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I really like the Lower East Side. This fun, quirky area is filled with boutiques, restaurants and galleries. See what I mean on Wednesday, September 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m., when the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) hosts Lower East Side Opening Night: Art+Fashion, a celebration of opening receptions for many of the 80-plus art galleries found throughout the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head to East River Park from 5 to 9 p.m. for pizza place Two Boots’ 25th Anniversary Concert. Part of the SummerStage series, and hosted and MC’ed by comedian/actor Luis Guzman, this night of fun will have everything from live music to performance art, poetry, aerialists and cornmeal-crusted, Cajun-Italian style pizzas (provided by Two Boots).

Back in 1993, I was a third grade student growing up in Akron, Ohio. I remember getting ready for school one morning and my mom busted out the most tragic thing to weaken my 10-year-old heart: A lengthy article in the Akron Beacon Journal that declared Saved By the Bell was going off the air.

I’ve never gone to a large-scale arts festival in NYC, but I’m going to try to this year. I’ve planned to catch a show during New York International Fringe Festival, aka FringeNYC. This two-week event, thru Aug 26, is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.

When I moved to New York City after graduating from college in 2006, I’ll admit I was a little naive. Originally from Northeast Ohio, I think my teens were marred by premium cable. I thought my life as a journalist in NYC was going to mirror that of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Party every weekend? Check.

Last night, I went to Openhouse Gallery’s Mulberry Street location for the launch of the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project—a program that aims to create a dialogue, through artistic endeavors, which will inspire artists over the age of 21 (I mean, it is being backed by a tequila company after all) to celebrate Latin culture—sharing their ambitions for the Latin community through murals.

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