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Annual Zoroastrian Fire jumping event, Chahar-shanbeh-soori

Come join the greater NYC community for a celebration of the Persian New Year Celebration…

Loosely translated as Wednesday Light, from the word sur which means light in Persian,[2] or more plausibly, consider sur to be a variant of sorkh (red) and take it to refer either to the fire itself or to the ruddiness (sorkhi), meaning good health or ripeness, supposedly obtained by jumping over it,[2] is an ancient Iranian festival dating back to at least 1700 BCE of the early Zoroastrian era.[3] Also called the Festival of Fire, it is a prelude to Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring. The words Chahar Shanbeh mean Wednesday and Suri means red. Bonfires are lit to “keep the sun alive” until early morning.[4] The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in the streets and jumping over them singing “zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man”. The literal translation is, my yellow is yours, your red is mine. This is a purification rite.[5] Loosely translated, this means you want the fire to take your pallor, sickness, and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth, and energy. There are Zoroastrian religious significance attached to Chahārshanbeh Suri and it serves as a cultural festival for Iranian peoples: Persian Jews, Persian Muslims, Assyrians native to Iran, Persian Armenians, Kurds, and Persian Zoroastrians.

Tribute to Bimbo Rivas

An event in “Hispanic Heritage Month” to tribute Bimbo Rivas, Puerto Rican poet & one of the founders of
the garden La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez who gave the name “Loisaida” to the neighborhood. The event would be the projection of two videos filmed in the garden featuring Bimbo Rivas.


The annual AIDS ride from Boston to NYC on behalf of Housing Works will end in the East Village and 100 bicycles will be parked on the tarmac of La Plaza Cultural while participants enjoy the wrap party at a different location. Bike racks will be provided by event and bikes will be locked up and supervised by volunteer attendants.

Accidental Theater Company Presents: Hit & Run : MacBeth

Accidental Shakespeare Company is an up and coming underground theater company in New York with a dedication to play, ensemble, and building community. We have a performance series, now in it’s second year, called Hit & Run Shakespeare.

Hit & Run Shakespeare is fast-paced, high-stakes bardolatry. Our ensemble of actors comes together, fully memorized, to create a ONE NIGHT ONLY, fully staged production of a Shakespearean classic! Our audience brings the props, and any actors who forget their lines are given a “Book of Shame.” A referee judges and tallies all fouls. It’s pure, spontaneous PLAY!

“Scoundrel”: $10 suggested donation
“Drunken Rogue”: As a special thank you for donations of $20 or more, please enjoy ALL YOU CAN DRINK for the evening!
*Please note, we will not be selling wine by the glass at this production.
Tickets available at the door. CASH ONLY. No reservations required.
Questions or comments? Please contact Rachel Ritacco at

The Nest Event

A gathering of approx. 30 people with food & beverages on behalf of the non-profit The Nest.

About Us
Nest is a combination soft landing and launch pad for proven North European, Russian and other foreign startups to enter the US market. We create success stories by accelerating and investing to future stars.

Join us in our co-working space, take advantage of our partner network, or hop into our accelerator program.

GroundPlan – Art & Music & Film Festival

Friday August 9th, 6-9 PM

Saturday August 10th 6-10 PM

Sunday August 11th 4-9 PM

Friday, “Mythos”: is a night of installation including works by Harry Einhorn, Amalya Meria, Anais Delsol, HAG (performance art collective), Gryphon Rue, Molly Einhorn, Blayke Kogan and William Rahilly. There will also be musical performances by The Bell Cycle and Katie Mullins

Saturday, “Drive in”: a night of dance and film featuring choreography by

Rebecca Davis, Gina Borden, Laura Bartzack, Martita Abri, Brittany Bailey

And film by

Brittany Bailey, Blayke Kogan, Laura Bartzack and Clayton Patterson

Sunday, “Buildings are for Eating” features an experimental theater work: Multi-Sensory Labyrinth, arranged by Eleonora Ivanova, as well as theater and performance art by Etienne Pierre, Louisa Proske and Danna Wajda, water dances by Mindy Levkove et al., and a meal served by miscellaneous artists/ organizers.

MoRUS Film Festival


Kicking-off with 25th Tompkins Square Riot Reunion Films, More Than A Dozen Rare Titles To Screen at Sites Specific to Theme of

“Reclaimed Space” August 3 – 10

With a limited supply of all-access passes available for $20.00, the schedule and venues for 1st Annual MoRUS film fest have been announced. Tickets for 8-day festival of films underscoring a theme of “reclaimed space” are available at and at The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $5 per film. Museum hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00AM – 7:00PM.

For all screenings, doors will open at 7:30 PM with films beginning at dusk. Selected screenings will feature discussions and Q&A with filmmakers and other speakers. Refreshments and popcorn will also be available.

August 5: Home in Loisaida Films! Featuring LES, directed by Coleen Fitzgibbon; Heart of Loisaida, directed by Marci Reaven and Beni Matias; Viva Loisaida, directed by Marlis Momber. Filmmakers Marci Reaven and Marlis Momber in attendance!
LES trailer. Heart of Loisaida details. Viva Loisaida teaser.
@ La Plaza Cultural (garden at Avenue C and 9th Street)

August 6: Home in Loisaida Films! Featuring B/Side, directed by Abigail Child; and Not For Sale, directed by Yael Bitton.
B/Side details. Not For Sale details.
@ La Plaza Cultural (garden at Avenue C and 9th Street)

For more information about the 1st Annual MoRUS Film Fest: |

About MoRUS

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), a fully volunteer-run and staffed history museum and living archive of urban activism, aims to preserve the rich history of grassroots movements in NYC’s East Village and showcase the unique public spaces and community gardens for which the neighborhood is renowned.