I'd heard about the 92Y Tribeca as more and more cool shows became booked on their calendar. Impressive comedy lineups featuring Zach Galifinakis and Eugene Mirman, music lineups featuring St. Vincent and Yo La Tengo, and film lineups that include sing-a-long shows and festival favorites. Did I mention this place was not in Brooklyn? If you live in Manhattan, you usually have to make the trip to Williamsburg to get this kind of eclectic, indie-minded programming. Now, you just have to head down to Hudson and Canal. I'd attended a Babelgum party at the space during the Tribeca, but never seen much else until Saturday night. That's when the 92Y Tribeca hosted a screening of our documentary Trinidad, in their cozy theater. Meanwhile, next door in the club space, there was a performance by R&B rhymer Bilal. Over in the cafe, people were sipping coffee or beer, and listening to a woman play piano. Not a bad layout.
92Y curator Cristina Cacioppo has been with the space since it opened in October 2008, and she's on a mission to offer some quality alternatives in the neighborhood's otherwise quiet nights. Upcoming film screenings include: Mitch McCabe's CineVegas/SILVERDOCS documentary Youth Knows No Pain (on July 8), Alex Karpovsky's SXSW doc Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (on July 10), and David Russo's headtrip Sundance premiere The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (on July 22). The summer film program also includes a series called "Swayze Days of Summer" (featuring Dirty Dancing and Road House) and something called the "G.I. Joe Stop Motion Film Festival" which features homemade G.I. Joe stories filmed with action figures. Plus, they're screening older classics like Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. The 92Y Tribeca screenings go dark in August (but back in September), so don't let July end without checking out the place.