Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side, taking place throughout the month of May. Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.
To learn more about LES History Month and scheduled programs/events, visit www.leshistorymonth.org
The Friends of St. Mark’s Bookshop is sponsoring an Indiegogo campaign to move the Bookshop into a new space in the East Village. But the Bookshop needs another financial push to build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue. Once again, we turn to our loyal community for help.
For contributions of $250 up to $5,000, St. Mark’s Bookshop has one-of-a-kind books, including signed first editions that are personalized by the authors, as thank you gifts to our generous campaign supporters. These authors include Junot Diaz, Anne Carson, Anne Waldman, Patti Smith, Paul Auster, Lydia Davis, Eileen Myles, and others. Discounts on future purchases are also included for contributors. Even giving a smaller amount can get you a gift certificate to spend at the store.
Now is the opportunity for a final push as St. Mark’s reinvents itself as a non-profit event space, while continuing to fill the East Village’s niche for a small brick-and-mortar bookstore featuring carefully selected new theoretical, political, art, design, poetry and independent literary texts in traditional print format.
About First Tuesdays
The First Tuesdays meetup series is designed to bring together residents of the East Village in the hope that socializing, sharing and supporting one another will lead to a stronger, more informed community. Our First Tuesdays series is presented by the East Village Community Coalition’s Host Committee, dedicated to creating enjoyable and informative events throughout the community on behalf of the EVCC.
About The Artists
Odetta Hartman writes songs of greek myths and traveling; of pride, Pynchon, and fairy tales; of animals and body parts and made-up words.
Brassy, nuanced and surprisingly vulnerable, Odetta’s timeless voice commands silence, enticing her audience to the edges of their seats. With only a few measures of foot-stomping and banjo strumming, Odetta’s infectious spirit rabble-rouses listeners to indulge in the energetic musical worlds she procures.
Equally as comfortable playing solo as she is in front of an orchestra, this young artist delivers stellar performances that showcase her multi-instrumental talents, her captivating stage-presence, and a freshly blended sound she’s coined: COWBOY SOUL
www.odettahartman.com * http://odettahartman.bandcamp.com/
Ponies Will Bite You! fuses pop sensibility, folk riffs, and classical violin, with playfully introspective lyrics for a genre-straddling singer-songwriter taste on the lighter side of angst. They perform often at Rockwood Music Hall and other venues in the Lower East Side.
ponieswillbiteyou.com * ponieswillbiteyou.bandcamp.com * facebook.com/ponieswillbiteyou
About Theatre 80
Theatre 80 was among the first of the cultural institutions to begin the Lower East Side Arts Movement that resulted in our modern-day East Village neighborhood. Beginning during Prohibition, 80 Saint Marks Place was a vital destination for performers of all kinds. Jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, Harry “Sweets” Edison, John Coltrane and Frank Sinatra all performed at the space.
It was also visited by a host of great names in theater, many of whom left their names in the cement of the sidewalk immediately outside the space. A partial list includes Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Winnie Shaw, Fifi D’Orsay and Joan Rivers.
Recently, Theatre 80 was formally recognized by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and honored the Village Award for its place in the history of the community.
Theatre 80 remains dedicated to the East Village at present. They regularly present a range of productions, from traditional forms such as Shakespearean theater and flamenco dance, to the cutting edge avant-garde works of new authors.
Theatre 80 has provided space at reduced rates and pro bono for community meetings, local film-makers, playwrights, 12 step meetings, and memorials for members of the community. They concurrently welcome both public and private school groups for matinees and tours of the theater. With this dedication to making performing arts spaces more accessible, Theatre 80 never stops evolving and continues to be a mainstay of the community.
Ever wondered what should go on your website? Or how to create an online brand? The East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA) is organizing a workshop with WiX.com, a website building company, to answer these very questions. In this workshop, we invite local merchants to learn how to create a website and market their business’ brand online.
There are two opportunities to attend this workshop:
Tuesday, April 22 at 10am – RSVP here
Monday, April 28 at 7pm – RSVP here
Wix.com enables you to build a free and professional online presence, just the way you want it. With an HTML5 drag-and-drop website editor, 100s of web apps, designer-made templates, and tons of features, Wix gives you the tools to launch and manage your online presence. To learn more, please visit www.wix.com.
In NYC, Wix also offers the Wix Lounge, a completely free co-working, event and exhibit space for professionals. Grab your laptop, pop into the Lounge and enjoy a productive work day, great networking opportunities, and amazing events. The Wix Lounge provides free Wix support to NewYork-ers, giving them the tools and tips for successfully launching and managing their businesses’ online presence.
If you have questions or would like more information about this workshop, please contact Amy Parker, EVCC’s Business Outreach Coordinator, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (212-979-2344).
The East Village Community Coalition is proud to serve on the Steering Committee of Lower East Side History Month: Exploring Our Past, Shaping Our Future!
Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. Taking place during month of May, LES History month is an umbrella for a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities taking place in the historical definition of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City. Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.
This May, more than fifty Lower East Side-based cultural and community groups are collaborating to launch Lower East Side History Month. Help support the work of this collective by contributing to the crowdfunding campaign.
About the Artist Though Philip Van Aver has lived in the same apartment on East 6th Street since 1969, this exhibition of his works dating from 1976 to 2014 is his first gallery show to take place in the Tompkins Square Park area of the Lower East Side.
During the over forty years Philip Van Aver has lived on the Lower East Side, he has been very involved in the politics of the area. Beginning in 1976 he became a member of the Citizens Committee to Keep the Ottendorfer Library Open, which succeeded in having the exterior and parts of the interior landmarked. Since then, he has worked with preservationists, building owners and elected officials to designate the Charlie Parker Residence and The Children’s Aid Society building, both on Avenue B; P.S. 64 and other area sites. As a steering committee member he has worked with the Friends of Tompkins Square Park in 1985 and 1991 to stop proposed redevelopment of the park. He was on the executive committee of the Lower East Side Joint Planning Council, which was mostly concerned with housing issues, and was a founding member of CoDA, a Lower East Side Democratic party activist organization. More recently, he worked with the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative to implement the massive Second Avenue/ East Village historic district proposed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
About First Tuesdays The First Tuesdays meetup series is designed to bring together residents of the East Village in the hope that socializing, sharing and supporting one another will lead to a stronger, more informed community. Our First Tuesdays series is presented by the East Village Community Coalition’s Host Committee, dedicated to creating enjoyable and informative events throughout the community on behalf of the EVCC.
This meeting will be an informative, yet fun opportunity to hear about EVIMA, meet other local merchants and learn how you can join us in promoting, connecting and representing local merchants in the East Village.
While EVIMA’s main focus will be to support independently-owned businesses with daytime hours, we welcome any East Village business owner to attend the meeting.
As the space is limited, we strongly encourage you to please RSVP.
Please contact Amy Parker, Business Outreach Coordinator for EVCC or call 212.979.2344.