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THAT SH*T CRAY-OLA

Coloring is one of the simple pleasures of childhood. Now you can combine it with the simple pleasures of adulthood—like making fun of hipsters. In Coloring for Grown-Ups, a new adults-only coloring book from Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen (of “Hipster Olympics” and College Humor fame), unicorns and rainbows are replaced by the space to draw “the person you thought you’d grow up to be before abandoning all your hopes and dreams!” and the games and puzzles teach real-life skills, like decoding broker lingo and spotting a hipster. Grab some crayons and celebrate the release of Coloring with Hunter, Jensen, and drinks at powerHouse Arena. Just keep it inside the lines, folks.

Fri., Nov. 2, 6 p.m., 2012

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PICTURE-PERFECT

Last year, the New York Photo Festival debuted with a mission to document the future of photography in all its forms. This year, its group of international curators returns to showcase and award the work of outstanding photographers, and the competition is bound to be even stiffer. Special exhibitions include “Gay Men Play,” contemporary photos on gay sex and identity, and “I Am Not Sure I Know What Kind of Girl I Am,” a gallery of portraits depicting women in their myriad roles. Also check out staged presentations, master-class workshops, and the peer lounge, where advice and critiques from established professionals are readily available. Even if you’re not a pro behind the lens, you’re bound to find something to inspire your inner Annie Leibovitz. St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street, Brooklyn, and powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn

May 14-17, 2009

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CAT AND MOUSE

During the 20 years he was a member of the Transit Police Vandal Squad, Joseph Rivera arrested some of graffiti’s most legendary writers. So you can only imagine the frustration of the graffiti community when powerHouse Books recently published his tell-all, Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984–2004. Tonight, former members of the Vandal Squad and graffiti artists come together for what should be a heated discussion of the book and the Vandal Squad’s strategies. The panel includes Rivera, former Commanding Officer Lieutenant Steven Mona, original Vandal Squad Lieutenant Ken Chiulli, graffiti artist COPE2, graffiti activist Ket, and street artist ELLIS G. Stern Rockwell, of the website Streets Are Saying Things (saster.net), moderates.

Thu., March 19, 7 p.m., 2009

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SUMMER OF ’88

In the city that never sleeps, a curfew seems like a pretty bad idea. So when the city tried to enforce a 1 a.m. curfew for Tompkins Square Park on July 30, 1988, residents of the East Village didn’t just sit around feeling like hostages in their own neighborhood—instead, they fought back. Tompkins Square Park Live is a celebration that’s been thrown since the riots of ’88 to commemorate those heady days, featuring live performances (also on August 2 and 3) by a slew of punk bands like Reagan Youth, Leftover Crack, and Thought Crime. And coming up, powerHouse Books is celebrating the publication of Q. Sakamaki’s photo book, Tompkins Square Park, with a launch party featuring a slide show and Q&A with the photographer on August 6 at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.

Sun., July 27, noon; Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: July 27. Continues through Aug. 3, 2008

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AND YOU DON’T STOP

Perhaps a function of hip-hop’s modern-day jones for old-school signifiers like rope chains and battle raps, the fourth annual iteration of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is making a decidedly, uh, conscious effort to turn back the clock. To wit: Saturday’s all-day jam features MC, archivist, and self-proclaimed Blastmaster KRS-ONE, legendary beat-miner DJ Premier, and former Black Moon vet Buckshot, while retro-future rap practitioners Mickey Factz and Fresh Daily aim to channel their elders’ throwback vibe. Keeping all the indie heads bobbing into the early evening are J. Period and 88-Keys. But that’s just the grand finale. The three-day festival kicks off tonight at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple with neo-soul crooner Bilal and BK’s own Smif & Wessun, among others, and continues on Friday at powerHouse Arena. Brooklyn keeps on taking it. Check for full schedule and locations.

July 10-12, 2008