Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Tompkins Square Library's annual East Village Arts Festival starts online this Friday

The fourth annual East Village Arts Festival at the Tompkins Square Library starts this Friday, and runs through Dec. 12.

And as you might expect, this year's event is online, though the work of some of the featured artists will be on display at the branch, 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Below are some of the daily highlights via the EVG inbox. You may register for the free events here.

Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.:  "SONIC GATHERING XIX," a performance of John King's micro-opera "Disappearant." Sonic Gatherings started in March in response to the pandemic. King, along with choreographer Brandon Collwes began a weekly series of performances with a rotating cast of dancers and musicians, now in its 29th iteration. 
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.: Six Feet Apart but Still Together: Online Discussion with Artist Paul Adrian Davies. Among many other projects, Davies, a longtime resident of the Lower East Side, has recently been working on photographs of the East Village's streets during the pandemic. He will show us his work, discuss the process and inspirations, and answer questions. There will also be a display of the work at Tompkins Square Library. 

Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.: Mom and Pop Storefronts: Online Curator Talk with Karla and James Murray. James and Karla Murray, acclaimed photographers and authors of "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" will discuss and show the work created by the participants of their 2020 Mom and Pop Storefronts workshop. In partnership with the East Village Community Coalition, James and Karla taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community and encourage advocacy. 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.: Virtual Walking Tour: Artists, Writers, Musicians of Tompkins Square. Please join us for a fun online walking tour hosted by library manager Corinne Neary and local photographer Michael Paul. 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.: Online Book Discussion. Village Preservation will host an online discussion with author Miranda Martinez, and her book, "Power at the Roots: Community Gardens, Gentrification, and the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side."

Saturday, Dec. 12 at  3 p.m.: Online Discussion with an Artist: Delphine le Goff. Among many other projects, le Goff has recently started sketching East Village buildings and businesses. She will show some of her work, discuss her process and inspirations, and answer questions. 

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