September 30, 2010

The New York Anime Festival

What: The New York Anime Festival will showcase the best of what anime pop culture has to offer with the latest in Japanese anime, manga, and music, as well as anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the globe. The festival will also feature exclusive film screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, and sessions with the some of the biggest guests in J-pop culture including pop music duo, Puffy AmiYumi! Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the latest in Japanese pop culture this October.
When: Oct. 8-10
Where: 655 W. 34th St., (at 11th Ave. )
New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-216-2000

September 25, 2010

Threadless Book Launch + Etsy Craft Party

What: Join the Etsy Labs and our pals from Threadless for the launch of the Threadless Book at the fabulous Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY. Threadless Founder Jake Nickell, plus a handful of awesome featured Threadless artists, will be on hand signing copies and causing as much trouble as possible.
We'll be taking the Etsy Labs Craft Night show a little bit down the road for an afternoon of making hands-on recycled T-shirt projects. Try your hand at reconstructing and repurposing T-shirts into necklaces, skirts, tote bags, and more!
Where: Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
When: Sunday, September 26 from 2-5 p.m. ET
RSVP here.

Trade Up!: A foodie swap & online raffle

What: Brooklyn Based is kicking off a new event series, TradeUP!, with a foodie-themed swap.

When: From 4-7pm at Littlefield, on Saturday, September 25, you're invited to bring in your tired kitchenware and trade up for fresh goods.

Admission is $5 plus an item you want to trade, whether it's a bag of cardamom pods (unopened, please), homemade banana bread, or a vintage gravy boat. In addition to your swap item, there will be spots to sell or strategically trade bigger ticket things, like the immersion blender you thought would change your life.
In the spirit of Trading Up, we've also set up an online raffle:

Right now, you can enter to win a day behind the counter at The Meat Hook, $100 gift certificates at Frankies 457 or at Roman's, a day with Ben Flanner at Brooklyn Grange Farm, two tickets to Roberta's Wine and Cheese Garden Party, customized cupcakes by Robicelli's, a jam-making class from Anarchy in a Jar, a $50 gift certificate at CafĂ© Grumpy, new cookbooks from Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an at-home ice cream making lesson from MilkMade, or a $50 gift certificate for First-Prize Pies.

You don't have to attend the swap to win a prize--we'll deliver it to you. We will announce the winners at the swap, though. Raffle tickets are $3 apiece, on sale now until noon on Sept. 25. We're donating a third of the proceeds to St. John's Bread & Life, the world-famous soup kitchen in Bed-Stuy. At the event itself, any left over items will also be donated to St. John's Bread & Life, who has a Brooklyn matching campaign with The Brooklyn Community Foundation. Whatever we collectively donate will be matched!

Saranac is sponsoring with $2 half-pints of their Imperial IPA and $3 bottles of their Imperial Stout. It's one of the many events where they'll be pouring during Craft Beer Week (check out their events at Grab Specialty Foods the same day from 4-7pm, or at Brazen Head Oct. 1 from 6-8pm, and later at Branded Saloon, from 9-11pm on Vanderbilt. More details on their events page.)

The Powerhouse Arena

Eat Bugs! By Marc Dennis
Saturday, September 25, 12–2PM and 5–7PM
Experience Creative Cricket Cuisine with Brooklyn’s Bug Chef and Artist Marc Dennis. Enjoy Chocolate Chirp Cookies and other tasty bug bites, while learning why people all over the world eat bugs.

MAKEDO, An Imaginative Craft Event
Saturday, September 25, 3–5 PM
Discover Makedo from Australia, a reusable connector system for creating amazing objects (robots, flowers, cars, doll and playhouses) from recycled materials.

Sarah Small’s Tableau Vivant of The Delirium Constructions Part II
Saturday, September 25, 7:30–9:30PM
This contemporary spin on the Tableau Vivant is directed by Sarah Small and will include a
moderated panel discussion following the performance.

