A two-week Festival in September
Celebrating Arts and Activism across Greenwich Village and the East Village
2022 Festival review next week – we are currently collating photos! In the meantime...
Check out this very cool video teaser for our On the Road reading at the Strand Book Store. Produced and edited by Jordan Galland, the video captures the spirit of the star-studded reading of Jack Kerouac's classic novel directed by David Deblinger. Free!
If you want to see the entire reading with performances by Mercedes Ruehl, Marsha Mason, Dael Orlandersmith, Kevin Corrigan, Stephanie Berry, John Ventimiglia, Jose Rivera, and John Doman, buy the recording. Price: $10.
The Village Trip in 2022
Framing the Village ExhibitionRevelation Gallery at St John's in the Village 218 W 11th Street, NY
By the 1850s, the Village was a living art colony and by the time sculptor and heiress Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established her first gallery in MacDougal Alley in 1907 there was an embarrassment of riches for her to choose from.
The Village Trip – The Eighth Street ExperienceIntersection of Eighth and MacDougal streets Greenwich Village, New York, NY
The David Amram Septet plus pianist Dave Keyes and special guests kick off this year’s Village Trip and are joined by Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars at this family friendly, outdoor street party. Food, fun, furry friends and games for children of all ages – it’s all happening on Eighth Street as we herald our fourth neighborhood festival.
The Village Trip GuitarFest:
St John’s in the Village
218 W 11th St, New York, NY
Ah, Let’s go Back to the Village
Celebrate the Jack Kerouac centenary with the world premiere of David Amram’s Ah, Let’s Go Back to the Village, a chamber music composition commissioned by The Village Trip and based on text from Kerouac’s book Lonesome Traveler. Tilted Axes – twenty electric guitars – kick off this unique guitar extravaganza. There follows a program of South American guitar music, and twenty classical guitarists wrap up, joining David Amram, who will jam on his score for the Robert Frank film Pull My Daisy.
Labor Rights After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Social Justice Walk with Historian Daniel KatzCooper Union 7 East 7th Street, NY
On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at the end of the work day, a fire began on the 8th floor of the Triangle Garment Factory. Within thirty minutes,146 of the 500 workers laboring on floors eight, nine, and ten would die. The tragedy provoked outrage, union movement building, and led to political reform.
Wonderful Town: Walking Tour with Jamie BernsteinWashington Square Hotel 103 Waverly Place, NY
Join a unique walking tour with Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie and explore the crooked streets of Greenwich Village which inspired the great 20th-century musical 'Wonderful Town'. It begins – as the musical does – at Washington Square and Waverly Place! New starting point: Meet at Northwest corner of 14th St and 7th Ave. Please assemble at 3:45pm
Wonderful Town: Cabaret and Cocktails with Janis Siegel and FriendsNorth Square Lounge at the Washington Square Hotel 103 Waverly Place, New York, NY
A unique and intimate cabaret – featuring the Grammy-garlanded Janis Siegel with baritone Michael Kelly, Jamie Bernstein and The Manhattan Transfer's long-time musical director Yaron Gershovsky on keyboards – is a glorious celebration of songs such as “Ohio,” “Pass the Football,” and “One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man,” plus more.
CompCord Chamber Orchestra featuring Suzanne Vega: Songs and Poems from the VillageThe Players Theatre 115 MacDougal Street, NY
With music by New York City composers, including the legendary Suzanne Vega singing some of her classic songs in new orchestral arrangements by Gene Pritsker, William Anderson and Jonathan Dawe. Poetry recitations pay tribute to Greenwich Village.
Global Greenwich Village: Lecture by Robert W. SnyderJefferson Market Library 425 6th Avenue, NY
Greenwich Village has long been a place where people make plans to turn the world upside down. Since the late nineteenth century, the neighborhood has absorbed new people and new ideas in the arts, culture, and politics; marinated them in hope, humor and contentiousness; and then shared them with New York City, the USA, and the world.
Children of the American Bop (and Mambo) Night!The Public Theater & Joe's Pub 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place), NY
Jack Kerouac's legendary status as the leading voice of the Beat writers was cemented with his seminal work, On the Road. Published in 1957, the same year West Side Story debuted on Broadway and Sputnik launched into space. David Amram and Bobby Sanabria will perform jazz and Latin classics of the 1950s that influenced Kerouac and an entire generation. The show will also include brief readings from On the Road with music, just as Kerouac and Amram pioneered jazz-poetry in New York in 1957.
On the Road Reading with MusicThe Strand: The Rare Book Room 828 Broadway at 12th Street, NY
A recording of the livestream is available to buy.
A diverse cast including Stephanie Berry, Kevin Corrigan, John Doman, Marsha Mason, Dael Orlandersmith, Mercedes Ruehl, Jose Rivera, and John Ventimiglia read excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s classic novel accompanied by a jazz quartet led by the legendary David Amram and directed by David Deblinger. Produced in collaboration with HB Studio.
Janis Siegel: I’ll Take ManhattanThe Public Theater & Joe's Pub 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place), NY
Nine-time Grammy winner and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel, waxes rhapsodic about her beloved city in song and word. She will be assisted by two master musicians, John di Martino on piano and Boris Koslov on bass. The songs are diverse, romantic, bittersweet, vintage, modern, and full of heart and history, just like New York City itself.
Jack Kerouac: Then and NowJefferson Market Library 425 6th Avenue, NY
As part of the festival’s Jack Kerouac 100 celebrations, a distinguished panel—Holly George-Warren, Joyce Johnson, Anne Waldman, and David Amram - will reflect on aspects of the writer’s life in New York City generally and the Village in particular and discuss his enduring legacy.
Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt’s LegacyLGBTQ Center 208 W 13 Street, NY
A panel, chaired by public historian Kathleen Hulser, will assess the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, a brave woman ahead of her time whose beliefs were shaped by her life in the Village.
Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square with The Klezmatics and Joshua Nelson
Washington Square Park, New York, NY
Free outdoor concert
Geographically and spiritually, Washington Square has always been the center of the Village. Bohemia’s beating heart. A place to gather, whether to protest or just hang out, often with a guitar. The now-traditional Village Trip concert in the Park, headlined this year by Grammy-winning local heroes The Klezmatics, celebrates Greenwich Village as “a state of mind with no boundaries.”
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Look out for our special print supplement, part of the inaugural print edition of The Village Sun. Here’s a PDF if you haven’t yet picked up a copy.