An evening with PEN (6pm) & SMITH Magazine (7pm)
Makers of one of last year’s best records should make for one of the best shows of this spring. The most memorable Liars' performances can make even the most sterile club environment feel like there's some sort of secret sinister ritual going down. This not-quite-dingy locale should up the intensity to a fevered height. $25
Chicago songwriter Angel Olsen is in town supporting Kurt Vile at his Bowery appearance, but that show’s very sold out status shouldn’t keep you from catching her in play. Half Way Home, released last year, drew understandable comparisons to Sharon Van Etten for the way it told devastating, human-scale stories in a spellbinding hush. “Sweet Dreams,” from a 7" released this year, is even better for finding the surprisingly natural middle ground between a PJ Harvey growl and a Patsy Cline swoon. $12
Trivia starts at 8, the show starts at 9. There will be bingo, with prizes! Drink specials with a $7 themed cocktail each week.
Based on the life and work of Lewis Carroll and his disturbing relationship with Alice Liddell, the young girl he loved and for whom he wrote Alice in Wonderland, this is the opposite of passive theatergoing: it's a real adventure through the proverbial looking-glass. Performed in a 100-year-old institutional building that has been dressed to look and feel like an old asylum, crammed with all kinds of creepy Carroll ephemera, it viscerally arrives at is the awful standoff between a little girl and an older man who loved her inappropriately and made something beautiful for her to salve his pain—and also to ensnare her forever. It gets across the full horror of what that meant for her, and also what that means for us. $95-$125
Twig the Wonderkid, named "Best Rock 'n' Roll DJ" in our 2009 Nightlife Awards Issue spins electro, disco, new wave, rawk and indie alongside DJ Bastard on the ground floor.
One of our favorite types of human beings are the flashy and trashy kind, second only to those who don't take themselves too seriously. This, then, is our perfect dance party filled with perfect people: There's grilled cheese and tater tots served at the bar, classic 80s and 90s dance hits and old-school rap fueling the party, and no dress code enforced. In fact, you might see resident Jay McElfresh wearing a marching-band uniform or wizard robe because why not a marching-band uniform or a wizard robe? FREE
FACE features two types of improv, incorporating both the improvisations of a jazz quartet that creates a new score every night based on a single audience suggestion, and sketch comedy by an ensemble of five actors. $10
Not sure if you've heard, but plastic isn't really cool anymore, which is one reason why you should join the nonprofit organization Bags for the People as they show environmentally conscious trendsetters how to make custom cotton bags. Another reason is because there will be drinks, snacks and live music on hand (you bring the fabric of your choice; sewing machines and other materials provided). And then there's the whole saving the planet part too. FREE
Dan Neustadt, keyboard player for Northern Bells and The Hold Steady, plays a classic album front to back every week. Past selections have included Beck's "Mutations" and Weezer's "Blue Album"
DJ Mustachio mixes Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue and more, with a free salsa lesson starting at 7pm. Food and drink specials all night including 1/2 price fondue and $25 pitchers of sangria. FREE
Long-form improv from NYC's top ensembles. $5
False Aristocracy's Lena Marquise and Frances Eugenia host alongside DJs Mike Dextro, Proper Villains and Alexander Bassett a dance party gone arty; performances by Mademoiselle Lena and Mary Cyn blend with custom visuals by Myles Blake and Brian O'Blivion. Check falsearistocracy.com for details.
A monthly showing of the "most outlandish sketches you will see in New York City," brought to you by the underground comedy group Murderfist, a 2009 ECNY nominee for "Best Sketch Comedy Group." $10