Around this time last year, we all panicked over the state of the NYC music-venue scene: Tonic is over! CBGB is over! Live Nation is taking over Manhattan! (Brooklyn, too!) But maybe the outlook wasn't as bleak as it appeared, because this summer, at least two new artist-run venues are accepting patrons, with philosophies probably even more open-minded than those defunct joints that meant so much to us. Both Santos' Party House (at 100 Lafayette) and (Le) Poisson Rouge (at 158 Bleecker) were conceived as "performance spaces," not mere music clubs. So though the former lives up to its moniker— and the latter, also living up to its moniker, is a bit more refined—both spots share the goal of nurturing current movements in the arts, especially cutting-edge ones, whatever... More >>>