communal spaces

The window for enjoying the spoils of nature shrinks with each passing day. Lest ye forget, winter is coming. Fear not, though, for as sure as there are endless plots prior to George R.R. Martin’s frosty apocalypse, so too does this city hold its own plethora of distractions to occupy these last sun-filled days.

Communal Spaces: A Garden Play Festival
Sept. 12-27 at various community gardens
Now in its fifth year, Communal Spaces lives up to its name by bringing communities together around their local gardens to enjoy a selection of free theater. This year during the last three weekends of September, “eight playwrights, eight plays, four gardens and four neighborhoods” will take part in the festival. Strolling by the East Village’s Green Oasis Community Garden (East 8th, between C and D) on September 12, you’ll be able to catch two productions: “Catfish at the Oasis,” on at 2:30 p.m., followed by “Welcome to The Fall” directed by festival organizer Christine Zagrobelny.

concrete camera

Concrete Cameras NYC Filmmakers Series
Sat., Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at 6 & B Community Garden, 6th St. and Avenue B
Concrete Cameras is a collective of independent New York-based film directors who’ll be showing 50 minutes of excerpts from five films currently in production. The screenings will be followed by a short Q&A hosted by local artist Joseph Grazi. Among the East Village-appropriate films that’ll be previewed are Drew Stone’s The New York Hardcore Chronicles 1979-2015, a documentary about the scene at CBGBs and other local haunts, and Simon J. Heath’s Cochise – The Last L.E.S. Gangster, a taste of which you can get below.