‘Caveat’ Brings Spoken Word Programming to Clinton Street

Posted on: September 6th, 2017 at 5:02 am by

There is a new celebration of whimsy at 21 Clinton Street, and it’s called Caveat. The basement venue opened yesterday after more than a year in the works.

Caveat, an offshoot of The Idea Distillery arts organization, is the brainchild of physicist and TED Talks alumnus Ben Lillie. In its own words, the establishment “redefines the boundary between intellect and entertainment” by providing “a home for people who love learning, playing, and getting tipsy.”

The subterranean space will feature ticketed lectures with a focus on science, plus stand-up comedy, poetry readings, and experts in topics such as history and literature. Think of it as an indie alternative to TED Talks.

Caveat has a tavern-wine license.

Judith Malina’s Living Theater previously operated here, but sputtered to its conclusion in 2013 when the experimental troupe was evicted from the premises. COW Theater then took over, but met the same fate in 2016.

Upcoming programming at Caveat includes:

  • What is Life? conversation series with science writer Carl Zimmer
  • Generation Women — a cross-generational storytelling night: each month, five women of note read an original piece on a theme.
  • A conversation with author Maryn McKenna on her investigative book covering antibiotics in our food supply.

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