You Must See Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 at 5:18 am by

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I’m just going to jump right into it. You have to go see Penny Arcade’s LONGING LASTS LONGER at Joe’s Pub. I went this past Monday night, and I really want to share it with all of you awesome people because I know that you would have as much fun as I did. Plus, considering we are smack dab in the middle of Lower East Side History Month, this is a fantastic way to celebrate.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Penny Arcade, she is known as the Queen of Underground Performance, and her work has been produced all over the world. Although it’s impossible for me to describe Penny and all of her accomplishments in one article, she notably performed in the Playhouse of the Ridiculous and was dubbed a Warhol Superstar, occupying a featured role in one of his most famous films – Women in Revolt. Not only a talented artist, Arcade is also a local activist:

Since 1999, Penny has spearheaded the award winning documentary series Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, The Lower East Side Biography Project, an oral history and downtown performance project that began as a Public Access television training program sponsored in part by Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She is a member of Feminists for Free Expression, The National Coalition Against Censorship, Visual Aids, the artist/art professional caucus that produces Day Without Art each December, and she is a founding member of FEVA (Federation of East Village Artists), the producer of The Howl! Festival of the Arts.

Penny’s most recent performance of LONGING LASTS LONGER takes you through a series of emotions, with ingenious commentary coming from Arcade that found me in both fits of laughter and quiet thoughtfulness. She touches on topics that I believe many of us can relate to, which makes the experience that much more riveting. I grabbed this off her Facebook page, but it describes the event perfectly,

“Penny Arcade, the queen of underground performance and her long-time collaborator Steve Zehentner, continue their development of Longing Lasts Longer, a passionate rumination on love, longing and the loss of New York’s cultural identity. In the post-gentrified landscape of “The Big Cupcake,” where ideas too have been gentrified, Longing Lasts Longer is set in a New York disappearing under the weight of suburbanization, cultural amnesia and the politically correct straightjacket of consensus. An ode to the eternal seeker, Longing Lasts Longer is equal parts memoir, manifesto, cultural critique and Cri de Coeur, where Arcade’s snake-bite observations create a nourishing euphoric rush of truth telling as visionary as it is inclusive and hilarious.”

Also, Joe’s Pub is awesome. You can have a cocktail with some calamari (my choice off the menu), while you are thoroughly entertained by Penny Arcade’s fantastic performance. It’s a total blast – don’t miss it! Three more Monday’s left – May 25, June 1, and June 8. Grab your tickets and more info here.

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