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The Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is adding Empanadas this year at their populare block festival this Sunday, June 7.
The Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is adding Empanadas this year at their populare block festival this Sunday, June 7.

Here are the highlighted events from our June events calendar, out in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine this week:

Sun. 7 – Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival at the Museum at Eldridge: Celebrate the additions of the Puerto Rican community to this fun cultural street corner collision. Where else can you experience performances of klezmer, bomba, plena, Peking opera, cantorial music, demos of kreplach, empanadas, dumplings, pickling and a Chinese tea ceremony? Not to mention mini Yiddish, Mandarin, and Spanish language lessons all in one place?

Noon to 4 p.m., 12 Eldridge St. bet Canal and Division, free.

Thurs. 11 – LES Film Festival Opening Night at The Sunshine: Kick off the 5th Anniversary of this intimate film festival that occurs over ten nights in different, and often surprising, venues throughout the LES (including a popular rooftop “dive-in” pool party at the hotel 60 LES). The opening night film is Life In Color, a debut dramedy from Katharine Emmer, with Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead) and Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation).

With the focus on great creative filmmaking made on a dime, the lineup is thoughtfully curated — maintaining a fun screening experience for both audience and filmmakers alike. This year’s lineup includes eleven New York premieres, four world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.S. premieres — plus a lasagna night!

Events run each night through June 21. 7:30 p.m., 143 E Houston St. at Eldridge, $12.50, showtimes at other venues vary, visit lesfilmfestival.com for more.

Sat. 13 – Tenth Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island: Put on your flapper gear and brush up your “Great Gatsby” impressions for this Prohibition-era soiree founded by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. The beloved lawn party–a dream of the 1920s–inspires New Yorkers to don a seriously classy vintage wardrobe in a tribute to “hot jazz, stiff cocktails and loose morals.”

Also Sunday, June 14 and August 15,16. Catch the ferry to Governor’s Island at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St. at FDR Drive,11 a.m. to 5 p.m., ticket prices start at $30 (children under 12 free).

Sun. 14 – DayLife on Orchard Street: Stroll through this street festival that takes over Orchard Street between East Houston and Delancey Streets each summer, enlivening the block with the best in LES food, fashion, a full range of music, activities, live art demos, noshes and a whole lot more. Noon to 5 p.m., Orchard Street between Delancey and Houston streets, free.

Sun. 14 – Kulturfest at Abrons Arts Center: Commemorate, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s centennial at KulturfestNYC, the first-ever international festival of Jewish performing arts. Celebrating the global impact of Jewish culture, weeklong festivities include theatre, music, dance, film, cuisine, street performances, family programs, panels and lectures at venues throughout NYC.

Through June 21. 466 Grand St. at Pitt, showtimes and ticket prices vary.

Weds. 24 – The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown: Cheer on the NBA MVP and his friends in a fast-paced, competitive 8-a-side soccer match featuring NBA and professional soccer players, joining forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. Among this year’s featured players is Alessandro Del Piero, widely recognized as one of the greatest players of his generation, and as one of the best Italian players of all time.

4 p.m., Sarah D. Roosevelt Park (Chrystie at Stanton), free or by donation, stevenash.org

Weds. 24 – Russ & Daughters Herring Pairing at Astor Center: Be part of an evening celebrating the wonders of herring, including the prized New Catch Holland Herring (Hollandse Nieuwe) at the peak of its season. In addition to Russ & Daughters’ delectable array of herring preparations, Chef Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu Restaurant will be the guest chef at this year’s celebration. Enjoy expertly selected sparkling wine and spirits that pair with the herring.

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., corner of Lafayette Street and E. 4th Street, directly above Astor Wine & Spirits, $79.

Sat. 27 – Hamilton Fish Park Swimming Pool Opening Day: Jump in this historic Olympic size pool to celebrate the official start of summer (for the kids, that is). Sign up for the popular Adult Lap Swim, offered both mornings and evenings from 7 – 8:30. If you swim 30 miles or more over the summer you’ll receive a free t-shirt, and prizes are awarded to the top three male and female distance swimmers at each pool program. Open through Labor Day, Open Swim is from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. with a break for pool cleaning between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 128 Pitt St., (bet Stanton and Houston), free.


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