Silent Auction For Lower Eastside Girls Club Is Tonight

Our friends at the New Museum are teaming up with Lost Weekend and other local businesses to raise funds for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Two Boots Holds Second Annual Mardi Gras Ball for LES Girls Club

Two Boots is presenting The Second Annual Mardi Gras Ball in honor of The Lower Eastside Girls Club tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.  This just in – Susan Sarandon &  Luis Guzman will be crowned Queen and King of the Mardi Gras Ball.  The evening will include live music from New Orleans musicians “Loose Marbles,” Hungry March Band, Guest Star Laura Cantrell, a ping pong tournament, live art, a krewe costume contest and dancing all night long – all curated by the MC Murray Hill. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Girls Club. $25 // 7p-12a // 158 Bleeker Street.

L.E.S. Girls Club Adds Family Fun to HOWL! Festival

The HOWL! Arts Festival is set to come roaring back this weekend with a full schedule of music, dance, poetry and art (not to mention many community organizations and environmental booths) lined up in Tompkins Square Park. This year, The Lower Eastside Girls Club is jumping in and joining the fun with “The East Village Girls Club Earth Circus,” offering a slew of kid-friendly events and activities geared around environmental awareness within the park.

Essex Street Market Report

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There was a lot of activity at the Essex Street Market Tuesday. They're preparing to put down a new tile floor covering the entire indoor space.  There's lots of talk about a new bakery (Pain D'Avignon) moving in the old Ronnie Sue's Chocolates (she now has room to spread out in a much larger stall on the other sde of the market).  No one seems to know when the bakery might open. We emailed Pain D'Avignon's managers- no word yet. I made sure to snap up a chocolate chip cookie from the Sweet Things Bake Shop, run by the Lower Eastside Girls Club.   They are getting close to  opening New York City’s first and only Girls Club facility- a LEED Gold state of the art ‘green’ building that will serve hundreds of economically disadvantaged girls and their families.

Along with plenty of delectable treats to be found in the Market, one never knows what sort of interesting art you might stumble upon.  From the various local artists represented at Jeffery's Meat Market (everyone wants to paint Jeffery but he also puts on shows by other artists), to the photographs hanging in Tra La La Juice Bar's seating area, you'll find some interesting works of art.  While sipping a delicious strawberry, blueberry, banana, and mango smoothie I spoke with Ira Stolzenberg, one of Rainbo's (and Tra La La Juice Bar) founders about his current "installation", titled Heady Stuff.  It is a series of portraits of people's faces overlaid with different types of meat.  Mostly uncooked meat.  The results are fabulously disgusting. You'll have to see these photos to believe them. 

I also visited the Chuchifritos gallery/project space, which is currently exhibiting "Feedback: Working space 09." It features works selected by guest curator Thomas J. Lax from artists participating on the Lower East Side-Rotating Studio Program. I particularily liked Harumi Ori’s ongoing sculptural series on paper, "I was here," made out of plastic mesh and depicting the East River Park (pictured below).

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