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Angie Pontani in Burlesque A Pades Photo credit Barry FidnickYour summer just got hotter thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group’s Summer Burlesque Blitz featuring classic striptease with Angie Pontani’s Burlesque-A-Pades, Kita St. Cyr’s Intime Burlesque, and The Paper Dolls troupe, nerdlesque with D20, RAWR!, and Storybook Burlesque, boylesque with Epic Win and Shocks & Cocks, and storytelling striptease mashups with Bare.

The Summer Burlesque Blitz will receive a four-night engagement at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), July 18-21.

Burlesque A Pades featuring Pinkie Special Photo credit Barry FidnickTickets ($20; $35 front row VIP) are available HERE!


“SWISSTED” Opening Reception & Book Party on July 23rd

62804_10201602462283159_1433125798_n SWISSTEDFABnyc is thrilled to announce the launch of SWISSTED an art installation by Mike Joyce, developed from designs from his new book SWISSTED: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined.

Joyce has creatively reinterpreted vintage punk, hardcore, new wave and indie rock flyers in the style of Swiss modernism, creating a playful juxtaposition of aesthetics and homage to two wildly different cultures. The result is a book published by McNally Jackson featuring 200 posters designed by Joyce, perforated and ready for personal display.

The corresponding exhibition of blown-up vinyl posters is the newest installment of Artist Alley, FABnyc’s ongoing series of murals and art installations at Extra Place. Artist Alley is inspired by the rich history of Extra Place, the infamous alley behind the former CBGB. Joyce’s SWISSTED posters have been installed in the windows of L’Apicio, the restaurant opposite Extra Place on East 1st Street and will be on display through Fall 2013.

To celebrate this exciting event, FABnyc, in conjunction with L’Apicio and McNally Jackson, are hosting a reception and book party at L’Apicio on Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30-7:30pm.

The reception will include light snacks from L’Apicio and a selection of specialty cocktails for $5 to benefit the public art project. Books will be available from McNally Jackson. All book purchases will include a free specialty cocktail! Joyce will also be onsite for book signing and mingling.

Extra Place

Extra Place; Photo by Udom Surangsophon

The exhibition coincides with another Artist Alley exhibition: a large-scale mural on the sidewalk of Extra Place inspired by a poem written by Dee Dee Ramone after Joey Ramone’s death. Artists Raul Ayala, Crispy T, and James Rubio took the poem and created a vibrant, highly detailed tribute to the Ramones, punk culture, CBGB, and the recently deceased Arturo Vega. Go check out both when you’re passing through the East Village!

SWISSTED is funded by Epicurean Group. FABnyc’s Public Art Program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Epicurean Group, established in 2007, is a team of creatives and entrepreneurs, that works together to develop, produce and operate a portfolio of world-class restaurants, events and catering services including dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, and L’Apicio and Epicurean Events. With a strong passion for the arts and community, Epicurean Group teamed up with FABnyc to establish Artist Alley, a rotating outdoor installment of local artwork. We can’t thank them enough! 

Dixon Place gets HOT!

July’s Member of the Month, Dixon Place, is a non profit organization regarded as “the one of city’s most important and fiercely experimental artists’ nests” by the Village Voice.

This month, Dixon Place turns up the heat with its 22nd annual HOT! Festival. The festivities run from July 1st to August 3rd, 2013 and will feature burlesque, circus acts, comedy, dance, literature, music, musical theater & cabaret, theater and performance. Festival passes are available for $60 and will grant admission to all events. (wow!) Below are some selections from their extensive lineup.

Dandy Darkly’s Gory Hole- Four Tales of Sex and Death

New York City’s storyteller of supernatural sleaze and homosexual horror Danny Darkly invites you to enter his Gory Hole (if you dare) for a riveting evening of laughs, thrills and chills. In alternative cabaret fashion, Darkly shares four stories of supernatural sleaze and homosexual horror.

July 5 at 7:30 PM Cocktail Lounge, Free

July 27 at 7:30 PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $12 (advance) / $15 (door)

THE LOUDEST SHOW ON EARTH! With Lea Delaria & Maggie Cassella

The queerest urbanites to exist since Eileen Warnor and Kitty Carlisle, Lea Dillaria and Maggie Cassella, provide rage, anger, music and laughs as they yell at each other about the queer experience of urban existence. This unmissable event will be a riot of F-bombs and hilarity- a conservative’s nightmare!

