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FAB Festival, an Arts Extravaganza, This Saturday

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Fourth Arts Block Festival. Photo by Whitney Browne.

This Saturday the Fourth Arts Block (FAB) will take over East 4th Street for its annual arts extravaganza.  The festival promises to be a fun afternoon lineup of free performances by local artists, with multiple indoor and outdoor stages showcasing dance, theater, & music, local artisans and gourmet food vendors, art installations, hands-on activities for families, as well as workshops for professionals and amateurs. Festivities take place from 1 – 5 p.m. Check out the highlights after the jump:

Performances Galore! Onstage and On the Street
Locating the Sacred: FABnyc teams up with the Asian American Arts Alliance as a site for their citywide Locating the Sacred Festival, running September 12-23, to present two hours (1-3PM) of work by Asian American Artists, including Japanese Taiko drumming, hula dancing, Hawaiian music, modern dance, hip hop, spoken word, and more.

Other Performers Include: Adam Wade, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, ARTS By the People, Downtown Art, cdza, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, East Village Dance Project, Flamenco Revolucion, Hammerstep, Krista Jansen, The Movement Party & invited guests, Nacho Arimany, Penny’s Open Mic, Lotus Music & Dance, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, and The Wild Project. For a full festival line-up, visit: www.fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php

Indoor Programming at The Kraine Theater
WOW! Wow Cabaret: Through song, dance, theater, poetry, and burlesque, Wow Café Theatre offers an eclectic sampler of what’s happening at the country’s oldest women’s theater collective.

Vaudeville Hour: Persona extraordinaire Brigham Mosley brings his alter ego, Mae Mosley, to the Kraine for Vaudville Hour, followed by Harrison Beck’s piano serenade, “Familiar Song, Forgotten Melodies.”

Off-Off Broadway At Its Best: The New York Innovative Theater Foundation, creators of the Innovative Theater Awards, presents a specially curated glimpse of Off-Off Broadway. For info about indoor seating and programs please visit: www.fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php
Dance It Out On Dance Block: Anyone can brush up on their dance moveswith numerous, FREE dance and movement workshops offered during the Festival, including Lotus Music & Dance will be offering Tahitian and Hula dance classes.

Other workshops include: The Art of Business for Creatives and Radical Physical Education. For info about workshops please visit: www.fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php

Activities All Afternoon
Lower East Side Museums: Three unique cultural institutions will be coming out to join the fun on East 4th. Festivalgoers can participate in a Bowery Artist Tribute Scavenger Hunt with The New Museum, or check out activities and information from The Ukrainian Museum and The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.

Other Activities Include: Cooking demonstrations and a recycling game with GrowNYC, arts activities for children with The Educational Alliance, massages by East Village Chiropractic, a scavenger hunt with New York Theatre Workshop, screen-printing with Works in Progress, and ArtUp public art installations.

Artisan Goods & Gourmet Food from the LES and Beyond
The Cart: The Cart, an artist run food cart, who had their world premier at last year’s Festival, features custom-made banana pops in a variety of flavors-from the classic Plain But Covered in Chocolate, to Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, and more!

Mexicue Food Truck: LES favorite, the Mexicue Food Truck, will be on the block with savory options and their signature mix of smoky and spicy flavors. To salivate over the menu visit http://mexicue.com/

Other vendors include: Armadillo Design, Bare Eats, Bugsella, Downtown Art, East Village Chiropractic, Fourth Street Food Co-op, Fragrance Shop New York, Granola Lab, MissWit, P&H Soda Co., Pageant Print Shop, Rivington Guitars, The Little Hair Shoppe, The Vanity Project, V Spot, Zipcar Inc. For info about gourmet and artisan vendors please visit: www.fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php

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