In Celebration of 30 Years of the ‘East Village Eye’ [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 at 10:14 am by

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Tish and Snooky of The Sic F*cks and Manic Panic fame. Photo: ©2016 Dylan Greenberg.

A 30th anniversary calls for a celebration, which was exactly what the East Village Eye did on Friday night.

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Howl! Happening Gallery. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

It started with an exhibit of artwork, images and pages from the “Eye,” held at the Howl! Happening Gallery, and it was, well, pretty happening indeed. The crowd, with many familiar faces from back in the day, spilled out on to the streets. Back inside, the exhibit highlighted a history of art, performance and culture in the East Village in the ’70s and ’80s.

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East Village Eye publisher Leonard Abrams with curator (and “Eye” fashion/style contributor) Alan Rosenberg. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

After the opening, the festivities moved to The Delancey, with great bands, some of which we haven’t seen since the early ’80s: The Sic F*cks, The Lenny Kaye Connection, and James Chance and the Contortions.

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The Sic F*cks. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

The Sic F*cks never fail to entertain, and we enjoyed seeing Tish and Snooky back in their “devil nun” habits.

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Lenny Kaye. Photo: ©2016 Dylan Greenberg.

Lenny Kaye performed an outstanding rendition of “Gloria,” telling a winding and nostalgic tale of where “Gloria” might have gone, back in the ’70s and ’80s, on a typical all night walkabout, ending with her buzzing him at sunrise for a guitar lesson. As he spun the tale, he name checked the long gone clubs CBGB, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, AM/PM, and even notorious after hours haunt, The Nursery.

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James Chance and the Contortions. Photo: ©2016 Dylan Greenberg.

James Chance and the Contortions blew the doors off with a late night set lasting into the wee hours. We stayed out close to sunrise, partying like it was 1979.

As we wrote recently, the gallery is also hosting a number of talks and events. “It’s All True: The East Village Eye” is open at the Howl! Happening gallery through October 9th.

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