Cutting Edge Jazz Club.”
Near Lafayette Street on Great Jones Street, at number 9, is a wonderful little night spot called the Ace of Clubs. This underground, dimly lit space with worn wooden floors and an authentic attitude appears to have captured the raw vitality of the heyday of rock and the birthplace of punk.
Yet this apparent sleaze joint has been lifted a notch or two by the clients the Ace of Clubs is trying to attract. Using wine and single-malt whiskey as the enticement, a classier patronage is clearly longed for, and acquired.
Expect to hear some old style rock on most nights, with an occasional tip of the hat to country sounds. There are also comedy nights and drama evenings where the excitement of encountering something new and promising pervades the atmosphere. The Ace of Clubs is worth a visit, you may need a calendar when you emerge to check you are still in the 21st century and haven’t been transported back to a crazier time.
The Village Vanguard a Village Icon
So what’s new at the Village Vanguard? Believe it or not, you can enjoy the great sounds emanating from this epicenter of avant garde music anywhere that you have access to internet. A new monthly series from WBGO-NPR will be broadcasting “Live at The Village Vanguard.” Jazz will be featured in the way only the Vanguard can muster, using the special effects of a multi-platform integrated with great music to create a complete and unique artistic experience.
All you need to do is surf on over to the WBGO website. You will then be able to listen and watch the concerts at the Vanguard in real time, and even have a chat with the Special Projects Coordinator at WGBO, Josh Jackson, who is also the host. The conversation is live through the chat room on the web site, and you can discuss the performance in real time as it is happening.
Go check it out. The upcoming concerts featured will be Roy Hargove Quintet on Wednesday, May 25th; Mark Turner Quartet on Tuesday, June 21st, and the Heath Brothers on Wednesday July 6th.
Looking for a night of comedy in the Village? You need look no further than the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Situated in Chelsea at 307 West 26th Street right off of Eighth Avenue, you will be seeing some of New York’s best, but as yet little-known comedic talent getting their starts in this mecca of sketch and improvisational comedy.
The atmosphere, despite the fact that it is a comedy house, (which has a reputation for sometimes being a bit harsh with young talent,) is calm and friendly. The price is eminently affordable, with most evenings charging only $8 for entry.
Every Sunday at 9:30pm the UCBT presents what they call Asssscat 3000, a wild ride through long-form improv often featuring guests from SNL or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.