The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
powerHouse Arena 718-666-3049
powerHouse Arena Toll Free 1-866-99-ARENA                                                                                   

FAB! Festival & Block Party

What: Jump-start the fall season with the FAB! Festival & Block Party! Enjoy free outdoor performances, a craft fair, art installations, and gourmet food all afternoon. In the heart of the East Village, 4th Street brings together the best in downtown arts & culture year-round. On Saturday, September 25th, FAB will help you preview the fall season for FREE. With multiple stages for performances of dance, theater, and music, a selection of local artisans and gourmet food vendors, film screenings, installations, hands-on activities, and classes all on one block, this event promises to be bigger and better than last year.
Where: East 4th St between Bowery and 2nd Ave
When: Sat, Sep 25th 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: Free
Official Site

Dumbo Arts Festival 2010

What: Imagine artists working in their studios, musicians and street performers appearing out of nowhere, artists creating murals before your eyes, poets reciting to passers-by, kids enjoying puppetry and music, DJs spinning in the streets, and wildly creative art installations everywhere. The festival strives to offer something for everyone with artists and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It strives to be accessible and sophisticated, to reflect New York’s creative community, to be real and flavorful, to show some grit and some polish, to be smart, creative and high quality – it is the Dumbo Arts Festival.

There are some changes to the annual Dumbo Arts Festival, changes that we believe will add value and be most inclusive of the local creative community. They include the festival being multi-disciplinary, open studios being for a shorter period of time, a juried grand prize for visual artists (free studio for 1 year plus $1000) along with a few additional cash prizes, and curating and programming by a number of partners. Thus programming will now include music, performance art, literature, theatre, dance, film, a digital design industry component, kids’ programming & more in addition to visual art. Additionally, Dalzell Productions is now producing it with Two Trees Management while Dumbo Arts Center will still be involved as a curatorial partner.
When: September 24th, 25th and 26th
Official Site

September 22, 2010

Steampunk Salon Saloon

As part of the Dumbo Arts Festival please join us for a celebration of steampunk culture, music, fashion and craftsmanship the weekend of September 25 and 26 from 3–9 at The Water Lounge Restaurant Lounge, 66 Water Street, DUMBO Brooklyn 
Saturday line up includes:
3 pm G.D. Falksen steampunk 101
4 pm August Wahnsinger Steampunk Panel and Discussion
6 pm Music and Performance by Psyche Corporation
Victorian Sitting Photo Exhibition by Tsirkus Fotografika
and of course, libations all day long
Sunday line up includes:
3 pm G.D. Falksen steampunk 101
4 pm August Wahnsinger Steampunk Panel and Discussion
5 pm “Tethered” dance performance by Lola Lola Dance Theatre
6 pm Music and Performance by Psyche Corporation Victorian Sitting Photo Exhibition by Tsirkus Fotografika
and of course, libations all day long

September 21, 2010

World Maker Faire New York 2010

What: World Maker Faire is a festival of creativity, ingenuity and enjoyment that your family will not forget.
When: Saturday, September 25 from 10 am - 7 pm, and on Sunday, September 26 from 10 am - 6 pm.
Where: New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th St. Queens, New York 11368)  Tickets

See America's Got Talent semi-finalist ArcAttack, the Lifesize Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos fountains, the TalkingScience Cabaret, Madagascar Institute’s carnival rides, and more than 300 makers, crafters, inventors, tinkerers and conceptualists. From the practical to the fantastical, the simple to the surreal, Maker Faire presents the best of science, technology, design, crafts and performance.

Jupiter Opposition

What: Join Friends of the High Line and artist Demetrius Oliver to celebrate the Jupiter Opposition, the day Earth passes between the Sun and Jupiter, making the distant planet clearly visible. The Jupiter Opposition coincides with Demetrius Oliver'sJupiter, a major public art commission presented by Friends of the High Line that combines original photography, live music performances, and stargazing on the High Line. Student musicians from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music will perform "Jupiter" by John Coltrane and the New York chapter of the Amateur Astronomers Association will bring their high-powered telescopes to the High Line for stargazing.
When: Stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association will take place TONIGHT from dusk until 9:30 PM.
Where: Music from 8:00 - 9:00 PM along the High Line.
FREE, no RSVP required

The High Line runs along the Hudson River from Gansevoort St to W 20th St.

