Dubbed “the punk ballerina” for her audacity, ambition, and pure raw talent, Karole Armitage exploded onto the dance scene in 1981 with her groundbreaking work Drastic-Classicism. Since then, the artist has held numerous directorial positions at companies around the world and created genre-bending works inspired by such topics as theoretical physics, 16th-century Florence, and dance. Specializing in an aesthetic as precise as it seems improvised, Armitage and her daring company strive to challenge the preconceived notions of both audiences and the dance establishment.
Internationally renowned comedians descend from the summits of stardom to transform Tribeca Comedy Club into an uproarious sea of laughter during a full schedule of performances. Inside an intimate, 125-seat venue, the club welcomes to its stage renowned, laugh-luring gurus who have graced the spotlights of HBO, Comedy Central, and NBC's Saturday Night Live, including heavy hitters such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. Tribeca Comedy Club ushers in the New Year with a gut-busting bang during its All-Star Comedy series, featuring five headliners, two up-and-coming acts, and one astutely trained Applause sign per show. As quipsters position themselves in front of the exposed-brick wall and lob jokes toward the audience, guests can enjoy pizza and a glass of wine apiece before gathering the courage to whisper their own ideas for a comedy bit into empty glasses.
Exercise detective skills and untested telepathic abilities at the two-hour murder-mystery dinner, an evening of mock murder and faux fatalities unfolding over a three-course meal from Eamonn's. In between an introductory salad and a bread-pudding or ice-cream epilogue, guests can nosh on their choice of a sizzling steak, a plate of roast pork loin with mashed potatoes, a baked cod in lemon-butter caper sauce, or pasta primavera. As mouths occupy themselves, the comic mystery begins with a murder, with a detective arriving on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Work with tablemates to clear your good name, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues while sketching out blueprints for a deer-stalker hat with integrated deer radar.
The Flea Theater exalts off-off-Broadway experimentation by producing original and new works from emerging and established playwrights while hosting series, festivals and programs for artists throughout the year. Over the past 15 years, eyes have widened at works by established playwright and screenwriter Adam Rapp and edgy performances from Marisa Tomei, while others have tracked the skyrocketing success of choreographer Sarah East Johnson and other toddling innovators. A 40-seat black box and a 74-seat flexible theater house up to four events and one séance daily on The Flea's packed schedule, which adds to visiting performances with a rotating constellation of rising stars from resident company The Bats, Hollywood and Broadway legends like Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth, and Andre DeShields, as well as music and dance powerhouses like Kathleen Supove and Nina Winthrop. This season, The NY Goofs conduct a workshop and perform the eight-stooge riot Water For Clowns (August 4–14) in August, a remount of the Obie Award–winning political comedy Invasion! lands in September and stays until the audience surrenders, and in November, She Kills Monsters arrives, directed by the co-artistic directors of Brooklyn's Vampire Cowboys Theater Company.
Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.
Intimate and minimalist in black lacquer and exposed brick, the Canal Room is as comfortable hosting '80s and '90s parties with celebrity impersonators as it is with A-list concerts starring Jay-Z, Elvis Costello, or John Legend. A VIP lounge area lined with palms and ebony booths flank a bright hardwood dance floor, where concerts and parties unfold. The calendar entices families and VIPs alike, and the facility also makes way for private events such as birthday parties and echo contests.