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Saturday! LIC Block Party FREE !! Sculpture, Kate Bush Dancing, Female Mariachis, and MORE!!

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This is going to be so incredibly hot. Like the hottest way ever conceived to usher in the chilly fall.

And it’s going to involve sculpture and Kate Bush.

It’s the LIC Block Party. This Saturday (the 8th). From Noon to 5pm.

Organized by Long Island City’s very own SculptureCenter, a not-for-profit arts center that promotes experimental sculpture, and the Purves Street Block Association, the LIC Block Party combines music, dance, visual art, and even lessons in artisanship, from a tarot reading tutorial, to a pom-pom workshop.

Other activities include: Cubist face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, disguises and costumes, and a guy named Jacques Louis Vidal who promises to help you “discover your inner child.” Young artists can even have a FREE Q&A with a lawyer from The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. There will also be a mobile public park, called Trailer Park, provided by Kim Holleman, complete with pools, plants, and old colonial-style brick walls.

But it’s the performance aspect of the Block Party that really interests me. Particularly because of a little outfit know as the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, a collaborative dance ensemble who create choreographed routines based on Kate Bush. To quote from their Facebook page (which I did “Like” – full disclosure): “Who doesn’t like the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, that’s the real question…”

Other performers include Mariachi Flor de Toloache (an all-female mariachi band), the Queens Jazz Overground, Neal Medlyn, DJ Jar Jar Wattvr and Jesse Helbo. At some point in the afternoon, there will be an intermission in the form of a Masala Bhangra Workout – basically a rumba class set in Bollywood and involving some form of dance called Bhangra that I’ve never heard of.

And that’s just hit the tip of the iceberg. The LIC Block Party has much, much more in store… so be there.

LIC Block Party
Saturday, September 8th ; Noon to 5pm
FREE
Purves Street @ Jackson Ave and 43rd Ave
[Long Island City]

Photo Credit: sculpture-center.org

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Jules Owen - Wandering Wastrel

Going to a rich kid school when you aren't even given an allowance certainly trains you to live large on the cheap. Armed with such expertise, Jules travelled the globe, surviving off of 50 cent beers and 2 dollar meals everywhere from Buenos Aires to Mumbai. Three years ago he returned to the United States, living first in Baltimore while he settled a debt with the IRS, then in Brooklyn where he plays music and writes. He aspires to one day live in a van on N.15th and Kent.