Tim Gunn Gunn's Golden Rules

Author Event
Tim Gunn, co-host of the Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway, joins us tonight to discuss his new book Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work. For event rules and restrictions, please call the store for details.
Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:00 PM

97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-5389

Fiesta! At the MET

 Rafael Ferrer (American, born Puerto Rico, 1933). Merengue en Boca Chica, 1983. Oil on canvas; 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1984 (1984.2)

What: ¡Fiesta! Celebrating Hispanic and Latin American Culture When: September 25, 10:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Where: Carson Family Hall, Uris Center for Education, ground floor

Come join a fiesta at the Met! See, learn, create, dance, and enjoy Hispanic and Latin American art and culture in a Museum-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Bring family and friends of all ages for captivating performances, dance lessons, activities, and film screenings. Follow Native American dancers and immerse yourself in Pre-Hispanic art and society through demonstrations and conversations with performers in the galleries. Pick up a treasure hunt and travel across time and place to experience how the world connects. Create your own artwork inspired by what you see in the galleries. Website

September 17, 2010

Queens Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is here in QUEENS!!

The Queens Economic Development Corp. and Borough President Helen Marshall coordinated a tasty delight at Queens Borough Hall Plaza, where more than a dozen borough restaurants served up some of their signature dishes to launch Queens Restaurant Week.

QEDC Director of Marketing and Tourism Michelle Stoddart joined Mr. Met, Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Marshall to announce that more than 100 Queens eateries have agreed to offer special prices during the campaign, which runs Monday through Thursday Sept. 20 to 30.

Each participating restaurant has agreed to offer $25 prix fixe meals that include a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Gratuity, taxes and drinks are not included.

 The full list of participating restaurants can be found at

San Gennaro FEAST

(Sept. 16-26, 2010)

The 84th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City’s longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States, will be held Thursday, September 16, through Sunday, September 26, 2010, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

Bryant Park Fall Festival: BAM

Presented by Bank of America
About BAM
BAM is a long standing cultural anchor of New York, presenting world-class Cinema, Performance, Art, Literature, Talks, and Events daily in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn to more than 500,000 people annually. It's the place to see some of the most exciting productions created for the national and international stage.

About the Performance
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Black Rock Coalition brings its Orchestra to the park for a retrospective of the award-winning jazz-funk-rock group WAR.

For more information about BAM, please visit

When: 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Lawn
Performances begin at 6:00pm.

Bryant Park Fall Festival, presented by Bank of America, is a free taste of the NYC cultural season.

Tables, chairs, and picnics are welcome on the Lawn.

September 16, 2010

Capture Brooklyn

"Capture Brooklyn", an exhibition opening Sept. 24, 2010 as part of the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL

Exhibition's opening reception: Sept, 23 @ 7pm
at The PowerHouse Arena (37 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Click here for more information

September 15, 2010

New York Independent Designers Roll Out Their Fall Collections

Brooklyn Indie Market rolls out an unveiling of this seasons independent designers fall collections on wheels, presented by Gotham Girls Roller Derby with a 2pm fashion show on Sept. 18th. and The {NewNew} take you shopping-within-reach all day long at Brooklyn Indie Market 11am-7pm. Take the F/G train to Carroll Street Station, admission FREE.
Sponsored by the NewNew and  Better Than Jam Design Coop, 20 designers will showcase the latest in fall fashion from the independent design scene, offering you the opportunity to add the latest fashions to your wardrobe, at affordable prices. Preview the collections of up-and-coming designers under the red and white striped tent.
From tunic dresses by BShorr (, to flirty bags by LolafalkDesigns ( “Fashion A La Mode” Fall collections preview puts you in sync with the forefront in design bringing you limited edition styles.
Some of the new collections unveiled include:
Better Than Jam (, screen-printed designs with a bright color palette full of tunic dresses in soft bamboo cotton or more wintry styles with over sized collars and hoods.
Kimmchi’s ( summer designs now in the muted tones of fall, with some new designs in the mix.
Lingua Nigra ( bold, organic gold jewelry and etched sterling silver all limited edition and handmade in Brooklyn. 

