Downtown Digest

Royal Wedding Screening at Trinity Church

Those obsessed with English royalty have a Downtown venue should they wish to awake in the wee hours to watch the royal wedding live from Westminster Abbey in London on Friday morning.

Trinity Church, on Broadway at Wall St., will host a live screening of the wedding ceremony to make the viewing a communal experience for the Lower Manhattan community.

“This’ll be the first marriage that we’ve [screened],” said James Cooper, the church’s rector since 2004. “We thought it would be a good occasion to celebrate and remember the heritage of Trinity.”

The royally chartered church, the initial religious institution at the site, was founded in 1697 by King William III, and had a great deal of contact with the royalty across the Atlantic. The same goes for the current church, founded in 1846, which was visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sir Michael Oliver, the former Lord Mayor of London, also appeared at Trinity on the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The church is part of the Anglican Communion, as is Westminster Abbey, according to Cooper. “It’s very historic and grand, and will be a nice setting [for] the viewing of the big screen,” he said.

According to Cooper, the church can hold up to 680 people in the congregation area.

“This is really an invitation to the community,” chimed in Linda Harick, the church’s communications officer. “If you’re going to be up early, we’d love to have you here.”

The church will conduct opening and closing prayers, and will host a reception after the screening.

The royal wedding screening will begin at 5 a.m. on Friday, April 29; entrance will be free of charge.

Local restaurant joins Japan relief effort

A group of local restaurants have combined efforts for a fundraising event to aid those in Japan in the wake of last month’s earthquake. Named Itadakimasu, or Let’s eat, the event will feature a silent auction and celebrity appearances in an effort to raise $500,000 for the evening.

The benefit will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. on Thurs., May 5 at Village Lobster and Crabhouse, located at 225 Varick St.