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June 2016 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, summer events and our picks from theater, the arts and music

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Summer has arrived! And Time Out New York has rounded up some awesome events in NYC this June. Pull out your rainbow clothing and take part in NYC's Gay Pride events, or head to the boardwalk for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Music lovers will have plenty to do with big summer concerts including the Governors Ball Music Festival.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2016

Featured events in June 2016

Hot 97 Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam is NYC hip-hop, okay? Yes, it's held in New Jersey, but this annual highlight of concerts and summer music festivals is as accurate a survey as you're likely to find of what's soundtracking Gotham right now—or will be very soon. Sponsored by local rap-radio standard-bearer Hot 97, Summer Jam 2016 includes some of the biggest names in hip hop and has featured some of the genre's most iconic names at the peak of their fame: Wu-Tang in ’94, Biggie in ’95, Fugees in ’96—and the list goes on. 

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By: Andrew Frisicano

Gay Pride NYC

Whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, it's time to celebrate Gay Pride in NYC. Party at the Pride March, stand up at the Pride Rally, and get down at Pride Week dances and parties

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By: David Goldberg

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is one of NYC’s freakiest, most iconic events. Each year, thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue, Coney Island’s main drag, to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of beglittered semi-nude marchers in costumes through the neighborhood.

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By: Evelyn Derico

Father's Day in New York

Give pop a hug and laugh at his corny jokes: It's Father's Day! Find parent-friendly attractions, from baseball to barbershops, and ideas for things to do. Plus, forget the old boxers-and-socks routine and discover where to get great gifts for Dad.

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By: Jillian Anthony

Governors Ball

Governors Ball occupies a unique place in the NYC summer concerts landscape. SummerStage blankets all five boroughs with a mix of well-curated niche acts; Celebrate Brooklyn! carries out a similarly eclectic mission from its Prospect Park home base. And Northside corners the North Brooklyn indie market—or what's left of it. The Ball, on the other hand, is the closest thing we have to Coachella, the city's only bona fide big-tent pop fest. The annual Randalls Island event is the one local fest where you can catch hip-hop chart toppers, tastemaker-approved buzz bands, left-field pop heroes and, yes, dance-commanding EDM overlords.

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By: Andrew Frisicano

The Cure + The Twilight Sad

Aside from sporadically headlining festivals, we haven't seen much from goth rock legend the Cure since the band performed its first three albums in full at Beacon Theatre four years ago (leave it to the doomed romantics to bring a sense of extravagance to the seemingly obligatory custom of playing classic LPs live). But pause that 2013 Lollapalooza YouTube video! The band embarks on a 25-date North American tour (the first since 2008) with three MSG stops.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Saturday June 18 2016 - Monday June 20 2016

The World Naked Bike Ride

Judging by the hype surrounding Go Topless Day, the Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant and those half-naked ladies in Times Square, it’s safe to assume that New Yorkers are pretty cool with nudity. That’s why the World Naked Bike Ride hosts a bare-all ride in NYC every year, which brings awareness to the harmful pollution of motor vehicles (and rude, reckless drivers who tailgate bikers).

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By: Jennifer Picht

Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration.

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By: Adam Feldman

Jazz Age Lawn Party takes over Governors Island

Jazz Age Lawn Party is an essential annual summer stop for revelers looking to dance in the open air and find great things to do outside. Governors Island is the perfect venue to leave the 21st century behind for the delights of the Prohibition-era (including “speakeasy” summer drinks). Dress the part with festive, period-appropriate attire, and come ready to dance at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

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By: Jillian Anthony

Free events in June 2016

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.

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Washington Square Park , Greenwich Village Saturday May 28 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

Gay Pride in NYC

Gay Pride in NYC means anyone and everyone can let their queer flag fly throughout the month, from Queens to Staten Island. If you're amped up about gay rights at this critical moment in U.S. history, be sure to join the Kickoff Rally, or raise your voice at the parades held in four of the boroughs. While there is still plenty of work to do, a lot has been achieved since that hot night at the Stonewall more than 40 years ago. So join the protest action at the Dyke March, the party scene at the Dance on the Pier or any number of other LGBT things to do all over town. Raise a glass to those who paved the way, and make a toast to a proud tomorrow.