September 13, 2010

York College Observatory Open Night

What: The York College Observatory is open to the public every second or third Wednesday of the month -- rain or shine -- at 7:30 pm. Gather in room 2E01 and then proceed to the 4th floor terrace off the G corridor if it's clear. For additional information, contact Tim Paglione at or 718-262-2082.
When: Wednesday, September 15th - 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: York College Academic Core Building (AC 2E01) - 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard (between Liberty and Archer Avenues)
How Much: Free

September 12, 2010

Safe Space and Broadway Light Up Jamaica Avenue

What: Safe Space, an agency that serves at-risk children and families in Queens, is proud to announce that professional performers from Broadway in South Africa have agreed to participate in a free community concert at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, starting at 7 p.m. The stars will teach -- and then perform with -- youth from Safe Space’s programs. Safe Space moved to its brand new Headquarters in the heart of downtown Jamaica in July. Now the agency will celebrate this momentous relocation with a special, one-hour concert. The list of confirmed performers and teachers reads like a Who’s Who list of current Broadway talent. Sean Bradford, Broadway in South Africa’s Executive Director and co-founder, was in The Lion King and is in the original cast of Broadway’s upcoming The Scottsboro Boys. Brandon Victor Dixon was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Color Purple. He was also in The Lion King and will play Ray Charles in the upcoming Unchain My Heart. Frankie James Grande made his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! Adam Kantor made his Broadway debut as Mark Cohen in Rent and appeared in the 2010 Pulitzer Prizewinning musical Next to Normal. Christopher Spaulding was a member of the original Broadway cast of Curtains, and Kearran Giovanni’s Broadway credits include Finian's Rainbow, Guys & Dolls, Tarzan, Sweet Charity and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For more info call the Safe Space's Special Events Hotline at 347-441-2099.
When: Monday, September 13th - 7:00 pm
Where: Jamaica Performing Arts Center - 153-10 Jamaica Avenue (across from Rufus King Park)
How Much: Free

September 10, 2010


In Tompkins Square Park NYC
September 10, 11 & 12
Two Stages • Three Days
Art Around the Park!!!
30 days of

Poetry, Theater, Performance Art, Film
Comedy and Dance
Sept 1-30 at
THEATRE 80 on St Marks Place

Fashion's Night Out - Friday

Black Carnival:
If you're looking for a hipster boyfriend with some cash to spare, look no further. The humungo 'hood block party includes the Hester Street Fair, OAK, Rogan, and Surface To Air among participating retailers (all with special deals and prezzies). Plus, with resh eats and drinks from BONDST, The Smile, and Vita Coco, we recommend you have a light lunch. Centered on Bowery and Bond; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
Teen Vogue and  Another neighborhood, another block party. Think teen queens and on-trend fresh faces at Teen Vogue and's bash. Our fave TV-er, Andrew Bevan, will be spinning with host Shenae Grimes, plus there will be a performance by V.V. Brown, hair styling by Sally Hershberger, and of course, lots of DIY projects, treats, and giveaways.

6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Bleecker Street (between Perry and West 4th streets). 
There's really no way to describe this bonanza—more celebs, designers, and bloggers than you can count on five hands (Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, BryanBoy, Hamish Bowles), ping-pong, karaoke, and a canine competition. We may be most excited for a personal appearance by Tom Ford—he will be signing bottles of his eponymous perfumes.

754 5th Avenue (at 58th Street). For the very full sked, click here.  
Saks: Dubbed a "rock'n'party," Saks is pulling out all the stops this year. Play bingo with Karolina Kurkova (everyone seems to be muy into bingo Friday), experience "Dancing With The Designers," (private dance lessons with Zac Posen, Shoshanna, and more), plus peep the new Sergio Rossi Cachet shoe, Jade Jagger's Shalimar bottle, and one very special game of "Win, Lose, or Draw," hosted by Meredith Melling Burke.

