Memorial Day Weekend Guide

We’ve got plenty of ideas for your “stay-cation” this Memorial Day Weekend.  If there are other L.E.S. events or activities that you’d like us to know about, please email us.

The weather might be too warm to resist taking a field trip over to Pier 40 for some FREE kayaking, brought to you by the NYC Downtown Boathouse.  Usually only available on weekends, they’ll be open this Monday for the holiday.  Walk-ups are welcome from 9a – 6p with the last boat going out at 5:30p.

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From Muzorama by Elsa Brehin. France. 3:15 min

Rooftop Films is back down on the Open Road Rooftop at New Design High School (350 Grand St.) on both Friday and Saturday nights. The underground film series will present the shorts program, “Dark Toons – Tales of friendship, love, loss, and coming to terms with one’s own mortality,” on Friday, with the band Braids starting off the night. On Saturday, it’s an evening of short “Home Movies,” with the band, The Pendulum Swings, starting off the night. In case of rain, the screenings will be held inside, at the same location. // 8:00pm // $10 //

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Theater for the New City (155 1st Ave., between E. 9th/E. 10th Streets) will host it’s 15th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts all weekend long.  Events start on Friday at 6pm and run through Sunday night. Activities will include Plays, Music, Dance, Poetry, Comedy and More in the Johnson Theater and the Cabaret Theater and a Cultural Fair, Food, and vendors outside on E. 10th St. FREE.

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The X-YU Festival continues at Dixon Place, with choreographers from Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia teaming up for a first-ever festival of new dance from the former Yugoslav countries.  The festival, a collaboration with Dixon Place, Wax Factory and Dance New Amsterdam, will present three U.S. premiers in rotating repertory through Saturday, May 29th.

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A new, interactive theatrical experience, “The Lower East Side Murder Mystery – The Ryan Case,” presented by LiveInTheater will open on Saturday at 6pm at a secret location in Chinatown. The show is an interactive, historical tour where patrons help get to the bottom of a murder based on a true, unsolved crime from the 1870s.

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Loisaida Festival

Established in 1979, the time-honored community development group, Loisaida, Inc., will present their annual Loisaida Festival on Sunday, May 30th from 11:30a – 6:30p on Avenue C (Loisaida Avenue) from E. 13th St. to E. 6th Streets.  Festivities include a parade, live music, entertainment and special activities for children.

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And finally, if all the outdoor activity is too much to take, the Midnight Movie at the Sunshine (143 East Houston St.)this weekend is the visual delight, City of Lost Children, by French auteurs Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen and Amélie). // Friday, Saturday AND Sunday at midnight // Tickets $9.99