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Things to Do on the Lower East Side This Month - January 2019

January 12, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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Manhattan's Lower East Side is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the entire city thanks to its rambunctious nightlife and ever-growing sea of restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops. You'll never run out of things to do on the Lower East Side this month thanks to City Guide's detailed monthly guide to the neighborhood.

Pigeonholed Presents “Not Clown,” an Allegory for Free Speech - Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

Pigeonholed, a NYC-based theater company, presents “Not Clown” by Steve Moore and Carlos Treviño of Austin-based Physical Plant Theater, January 24-28, 2018 at the Robert Moss Theater at 440 Lafayette Street, NYC. In 2006, the play enjoyed an extended run at NYC’s famed Soho Rep. This production marks the NYC revival of this stunningly original, eerily topical and allegorical play. A synopsis states: In a time when clowns are tortured and circuses banned, a renegade troupe enacts the story of a girl who longs for their outlawed life — even as her father commits atrocities on the State’s behalf. Limbs rebel against the body. The cram car bolts for the border. And a round, red nose is a dark souvenir. “Not Clown” is directed by Daniel Adams (2nd Year MFA candidate at Columbia under Anne Bogart) and features Justin Fuller*, Alice Rothman-Hicks*, Adam Foldes, Alana Fu, Tomas Virgadula, Jameson Lisak, Paul Lombardo, Justin Cimino, and Sasha Lazare. (*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association) Stage Manager is Rachel April. Set and Properties Design by Sarice Olson. Lighting Design by Cheyenne Sykes. Costume and Makeup Design by E.L. Hohn. Shows are at 8pm Wednesday-Saturday ... (read more)

Saturday Evening Comedy - New York Comedy Club Midtown
January 12, 2019 - New York

It's never too early for Comedy! Join us for the quintessential New York City Comedy experience. Our happy hour show presents a mix of citywide stars, club favorites, and fresh faces so you can kick off your evening with a lot of laughs!

Laughing Buddha - New York Comedy Club East Village
January 12, 2019 - New York

Laughing Buddha Comedy presents an evening of NYC's emerging comics as they join Jeff Lawrence for a hilarious night of laughter. Featuring... Jeff Lawrence

Saturday Night Headliners - New York Comedy Club Midtown
January 12, 2019 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Our regulars include Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Andrew Schulz, Christian Finnegan, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherrod Small, Ari Shaffir, Ricky Velez, Yamaneika Saunders, Jay Oakerson, Matt Richards, Carly Aquilino, Carmen Lynch, Lenny Marcus, Mike Britt, Sarah Tollemache, Adrienne Iapalucci, Emma Willmann, James Mattern, Anthony Devito, Greg Stone, Aaron Berg, Mike Cannon, Jon Laster, Josh Gondelman, Matt Pavich, Nore Davis, Neko White, Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Wendi Starling, Nathan Macintosh, Gary Vider, Sam Morril, Joe List, Mark Normand, Subhah Agarwal, Dante Nero, Chuck Nice and more!

Saturday Night Headliner on 4th St, - New York Comedy Club East Village
January 12, 2019 - New York

Nothing says downtown NYC like a microphone, a stool, a brick wall and a comedian. Stand up comedy has been a staple of Village nightlife for decades! The newly expanded New York Comedy Club is proud to join the thriving arts and entertainment scene in the East Village, building on our strong presence at our flagship location in Gramercy. Every show is packed with comics you know… or should! Your favorite podcast stars (Guys We Fucked, Legion of Skanks, Tuesdays With Stories), SiriusXM personalities (Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Andy Fiori, Shuli Egar), TV stars (Judah Friedlander, Rell Battle, Andrew Schulz, Carly Aquilino), Late Night personalities (Rory Albanese, Mike Yard, Ricky Velez, Jena Friedman, Josh Gondelman), plus hot young talent about to burst onto the scene. Tonight's show features: Lineup TBA

Saturday Night Comedy - New York Comedy Club Midtown
January 12, 2019 - New York

Whether you're a local or just visiting the greatest city in the world, New York City stand up comedy is a must-do activity. New York Comedy Club offers the most authentic NYC comedy experience in the city. Every show is packed with comics you know… or should! Your favorite podcast stars (Guys We Fucked, Legion of Skanks, Tuesdays With Stories), SiriusXM personalities (Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Andy Fiori, Shuli Egar), TV stars (Judah Friedlander, Rell Battle, Andrew Schulz, Carly Aquilino), Late Night personalities (Rory Albanese, Mike Yard, Ricky Velez, Jena Friedman, Josh Gondelman), plus hot young talent about to burst onto the scene.

