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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.

Gary Shteyngart comes to the Eldridge Museum to discuss his latest highly acclaimed satire. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
Wednesday, August. 18th
  • Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their babies to the Australian underworld crime thriller, Animal Kingdom, at this week’s Rattle & Roll screening at the Sunshine. The film stars Guy Pierce and won the Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize.  Regular price for adults, babies are FREE // Tickets available at the box office only on the day of show //11 am 11 //143 E. Houston Street.
  • Superstar satirist and ex-LES resident, Gary Shteyngart, will return to the hood talk about his recent sci-fi novel, Super Sad True Love Story (see our highly entertaining interview with Gary here) for the Tenement Museum’s Tenement Talks series. The book made the Publisher’s Weekly best sellers list last week. The event is being co-sponsored by the Museum at Eldridge Street.. FREE // 6:30p // 97 ORCHARD.
Thursday, Aug. 19th
  • Our Latin Thing: Tribute to The Fania All Stars with DJ Lucho – an ensemble of lead singers and musicians from New York’s top Latin bands, pays tribute to the legendary group The Fania All-Stars – at SummerStage in East River Park. Hosted by DJ Lucho.   FREE // 7:00p // Free Bike Valet Parking // E. River Park Bandshell.
  • In conjunction with the exhibition “Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other,” the New Museum presents Constructing Views: Experimental Film and Video from Brazil, a series of contemporary Brazilian film and video that explores relationships between visual art and film. FREE // Daily, through Sept. 22 in the New Museum’s theater // 4:30p // 235 Bowery.

Friday, August 20th

  • David Lynch’s neo-noir classic, Blue Velvet, is the Sunshine’s Midnight Movie this weekend. A young (and relatively unknown) Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper (in one of his most memorable roles) all star in this dark small-town mystery turned absurdist thriller. $9.99 // Friday and Saturday at Midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.
  • NYC rock band Bambï teams up with downtown theatre company Waterwell to tackle one of the most controversial pop culture artifacts from the ’70s, Looking For Mr. Goodbar, at SummerStage in East River Park.  The project revives the lost art of the live concept album inspiration from both the film starring Diane Keaton and the novel by Judith Rossner. FREE // 8pm // Through Aug. 22 // E. River Park Bandshell.

Saturday, August 21st

  • The 14th NYC Fringe Fest should be hitting it’s stride right about now. You can catch a different show each night of the week.  TimeOutNY is covering the festival up close here. The NYTimes has some great photos and offers some highlights to look for here. Visit the website for a full schedule. Tickets are $15 online, $18 at the door  // Shows run through August 29th.
  • Nuyorican Poets Cafe hosts it’s monthly hip hop and poetry showcase and open mic, WORDS. Created by Rocky LaMontagne & Bobbito the Barber to give young up-and-coming poets & emcees the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers, past performers have included Company Flow, Canibus, Mos Def, M.C. Search and Suheir Hammad, among others. $12 // 10pm // 236 East 3rd Street (Between Ave B & C)

Sunday, August 22nd

  • If you head south, down to the Manhattan Bridge and look for the “Salt Pile,” an industrial site used by the city to store salt under the bridge, you’ll find seven dancers perched on a wall, wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes, slowly melting away.MELT,” a performance piece by Noémie Lafrance, is taking place afternoons and evening through the 29th. $20 online, $25 at the door // Thurs-Sat 7:30PM & 8:30PM, Sunday 6:30PM & 7:30PM // Corner of Pike Slip & South Street.
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