Events

  • We look forward to having you as our guests at the Red Room...please note all Red Room events are 21 and over and there is a 2 drink minimum.

  • Art at the Red Room

    Opening Thurs, June 8
    Exploring the interrelationship between photography and performance, the work of AYAKAMAY combines image-making with fantastically constructed but intimate live experiences. AYAKAMAY simultaneously appropriates traditional Japanese cultural aesthetics and creates a dialogue with contemporary American urbanity and femininity, through the whimsical lens of her personal experience as a Japanese-American woman. This hybrid cultural identity is reflected in AYAKAMAY's practice as fantasy and reality intersect. The staged, costumed worlds of studio photography and videography are combined with interactive performances engaging the unpredictability of encounters with strangers and exchanges of physical senses and emotional states.
  • Town Street Criers

    Thurs, September 21, 8:00pm
    TOWN STREET CRIERS are back from summer vacation, and looking forward to continuing the "Third Thursdays" shows at the Red Room throughout the fall season.
    Join the band and friends as they perform both acoustic and electric selections from their new various projects.
  • THE LAST TABOOS: WITCHES OF THE EAST VILLAGE

    Fri, September 22, 7:30pm wine reception, 8:00pm show
    Hosted by Tony Perrottet
    No cover. 1 drink minimum.
    We've done sex and politics -- now it's time for a whiff of Satanism... In the latest edition of KGB's regular literary salon, Halloween comes early this year. Join author Tony Perrottet as he chats with New York Times bestselling novelist Katherine Howe (whose disturbing literary thrillers Conversion and The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen blend occult historical stories from 17th century New England with contemporary American life) and Vox magazine's provocative new religion staffer Tara Isabella Burton (author of the soon-to-be-released novel Social Creature) about our enduring fascination with the supernatural powers of women.
    Why are we so compelled by the Salem witch trials, whose lessons are reinterpreted by every generation? How can writers get into the heads of crazed persecutors of the past? What are the challenges of writing about history's religious maniacs who are sinister, even demented, by modern standards? And what can we learn from the past about religious manias today?
  • Stuart Anello’s Jazz Festival

    Fri, September 22, 10:00pm - 1:00am
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Closed for a Private Event

    Sat, September 23
  • Red Room Comedy

    Weds, September 27, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
    New York's best comedians doing stand up in a Red Room. There will be laughter.
  • Red Room Poetry

    Thurs, September 28, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Novaya Kozha

    Fri, September 29, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
    Russian-language literary magazine Novaya Kozha (New Skin) presents its sixth print issue.
  • Andreas Toftemark Quartet

    Fri, September 29, 10:00pm - 1:00am
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

    Sat, September 30, 11:00pm - 2:00am
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • NYWW

    Thurs, October 5, 7:00pm

    Patricia Jabbeh Wesleyis a Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 during the fourteen year Liberian civil war. She is the author of five books of poetry: When the Wanderers Come Home, (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), Where the Road Turns (Autumn House Press, 2010), The River is Rising (Autumn House Press, 2007), Becoming Ebony, (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003) and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press, 1998). She is also the author of a children’s book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea, (One Moore Books, 2012) Her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” was selected by US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, as an American Life in Poetry June 13, 2011 featured poem. Patricia has won several awards and grants, including a 2016 WISE Women Award from Blair County, Pennsylvania, 2011 President’s Award from the Blair County NAACP, the 2010 Liberian Award for her poetry and her mentorship of young Liberians in the Diaspora, a Penn State University AESEDA Collaborative Grant for her research on Liberian Women's Trauma stories from the Civil War, a 2002 Crab Orchard Award for her second book of poems, a World Bank Fellowship, among others. Her poems have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Awards. Her individual poems and memoir articles have been anthologized and published in literary magazines in the US, in South America, Africa and Europe, and her work has been translated in Spanish and Finnish. Patricia holds a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University’s Altoona campus.

    Roberta Allen A short story writer, novelist and memoirist, Roberta Allen is the author of nine books. Her latest is the story collection The Princess of Herself (Pelekinesis Press). Over 300 of her stories have been published in such magazines as Conjunctions, Guernica, Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail and The Collagist, among many others. She is also a conceptual artist in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum. www.robertaallen.com

    Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is also the author of Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poetry), and This Is Not Happening to You (short fiction), which he’ll be launching at tonight’s reading. His work has appeared in Australia, China, Singapore, and the Philippines, and is anthologized in the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Long Island Noir, and We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program, NYU.
  • F Bomb Reading Series

    Fri, October 6, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
    Peg Alford Pursell
    Michael Keith
    Laurie Stone
    Jan Stout
    Sarah Erskine
    April Bradley
    Tina Barry
  • Torge Goderstad Quintet

    Sat, October 7, 11:00pm - 2:00am
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Buck and a Quarter Quartet

    Thurs, October 12, 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Torge Goderstad Quintet

    Sat, October 14, 11:00pm - 2:00am
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • TALE: NYC’s Finest Storytelling!

