The ghost of Allen Ginsberg rises again when the HOWL! Festival returns to haunt the East Village. It starts tonight at 7 with a benefit at the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge (101 Avenue A) for the HOWL! Emergency Life Project, which provides financial assistance and social services to artists who live in the East Village and L.E.S. Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks) hosts the bash, featuring performances by Warhol Superstar Bibbe Hansen, playwright, actor, and master storyteller Edgar Oliver, and others. Highlights of the fest (all happening in Tompkins Square Park) include the annual reading of HOWL! (Friday at 4:30), a performance by Riki Colon’s Men in Skirts (Saturday 5:30), and a tribute to the great ladies of the Lower East Side titled Bowery Bombshells (Sunday at 5:30).

Thu., May 30, 11 a.m., 2013