We invite you to share your stories, memories, rants and raves about what No Rio has been as well as your aspirations for what it will become. Rather than bidding a somber goodbye to the existing No Rio building, we will celebrate its passing in the form of an Irish Wake. Games will be played, dances danced, and songs sung. Bring a story, song, or favorite beverage and join us for an evening of heart-felt remembrances and raucous celebration.
The Wake is the final event of Hanging Out at No Rio, a six-month project that invites nine visual artists to explore the history of No Rio, its place within the neighborhood, and the multiple communities it has serves.
Performance by Hanging Out artist Bryan Zanisnik, 9:00pm.
A fixture of the Lower East Side, ABC No Rio supports activities from art exhibits to punk shows and provides space for other progressive organizations like Food Not Bombs and Time’s Up. Maintaining its anti-corporate values, ABC No Rio embodies a core practice of art and activism and has given rise to dozens of activist and artistic initiatives since its founding in 1980. A place where freedom of expression and freedom to dissent have stood side by side, it is representative of a New York that is fast disappearing. Now, ABC No Rio is approaching its 30th anniversary and, soon, the existing structure will be torn down to make way for a new building.