July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) at 10PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $15-$25

GJ Dowding: (Miss)ter Silhouette Man

Enter a queer young boy’s consciousness, his desires and fears, as he embarks on a journey of identity and community. Haunted by his first influence from a femme fatale (his mother, of course), the boy treasures his secret from the public’s scornful eye.

July 16 at 7:30 PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $12 (advance) / $15 (door)

Trevor Bachman: Coromandel

Coromandel is a vibrant musical odyssey adapted from poems by Edward Lear. The performance will consist of six 10-minute operas and transport viewers of all ages into a quirky, magical land. A must-see for lovers of sound, Coromandel will fuse rock, jazz, bluegrass, tango, musical theatre and classical sounds into a swirling, quivering frenzy.

July 29th at 7:30 PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $12 (advance) / $15 (door)

For more information, a full calendar listing and tickets, visit the HOT! Festival Site here.

Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street, New York. Phone: 212.219.0736.

NYTW: Looking Back, Moving Forward

East Fourth Street in Manhattan is lush with a constant flow of new, innovative, weird, experimental, awe-inspiring, and incredible art – not to mention a long-term home for theater, dance, and energies of urban vitality. One of the most recognized theaters within this heavy stream is New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), which FABnyc is proud to spotlight as our June Member of the Month. Neighboring a number of experimental and cutting edge FABnyc members, such as IATI Theater and La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, NYTW is a nucleus of new, inventive theatrical works, providing a platform for many artists to springboard into robust artistic growth.

NYTW A Little History

Founded by Stephen Graham in 1979, NYTW continues to support new noncommercial playwrights and directors whose visions inspire and challenge the norm. Their productions are cutting edge and high calibre, aimed at exploring perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives – e.g. the ever-present hardship of paying New York rent as played out in the widely popular musical Rent by Jonathan Larson.

As an Off-Broadway venue, NYTW has acted as an incubator for new talent since its incorporation in 1982. The Workshop has been a generative home to playwrights and actors such as Tony Kushner, Deb Filler, Caryl Churchill, Jonathan Larson and Martha Clarke. Notable plays birthed in NYTW include Rent and Once.

Serving Artists Today

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

During a time when “limited resources” is a phrase used far too often in the downtown art community, NYTW upholds its mission in the East Village by providing much needed opportunities for artistic development and residencies.

NYTW also provides a number of educational programs, including Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop, a unique workshop where half the participants are over 60 and half are between 14 and 18 years old. NYTW began Mind the Gap four years ago with the mission to foster mutual respect and understanding between these age groups, allowing them to see different generations in a new light.

Productions and Performances

New York Theater Workshop’s most current production is Sontag: Reborn, an immersive multi-media performance about activist, writer, and intellectual Susan Sontag, sourced from her early journals (show runs through June 30th). The production pays homage to a growing lineage of feminist artistry: from Sontag, who became a prominent figure in NYC’s artistic and intellectual scene, to Moe Angelos and The Builders Association, the brains behind this show.

A literal testament to NYTW’s ability to identify outstanding work and produce its full potential, the major New York publications have declared Sontag, “a spellbinding X-ray of a writer’s psyche” (New York Times) and as a “dazzling multimedia experience, as visually stunning as it is illuminating” (New York Post).

Sontag: RebornNYTW takes the lives of New Yorkers, and shines them in a light that varies from ingenious, to beautiful, to terrifying, to perfectly illustrative of the NYC-human’s experience. Always pushing forward with their work and their artists, NYTW’s next season of works are certain to cohere with NYTW’s rigorously innovative spirit. We at FABnyc can’t wait to welcome their new group of artists to the block this fall! For more information on NYTW’s next season, visit

- Written by Yuliya Skurska, Intern @ FABnyc; Edited by Erica Reich, Program Assistant @ FABnyc

Emergency Fund for Bodega Worker Critically Injured on East 4th St.

Via Bowery Alliance of Neighbors…

Below are details re: an emergency fund set for the bodega worker
critically injured this week when a drunken driver racing down 2nd ave
at 80 miles an hour careened onto the side walk mowing down a tree,
Muni Meter, fire hydrant, and flower stand, injuring a biker and 3
bodega employees, most seriously 62-year-old Mohammed Akash Ali,
who worked 7-days-a-week outside at the flower stand.

The well-liked, always friendly Mr. Ali has a wife and 3 sons.

Any support you can help out with will be greatly appreciated by all.

Direct link to fund:  ”Aid for Akkas Ali and Family

Many thanks to CB3 member Chad Marlowe who moved with lightning speed to set up the fund.  Thanks also to neighbors Bill Koenlein and David McReynolds who got the word out so quickly.

