Weekend Events: Have Fun, Support Sandy Recovery

Gallery newcomer ARTIFACT hosts an opening tonight; some proceeds from the show benefit post-Sandy recovery efforts.

In addition to dining out at local eateries this weekend, there are plenty of other easy, fun things to do (art exhibits, movies, shopping, gardening) while also boosting a variety of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. We’ve listed a few here; write us at tips@thelodownny.com or Tweet us @lodownny if you know of others we should add.

  • Orchard Street newcomer ARTIFACT gallery opens a show called “Aftermath” tonight, featuring the works of eight artists. A portion of the proceeds benefit storm recovery efforts. The opening reception is 7-9 p.m. tonight at 84 Orchard St. The show runs through Dec. 2. The gallery’s hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street will donate all the profits from its always-popular midnight movie features to New York Cares this weekend. The theater is showing Miami Connection and Hackers tonight and tomorrow night at the stroke of twelve.
  • Boutiques throughout the LES, East Village, SoHo and NoLita are participating in a a fashion trade event organized by Capsule Shows, called “Neighborhood Network.” Event participants include locals such as The Great Frog, Grit N Glory, Pilgrim and Blake Scotland. There are special discounts and sample sales galore, and all participating merchants are accepting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief.
  • East River Park Track Club, the LES Ecology Center and NYC Parks Department are organizing clean-up and bulb-planting in East River Park on Saturday and Sunday. Details on the ERPCT website. Sign up to volunteer on the parks department site.