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By: David Goldberg

New York City Dyke March

This annual event to raise awareness about women's and trans rights isn't exactly the glittery spectacle you'll get at tomorrow's Pride March, but it's still one of Pride Week's most essential events. BYO signs and banners, and keep in mind that the Dyke March doesn't have a permit—it's a protest, not a parade—so be prepared for possible interference from the fuzz. The march itself is open to all dykes and self-identified women. All other supporters are encouraged to cheer from the sidelines.

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Bryant Park , Midtown West Saturday June 25 2016

Mermaid Parade 2015

This Coney Island parade is one of NYC’s freakiest, most iconic events and one of the best free things to do in the summer. Each year, thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue, Coney Island’s main drag, to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of beglittered seminude marchers in costumes through the neighborhood.

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By: Evelyn Derico

The complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration. But Shakespeare in the Park’s popularity means that tickets aren’t easy to come by. Only the most perseverant will be able to secure seats. Here’s our guide to navigating the system. What is Shakespeare in the Park? Created by the late Joseph Papp in 1962, the Public Theater's series offers free, large-scale productions of works by William Shakespeare (as well as the occasional musical or non-Shakespearean drama). The productions often feature some of the most talented actors of our day. Past casts have included including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.  What is being performed this season? The Taming of the Shrew is playing May 24 through June 26, 2016, in an all-female production directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Troilus and Cressida is playing July 19 through August 14, 2016, directed by Daniel Sullivan. When is Shakespeare in the Park? Shakespeare in the Park runs from May 24 through August 14, 2016. With few exceptions, performances are Tuesday through Sunday

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By: Adam Feldman

Smorgasburg

At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry). Highlights include Vietnamese food from Bep, Goa Taco’s avant-garde fare as well as incredible sandwiches from newbies Heros and Villians  and Red Table Catering. Go on, give into gluttony. (We won’t judge.)

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East River State Park , Williamsburg Saturday May 28 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Hester Street Fair

The outdoor LES bazaar kicks off its seventh year, with veteran vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Macaron Parlour. More upstarts join the fray each week.

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Hester Street Fair Saturday May 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Dumbo Flea

After five brilliant years in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Flea moved down the waterfront to Pearl Plaza in Dumbo, just beneath the Manhattan Bridge. A new location wasn’t the only major change—the market has shrunk to roughly 75 vendors, but you’ll find a familiar kick-ass assortment of antiques, vintage, furniture, clothing, artwork and jewelry. Don’t weep too much, Williamsburg residents—Smorgasburg still has boatloads of tasty food options presented at the East River State Park every Saturday (11am–6pm), or you can venture to Prospect Park for its Sunday residency (11am–6pm).

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Brooklyn Flea, DUMBO , DUMBO Sunday May 29 2016 - Sunday November 27 2016

Music events in June 2016

Hot 97 Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam is NYC hip-hop, okay? Yes, it's held in New Jersey, but this annual highlight of concerts and summer music festivals is as accurate a survey as you're likely to find of what's soundtracking Gotham right now—or will be very soon. Sponsored by local rap-radio standard-bearer Hot 97, Summer Jam 2016 includes some of the biggest names in hip hop and has featured some of the genre's most iconic names at the peak of their fame: Wu-Tang in ’94, Biggie in ’95, Fugees in ’96—and the list goes on. 

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By: Andrew Frisicano

Tame Impala + Dungen

Tame Impala's first two critically acclaimed LP's, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, parlayed fuzz-soaked tidal waves of melodic psych-rock into massive anthems that, dare we say it, channeled John Lennon at times. The latest one, Currents, polishes that winning formula into a silkier sound that's referential but never merely derivative: old-fashioned, newfangled and timeless all at once.

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Prospect Park Bandshell , Windsor Terrace Tuesday June 14 2016 - Wednesday June 15 2016

Florence and the Machine + Grimes

With her massive voice and stage-ready histrionics, the U.K.’s reigning queen of mystical pop Florence Welch is a natural for a stadium takeover. Expect her theatrical wailing, drum-thwacking and barreling harp-playing to mix well with ethereal Canadian synth maestro Grimes' new flourescent hyper-pop tunes.

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Barclays Center , Prospect Heights Tuesday June 14 2016 - Wednesday June 15 2016

Disclosure + Anderson Paak + Mobb Deep + Dusky + Justin Jay

Disclosure is riding high: Critics and consumers reached a rare consensus in pegging the duo’s debut, Settle, as 2013’s best dance record. The follow-up, Caracal, doesn’t stray much from the formula, with sleek, soulful garage-house tracks abetted by an A-list cast of guest vocalists including Sam Smith, the Weeknd and Lorde. Playing the massive Forest Hills stage, this Disclosure live experience is a guaranteed blowout, so remember: Hydrate well and get ready to move.

