8. Dixon Place
Dixon Place was founded in 1986 by Artistic Director Ellie Covan in her Paris apartment. The next year, she moved to the Lower East Side and began nurturing new works by artists there. The theater includes a full bar, a living room designed space, and a main theater.
Many influential artists and entertainers have walked through Dixon’s doors including Lily Tomlin, BD Wong, Justin Vivian Bond, Wallace Shawn, and the band, They Might be Giants. Coming up at Dixon Place is the popular “Hot Festival” of queer performance that dubs itself “the oldest annual festival of its kind.” Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side.