Past Events

Misha Feigin with Ladonna Smith 

and Alina Tuganova

November 17th, 7pm

East Village Arts (EVA) will support the Ukranian effort with a benefit concert of Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European music to raise awareness and funds for the situation in Ukraine. As music is a universal language and a powerful connector, EVA will present artists from both Russia and Ukraine in an effort to show that human beings must come together for the greater good of the people. The concert will feature poet and musician, Russian born Misha Feigin in Concert with Birmingham’s LaDonna Smith (with  Alina Tuganova) in a concert of free-improvisations. The two have worked and toured together on the international free-improvisation concert scene for nearly 30 years!

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Learn more about this celebrated 

Moscow born guitarist

Exprov VI: Taylor Rouss & friends

Friday November 4, 2022 

doors open at 7:30pm, 

show starts at 8:00pm

October 29, 2022  4:00 - 6:30pm

Sanovia Muhammad presents a performance of her book: A Journey to Forgiveness

Sistah Sanovia Muhammad 

joined by 

Yogi Dada and Rev Majadi Baruti 

will take the community through an evening

 of healing and celebration inspired by 

Sistah Sanovia's book, 

A Journey to Forgiveness: 

Disowning 3 Generations of Violence

Event is free. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Please purchase a book on site.

More about the book

Mmmm… The Caravan is getting into some delightfully monstrous fun this Saturday at 

Bella Donna’s Gorelesque Show….

We will poke the Patriarchy.

We will invite our monsters to dance.

And there will be blood.

The Witness Bearers

A Magic City Poetry Festival Event

September 29th 6:30pm

free event

Charlotte "Mama C" and her husband, Mzee Pete O'Neal run the United African Alliance Community Center in Arusha, Tanzania, 

where they have continued the human services work 

they began as Panthers for decades. 

On September 29th, we'll host a night of poetry at East Village Arts, and we're raising funds for HELLO TANA 

and their work to preserve Mama C and Mzee Pete O'Neal's legacy via the O'Neal Legacy Project. 

Donate if you can, share, and 

make plans to join us on September 29th!

October 7th, 5 - 7pm


John McMahon

John McMahon is a singer/songwriter,  from Champaign, Illinois. He has brought his thought-provoking lyrics and inimitable voice to the Chicago area scene for over 20 years.

In addition to playing solo acoustic shows, he plays around central Illinois with The Painkillers Blues Band and Indie-rock band, Jimi Dragonfly.

 You can expect to hear songs from John's 3 cds: Dumptruck of Love (2007), Black and Red (2018), and Kaskaskia (2021). 

You can also expect to hear

Julie Shum, director of EVA,

who is a former bandmate, lending harmonies to John for much of the show.

Mr. Painterman 16th Annual

Rhythms of Color Art Show


by Java Lewis and David Murray

October 8th

Saturday 5-9pm

October 11th, EXPROV vol. 5

 doors open at 7:30pm 

and show starts at 8pm

Birmingham's own Sharrif Simmons graces EVA on Friday, July 8th 2022. Doors open at 6:30pm. Sharrif will be reading excerpts from his new books and jamming with his old band into the night! Join us in celebrating Sharrif's performance at the World Games!

Come see the marriage of narrative and burlesque that Belladonna and her dance crew will bring to EVA!

Special Guest Performance by : Patsy So Fine, Mad Hatter Dance Co, Lucy Nightly, and MORE!      

Saturday, July 30th at 8pm.

UNICO: Soloist Exhibit III

Taylor Rouss and Friends

June 2nd, 2022

byob    $5 door

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm

Join us as celebrated local poet,

 Laura Secord

speaks about her book 

An Art, A Craft, A Mystery: 

a novel in poetry.

Thursday May 19, 2022

6:30pm - 9pm

Congratulations to Taylor Rouss, for curating a series of well-received soloist exhibitions. Thanks for helping us make a name for EVA as a new venue of note in the world of improvisational electronica.

Sun Ra birthday bash!

Honoring Sun Ra 

(born Herman Poole Blount, 

May 22, 1914)

"the idiosyncratic afrofuturist who introduced an avant-garde cosmology to the freeform improvisation of 20th century jazz."

May 22nd, 2022 


7pm music, potluck, poetry! 

bring an instrument and jam

*Sun Ra painting by Craig Legg, local Birmingham artist

Join us as children's book author, Possum Doss, will be reading from his beautifully illustrated book, Animal's Alphabet Soup.

Sunday  February 20th, 3 - 6pm