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Forest Hills Tennis Stadium , Forest Hills Saturday June 18 2016

A$AP Ferg + Tory Lanez

Self-proclaimed "Trap Lord" A$AP Ferg—part of A$AP Mob, but you knew that—stays true to his straight-forward no-frills trap roots on the new Always Strive and Prosper, but gets personal chronicling the journey from Ben & Jerry's cashier to Hood Pope MC. He hits town to support the new release with assistance from "swavey" rapper-singer-songwriter Tory Lanez.

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Irving Plaza , Gramercy Thursday June 23 2016

Beyonce

Queen Bey's Formation Tour has begun! Grab your chance to see her at Citi Field 6/7 and 6/8

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Billy Joel

This is your chance to see one of the All-Time Greats! Get your tickets today to see the legendary Billy Joel in concert.

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Arts events in June 2016

Hank Willis Thomas, "The Truth Is I See You"

The main component of Thomas’s sprawling project for the MetroTech Commons is made up of cartoon speech bubbles set high on lampposts running down the Myrtle Street promenade. Written in all of the languages spoken in Brooklyn (22 in all), each is printed with a phrase that starts with “The truth is….” Nearby, a flatscreen plays videos of people from around the world speaking on camera inside a of mobile confessional called the Truth Booth—a collaboration between Thomas and the group Cause Collective—which will be making four appearances at MetroTech over the run of the show. Staring out at the viewer, each member of the video's polyglot cast also begins his or her story with “The truth is….

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Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons , Bedford-Stuyvesant Until Friday June 3 2016

ShakesBEER

“To drink or not to drink?” That is the question at this three-hour, Shakespeare-inspired pub crawl, hitting the proverbial stage at four bars along New York’s historic Stone Street. The Bard-meets-booze affair kicks off at Irish standby the Dubliner before traveling to nearby Bavaria Bier Haus, Beckett’s and Route 66 Smokehouse. At each stop, redeem one of four drink tickets for a cold beer or glass of wine while local actors Adam Donshik, Vince Gatton, Kim Krane and others perform rousing reenactments from Billy Shakes’s timeless tales of love and tragedy, including Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.

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Boxers NYC , Flatiron Saturday June 4 2016

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.

Read more
Washington Square Park , Greenwich Village Saturday May 28 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

The complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration. But Shakespeare in the Park’s popularity means that tickets aren’t easy to come by. Only the most perseverant will be able to secure seats. Here’s our guide to navigating the system. What is Shakespeare in the Park? Created by the late Joseph Papp in 1962, the Public Theater's series offers free, large-scale productions of works by William Shakespeare (as well as the occasional musical or non-Shakespearean drama). The productions often feature some of the most talented actors of our day. Past casts have included including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.  What is being performed this season? The Taming of the Shrew is playing May 24 through June 26, 2016, in an all-female production directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Troilus and Cressida is playing July 19 through August 14, 2016, directed by Daniel Sullivan. When is Shakespeare in the Park? Shakespeare in the Park runs from May 24 through August 14, 2016. With few exceptions, performances are Tuesday through Sunday

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By: Adam Feldman

American Ballet Theatre Spring 2016

The company—including dancers Stella Abrera, Roberto Bolle, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Maria Kochetkova, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns, Diana Vishneva and James Whiteside—returns for its spring season. ABT resident choreographer Alexei Ratmansky dominates the lineup with two triple bills of repertory pieces (May 17–23) and two full-length works: The Golden Cockerel (June 6–11) and The Sleeping Beauty (June 27–July 2). Other highlights of the season include two ballets by Frederick Ashton, Sylvia (May 9–14) and La Fille mal gardée (May 24–30).

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Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Until Saturday July 2 2016

Fully Committed

Before he became a household name as the uptight Mitchell on Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was one of New York’s most inventive comic character actors. You can sense his delight at stretching those muscles in the Broadway revival of Fully Committed, Becky Mode’s 1999 comedy about the power of entitlement. Ferguson plays Sam, a frustrated actor and harried reservationist at an ultra-trendy Manhattan restaurant.

