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Posted August 9, 2018 at 5:09 am
Well, this is something Tony Sarg would have loved. The first ever International Puppet Fringe Festival is underway on the Lower East Side. This first outing honors Puerto Rican artist and Teatro SEA’s puppet master José López Alemán, whose contributions to puppetry span over 40 years. The week-long celebration, which began this past Monday, showcases […]
Posted June 7, 2016 at 5:18 am
The summer tradition doth resume, methinks. Popular (and accessible) streetside theater program, “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,” recently set a date for its return to the Lower East Side. Take note – the new season kicks off July 7 at the Clemente Soto Velez Center with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s the second […]
Posted March 1, 2016 at 5:00 am
The iconic Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center is not done upgrading its facility. While the building itself may have undergone an extensive makeover four years ago, it appears the renovations are not complete. The longtime arts organization hopes to improve overall accessibility to its facility, which includes some structural modifications and increasing its visibility on […]
Posted December 22, 2015 at 10:49 am
Is it possible to distill the essence of “otherness” as an artist? And, how might an artist deal with the issue of being “exotic” within the context of history and personal experience? “The Jew as the ‘Other,’” an art exhibit in conjunction with the Yiddish New York Festival, seeks to examine these questions. Opening this […]
Last modified July 30, 2015 at 11:34 am
Last night was the second installment of the two-part discussion, “Street Art and the Lower East Side.” Sponsored by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, the miniseries explored the connections between the decades-old art form and its neighborhood muse. Noted artist YESONE was the subject of yesterday’s event, having spent hours in the brutal heat […]
Posted July 22, 2015 at 10:24 am
Decades after its introduction, the SAMO tag still intrigues and inspires. Commands respect. It’s so well known that there’s a dedicated Wikipedia page with more than two thousand words. Now its co-creator, Al Diaz, who conceived the idea with high school friend Jean-Michel Basquiat (and also went by “Bomb I”), will talk about the graf […]
Posted July 7, 2015 at 5:10 am
If Essex Crossing is the greedy landlord, then “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” could be considered the harassed rent regulated tenant. The long-running troupe – the Drilling Company – spent twenty seasons entertaining locals in the former municipal car park at Ludlow and Broome Streets. That run ended with a performance of Othello last August, […]
Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:40 am
The building is not only an architectural anchor on the Lower East Side, but one for the arts as well.
Posted February 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm
The infamous Audrey II will sprout and feed at the Clemente Soto Velez this weekend.
Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:28 am
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center is reawakening after a long slumber. Her eyes are opening ever so slowly, but there’s still plenty of crust lingering.