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Lower East Side festival scheduled
The Lower East Side Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. at 10th St). Dozens of artists from the worlds of theater, music, cabaret, dance, aerial arts, film and poetry with personal or professional roots on the culturally and historically rich Lower East Side will be on hand for entertainment from May 26–28. Performers who will participate in the 22nd annual festivities include singer/writer Gretchen Cryer, singers KT Sullivan and Luba Mason, playwright Eduardo Machado, Penny Arcade, the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre and Fairy Tale Marionettes, among many others. One of the highlights will be on Saturday, May 27, starting at noon when Theater for the New City presents performances on an outdoor stage at First Avenue and 10th Street from 2–5 p.m. Admission to all events is free. For a complete calendar of event dates/times, call (212) 254-1109 or visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net. —Edward Karam