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Lyceum Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday July 24 2016

“Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty”

Incredibly, this show is MoMA’s first-ever monographic exhibition of this Impressionist giant who became one of the most enduring and popular figures of 19th-century art. The exhibit spotlights a little-know aspect of the artist’s work: His experimentation with monotypes, a technique invented in 17th-century Italy.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) , Midtown West Until Sunday July 24 2016
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More events in June 2016

Bushwick Collective Block Party

Brooklyn's first-rate outdoor art crew stages another street takeover, armed with food trucks and live bands to celebrate Bushwick’s happenin' scene. Watch the graffiti masters paint in real time, followed by an all-star musical lineup including a performance by rapper Jadakiss.

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Troutman St Saturday June 4 2016

Taste of Times Square

Fifty neighborhood restaurants convene in New York's Crossroads of the World for this annual fest, offering visitors and natives alike international grub including Italian from Barbetta, Latin from La Pulperia and all-American BBQ from Virgin's Real Barbecue. One-buck taste tickets will be available, with dishes costing two to six tickets each.

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Times Square , Midtown West Monday June 6 2016

Mister Sunday

The sun is finally out and teasing you to get out and have some fun! Justin Carter, an avant-garde DJ-composer, and Eamon Harkin, with a flare for Detroit techno, know how to get a party started. This year, the weekly Mister Sunday summer series moves from its previous Industry City location to the outdoor bar-meets-restaurant venue, Nowadays, located on the edge of Bushwick. There’ll be plenty to eat from with Country Boys Taqueria and Nowadays’ vegan and veggie-friendly kitchen, some fresh, locally brewed beer and sangria, sodas from Brooklyn Soda Works and no restrictions on dogs or kids!

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Nowadays , Ridgewood Sunday May 29 2016 - Sunday June 19 2016

The Pride Kickoff Rally

Before the glittery spectacle of the LGBT Pride March and the rest of the Gay Pride Weekend festivities, get pumped up…with a glittery spectacle! This official Gay Pride Weekend opening event started as a "gay power" demonstration with 500 protestors in Washington Square Park a month after the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the dawn of the modern gay-rights movement. Since then the rally has jumped locations all over town, including incarnations in Central Park and East River Park. Big-name performers often take the stage—Lady Gaga performed in 2013—while local politicians, comedians, and other members of the LGBT community offer both serious and silly takes on Pride themes. For newcomers and longtime Pride celebrants alike, the Pride Kickoff Rally serves as both a party starter and a reminder that it's not all about partying.  

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Hudson River Park, Pier 26 , Tribeca Friday June 24 2016

New York City Dyke March

This annual event to raise awareness about women's and trans rights isn't exactly the glittery spectacle you'll get at tomorrow's Pride March, but it's still one of Pride Week's most essential events. BYO signs and banners, and keep in mind that the Dyke March doesn't have a permit—it's a protest, not a parade—so be prepared for possible interference from the fuzz. The march itself is open to all dykes and self-identified women. All other supporters are encouraged to cheer from the sidelines.

Read more
Bryant Park , Midtown West Saturday June 25 2016

Smorgasburg

At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry). Highlights include Vietnamese food from Bep, Goa Taco’s avant-garde fare as well as incredible sandwiches from newbies Heros and Villians  and Red Table Catering. Go on, give into gluttony. (We won’t judge.)

Read more
East River State Park , Williamsburg Saturday May 28 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Hester Street Fair

The outdoor LES bazaar kicks off its seventh year, with veteran vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Macaron Parlour. More upstarts join the fray each week.

Read more
Hester Street Fair Saturday May 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Dumbo Flea

After five brilliant years in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Flea moved down the waterfront to Pearl Plaza in Dumbo, just beneath the Manhattan Bridge. A new location wasn’t the only major change—the market has shrunk to roughly 75 vendors, but you’ll find a familiar kick-ass assortment of antiques, vintage, furniture, clothing, artwork and jewelry. Don’t weep too much, Williamsburg residents—Smorgasburg still has boatloads of tasty food options presented at the East River State Park every Saturday (11am–6pm), or you can venture to Prospect Park for its Sunday residency (11am–6pm).

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Brooklyn Flea, DUMBO , DUMBO Sunday May 29 2016 - Sunday November 27 2016
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Gabriel G
Gabriel G

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Adam A
Adam A

So Where is the actual Events Calendar? 

I want to find something great to do on a specific date (June 9th) and I can't seem to be able to search that way. I must be missing something right??

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m_bvc

Check out events at www.Joynture.com as well down at 48 Wall Street! 

Randy S
Randy S

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