Theater for the New City

Memorial Day weekend was made up of many LBT in NY, one of which I almost skipped right over.  Somewhere along the line, my partner in crime found out about The 18th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts and put a reminder in his phone just in case we were interested.  After our wine tasting class at NY Vintners (more to come on that), we had some time to kill before attending the Mermaid Parade Benefit Concert at the Bowery Ballroom.  While having some espresso in the East Village, a reminder for the LES Festival popped up on my husband’s phone calendar and we said “why not”.  As we stood in front of this not very uninviting old building, I was wondering where exactly he was taking me and what we were getting into.

What we walked into was the Theater for the New City.  The space is a cultural center designed to be used for a wide variety of theatrical performances for the surrounding community.popcorn

We found ourselves downstairs in the small basement movie theater watching a documentary film called “It Just So Happens” by Jeff Sumerel about a 74 year old New Yorker’s unhealthy obsession with sex, weather and maps and how he struggles to purge the publications he hoarded from his apartment in an effort to avoid being evicted.

I know you’re probably thinking that I should have never walked in the theater LOL but this short film was actually very cute and very humorous and totally endearing.  This “old” man was very cute and you found yourself feeling the struggles of his friend as he did his best to guide and encourage him to clean up his apartment and found yourself gravitating towards the old man’s idiosyncrasies.  The film was quite enjoyable AND the 2 men the man and his friendhappened to be in the audience and stayed for a short Q&A!

Yes we walked out recognizing that the 45 or so minutes we spent in there was very unexpected which is the point of this post – in NY, you never know what you are going to get into which is why you should be open to it all.  All sorts of fun is always lurking around in NYC.

About cara protzko

A wanderlust at heart, I believe there is no better city to explore than NYC. With so much culture to experience, both old and new, my mission is to share my under the radar findings to enhance the experiences of the locals and the full-time NYC wanderers. I want my experiences and this blog be your go-to place for insider tips as you travel and explore this great city.
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