Arlene's Grocery

Todays Date: 11/26/22
Last Update: 04/10/14 04:01:38 PM
Address: 95 Stanton Street
New York, NY    10002

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Swan Day Monologue Jam  | Open: 04/27/14 Close: 04/27/14
Alacrity Project's Swan Day Monologue Jam features women (and men) who have a message to share through monologue, dance & song about being a woman, and femininity. In this show artists share their take on: What does it mean to be a woman? and What is femininity? Participate in individual artists’ ongoing exploration towards knowing and recognizing a woman’s true value, purpose & function. Swan Day is an international holiday facilitated by, to support women in arts. Events occur around the world during the months of March and April. 

Performers include:

Amber Godrey
Carlotta Bazzu
Dina Richardson
Emily Niewendorp
Hiram Pines
Irina Kom
Sunita Mukhi

Alacrity Project was founded in 2006 to create performance opportunities for actors. The group has produced full length plays tackling current issues such as war, the dynamics of city living, the environment, and the economy. In the past two years Alacrity has focused on producing Monologue Jams, a popular way for performers to get up on stage, work out their material, receive a professional video-recording of their work, and meet like-minded and supportive artists.

About the Company: Alacrity Project

 Alacrity Project provides performance opportunities for self-initiated artists.

Monologue Jam  | Open: 07/28/13 Close: 07/28/13
Lower East Side-based theater company, Alacrity Project will present the Monologue Jam, a collection of monologues and songs performed at the popular venue, Arlene’s Grocery. The Monologue Jam will be hosted by Marc Adam Smith, founder of Gotham City Improv, and feature up and coming singers and actors in New York City, including Emily Niewendorp and Georgiana Avram, co-producers of Alacrity Project.

About the Company: Alacrity Project

 Alacrity Project provides performance opportunities for self-initiated artists.

Alacrity Project's COMEDY SHOW  | Open: 06/30/13 Close: 06/30/13
Alacrity Project is hosting a comedy show on a Sunday afternoon! Come join us for laughter and cheap drinks.
Hosted by Erin Conroy, with the Business Computer sketch group and Mark Normandy and Seaton Smith.

 On May 19, 2013 at 4:00p.m., the lower east side-based theater company, Alacrity Project, will present, The Dinner Party, an original short play at the popular venue, Arlene’s Grocery. A Monologue Jam comprised of various actors performing monologues and songs, will follow directly afterwards. A marriage gone stale. A fantasy gone wild. How long can they co-exist? An elegant dinner party hosted by husband and wife team, Jane and John, goes awry when the guest of honor may be unwelcomed for many reasons. The Dinner Party is an exploration of relationships, desires and the human psyche.

About the Company: Alacrity Project

 Alacrity Project provides performance opportunities for self-initiated artists.

ALACRITY PROJECT PRESENTS A MONOLOGUE JAM Reprise  | Open: 02/24/13 Close: 02/24/13
Following an enormously successful debut Monologue Jam in December, 2012, the Lower East Side-based theater company, Alacrity Project, presents a reprise onSunday, February 24, 2013 at the popular venue, Arlene’s Grocery. The Jam is part of Alacrity Project’s A Live Series, which provides self-producing artists the opportunity to perform on a black-box-style stage in an alternative environment, and receive professional video-recordings of their performances for use in furthering their art and careers. Video recording for the MonologueJam will be provided by The performance will stream live at

Fifteen actors will perform monologuescomprised of original pieces, excerpts from plays, television, and film, and Alacrity Project’s Artistic Director, Emily Niewendorp will be singing a musical selection.  All of the actors will receive a top-quality video recording of their individual performances.A drawing at the close of the show, will determine the winning performers, who will have the opportunity to select from an assortment of theater related prizes, courtesy of local and neighborhood businesses.

“The first Jam was such an overall success, even more than I expected that the decision to produce another one happened very naturally. I performed as well, and that experience was incredibly beneficial to my craft. Several people approached me afterward interested in becoming active producers in Alacrity Project, with ideas of their own as well. I have been envisioning this level of participation for the last year, but it's still a wonderful surprise when it actually happens,” said Emily Niewendorp, Artistic Director for Alacrity Project.

About the Company: Alacrity Project

Alacrity Project offers performance opportunities and professional video-recordings for self-initiated performers, and produces plays that best showcase the off-beat and unique ways people will fight for their dreams and a better way of living.

Wbai Artsy Fartsy Battle Of The Bands  | Open: 04/22/12 Close: 04/22/12
WBAI 99.5FM-NYC, the Artsy Fartsy Show and Arlene's Grocery bring a new kind of battle to the Lower East Side with the 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands hosted by Arlene's Grocery and radio personalities Jack Dourakos, Nikki Dinki and Melissa Silver of The Artsy Fartsy Show (airs Tuesdays at 2pm on WBAI 99.5FM and

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2012
LOCATION: Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton Street
OFFICIAL WEBSITE:!__meet-the-bands


A Do
A Do is a rock band from Boston. Derek, Adrienne, Greg and Sam. They like to keep in it in the family. Derek, Adrienne and Greg used to play in a cover band and they all lived downstairs from the band space. Sam and Adrienne work together during the day. Rich Stratton from Red Tuxedo Mastering in Atlanta mixed and produced their first album. He's also Adrienne's brother-in-law. A Do just released a music video for "No" that can be seen at

Blue Meadow
Blue Meadow the band from the Bronx that challenges the idea of bands starting in garages tucked away in the suburbs but that bands can also form in 800 square foot apartments in the middle of the urban theater we call NYC. They will take you on a musical journey that stretches from blazing guitars and banging drums to a serene acapella song to drift you away. The diversity of a band to model the big melting pot in which they were conceived.

