Entertainment

Cinema in East Village & Lower East Side

Metrograph

The newest movie mecca for downtown cinephiles, this two-screen theater with red velvet seats shows curated art-house flicks. Most you'll never find at any multiplex, though the odd mainstream pic like Magic Mike is…
Theater in East Village & Lower East Side

Performance Space New York

Formerly PS 122, this cutting-edge theater reopened in January 2018 with an entirely new facade, state-of-the-art performance spaces, artist studios, a new lobby and roof deck. The bones of the former schoolhouse re…
Arts Center in East Village & Lower East Side

Abrons Arts Center

This venerable cultural hub has three theaters, the largest being the Playhouse Theater (a national landmark), with its own lobby, fixed seats on a rise, a large, deep stage and good visibility. A mainstay of the do…
Live Music in East Village & Lower East Side

Rockwood Music Hall

Opened by indie rocker Ken Rockwood, this breadbox-sized concert space has three stages and a rapid-fire flow of bands and singer/songwriters. If cash is tight, try stage 1, which has free shows, with a maximum of o…
Theater in East Village & Lower East Side

New York Theatre Workshop

For more than 30 years this innovative production house has been a treasure trove for those seeking cutting-edge, contemporary plays with purpose. It was the originator of two big Broadway hits, Rent and Urinetown –…
Live Music in East Village & Lower East Side

Pianos

Nobody's bothered to change the sign at the door, a leftover from the location's previous incarnation as a piano shop. Now it's dedicated to a mix of musical genres and styles, leaning more toward pop, punk and new …
Live Performance in East Village & Lower East Side

Nuyorican Poets Café

Still going strong after 40-plus years, the legendary Nuyorican is home to poetry slams, hip-hop performances, plays, and film and video events. It's a piece of East Village history, but also a vibrant and still-rel…
Theater in East Village & Lower East Side

La MaMa ETC

A long-standing home for onstage experimentation (the ETC stands for Experimental Theater Club), La MaMa is now a three-theater complex with a cafe, an art gallery, and a separate studio building that features cutti…
Live Performance in East Village & Lower East Side

Slipper Room

This two-story club hosts a wide range of performances, including Seth Herzog's popular variety show Sweet at 9pm on Tuesday (admission $10) and several weekly burlesque shows, which feature a mash-up of acrobatics,…
Live Music in East Village & Lower East Side

Stone

Created by renowned downtown jazz cat John Zorn, the Stone is about the music and nothing but the music, in all its experimental and avant-garde forms. There’s no bar or frills of any kind – just folding chairs in a…