We love our concrete city, our bold cement landscape. But we admit to our need for some green space, an earthier, more naturalistic setting. It has been proven that green, nature’s dominant shade, is the most soothing color to our eyes for that very reason. But seek out “The Greene Space” down in Soho, and you will understand how green can also prove stimulating to our ears and mind as well. This particular “Greene” translates to a multi-sensory experience, while representing ecologically correct behavior. “Going Greene” takes on a myriad of meanings down on Charlton Street.
The “ Jerome L. Greene Space” is a unique, small, concise 125 seat venue in the heart of our steel metropolis, mere yards from one of Gotham’s unique symbols, the Holland Tunnel. It is a street level, state-of-the-art broadcast studio, performance venue, discussion forum, lecture hall, dance stage, gabfest…and can even be rented as a reception and banquet hall. You can’t imagine the variety of events presented there at low or no cost. I urge you to go to their website and peruse their previous offerings as well as the upcoming events on their calendar; there is something here to suit everyones taste, such a breadth of stimulating happenings.
I was there in early May for a free, gorgeous afternoon performance by a group of gifted musicians, the “Attacca String Quartet” playing works by Hayden, John Adams and Leos Janacek. In mid-May, for a mere $20, some cast members of Broadway’s current “The Columnist,” including John Lithgow, Boyd Gaines, and Stephen Kunken, gathered there to discuss this challenging, semi-political, semi-biographical drama with its playwright, David Auburn.
Coming up, on June 4th at 7 PM, for $15, a play entitled “This Is Where We Came In” will be presented as a live radio drama. It concerns a group of actors trapped in a fractured fairy tale.
On Tuesday, June 5th, at 12 Noon you can hear Wynton Marsalis in conversation with WQXR’s Elliott Forrest. This will include a performance with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the reasonable cost of $25.
On June 22nd, at 7 PM there is an open invitation (cost $15) to “All the Single Ladies”. Single woman of whatever age are welcome to share their thoughts on their solo status, for what should surely be an evening of provocative conversation and hopefully, some good girlfriend giggles. Entertainment and an open mic (uh oh!) will be provided.
This intimate space is ensuring that it will indeed stay green by using recycled paper, low wattage LED lights, and a stage made of renewable bamboo.
Such diversity of interesting, thoughtful live events and programming, the Greene Space is truly a new dimension in entertainment and a welcome affordable venue to our “budget bests” list. This compact “Greene Space” surely adds a unique tonal square to New York’s colorful cultural quilt. Try “Going Greene” down in Soho, as there is something for everyone at the Jerome L. Greene Space. Check it out.WHERE: The Jerome L. Greene Space 144 Charlton Street (Corner of Varick Street) New York, New York 10014
By: Joanne Theodorou