Saturday Night Comedy on 4th St, - New York Comedy Club East Village
January 12, 2019 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Our regulars include Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Andrew Schulz, Christian Finnegan, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherrod Small, Ari Shaffir, Ricky Velez, Yamaneika Saunders, Jay Oakerson, Matt Richards, Carly Aquilino, Carmen Lynch, Lenny Marcus, Mike Britt, Sarah Tollemache, Adrienne Iapalucci, Emma Willmann, James Mattern, Anthony Devito, Greg Stone, Aaron Berg, Mike Cannon, Jon Laster, Josh Gondelman, Matt Pavich, Nore Davis, Neko White, Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Wendi Starling, Nathan Macintosh, Gary Vider, Sam Morril, Joe List, Mark Normand, Subhah Agarwal, Dante Nero, Chuck Nice and more!

Saturday Late Night - New York Comedy Club East Village
January 12, 2019 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Our regulars include Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Andrew Schulz, Christian Finnegan, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherrod Small, Ari Shaffir, Ricky Velez, Yamaneika Saunders, Jay Oakerson, Matt Richards, Carly Aquilino, Carmen Lynch, Lenny Marcus, Mike Britt, Sarah Tollemache, Adrienne Iapalucci, Emma Willmann, James Mattern, Anthony Devito, Greg Stone, Aaron Berg, Mike Cannon, Jon Laster, Josh Gondelman, Matt Pavich, Nore Davis, Neko White, Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Wendi Starling, Nathan Macintosh, Gary Vider, Sam Morril, Joe List, Mark Normand, Subhah Agarwal, Dante Nero, Chuck Nice and more!

Dave East - Irving Plaza
January 12, 2019 - New York

Necessity is the father of invention. Dave East grew up with hoop dreams but life lead him from the hard top to hip-hop. "I definitely thought I was gonna go to the NBA. I could play ball so in my mind, that was my ticket out of the bullshit that I had been through," the rapper says. "It didn't work out." Born David Brewster, Jr. in East Harlem, New York City, the 29-year-old excelled at basketball. He played in the Amateur Athletic Union with future stars Ty Lawson, Greivis Vasquez and Kevin Durant and attended the University of Richmond with ambitions of going pro. He majored in Communications Studies but his temperament proved problematic. He was kicked out of the college after a year. "I had a hot temper. I had a bad attitude," East admits. He transferred to Towson University for a year-and-a-half but plans got derailed after he was incarcerated on a gun charge. "After I got locked up, basketball was over with." Six months behind bars in Baltimore was a turning point; East vowed then and there to change the trajectory of his life. "I was like, "Once I get up out of here, I never want to be here again.' That was my whole motivation when I came home—to never go back." He be... (read more)

Charity Birthday Party W/ Blogxilla - Drom
January 12, 2019 - New York

The "Get Right's" will be bringing their feel-good, good-time electrifying soul music to audiences 2019 and first stop New York City. The "Get Right's" was formed when like-minded musicians from Harlem, Brooklyn, and Southwest Texas came together and created a sound with its roots in R&B, classic rock, raw hip hop, blues, and early jazz traditions of American music. The band draws its repertoire from nearly a century of musical history, true to the traditional roots is influenced by the more contemporary music of the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and let us fast forward 2019. You will experience great musicianship with sounds of Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Jimi Hendrick, Outkast, Prince, and the Rolling Stones. Ever-evolving, the band also puts its jerk pepper season in several original compositions that feel like they could have been written today and long ago. Fans appreciate what they've called a "clever and eclectic repertoire" and "a great laundry list of standards that patrons of all ages can enjoy!"

