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Susan Dottino and Ken Kalfus at KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

Susan Dottino and Ken Kalfus at KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

Women's/Trans' Poetry Jam and Open Mike

  • Price band: 1/4

"The hardest-working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side," Vittoria Repetto welcomes several writers to the stage, before bringing up interested audience members for eight minutes of their own.

  1. Bluestockings 172 Allen St, at Stanton St
  2. Tue Jul 29
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The How I Learned Series

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  • Critics choice

Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 30
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The HiFi Reading Series

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

There's a twist to this night of literary recitation: It is curated not by the show's producers, Lena Valencia and Ryan Britt, but by an outstanding writer who recommends scribes the audience may not know.

  1. HiFi 169 Ave A, between 10th and 11th Sts, 10009
  2. Wed Aug 6
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Brooklyn Children's Book Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The fifth annual fair will have tots discovering works from authors and illustrators that live right in Brooklyn or write about the borough. More than 30 new stories will be featured, with Kate Hosford (Big Bouffant), Laura Ljungkvist (Follow the Line to School) and John Rocco (Blackout) reading from their books. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Your $30 Saturday: East Village

  • Price band: 1/4

Get ready for some inexpensive weirdness! the Merchant's House Museum currently has an exhibition about the oddest Victorian fad we've yet come across: postmortem photography. That's photography of newly dead corpses placed in poses to appear lifelike; you know, for those times when a Banksy print or a blown-up photo of your last holiday just

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