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Your Guide to Labor Day In NYC!


labor-day.gifStaying in town for Labor Day? We've got your back. Check out our list of parties, movies, food events, concerts and other fun ways to while away this glorious three-day weekend. Happy Labor Day, sexy.

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Freedom Party Annual Tribute to Michael Jackson at (le) Poisson Rouge
Freshen up on your moonwalking skills before you compete in the dance-off at the third annual Michael Jackson tribute party hosted by Real World alum-turned-activist/writer Kevin Powell.  There'll also be sing-alongs, videos and live congas by House of Rhumba's Paposwing along with a night full of MJ tunes.  Tickets range from $15-$20. [via Village Voice]

Sleepwalk With Me Opens at BAM
Comedian Mike Birbiglia's semi-autobiographical movie based on his relationship and career troubles and, of course, extreme bouts of sleepwalking, arrives at BAM tonight along with a few other theaters throughout the city. [via Sleep Walk Movie]

Ka at Public Assembly
The Brownsville rapper offers some rhymes from his latest LP, Grief Pedigree, with Big Baby Ghandi and Billy Woods opening. [via Time Out]

Slow Club play Glasslands
British folk rock duo Slow Club head to Glasslands for a show that'll likely feature songs off of their sophomore album, Paradise, which came out last year.  Indie pop act Secret Cities opens. [via Flavorpill]

Fargo at IFC
Be grateful you'll be wearing shorts and t-shirts and not the parkas and snow gear seen on Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi in the Coen brothers dark classic about murder in the sleepy midwest. [via Time Out]

Rodriguez at the Highline Ballroom
Catch a rare performance by enigmatic folk singer -- and Searching for Sugar Man documentary subject -- Rodriguez. [NYMag]

Electric Zoo Festival at Randall's Island
Day 1 of the massive EDM Festival kicks off with sets by Araabmuzik, Laidback Luke, David Guetta, A-Trak, Pretty Lights and more. [via Time Out/Electric Zoo]

Rock 'N' Roll High School at Nitehwawk Cinema
Stick it to the man tonight with this hilariously low-budget, anti-establishment ode to high school, rock 'n' roll and the Ramones at Nitehawk Cinema's midnight screening of the Roger Corman classic. [Flavorpill]

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Fifth Annual Governors Island Art Fair
The free and open to the public art fair opens today, featuring works of sculpture, photography, painting, performance, installation, video and more exhibited inside the island's historic Army and Coast Guard housing.  You can catch all the art between 11am-6pm every Saturday and Sunday during the month of September. [via ArtCat]

Pig Island
Governors Island will be playing double duty this weekend because aside from all the art, they'll be hosting their annual pig-out (pun intended).  Twenty five different chefs will be on hand to create all sorts of pork dishes that'll satisfy BBQ traditionalists and avant garde eaters alike.  The day's fare will come from 80 locally-sourced hogs along with tons of side dishes and craft beers and ciders. [via Village Voice]

If pork's not your thing, head to Back Forty for their last crab boil.  Tickets are $45, which will get you tons of spiced crab, cornbread, corn on the cob, boiled new potatoes, string beans, fruit cobbler and beer. [via Village Voice]

Diabolique at Film Forum: The 50s French classic about a wife and mistress teaming up to do away with their cruel husband/lover will keep your heart racing until the credits roll. 

MoMA PS1 Warm Up: It's PS1's second-to-last Warm Up party and this one will feature British trance/house producer James Holden, avant Leipzig-based DJ Kassem Mosse, London electro artist Om Unit and Austin-based witch house duo Silent Diane. [via Village Voice]

Phantom Creep Theatre at Coney Island Museum
Tonight's your last chance to catch the spooky film screening-live show combo.  The final show of the season will revolve around Godzilla along with some of Japan's other infamous monsters and include a screening of rare 60s cult flick Golden Bat. [via Village Voice]

Heathers at Spectacle
Head to the Williamsburg community screening space to see Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater et al. wreak havoc on late-80s upper middle class suburbia. [via Brooklyn Based]

Power of the Riff at Warsaw
Get ready to rock with two nights of underground metal bands at the Power of the Riff festival, headlined by drone act Sunn 0))). [via Village Voice]

