‘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.

Recent Stories

Another Look at the Remodeled DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Two years of construction, and a decade of advocating, finally let up. About a month ago, Little Italy locals scored early access to a reinvigorated DeSalvio Playground on Spring Street ahead of the “official” opening. The upgraded park at Spring and Mulberry Streets includes a curved seating area with benches, basketball court (with two hoops), jungle gym […]

Report: Teen Boosts Taxi from LES and Attempts Drive to Six Flags

If you’re gonna steal the car, don’t pull over for R-and-R. Police say that 19-year-old Jonathan Gualpa boosted a taxicab parked on the Lower East Side early Tuesday morning and attempted to drive it down to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. The vehicle was reportedly still running at 5:45am when the teen hijacker drove […]

Neighborhood Group Sues the City to Stop New Towers in Two Bridges

Three months after first leveling the threats, the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors (LESON) has filed a lawsuit to stop four new towers (as part of three developments) from sprouting on the Two Bridges waterfront. The community organization partnered with the Asian American Legal Defense Fund to take the fight to the city. LESON has […]

Man Hit in the Head with Baseball Bat, Robbed on Broome Street

Some crime to report on the new doorstep of Essex Crossing. A man on the eastern fringe of Broome Street was clocked in the head with a baseball bat, and then robbed of his computer, police said. The victim was apparently on his way to a date Monday afternoon when he was struck on the […]

Martin Keehn Boutique Celebrates New Home on Ludlow Street

Menswear designer Martin Keehn began selling on the Lower East Side nine years ago. The boutique occupied a unique fractional address across from Seward Park – 27 1/2 Essex Street – until last summer. The eponymous store made the move around the corner to 53 Ludlow Street back in August. (This was the former home […]