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Here’s Your Exclusive First Look at This Year’s SummerScreen Posters

Today is the official start of summer and what better way to celebrate than getting excited for outdoor movie season. Williamsburg’s SummerScreen just released some colorful and spacey iterations of movie posters to go along with this year’s series, which kicks off July 5. Seven local artists created the posters for each film that will show in McCarren Park: Mean Girls, Office Space, Donnie Darko, Selena, I Know What You Did Last Summer and an audience choice. So fetch.

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Magick, the Gathering: Meet the Fairies and Goddesses of Witchsfest

A group of three friends attending the festival.

A group of three friends attending the festival.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

BabyDoll Smith

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

Temple of Thelema

A festival attendee.

A festival attendee.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Network for the Realization of the Goddess

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

Opening the Ways

A card reader taking a break.

A card reader taking a break.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

High Winds Farm

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

On Saturday, Astor Place became home to the second annual Witchsfest USA, a free Pagan street fair hosted by the NYC Wiccan Family Temple that aimed to raise funds to build a temple for the city’s Wiccan community.

The celebration, inspired by London’s Witchfest International, was pretty small — just a few tents set up on one block. I actually found myself asking someone, “Where’s Witchsfest located in relation to Kmart?” But attractions such as an astrology workshop, belly dancing class, and countless tarot readers managed to draw a small coven of people.
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