Beyond Broadway, there are hundreds of smaller though no less inspiring performance venues sprinkled throughout the city. Case in point: The nonprofit theater Playwrights Horizons promotes unsung and up-and-coming creatives. You’ll find its downtown equivalent at Joe’s Pub, in Nolita, which sponsors Central Park’s beloved Shakespeare In the Park series and where you’re equally likely to catch shows focusing on the classics or experimental theater, as well as under-the-radar musical acts. Follow the tunes back uptown to Tomi Jazz, a tiny club with an extensive menu of Japanese izakaya food and spirits. If your tastes run the gamut—from a fashion talk with dapper NBA star Russell Westbrook to a reading by Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides—consult the impressive calendar of events at the Upper East Side’s 92nd Street Y.