Friday, November 6, 2009

More than just music at Knitting Factory

With Hannibal Buress kicking off a weekly comedy series November 15 at Williamsburg's newest venue, Knitting Factory, that's not the only non-music venture the Williamsburg venue is featuring in its front bar.

As Chris White, the senior talent buyer for the venue, tells us, "We're trying to diversity our programming, especially in the front bar. We want to do different types of things that will appeal to a lot of different people."

That includes a full lineup on Sundays, with, in addition to comedy at 9 p.m., a sewing party at noon called Yarndollz and a monthly reading series hosted by author Jami Attenberg called Largehearted Lit. That kicks off this Sunday at 5 p.m. with local authors Lev Grossman and Libba Bray. There is also a weekly Make Love Not War Party on Fridays with DJ Emskee, starting at 11 p.m.

Possibly the best part about all of these? They're free.

"We want to make it the sort of place people know they can come and not only get a drink but maybe see something they wouldn't necessarily see without paying for it," says White, who learned from the Knit's days in Tribeca that not everyone wants to come to the space to see the band, but may just want to hang out in the bar. "All of our events in front bar for now, and hopefully for the foreseeable future, will be free."

Sounds like music to our ears.

Photo: Bumpershine


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