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Things to Do on the Lower East Side This Week

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Firecracker Festival in Chinatown. file photo.
Firecracker Festival in Chinatown. file photo.

Here are some of the events happening in the neighborhood Jan.23-30:

–The Year of the Rooster begins! Lunar New Year celebrations kick off this weekend in Chinatown with the annual Firecracker Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The colorful (and loud!) event happens at noon in the courts located just to the south of Grand Street. The Lunar New Year Parade takes place a week from Sunday (Feb. 5). Saturday, Jan. 28, New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand St., website.

–The International Center of Photography opens a new exhibition this week titled, Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change. It will examine six subjects: Black Lives Matter, gender fluidity, climate change, terrorist propaganda, the refugee crisis, and the right-wing fringe in the 2016 election. The show will remain open through May. Friday, Jan. 27, ICP, 250 Bowery, 10 a.m.-5:15 p.m., $14. website.

–Rising R&B singer-songwriter/rapper Michael Blume takes the stage at Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night in support of When I Get It Right, his debut LP. Blume calls himself a “community activist first and a musician second.” The politically conscious musical artist explores gender roles and his own challenges growing up as a gay man. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, $15-17, website.

–This coming weekend the Metrographs family matinee series features King Kong, the original 1933 “spectacle to end all spectacles.Afterwards, maybe you’ll partake in brunch, served in the cinema’s second floor “Commissary.” There’s even a kids menu. Saturday, Jan. 28, noon, Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St., $12, website.

–The Shin Gallery is celebrating four years in its Lower East Side location with a special discussion this coming weekend. It features New York-based artist Hyon Gyon, whose show (She’s a Riot) will be up for another week, art critic Donald Kuspit and the Asia Society’s Masako Shiba. Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., Shin Gallery, 66 Orchard St., please RSVP, TLD Calendar.


Upcoming Community Events:

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Community Board 3’s monthly meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Lowline Community Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.: Know Your Rights Workshop (Immigration)


Check out our CALENDAR for more events and submit your own events HERE.

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