Friday, October 9, 2009

News from Around Town

Clayton Patterson, longtime Lower East Side documentarian, just released a book with his photographs of neighborhood people from the 1980s and 90s. In conjunction with the book is an exhibit and film screening sponsored by Kinz + Tillou Fine Art and Alfie Presents. You can see the show at 157 Rivington Street any time between now and November 8, but Clayton will be on hand to sign books this Sunday from 3-5pm. If you can't make it, listen to him discuss the Lower East Side, as he remembers it, on the NY Times website.

This Saturday, quirky local history organization City Reliquary is hosting a bake sale to raise money for the museum. Lots of your favorite Brooklyn bake shops have gotten involved. You can support City Reliquary by stopping by Havermeyer between Grand and Metropolitan from 12-6pm.

Also this weekend, be sure to check out Open House New York. Over a hundred sites in all five boroughs will be open to the public for free. This is a great chance to visit some of the City's smaller museums and historic sites. Why not check out the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Alice Austen House, Waterfront Museum & Show Barge, or Weeksville Heritage Center?

Finally, our friend Mick Moloney, who recorded all the 19th century songs used on The Moores: An Irish Family in America tour, is headlining a one-night-only show on October 24 called "If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews: A Tribute to Irish and Jewish Influences on Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley." Mick and lots of other players will interpret the music of the period and celebrate "this charming and unexplored story of good-natured ethnic flux, competition, and cooperation that left a lasting imprint on American popular music." Sounds fun, and tickets are sure to go quick. Click on the link for more info.

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