Arlene's Grocery stanton street lower east side music venue new york untapped cities samantha sokolArlene’s Grocery is a music venue that’s made up of a repurposed bodega.

Monday, February 3rd – Head on over to one of our favorite quirky music spots, Arlene’s Grocery for “Comedy at the Grocery,” a monthly stand-up show on the Lower East Side. Did you know Arlene’s is made up of a Puerto Rican bodega? Queens Council on the Arts reinvents itself as a catwalk for couture and cuisine to raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund at Manducatis Rusticated in Long Island City and presents the first Moveable Feast Artist Dinner, Hemlines & Waistlines: An evening where Couture meets Cuisine / An experience where Ready-To-Wear meets Ready-To-Eat featuring Queens Artist Mark Salinas and Celebrity Chef Dave Martin.

Tuesday, February 4th – KGB Bar hosts one of their weekly poetry readings, this week featuring writers from Finishing Line Press’ chapbook selections. Get the feel for one of these readings from our review of their “Columbia’s Select” themed event. Join James Goldcrown for his upcoming show at One Art Space, Hunger Game, his 12-year examination of fashion photography, comparing models to food being consumed. 

Wednesday, February 5th – McNally Jackson bookstore regular and National Book Award recipient Colum McCann will host a reading of Why Are You So Sad and a conversation with the author Jason Porter. McNally Jackson was also featured on our list of the city’s best independent bookstores.

Thursday, February 6thBrooklyn Exposure’s $5-Rama event is your opportunity to sing, dance, or read in front of BK’s “in crowd.” Oh, and everything food/drink related is $5.

Friday, February 7th – Final day of “Selling the Dwelling” an exhibit on the ground floor of the Grolier Club that focuses on “Books that Built America’s Houses.” Never been to the Grolier Club? Here’s our take on it.

Saturday, February 8th – Silent Barn in Brooklyn is hosting Paper Jam, a new twice-annual FREE small press, mini-comic, and zine fair. We helped Silent Barn’s DIY music spot a few years ago when they were raising funds to stay in operation. Also, Columbia U’s Furnald Hall will be hosting its second-annual LyricLion septet, where professional musicians perform the scores of student composers.

Sunday, February 9th – Time’s Up! Brooklyn (99 South 6th Street) is offering free bike repair workshops which start this week for the first of four essential classes. They also have an awesome bike vending machine that you MUST see for yourself! Celebrate Alligator in the Sewer Day with the City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), which commemorates the true story of an alligator found in the sewers leading into the Harlem River back in 1935! Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione is slated to speak, and you should check out our previous coverage of the City Reliquary to know what to expect.


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