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Corlears Hook Park, looking toward the East River Park bandshell.

Corlears Hook Park, looking toward the East River Park bandshell.

Sunny with a high of 63 today.  68 and sunny tomorrow.  On Sunday, more sunshine and a high of 62. Enjoy!

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Two Boots Celebrates 25 Years on the LES with Free Event in East River Park

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Photo courtesy of SummerStage.

Pizza Pioneers Two Boots, which shook up the East Village food scene back in 1987 when they introduced their unique brand of cornmeal-crusted, Cajun-Italian style pizzas, is celebrating 25 years of pizza making, funky folk art and its deep commitment to the Lower East Side community. They will be putting on a special event featuring music, art, aerialists, poetry, and of course free pizza, at the SummerStage Downtown Series this Thursday at the East River Park Amphitheater.

Dance and Comedy at SummerStage in East River Park This Weekend

The Niles Ford Urban Dance Collective is one of four dance companies performing this weekend in the East River Park Bandshell.

As we noted Monday, the massive free arts festival SummerStage is moving into the neighborhood, bringing a truly eclectic mix of performers to the East River Park Bandshell over the next two weeks. As part of the new, annual SummerStage Downtown series, the Bandshell will host acts as distant in genre as hip-hop producer-savant ARAABMUZIK and salsa crooner Jose Alberto (nick-name: “El Canario”) on consecutive evenings.

Tomorrow is opening night, dance is the focus, and the spirit is inclusive.

SummerStage Downtown Series Opens Friday

Photo: Whitness Relocation, courtesy of SummerStage

This Friday, New York’s largest free performing arts festival is setting up shop in the East River Park Bandshell for the start of its annual two-week SummerStage Downtown Series. With a mix of hip-hop, R&B, world music, dance, theater, comedy and family programming, there’s something for everyone.

Highlights include a concert by master salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario,” a battle between legendary hip-hop DJs Pete Rock and Premier, and an evening of live music, performance art, poetry, aerialists and food in celebration of Two Boots 25th Anniversary.