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Art Is in the Air: FAB! Festival Tomorrow, Art in Odd Places Next Month

FAB! Festival, 2012. (Photo: Tim Schreier)

The installation of Chris Burden’s 30-foot sailboat on the facade of the New Museum isn’t the only bit of public art livening up in the neighborhood. Two of the East Village’s beloved culture carnivals are back, starting with the FAB! Festival tomorrow.
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Billy’s Antiques Is Popping Up Tonight, and ‘Baggage Battles’ Returns Next Month

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Billy Leroy (front, left) and Jim Jarmusch at the Billy’s goodbye bash. (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

If you’re still crushed over the demise of Billy’s Antiques & Props at the intersection of Houston and Bowery and you can’t get enough of the man who now auctions neglected luggage on the Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles, then you’re in luck: Billy Leroy, the one-time East Village fixture, returns to his old stomping grounds tonight via a party on Cleveland Place.
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Don’t Miss These Blockbuster Block Parties Tomorrow

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The East 9th Street block party. (Photo: Jacob Sugarman)

Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
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You’re Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s everything-must-go sale, you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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Another Greenpoint Label Is Celebrating Five Years With a Blowout

Last month Captured Tracks turned five with a weekend of shows and now everyone’s doing it! Another one of our fave Greenpoint indie labels, Mexican Summer, is celebrating the big fiver with a two-day festival in Red Hook — and a hardcover book with a 10″ EP.
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Party in the Face of Domino’s Impending Doom Tomorrow

(image via Save Domino's press release)

(image via Save Domino’s press release)

The Domino Sugar Factory’s demolition is scheduled to start this month, but opposition organization Save Domino isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. What to do when protests, community organizing, and dissident light displays have all failed to get results? Throw a rager, of course.
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Brooklyn’s Tiniest DJ Will Spin On Orchard Street This Sunday

DJ Kai performing at this past June's Daylife. (via LES BID)

DJ Kai performing at this past June’s Daylife. (via LES BID)

Until the Lower East Side’s favorite Brooklyn-born, nine-year-old DJ manages to break from the shackles of his 10 p.m. bedtime, fans can only catch Kai Song spinning while the sun is wholly up. Naturally this would make him an institution at Daylife, the neighborhood’s sort-of-semi-annual three-block bash, which has its final hurrah of the season this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
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Boozehounds and Bookworms, Mark Your Calendars for Lit Crawl

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Henry Chang reading from a planter box on Bleecker, during a previous Lit Crawl. (Photo courtesy of Lit Crawl)

New York City has a long, amazing, storied literary scene — the East Village, in particular, has nursed writers like Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Bob Holman. New York City also has a long, amazing, different-kind-of-storied history of extensive drinking. It only makes sense to willfully combine these two traditions, and that’s exactly what Lit Crawl NYC has done.
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East Village Radio Is in Rockaway This Weekend, and So Is This Ping-Pong Table

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Our love for Chances With Wolves is such that we’ve traveled into the putrid bowels of the earth to boogie down with them. Luckily we won’t have to do that tomorrow, as the East Village Radio DJs are posting up at a much finer location — the new beer garden at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. From 7 p.m. onward, they’ll be joined by the High and Mighty Brass Band and DJ Stylus for a party so absolutely right we just had to mention it separate from our end-of-summer guide.

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