EV Grieve article about the fund effort

EV Grieve initial article about the incident

East Villager article about the crash


Lower East Side Fiction













The Penalty is now at Dixon Place!

“Mutilation, romance and humor- all set to music!” -Gregg Mozgala, starring role

Set in the unforgiving streets of 1920s New York City, this tale follows Blizzard, a bitter man with only one goal: get revenge against the doctor wrongfully amputated him at the age of 10. This accident left young Blizzard a cripple begging for change in the streets. Now the kingpin of underground activity in the Lower East Side, Blizzard softens his guise only when he meets a young aspiring artist, Sophie. Intrigued by his unique appearance, Sophie asks Blizzard to model for a bust of his face. Blizzard agrees, and through a surprising turn of events learns that Sophie is the daughter of the doctor who performed his amputation. Will love take over or will Blizzard go through with his master plot?

The play is a full-length musical adaptation of Gouverneur Morris’s 1913 pulp thriller by the same name. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Directed by Kris Thor. Music and Lyrics by Robert M. Johanson & Clay McLeod Chapman. Starring: Gregg Mozgala, Sarah Buffamanti & Phillip Taratula.

Playing at Dixon Place Fridays & Saturdays: June 21 & 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30

Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (door), $12 (student / senior)
Click to purchase your ticket now!

Don’t turn a blind eye to The Blind Pig!

The Blind Pig: A Speakeasy Soirée to Benefit FABnyc
June 18, 2013, 7-10PM at The Penthouse at The Standard, East Village








Don’t turn a blind eye to The Blind Pig!

This year, FABnyc’s annual benefit will be a not-so-secret speakeasy party with a contemporary twist. Join us atop The Standard, East Village with stunning views of the city skyline for a night to remember, chalk full of fun and frivolities including….

Sweets & Treats
Delicious cocktails by Caledonia Spirits and Bitburger beer, along with complimentary hors d’oeurves by The Standard, East Village and desserts by Spirited

Sweets & Treats










A Chance to Dance

Live accompaniment and danceable tunes courtesy of Seth Kessel & The Two Cent Band

Seth Kessell & The Two Cent Band







“Summer in the City” Silent Auction & Raffle

Luxurious, delicious, and delightful experiences that will help you make the most out of NYC this Summer including…

* L’Apicio dinner for 4 with wine
* Dell’anima dinner for 2 with wine
* Margarita brunch for 6 at Hecho en Dumbo

* Year of Beer at Jimmy’s No. 43
* Gin & Honey package from Caledonia

* Salon Session at Eva Scrivo
* Gift certificate to Uncommon Goods of $150 value

* Bicycle from Recycle-A-Bycicle
* Two Citi Bike year-long memberships

* Dual year-long membership to the New Museum
* A trip to Royal Palms Shuffle Board Parlor with 1 hour playtime for 4
with cocktails & a private lesson
* Four tickets to The Daily Show with signed portrait of Jon Stewart
* Two VIP tickets to The Colbert Report

& a raffle where everyone wins…
When you enter our raffle, you’re bound to win a treat, be it 1920′s style candy, tickets to performances in the Lower East Side, or even a one-night stay at
The Standard, East Village!

Silent Auction








Speakeasy To-Go

To top it all off, Works in Progress will be on site making silk-screened prints of our speakeasy mascot, available for $20 each.

The Blind Pig






All proceeds from “The Blind Pig” go to support our work to foster community and culture in the Lower East Side. This event generates a vital portion of our budget for the upcoming year. Get your tickets today, and be a part of something special!

Purchase ticket HERE.

*Blind Pig illustration by Orlando Arocena & Skyline images by Whitney Browne*

Sontag: Reborn at New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop is Fourth Arts Block June Member of the Month

Sontag: RebornOn the dark stage at the New York Theatre Workshop, a projected image of an aging Susan Sontag slowly puffs a cigarette, looking quizzically at her audience. It is the wise face of someone who contemplates her life through her memoirs, a much less humiliated countenance than I would have if someone were reading what my 15-year old self wrote in my less-than intellectually stimulating diaries.

Director Marianne Weems’s Sontag: Reborn is a one-woman performance in collaboration with the Builders Association. Adapted and performed by the inimitable Moe Angelos, the 75-minute play takes the audience through literary critic and author Susan Sontag’s personal life. Devised from Sontag’s journals from 1947 to 1980, Reborn is an intimate portrait of the writer, dwelling less on the politics of her writings on everything from camp to philosophy and more on the woman behind the desk.

