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The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

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Our weekly look at upcoming happenings on the Lower East Side.  If you have a neighborhood event you would like us to post, please email us here.

Wednesday, August 4

  • Summer Stage is finally on its way down to East River Park with a slew of free concerts this month, beginning with George Lamond, Judy Torres and DJ Lucho.   As we mentioned earlier, there will be FREE valet bike parking for each concert as well.  // FREE // 7pm.
  • Although the Slipper Room is still in “exile” (i.e., closed for their big renovation), you can get your dose of brews and burlesque with Mel Frye’s Preexisting Condition: an evening of live music, comedy and exotic dance, each Wednesday this month, while they are “on location” at White Slab Palace. $5 // 10pm // 77 Delancey Street.

Thursday, August 5

  • It’s the last week of the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place. Scotty Heron/Hijack Dance’s
    playing this Thurs, Fri. and Sat., has been getting all kinds of good press.  For the full lineup go here.
  • The New School is teaming up with the LES Ecology Center to bring AMPLIFY! Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles in the Lower East Side, an exhibition of sustainable community design, including innovative neighborhood gardening initiatives, to the Abrons Arts Center.  AMPLIFY proposes a dialogue within the local community about creating a sustainable future. The reception is this evening. // FREE // 6-8p // (Through September 15) // 466 Grand Street.

Friday, August 6

  • Abrazo Interno Gallery at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center will host a  reception for their current show, The Invisible Woman,  a multimedia exhibition by three artists who deal with representations of women in their work. An installation by Cheryl Parry, drawings by Clarity Haynes, and sculpture by Jeannine Bardo. // FREE // 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. // 107 Suffolk Street.
  • This week’s midnight movie at the Sunshine is British cult hit Shaun of the Dead. The Sunshine writes:  A smash hit in the U.K., this “rom zom com” (romantic zombie comedy) follows the bloody funny adventures of underachiever Shaun (co-writer Simon Pegg) and his best mate Ed (Nick Frost) as they cope with a zombie invasion of North London. // $9.99 // midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.

Saturday, August 7

  • Urban Voices Heard will be at the Nuyorican with the first installation of the “Listen Up” showcase, a music and poetry slam/event featuring  Ibrahim Siddiq aka P.O.E.T., Noodle, James Kennedy, Speakers of the House, Christine-Jean Blaine and others. // $10.00 // 7pm // 236 E. 3rd Street.
  • Blue Stockings Bookstore will host Jennifer Silverman reading fromMy Baby Rides the Short Bus with Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers and Sharis Ingram.  BSB writes: Come out and hear contributors read the groundbreaking anthology written by counter-cultural parents of kids with special needs. This collection provides a dose of laughter and authentic insights into the experience of folks often ridiculed into invisibility. // FREE // 7pm // 172 Allen Street.

Sunday, August 8

  • Abrons Arts Center will host the Peppermint UnPlugged: Big Gay Benefit for the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Chelsea. They write: Music superstars Peppermint, Cazwell, Amanda Lepore, Keo, and Christopher Estrada join forces for the first time tonight for the live music event of the summer. // $15 // 7pm // 466 Grand Street.

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