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Lower East Side BOOMING with fun, and Content.

September 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Lower East Side BOOMING with fun, and Content.

Lower East Side BOOMING with fun, and Content.

Lower East Side BOOMING with fun, and Content.

Forget about the Meat Packing District and Soho, even the East Village. I really want to say “filthy East Village” but there’s that Nice 2.0 nagging at my thumbs.

I have had more apartments on the LES than I can remember (seriously), and some which I would like to erase from memory.

Back in the 80’s I had a tub-in-kitchen flat on Ludlow Street where the bathtub doubled as my kitchen sink for $300/mo. There were all these punk rockers from Knoxville and Dublin who were my neighbors. The summers were hot, there were heroin dealers selling outside my window all night, and a transvestite across the hall who would yell at get macho boyfriend about him not taking her to the beach.

I worked as a busboy at The Waterclub and lived like a king, went out to after-hours parties, had a girl friend who was an actress model that was 10 years older than me who didn’t come to my Thanksgiving dinner to meet my family so I brought her headshot….

Those were the days…

I went as a guest (having a camera and knowing Final Cut gets you in a lot of places free), to see Rob Sikoyak’s Carousel Show down at Dixon Place on Christie Street.

I hadn’t really been on the LES at night for years since I lived uptown, etc., except for the rare jaunt to Avenue A when the party somehow wound up there.

But I took a look around my old neighborhood. On Rivington Street Aline there was so much to see and do. I quickly found myself sipping white wine at a show at Sloan Fine Arts. Alix Sloan was a gracious host who was willing to do an on the spot promo (and took direction really well) in the midst of a packed gallery.

Then went to Dixon Place for Carousel which is a theatric production of cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters.

Under what looks like an unassuming little pub is a huge Theater Complex. I’ll have footage from events on SplashVideo.tv shortly. On the way back to the subway there was “Free Comedy Show” written in chalk on the sidewalk at a ckub called Lucky Jacks. Went in got some footage, made some friends.

More on Robert Sikoryak’s Carousel after I finish the edit.

I could have been out all night. Oh I forgot I’m married with kids… ; )

But it was a nice reminder and something I’m going to do more often with Shorena.

Got my camera, got a date, all I need is a babysitter.

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