    Wed, October 18, Doors: 9pm Show: 9:30pm
    2 Drink Minimum, $7
    The legendary TALE returns with NYC’s finest storytelling – featuring performers with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, VICE, and HBO…
    No hokey gimmicks. No dumb themes – just the best in NYC’s pro-storytelling!
    And we have one hell of a goddamn (note swearing) fine lineup
    DC Benny (HBO)
    Lucie Pohl (Red Dwarf)
    Harmon Leon (This American Life)
    Benari Poulton (Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore)
    Music: Mary-Elaine Jenkins
    Come out and see the best in NYC storytelling!
    Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tale-nycs-finest-storytelling-tickets-38061839988
  • TNS After Hours

    Fri, October 20, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Andreas Toftemark Quartet

    Sat, October 28, 11:00pm - 2:00am
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • F Bomb Reading Series

    Fri, November 3, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Revolutions Don’t Come to Paradise

    Tues, November 7, 7:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
    In Revolutions Don’t Come to Paradise Alberto Zayden weaves a yarn of stories from his bi-cultural family and current events to create a hilarious tale of political forebodings that explore the perils of a society that worships wealth above all else. Using verse, song and mesmeric storytelling he draws parallels between Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution and the election of Donald Trump. The riveting performance is an ominous warning about the direction of American Society.
    Alberto Zayden is an east village writer, poet, playwright and performer. The New York Times has called his poetry “visionary.”
    Listen to Alberto Zayden on Let Them Talk, with Paul DeRienzo being interviewed about Revolutions Don’t Come To Paradise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKjlyUNTDNE
  • Red Door Sessions

    Thurs, November 9, 7:00pm doors, 8:00pm show
    RED DOOR SESSIONS
    $17adv/$20 Tickets HERE
    (2 Drink minimum)
    JASON NARDUCY
    When he’s not touring as bassist with Bob Mould or Superchunk, Chicago musician Jason Narducy focuses on his band Split Single, instead of his family and children. Split Single’s two full-length albums have received critical praise from Spin (“Infectious”) and the AV Club (“an impeccable display of detailed songcraft”). The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot describes Jason as “…a first-rate songwriter and band leader.” Narducy’s mom loves his music, too.
    Jason is also the mastermind behind "The Sexiest Elbows In Rock" an episodic web comedy featuring Fred Armisen, Michael Shannon, Jeff Tweedy, Frank Black, and others.
    Jason has played bass with Robert Pollard, (Guided By Voices), Eddie Vedder, and Robbie Fulks. He has lost countless guitar picks over the years, often under the couch and just out of reach.
    *Every Red Door Sessions show is a benefit. Every benefit supports the resistance though direct donation to organizations that fight for reproductive rights and freedoms, arts/legal support for undocumented youth, and an end to climate change denial.
  • Buck and a Quarter Quartet

    Thurs, November 9, 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Red Door Sessions

    Fri, November 10, Doors 7:30p / Show: 8p
    $5 cover. 2 drink minimum.
    PROJECT DIEM Dreamy neon duo, Project Diem, captures buzzing melodies crumpled in a blanket of unpredictable intensity.
    REONDA After sneaking a classical guitar out of her middle school, outer-Brooklyn native Reonda, taught herself to play and began writing simple tunes inspired by personal heroes, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and Vashti Bunyan. She released her debut album "Lightness of Being," in 2016. Melodic and introspective. Mostly organic, but a little bit processed. Reonda’s music wraps you its embrace, stirring up a deep and hopeful melancholy.
    GHOST SODA West coast wunderkind, Ghost Soda, conjures jangly pop seclusion born of rainy Seattle Sundays.
    *Every Red Door Sessions show is a benefit. Every benefit supports the resistance.
  • Revolutions Don't Come to Paradise

    Tues, November 14, 7:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
    In Revolutions Don’t Come to Paradise Alberto Zayden weaves a yarn of stories from his bi-cultural family and current events to create a hilarious tale of political forebodings that explore the perils of a society that worships wealth above all else. Using verse, song and mesmeric storytelling he draws parallels between Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution and the election of Donald Trump. The riveting performance is an ominous warning about the direction of American Society.
    Alberto Zayden is an east village writer, poet, playwright and performer. The New York Times has called his poetry “visionary.”
    Listen to Alberto Zayden on Let Them Talk, with Paul DeRienzo being interviewed about Revolutions Don’t Come To Paradise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKjlyUNTDNE
  • TNS After Hours

    Fri, November 17, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Ghost Reading: Launch of GHOST SENTENCE poetry volume, with Friends

    Mon, November 27, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    KGB Bar’s Red Room will host the launch of Mary Flanagan's new poetry book GHOST SENTENCE (Atmosphere Press) with celebrated readers Patricia Carlin, Leah Umansky, Nick Montfort, and special guests!
    Prosecco will be served. 7pm - 9pm.
  • Red Room Poetry

    Thurs, November 30, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • F Bomb Reading Series

    Fri, December 1, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Buck and a Quarter Quartet

    Thurs, December 14, 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • TNS After Hours

    Fri, December 15, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • Jessica Alexander, Michael Shou-Yung Shum, and Jaclyn Watterson

    Mon, December 18, 7:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
  • The Sky is Yours Launch Party

    Thurs, January 25, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    No cover. 2 drink minimum.
    The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
    Come celebrate the publication of The Sky Is Yours, a novel set in the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, where three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.
    A graduate of Bennington College and the creative writing MFA program at Columbia University, Chandler Klang Smith has worked in book publishing, as a ghostwriter, and for the KGB Bar literary venue. She recently served as a juror for the 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards. She teaches and tutors in New York City.