Lower East Side History Month: MAY 2014

May 31, 2014
May 1 through May 31, 2014

Join US as we take part in the first annual Lower East Side History Month, May 2014. More than 30 organizations throughout East Village, Chinatown, Alphabet City and Little Italy will be participating, throwing events for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at the events we'll be hosting to take a look at our past and future, to share our stories and to make you fall in love with NYC's famous neighborhood.

Additional events and more information can be found on the LES History Month website.

lower east sidekick: a pairing of plays for very young audiences

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company will be performing two plays during LES History Month for kids and families. The first play, Earth, takes a peek at the secret lives of the celestial custodians who watch over the planet we call home. The second play, Campfire, will gather you around the campfire with stories and puppetry; you'll gaze through our binoculars, look for shooting stars and entertain porcupines with a good joke. 

Earth - Saturday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Campfire - Saturday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


Making space for downtown dreams: a benefit for arts programming at university settlement

Join us for a reception and showcase featuring our young and emerging talent. After the showcase, come across the street for an exclusive after-party in a landmark synagogue, now studio of internationally-shown artist and University Settlement board member, Hale Gurland. More information about the event will be posted on its website later in March.

Thursday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.

The waistmakers' opera, with downtown art

In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed 146 lives, mostly young women.  These women were more than just victims; they were activists, leading the Uprising of the 20,000, the largest strike by women ever seen in America. This modern rock opera is composed by Michael Hickey and written and directed by Ryan Gilliam. Performed by an all-female company of twenty young singers and musicians, The Waistmakers' Opera is their story.

Wednesday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 23, 8:00 p.m. 

illyria/loisada: a walking tour of the lower east side

Take a theatrical and historical walking tour of the Lower East Side that doubles as a modern language take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. This story, with its themes of mourning and displacement, provides an ideal backdrop for the lightning-fast neighborhood transformations that take place in New York City. Three intersecting neighborhood tours, led by characters from the play, will include visits to local establishments and iconic locations. Don't miss this opportunity to see the Lower East Side in a new way with Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant's Illyria/Loisada

Wednesday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m. 


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