Frenchy and the Punk - Coney Island Baby
January 12, 2019 - New York

WITH DUST BOWL FAERIES • CHARMING DISASTER New York's one and only Folk Cabaret Duo! Foot-stompin' bohemian cabaret folk, world, French chanson and punk spirit. Formed by Singer/Percussionist Samantha Stephenson and Guitarist/Drummer Scott Helland "A Dust Bowl Faeries concert is something like a deep, dark, mystical musical tragi-comedy, often centered around extinct or endangered members of the animal kingdom" Greg Haymes/Nippertown Charming Disaster is a songwriting and performance duo based in Brooklyn, NY, formed in 2012 by Ellia Bisker (of Sweet Soubrette and Funkrust Brass Band) and Jeff Morris (of Kotorino). Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories, exploring themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal—exploring the various kinds of trouble a couple of people can get into with a ukulele and a guitar.

Dave East, Funk Flex, Kiing Shooter, D Jones, Errol Vibes - Irving Plaza
January 12, 2019 - New york

David Brewster Jr. (born June 3, 1988), better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper from Harlem, New York. He gained attention in 2014 from his mixtape Black Rose. Since the release of his mixtape, East has been signed to rapper Nas' label Mass Appeal Records and has made a number of guest appearances. In 2016, East was chosen as part of the XXL magazine's 2016 Freshman Class. In September 2016, he signed to Def Jam Recordings

The Slipper Room Show: Mr. Choade's Upstairs Downstairs - The Slipper Room
January 12, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over The show that started a worldwide movement. NYC's longest-running variety show and still the best.

The Slipper Room Show: Slippery Sundays Burlesque - The Slipper Room
January 12, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Late night risqué shenanigans for those who like to go all night long.

Winter Jazz Fest With Now Vs Now, Butcher Brown, Takuya Kuroda, Kandace Springs, Tawiah - Mercury Lounge
January 12, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 18 and Over Butcher Brown Takuya Kuroda Kandace Springs Tawiah

Saturday Night Comedy on 4th St, - New York Comedy Club
January 12, 2019 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Our regulars include Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Andrew Schulz, Christian Finnegan, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherrod Small, Ari Shaffir, Ricky Velez, Yamaneika Saunders, Jay Oakerson, Matt Richards, Carly Aquilino, Carmen Lynch, Lenny Marcus, Mike Britt, Sarah Tollemache, Adrienne Iapalucci, Emma Willmann, James Mattern, Anthony Devito, Greg Stone, Aaron Berg, Mike Cannon, Jon Laster, Josh Gondelman, Matt Pavich, Nore Davis, Neko White, Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Wendi Starling, Nathan Macintosh, Gary Vider, Sam Morril, Joe List, Mark Normand, Subhah Agarwal, Dante Nero, Chuck Nice and more!

Saturday Night Headliner on 4th St, - New York Comedy Club
January 12, 2019 - New York

Nothing says downtown NYC like a microphone, a stool, a brick wall and a comedian. Stand up comedy has been a staple of Village nightlife for decades! The newly expanded New York Comedy Club is proud to join the thriving arts and entertainment scene in the East Village, building on our strong presence at our flagship location in Gramercy. Every show is packed with comics you know… or should! Your favorite podcast stars (Guys We Fucked, Legion of Skanks, Tuesdays With Stories), SiriusXM personalities (Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Andy Fiori, Shuli Egar), TV stars (Judah Friedlander, Rell Battle, Andrew Schulz, Carly Aquilino), Late Night personalities (Rory Albanese, Mike Yard, Ricky Velez, Jena Friedman, Josh Gondelman), plus hot young talent about to burst onto the scene. Tonight’s show features: Lineup TBA

Laughing Buddha - New York Comedy Club
January 12, 2019 - New York

Laughing Buddha Comedy presents an evening of NYC’s emerging comics as they join Jeff Lawrence for a hilarious night of laughter.

