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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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Hunt For Hermes and Help the Homeless Tonight at Rockwood

(Photo: Communion Music)

(Photo: Communion Music)

Tonight, kick off the season of giving by getting some pretty cool stuff.

L.E.S. Amis, in conjunction with Communion Music, is hosting a pop-up thrift store in order to support the Bowery Mission, whose shelves were almost entirely bare when we visited in September. The Mission is determined to serve 8,000 meals to the city’s homeless on Thanksgiving Day.
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How 6 Practitioners of the Dark Arts View Halloween

(Photo: Catland website)

Molly Burkett (Photo: Catland website)

With so many wild parties going on tonight, it’s easy to forget that Halloween originates from the ancient festival of Samhain, celebrated by the Celts 2,000 years ago. Before their new year on November 1, they thought the boundary between the living and dead would deteriorate and ghosts could appear on Earth. So, how do today’s pagans and occultists view the holiday as it’s celebrated today? We asked some of them to find out.
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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Don’t Suck

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

You already know where to catch Nirvana, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys on Halloween. But if you’re just too creeped out by the thought of zombie Kurt, there are plenty of other places to do the monster mash. Hit one of the parties, tours, plays below and you won’t spend the night on your couch eating Reese’s (though that’s a perfectly acceptable pre-partying option).
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Pink’s 242 Combines Hot Roddin’ and Truffle Popcorn, Because Why Not?

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

During construction, there were music arrangements pasted in the windows of Company bar’s former home on East 10th Street. But tonight there’ll be real live music to celebrate the grand opening of Pink’s 242.

Blues band JD Patch plays at 7 p.m., and bar owner Avi Burnbaum promises more live performances (everything from soul-funk to rock) down the road.
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Climb Aboard a Nightmare Cruise Ship and Ride a Sea of Laughter

(Photo: Frigid New York @Horse Trade)

(Photo: Frigid New York @Horse Trade)

Stop worrying about ebola and just be glad you aren’t on a cruise ship teaming with food-poisoned zombies. That’s the setting of a quirky, uproarious tale now playing at Under St. Marks.
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