Eight hundred forty repetitions comprise Vexations, Erik Satie’s enigmatic unpublished durational piano score. Composed around 130 years ago, and evidently never performed, the piece remained a theoretical curiosity until 1963 when John Cage organized a marathon rendition in the East Village.Read More
I first met jazz tenor saxophonist Rico Jones outside the Apple Store in the West Village on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue on a mid-afternoon in early November 2022. He was playing with a mixed bag ensemble of 8-10 jazz street musicians.Read More
With the money received from the play and film A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry bought the building on 337 Bleecker Street in the West Village. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is a State Historic Preservation site. You possibly passed by and thought nothing of it or maybe you read the plaque. But do you know who Lorraine Hansberry was?Read More
Some of my actor friends may call me a Philistine for saying so, but I’ve always felt that Shakespeare is at his best when adapted for modern audiences. Truth be told, I’ve typically enjoyed reading the Bard’s work more than watching it on stage.Read More
Bowery Electric is a live music venue and dance club located on 327 Bowery in the East Village which specializes in indie/ alternative bands. It’s located between East 2nd Street and East 3rd Street.Read More
The Strike is the drama to see this summer. It is a riveting tale of greed and capitalism gone mad. And you can watch it by streaming on your favorite device.Read More
One July, a century back, the Duke of Middlebottom presented the smart set of New York with a shining brief flash of a summer “season” in glittery performance of a one-night operatic spectacle at the private theater of his rented townhouse on West Twelfth Street.Read More
First, and just in time for the heat of the season, comes the revival of our movie screenings. We’ve recently completed an audio-visual renovation in our first floor Willa Cather room, giving us a vastly improved setup for our regular Monday night movies, as well as some summertime matinees.Read More
Characters of the Village
- Rick Kelly, Carmine Street GuitarsEver since Rick Kelly was growing up on Long Island and at Bay Shore High School, he was influenced by his machinist father and his German immigrant grandfather’s woodworking hobby in Brooklyn.
Village Pet Pages
- Corcoran’s First Annual West Village Charity Dog WalkA while back I wrote a column about a fun day coming to the West Village for dogs. (Also, cats but dogs are the main focus as cats cannot really be walked on leashes.) This event, “Uniquely Dogs,” will raise money for underprivileged pets, primarily dogs. So, I want to bring you up to speed and let you know what the event will look like and how it will be run.