Sam Eaton's The Quantum Eye – Mentalism and Magic Show - Theatre 80
January 12, 2019 - New York

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: TheQuantumEye.com RESTRICTION: May not be visually entertaining for those under 7 years of age. No children under age 5. THE QUANTUM EYE is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception, where extraordinary ability and humor blend with audience participation to make for a unique performance every time. Join Sam on an interactive journey past the limits of possibility in a show that you will never forget. Sam Eaton has been dazzling New York audiences with his magic and mentalism show since 2006. The Quantum Eye has been awarded the world record as the longest-running one-man Off-Broadway magic show in New York. PRESS CLIPS: "Amazing feats of memory, mental agility and apparent mental telepathy . . . Dazzling! Undeniably impressive!" – New York Post "Irresistibly enjoyable. Eaton deserves a full house every night." – nytheatre .com "Chillingly weird and so real you might want to have your cardiologist on hand, but still family friendly" – New York Press "A smart, fast-paced mental magic show that is suitable for the entire family." – The Villager "Sure, David Copperfield can walk through t... (read more)

Dig Your Roots - Museum at Eldridge Street
January 13, 2019 - China Town

Join us – off location – at the Center for Jewish History's Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. The CJH team is opening the doors to its research library after hours just for us! It's a rare opportunity to have some of the world's most experienced family history researchers and genealogists introduce you to the best ways to trace your roots. Add the Center for Jewish History's world-renowned partner collections, containing a wealth of historical records and newspapers from Jewish communities around the world, and it's a surefire opportunity to learn more than you ever imagined about your family!

Monday Night Headliners - New York Comedy Club Midtown
January 14, 2019 - New York

Wondering what to do tonight? Our New York stand up comedy showcase is one of the most fun things to do on a weeknight! Whether you're with your friends from work looking for a great Happy Hour, want to have a fun, casual date night or just love to laugh every day, our comedy nights have you covered! Tonight's show features: Lineup TBA

Freya Ridings - Mercury Lounge
January 17, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 18 and Over Hailing from London, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Freya Ridings self-releases her single "Lost Without You," a pop ballad about an intense, regretful moment that changed her life. Her debut single "Blackout" premiered in May and received international support on radio and editorial support on Spotify. Her second single "Maps," a spine-tingling cover of the classic Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit, further opened the doors for Freya as it received major support from Spotify and Zane Lowe, who added her to his #Breaking List. Upon releasing a live album in September, Freya embarked on her first full headline tour in the UK. She then spent the rest of 2017 on the road supporting acts such as Dotan, Tears for Fears, Tash Sultana, and Lewis Capaldi. 2018 will be bright for the up-and-coming singer-songwriter, as Freya has set herself up to be an artist to watch in the new year.

Third Eye Blind - The Bowery Ballroom
January 17, 2019 - New York

Since 1997, San Francisco's Third Eye Blind have recorded four best-selling albums and assembled one career retrospective. 3EB recently released "the 20th Anniversary edition of their 7 million selling self-titled debut. " Led by Stephan Jenkins, 3EB won wide success during a tumultuous group of years when the major-label recording industry was finally losing its grip on an enterprise that for decades it had dominated with steely efficiency. Nothing could have made 3EB happier! 3EB, however, have experienced no comparable loss. Instead, they have gained artistic clarification -- and, surprisingly, a fan base who is larger, younger and more dedicated than ever. Participation in the older, untouchable realm of nervous star-making could color a band's identity.

Two Friends - With My Homies Tour - Irving Plaza
January 19, 2019 - New York

Matt Halper and Eli Sones, the young masterminds behind Two Friends, have quickly revamped from high school bedroom producers to one of the most promising dancemusic duos of 2017. Known for their viral remixes of "Trap Queen", "I Miss You" and "Mr. Brightside", as well as their latest original offerings Just A Kid, Emily, and Out of Love, the two have in unprecedented time mastered a wide range of genres from pop-leaning to dance-driven records. Kicking off their musical journey in their senior year of high school (after being best friends since seventh grade), the boys honed their skills through remixing, taking on the likes of Lana Del Rey, Alesso, and Tori Kelly to name but a few. Two Friends were quick to prove their versatile songwriting and production, drawing upon a wide variety of live instrumentation to create a truly multi-faceted sound with every release. They swiftly exceeded their influence beyond the online sphere, attracting the spotlight on stage and radio. With support now coming from the likes of Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, and many more, and with a whole host of original releases locked in for 2018, Matt and Eli undoubtedly look set to dominate... (read more)

