Your perfect Labor Day 2013

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Adidas presents: Fool’s Gold Day Off

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Last year, A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs’s record label, Fool’s Gold, was midway through a raucous free party when the cops shut ’em down, due to overeager gate-crashers pushing the space beyond capacity. This edition should avoid that problem, as

  1. Williamsburg Park Kent Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
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Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

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Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and cool breezes as the Met brings back its popular series of free encore screenings of its theatrical HD broadcasts. This year's lineup closes today with Aida.

  1. Broadway Plaza (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
  2. Mon Sep 8
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Deep Space: Percussion Lab + Turrbotax

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Dance-music deity François K is behind this great affair, focusing on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms (vintage Jamaican, modern and what he’s calling “outer-planetary”). Mr. K is away this week, but he's got a pair of great crews

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
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Chicha Libre

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Members of Barbès favorites Bébé Eiffel, Las Rubias del Norte and One Ring Zero team up in Chicha Libre to play a spacey form of South American psychedelia named for an Incan corn alcohol.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Mon Sep 8
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Behind the Velvet Curtain

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Step behind the curtain to Beauty Bar's backroom, and Bettina May and her pals will delight your senses with a mix of burlesque, magic and generally hedonistic spectacle. Tonight's soiree sees L.A. burly-Q star Lux La Croix joined by Strawberry

  1. Beauty Bar 231 E 14th St , between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Until Mon Dec 2
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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

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In 1931, New York artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning propped up a few of their paintings on the sidewalk near Washington Square Park and called it a show. A lot has changed since then: Now, more than 100 artists and artisans—including

Governors Island

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The gratis ferry runs to this carless oasis through September, transporting New Yorkers to bike rental, concerts and art events. This year, the New-York Historical Society curates the exhibit “WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda,” Empire

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Until Sun Sep 29
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2001: A Space Odyssey

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Start humming “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” Pick up a bone, and throw it into the air. Then watch it turn into a spaceship (what a cut!), and before you know it you’ll be begging a supercomputer to open the pod doors for you.

  1. Film Forum 209 W Houston St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St, 10014
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
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Ari Hoenig Group

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Along with his superb band, postbop daredevil Ari Hoenig turns small-group jazz into a thrilling high-wire act. Don't take the drummer's long-running Monday night residency for granted.

  1. Smalls 183 W 10th St, between Seventh Ave South and W 4th St
  2. Until Mon May 19
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