611 5th Ave (at 49th Street); Check out the comprehensive list here
Charlotte Ronson X JCPenney:
Charlotte Ronson joins forces with Michelle Trachtenberg for a rock-til-you-drop kinda deal. Get celeb wardrobe tips from the gals, gobble up some fashionable cupcakes, and, of course, jam with DJ Samantha Ronson.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m., JCPenney, 33rd Street (at 6th Avenue). 

September 8, 2010

Guerrilla Ice Cream End of Summer Party

On Saturday, September 11th, we'll be celebrating the end of our first season in business at Broadway East on 171 East Broadway at Canal Street from 7-10pm. We're bringing back four of your favorite specials from this summer for one last hurrah. Guests can help themselves to unlimited servings of ice cream, drink specials and a great party with amazing, inspired people. Tickets are $12 (via PayPal) or $15 (at the door). 
Official Website
Facebook Site

September 7, 2010

Fashion's Night Out This Week!

Wella professional stylists will be at the designer's West Village boutique all night re-creating the runway gone-wild hair from Rowley's fall 2010 show—crimped jewel-tone extensions popped into a sexy, crimped ponytail.
Event: from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  
Cynthia Rowley, 376 Bleecker Street (between Perry and Charles streets); 212-242-3803.

Need a cheesy pop-culture fix to temper momentary fashion overload? Swing by C.O. Bigelow Apothecary to meet Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino and get his top Guido grooming tips. Make sure to get a polish change by a Barielle manicurist, pick up a sample of Rilastil's new eye cream, and score a Soap & Paper shea butter soap (with any purchase) before you say ciao.
Event: from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Vinny Guadagnino appearance: from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  
C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, 414 6th Avenue (between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place); 212-533-2700. 

Josie Maran will host an in-store photo-shoot, giving tips on posing for the camera complete with mini-makeovers, plus the first 100 customers who make a purchase will get Maran's limited-edition Argan Oil Color Stick in Cherry Popsicle.
Event: from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  
Sephora 5th Avenue, 597 5th Avenue (between West 48th and West 49th streets); 212-980-6534.  

Swing by the SoHo Sephora to meet Gwen Stefani, sample her new Harajuku Lover's scent, Wicked Style, and get makeup and hair touch-ups by Make Up For Ever and T3.
Event: from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  
Sephora SoHo, 555 Broadway (at West Houston Street); 212-625-1309. 6 to 10 p.m. 

DJ Alexandra Richards will spin in celebration of YSL's Rouge Flame lipstick for Sephora. Get makeup touch-ups by a YSL makeup artist and enter to win a pair of YSL Tribute Too Red shoes worth $795.
Event: from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  
Sephora Times Square, 1500 Broadway (at West 44th Street); 212-944-6789. 

Stop by the Meatpacking District for Maybelline's free mini-makeovers! Plus, Erin Wasson, Jessica White, and Lisalla Montenegro will be on hand to judge a Sensational Strut catwalk contest with beats by DJs Charlotte Kemp Muehl and Sean Lennon— the winner gets a year's supply of Maybelline products. The first 50 guests will get a limited-edition makeup bag designed by Michael Angel that will be filled with Maybelline makeup. Event: from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  
Maybelline FNO Event, 9th Avenue (at 13th Street).

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Fashion's Night Out

L'Oreal—L'Oreal's Elnett Car will be cruising around Fashion Week and Lincoln Center from September 7-14 with the L'Oreal Paris Pro Team giving out free Elnett samples and touch-ups. On FNO, they'll be parked downtown near H&M in SoHo. To find the exact location, follow hair consultant Johnny Lavoy on Twitter (@JohnnyLavoy). He'll be tweeting the Elnett-mobile's whereabouts and, if you check in via FourSquare at the car, you can enter to win a year supply of the cult classic hairspray.