Traum Diggs
Traum Diggs expands the boundaries of hip-hop's sound while continuing the tradition of substantive and innovative lyricism which makes him a card carrying artist. Traum Diggs is a self-proclaimed "truth seeker" which makes for constant growth in his songwriting and subject matter. Musically, he is just as influenced by Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Marvin Gaye as KRS-ONE, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. The result of those influences is a marriage of Traum's distinct voice and potent lyricism with elements of funk, acid jazz, psychedelic rock, and world music.

Kristin Errett
She's been called the next Norah Jones or Sara Bareilles. But with her rich, soulful vocals and effortless piano playing, Kristin Errett's sound is undeniably unique. Recently featured in College News Magazine, her music has been recognized for having a 70s inspired sound, echoing artists like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King. The Radio Cafe has called her "One of the best independent artists around" and I Am Entertainment Magazine has claimed she's "On her way to a Grammy bottom line!"

Late Nite Catfight
Late Nite Catfight are a Brooklyn hot mess of rockabilly/pop/roots. Embracing the cultural explosion of the 50s with the global implosion of 2008 onwards. In other words WATCH OUT! We may not be able to afford health insurance but can buy lipstick and gold suits from Halloween sites (post vaca BTW) and make it hillbilly.

Paradigm 23
Paradigm 23, a post punk rock group of three long-time friends that believe in the power of music to inspire social change. They are self-taught musicians and are ready and eager to begin their journey into the world of live performance.
Band Website:

Keithroy Mason, AKA Respect is a poet, lyricist, songwriter and singer who has arrived thirteen years ago. His genre of music is reality reggae. He writes songs that bring awareness to social issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, education and the list goes on. A gifted and talented artist, Respect has sang and performed worldwide. London loves his style. Germany craves more, and Ireland begs for encores. He has been exposed to many different ethnicities of people and is a master in his art.

Members of Starless have been playing and practicing music their whole lives. Starless has opened Peter Frampton, Yes, Grand Funk Railroad, The Blues Traveler and even play with Leslie West (Mountain). With a passion for music, Starless has worked meticulously to sculpt their own exciting, and unique sound to share with other music lovers young and old.

Artsy Acts

Magic and Comedy with Harrison Greenbaum
Artsy Fartsy Show Songwriter Jon Braman
Comedian Andy Lange
Techno-contortionist The Amazing Amy
Writer Rev Jen
Poet Faceboy
Dancer Sasha the Fire Gypsy

2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands is sponsored by: Arlene's Grocery, Sam Ash, Rizza Salon, The Network, BierHaus, AF Sessions

About Artsy Fartsy Show
Artsy Fartsy Show provides a diverse, youthful voice by providing off-beat, sophisticated interactive news and entertainment for artists and art enthusiasts through radio, mobile media and performance curation.
Artsy Fartsy Show is a project of ARTSPIRE, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The Artsy Fartsy Show Radio covers all that is new and relevant in the performing, visual and culinary arts worlds; art politics, artists' rights, celebrity and emerging artists. Artsy Fartsy Show curates AF Session, a music concert series of emerging musicians; theatre; film and visual arts. Artsy Fartsy Show is Barika Edwards (Executive Producer), Hollis Witherspoon (Spot of Culture), Peter Gleason (Politico Art), Jon Braman (Resident Songwriter), Melissa Silver (Visual Art), Nikki Dinki (Food), Jack Dourakos (AF Sessions Curator/Music) and Spencer Howard (Theatre). Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+: @artsyfartsyshow and visit our website:

For more than 50 years, WBAI 99.5FM has been the legendary leader in listener-sponsored, non-commercial community radio, serving the New York tri-state area. The station is home to Democracy Now! and radio luminaries such as Polk Award winner, Robert Knight, host of Five O'clock Shadow; Hugh Hamilton (Talkback!) and Earl Caldwell (The Caldwell Chronicles). WBAI was the first radio station to air Bob Dylan and with an eclectic legacy of arts programs such as Bob Fass' Radio Unameable, Cat Radio Cafe, and The Artsy Fartsy Show. WBAI is the only carrier of Al Jazeera-English in the tri-State area. Operating from its 50,000-watt broadcast tower atop the Empire State Building and studios at 120 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, WBAI 99.5FM delivers an eclectic range of cutting-edge programming to audiences across the five boroughs and into parts of upstate New York, as well as neighboring Connecticut, New Jersey and as far south as Delaware. In addition, WBAI streams and archives on Follow us on and

The 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands is sponsored by:
Arlene's Grocery, Sam Ash Music Stores, Zipcar, The Village Voice, Itzy Design, The Hill, Cavatappo, Chico Hamilton at DROM 5/19, Ethel at Joe's Pub 4/24, Bierhaus, The Network NYC, AF Sessions, Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books, and the Village Voice.


At Last, The Blues & Burlesque Affair Of Etta James  | Open: 04/21/12 Close: 04/21/12
At Last, The Blues & Burlesque Affair of Etta James is a burlesque and musical review of Etta James. Held at Arlene's Grocery on Saturday, April 21st from 9 - 10:45 pm, our list of performers include Bettina May, Broadway Brassy, Ãœla Ãœberbusen, Tiny Dee, Essence Revealed, Sake Fevah, and our lovely stage kitten Lula Rouge D'Amour. All hosted by Shelly Watson, and produced by Firstbase Fannie and Sake Fevah!

Come out for this amazing show dressed in your BEST vintage attire! Only 100 tickets being sold to this event - we hope to see you there!

Want to go VIP? Buy a VIP ticket for $35 and receive a table, a seat, and a table gift that will include drink tickets.


Arlene's Grocery - Tuesday April 3  | Open: 04/03/12 Close: 04/03/12
Arlene's Grocery - Tuesday April 3  | Open: 04/03/12 Close: 04/03/12
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