Mick Jenkins 'Pieces Of A Man' Tour - Irving Plaza
January 23, 2019 - New York

Jayson Jenkins, better known as Mick Jenkins (his stage name), is an American hip-hop recording artist born in Huntsville, Alabama on April 16th, 1991. He was then raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Jenkins is a member of Free Nation, a hip-hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be. In the spring of 2013 Mick released a mixtape entitled "Trees and Truths" that quickly became a local favorite, buoyed by acid jazz-influenced production, biblical allegory and lacerating lyricism. The project was by far his most lyrical body of work and caught the attention of Chicago's incipient gatekeepers. On August 12, 2014, Jenkins released "The Water[s]", a project spearheaded by the release of "Martyrs", a record that juxtaposes harsh truths about society with thought-provoking single with various underlying messages and subtle notions. Centered around the idea of comparing water to life's truths, "The Water[s]" has garnered national attention and serves as Jenkins' breakout project while receiving critical acclaim. Mick is currently fresh off the release of his debut studio debut album "THC (The Healing Component... (read more)

Devin Dawson - The Bowery Ballroom
January 31, 2019 - New York

Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville breakout Devin Dawson co-wrote every track on his outstanding debut album Dark Horse, which exploded out of the gate this year arriving Top 3 and Top 5 on Billboard's Country Albums Charts. Produced by Jay Joyce, it features his current single "Asking For A Friend," which he's performed on both the TODAY Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers, alongside the Gold-certified hit "All On Me." Dawson was recently presented with MusicRow's "Breakthrough Artist-Writer" award having already been honored with multiple nominations this year including ACM's "New Male Artist" award, CMT Music's "Breakthrough Video of the Year" award and Radio Disney Music's "Best New Country Artist" among others. The Nor-Cal native has made additional TV appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ELLEN and has received overwhelming critical praise from outlets such as Billboard, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, People, ELLE, The Tennessean, AXS, HITS and more. Dawson spent the summer on tour with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and just wrapped the second set of "The Long Way Tour" dates with label mate Brett Eldredge. He will begin his first headlining run, t... (read more)

Cyberattack Sighns Tin Fingers Mermaid Unicorn Mountain - The Bowery Electric
February 01, 2019 - New York

Cyberattack is a NYC glitch-rock band led by singer/guitarist Ivan Anderson. The band's first single, "Sure Thing," will be released on Feb. 1, 2019, in partnership with The Deli Magazine. Musical influences include Wendy Carlos, CBS FM, and The Buzzcocks. Straight outta Brooklyn by way of California, Louisiana and Manhattan, you can hear Lou Reed, the Stones, Television and occasionally Tiny Tim in our original songs.

Bettye Lavette - Iridium
Through February 01, 2019 - New York

Bettye LaVette Is No Mere Singer. She Is An Interpreter Of The Highest Order. Whether The Song Originated As Country, Rock, Pop, Or Blues, When She Gets Through With It, It Is Pure R&B. She Gets Inside A Song And Shapes And Twists It To Convey All Of The Emotion That Can Be Wrought From The Lyric. Her Career Began In1962, At The Age Of 16, In Detroit, Michigan. Her First Single, My Man – He's A Lovin' Man, Was Released On Atlantic Records. She Recorded For Numerous Labels, Including Atco, Epic, And Motown, Over The Course Of The 1960s Through The 1980s. She Also Worked AlongsideCharles "Honi" Coles, And Cab Calloway In The Toni Award Winning Broadway Musical, Bubbling Brown Sugar In The Role Of Sweet Georgia Brown.

Al Jardine - Iridium
February 07, 2019 - New York

Alan (Aka "Al") Jardine, Guitarist, Vocalist And Songwriter, Is Best Known For Being One Of The Founding Members Of The California-Based Group The Beach Boys. Al Was Born In Lima, Ohio, On September 3, 1942 And Met Brian, Carl And Dennis Wilson, Mike Love And David Marks After His Family Moved To Hawthorne, California. They Formed The Beach Boys And With Their Perfect Harmonies And Original Tunes About Surfing, Beaches, Hot Rods And California Girls, Became The Rock 'N' Roll Voice Of The West Coast.

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