Based on the books “Reborn” and “As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks,” Reborn was originally put on by the Builders Association at the Public Theater in 2012 as part of the Under the Radar Festival. It seems only appropriate that the play be put on at the New York Theatre Workshop as Sontag was familiar with the institution, having been a board member of the Builders Association since its founding in 1994 until her death in 2004 and having put on her play Alice in Bed at New York Theatre Workshop in 2000.

Interestingly, the majority of Angelos’s performance is given behind a desk on stage. While the larger, projected Sontag watches and interrupts intermittently with sly remarks and revelations, the physical manifestation of the writer is the memory of Sontag at different ages, writing at her desk. Another projection hovers above stage, an aerial view of the surface of the desk: pencils and knick-knacks mingle with books and pages that have been torn in frustration; a coffee mug is slowly filling with cigarette ash while the writer pens her golden words.

The performance is a synchronized dance between the two Sontags, a desk, and further projections of photographs and music, offering visual snapshots of the New York City, Paris and San Francisco that Sontag would have known. At the young age of 16, Sontag was accepted to Berkeley and quickly transferred to the University of Chicago to do her post-graduate studies. She continued her higher education at Oxford while taking time to also study at the Sorbonne—quite an impressive resume for an 18 year old.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Angelos’s performance is her transformation from the precocious, angst-ridden, teenage Sontag— “What is it to be young in years and suddenly wakened to the anguish, the urgency of life?”—to the more solemn adult who questions her sexuality and longs for clarity of thought when it comes to matters of the heart.

Reborn is a complex piece of theater, successfully portraying the nuances of Sontag’s ever-thinking brain while shrinking away from high, intellectual abstractions in favor of the more base emotions of lust and death. Angelos’s performance is truly spectacular as she convincingly renders Sontag’s ghosts from memory. As Sontag concludes about her journal writing: “I write because it gives me pleasure,” so too must we indulge in the pleasure of experiencing this performance.

Written by Erica Cheung; Sontag: Reborn runs Now-June 30th

How. Much. Fun.

So, you may be asking yourself, “How much fun can I really have at a benefit for FABnyc? Will there be a blind pig? Has the humane society been notified?”

Well, let’s take a deep breath, and revisit all the wholesome, humane fun we had last year. A great way to preview what’s to come June 18th!


The Blind Pig will be so fun because you’ll live like a king (for a night) overlooking your fair city


So fun you’ll want to bring your parents! (they can give you insider tips on authentic speakeasy attire)


Because after one to three free drinks (see Bee’s Knees package) you’ll begin to loosen up, even throw some bunny ears around.


So fun you’ll be shakin’ and shimmyin’ in your best tiger and candy stripes.


So much fun because it’s so rooomantic…


you’ll just have to get a little bit closer.


So fun because anything and everything at the auction can be yours. ALL YOURS!


So fun because you can look down upon the tiny ant-people that make up Lower Manhattan…and possibly pretend to squash them.


So much fun because…


your moustache will refuse to cover your glowing face!




Especially when you win the GOLDEN TICKET (i.e. a one-night stay at The Standard, East Village).

For instance, Rob lost his whole moustache in a single instant!

Yeah! We love you Rob!


So fun because you’ll spontaneously start dancing. Maybe even whip your hair back and forth.


You’ll throw your hands up. Work up a dance sweat…


and this beautiful faux-open air shower will just sit there, mocking you.


But don’t worry — you can instead take the time to reflect on this magnificent place you live in, and the densely beautiful community FABnyc has helped you realize.


I mean, look at this.


It’ll be so good you’ll just want to wear the party home.

A BIG thanks to The Standard, East Village for generously hosting this event!

The Blind Pig: A Speakeasy Benefit for FABnyc!

The Blind Pig

Groovy meets chic at The Blind Pig FABnyc’s Annual Benefit!

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and stunning views of the City from The Penthouse at The Standard, East Village. Try your luck in a raffle and silent auction, and shake a tail feather to speakeasy-themed live music.

Purchase Tickets at

FABnyc is proud to be an active leader helping to cultivate the dynamic, creative community of the Lower East Side. We provide year-round support to our 28 member organizations, connect local partners to one another, and ignite lasting relationships that help make our community and City better.

The Blind Pig will not only be a celebration of this, but will also help us kick-off (in style) another year of innovation and community building.