You’ve probably noticed the bright new signage Stephen Powers recently brought to The Strand. What you might not have known is that the artist and sign painter also known as ESPO has a new book out, A Love Letter to the City, which documents his public art via sketches, photos and anecdotes. Powers stopped by the store in March (video clip above) and revealed that his first bit of street art was on the roll-down gate of the old Forbidden Planet at 12th and Broadway.

"ocean1" by James Powers

“ocean1” by James Powers

Meanwhile, our other favorite Powers — James Powers, illustrator of The 40-Year-Old Hipster — will be showing his work tonight at Wovenplay, the Greenpoint kids’ clothier that opened last month.

Back in February that Powers is part of a new project, NewPatron, that’s connecting patrons with artists.  Apparently Wovenplay’s owner, Katherine Edmonds, dug the Brooklyn-based artist’s work when she spotted it on NewPatron, and now she’s showing some of his recent drawing-based works. There’ll be beer and soda at the opening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and then an after-party with drink specials at Achilles Heel nearby.

The exhibit will be shown Sundays from May 4 to 18, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., or by appointment by calling (718) 383-0510.