The Day | CHARAS/El Bohio Protester Acquitted

EAST VILLAGE pink graffiti (gate)Ria Chung

Good morning, East Village.

The Villager reports that a man arrested in December at a demonstration outside of the former CHARAS/El Bohio Cultural and Community Center was acquitted on charges of creating a major disturbance. The paper also has more on the benefit for the TZone at Lower Eastside Girls Club last week. (And congrats to Lincoln Anderson, who has been named The Villager’s editor-in-chief.)

On his blog, Handsome Dick Manitoba reacts to news that his band the Dictators not appear in the CBGBs movie: “We played the club, regularly for 30 years. We had an absolutely GREAT relationship with the owner, Hilly Kristal, who the movie is supposedly about. We played the last weekend, ever at CBGB, Fri. & Sat. nights, the IMPORTANT NIGHTS…and, my son Jake and Hilly met a bunch of times, capping off, what I would consider, a wonderful relationship in my life.”

The Allen Ginsberg Projects posts a photo of the poet in his 14th Street loft and notes that his former assistant, Bob Rosenthal, will be reading from his memoir, “Straight Around Allen”, at Sidewalk Cafe.

Artist Domingo Zapata tells The Observer that his latest show at Bowery Hotel, where he uses the penthouse as a studio, is “a tribute to the Bowery and East Village and Manhattan and the graffiti that you see around the city.”

A performance by “freethinking young Cuban pianist” David Virelles at Drom will be followed by a D.J. set by Questlove, according to The Times.

GammaBlog photographs the neighborhood from the Christadora House.

A year after opening Sauce, Frank Prisinzano of Frank Restaurant, Lil Frankie’s, and Supper tells Eater that he next wants to open a t.v. studio broadcasting cooking shows as well as an offshoot that might either be a food truck or pushcart.