Friday, April 3, 2009

Theatre Tours in the East Village

This announcement comes from our friends at Fourth Arts Block, which is the leadership organization for the East 4th Street Cultural District, building a permanent home for the arts and preserving the neighborhood’s creative character.

Fourth Arts Block (FAB) and the East Village History Project (EVHP) have co-produced two distinct tours of Manhattan’s only cultural district, and source of artistic voices, past, present and future. This is a neighborhood in transition – on its way to becoming a permanent home for the arts while preserving the block’s unique creative and architectural environment.

EAST 4th ST CULTURAL DISTRICT: East Village Avant-Garde
Many of the world's most famous avant-garde artists who called the East Village home were making and presenting their work on East 4th Street. Explore La Mama E.T.C. and New York Theatre Workshop, birthplace to groundbreaking theater from Sam Shepard and Harvey Fierstein, to Blue Man Group and RENT, and discover the artistic genius of the East Village as it is and was.
Schedule: 1st Tuesday each month at 3:00pm
Fee: $15 donation suggested
Reservations: Not required
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Meet: Cuppa Cuppa, 75 E.4th St (btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
Directions: F, or V train to 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side

EAST 4th ST CULTURAL DISTRICT: Theater and Activism
Before Broadway was "Broadway," the Theater District was on the Lower East Side. Straddling the Vaudeville and Yiddish theaters of 2nd Avenue and the dance halls and saloons of the Bowery, E. 4th has literally been at the center of New York City arts and culture since the early 19th century. From German societies, Jewish performance venues and Ukrainian labor unions to prohibition-era speakeasies, drag cabaret, and experimental theaters, E. 4th Street has been the epicenter of social life on the Lower East Side for over 150 years.
Schedule: 1st Saturday each month at 3:00pm
Fee: $15 donation suggested
Reservations: Not required
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Meet: Cuppa Cuppa, 75 E.4th St (btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
Directions: F, or V train to 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side

**Starting in May, tours will meet in front of the New FAB Ticket Booth at 61 East 4th Street **

For more information, visit www.fabnyc.org.

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