Rock the Bells

The rap mega-festival returns to Holmdel, NJ with acts like Nas, DMX, Ice Cube, Schoolboy Q, Method Man + Redman and more. [via Time Out/Rock the Bells]

Budweiser Made in America Festival
Okay technically this one's not in the NYC confines but we thought we'd be remiss if we didn't include Jay-Z's inaugural fest.  Besides, it just may be worth the road trip to Philly to catch Hova, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Dirty Projectors, Santigold and more.  (And don't rule out the possibility of a Beyoncé or Blue Ivy sighting...you never know!) [via nymag]

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Tiki Disco at Roberta's
Bushwick fave Roberta's hosts its weekly summer Tiki Disco Party with tons of beer and dance-friendly beats and since it's one of Cole Haan's sponsored weekly parties this month, be sure to tweet about the shindig with the hashtag #DontGoHome for the chance to win some pretty cool prizes. Today's party will feature DJ sets by Holy Ghost!, Lloydski, Andry Pry and Eli Escobar. And drink up! No work tomorrow. [via Time Out]

The Producers at BAM Rose Cinemas
Bialystock and Bloo-oom! Before The Producers was a Broadway hit, it was a Mel Brooks cult classic, combining dark political satire and absurdist humor. The late-'60s comedy stars Zero Mostel and Gene Hackman as a scheming producer and accountant who plan on making the worst Broadway show of all time and then splitting town with the profits from investors. Things don't go as planned.  [TONY]

Roxette at Beacon Theatre
'80s Swedish pop duo Roxette are back, baby! When we were kids, we thought Roxette was one of the most sophisticated examples of stylish, fun music that beautiful women with giant hair blasted from their convertibles in L.A. (And still sort of think that.) Their hits "It Must Have Been Love," "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," and "Joyride" (which were all on one album) are still great party jams and you can expect to hear them all tonight, along with stuff from their new album, when they play the Beacon Theatre with Hesta Prynn. [TONY]

What the Funk?! at (Le) Poisson Rouge
LPR hosts a funk night in honor of James Brown and Fela Kuti with DJs Spinna and Rich Medina. [via Flavorpill/(Le) Poisson Rouge]

Valley Girl at Nitehawk Cinema
Nicolas Cage is seriously the hottest hottie in this 1983 film about punk boy meets preppy valley girl, loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. Tonight's midnight screening at Nitehaw's gonna be bitchin', man. [Flavorpill]

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The 45th Annual West Indian Labor Day Parade
Happy West Indian Parade day! The all-day festivities start at 11:00 a.m. with countries from all around the Caribbean celebrated, complete with music, Carnival costumes, and Caribbean soul food. So much soul food. And the most spectacular fashion looks ever. [Flavorpill]

Fool's Gold "Day Off" Party at City Winery
Fool's Gold Records hosts its annual free bacchanal featuring what seems like nearly everyone on their roster.  Acts include French Montana, Danny Brown, Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak and Dave 1 from Chromeo), Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, Telephoned and more.  Open to all-ages, the party rages from 2-8pm and promises food and drinks of some sort.  If you're still raring to go once it's over, stop by their after-party at Westway (21+). [via Fool's Gold Records]

Rub-a-Grub at Do Or Dine
The dudes best known for shilling out cuckoo creations like gyoza nachos, octopus-stuffed deviled eggs and "breadstick blunts" in Bed Stuy are hosting a cookout that'll also feature some tunes by DJ Rich Medina, Queen Majesty, DJ Lil Tiger and DJ Linh. [via Village Voice]

Barneys New York Warehouse Sale
Barneys opens the doors to their warehouse (255 W. 17th St.) for the last day of their massive annual sale where you can find items up to 75% off. [via Time Out]

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
The last day of the Met's "Live in HD" series features a free screening of Anna Bolena with Anna Netrebko on the Lincoln Center plaza. [via Time Out]

Labor Day Lot Party
Your Labor Day prayers have been answered. It's the unofficial last day of summer, do it up in style. And by style, we mean $1 beers, $3 cocktails, and unlimited BBQ goodness. Brooklyn Garage and Industry City Distillery are hosting a Labor Day Lot Party, starting at 4 p.m. today. Get your advanced tickets ($20 each; all proceeds benefit Brooklyn Garage's search for a permanent home) before you head out and bring your wheels (there's a bicycle valet!). [Brooklyn Based]

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