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New York June 2–8: Luckyrice, Figment NYC & Performance Mix Festival

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The best of what to do in and around New York this week.

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Get your fill of Asian treats in New York this week at Luckyrice, an annual Brooklyn feast. Then, get a little bit of everything—and we really mean everything—at Figment NYC. Performance Mix Festival will continue the week's motto of "the more the merrier" with dance, theater, and other performances. 

AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what's happening in cities around the U.S.

June 2 | Food
Luckyrice New York Feast
Eat your way around Asia without leaving Brooklyn at this year’s New York Feast. Hosted at the up-and-coming hotspot Industry City (look out Chelsea Market!), this all-you-can-eat-and-drink culinary extravaganza is not to be missed. Tickets include tastings from over 30 chefs, plus all the craft cocktails, sake, and beer you care to imbibe. Menu highlights to look for include the Korean BBQ goat buns, braised pork jowl on endive, shrimp paste chicken wings, wasabi guacamole, and sloppy braised oxtail bao buns.
7–10 p.m. | Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn | From $88 | website

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June 3 to 5 | Make art
Figment NYC
Every summer since 2007, this free, volunteer-driven, and participatory art event has taken over Governor’s Island for one weekend. Dozens of local artists, actors, and musicians will be on-site and seeking your participation in their projects. Meanwhile, a colonial fiddler will wander around playing period music, and dance troupes will engage participants. There will be hula-hoops, puppets, origami, a park bench made of bouncy balls, dreamcatchers in the trees, tarot readings, and a roving juggler. This is the definition of something for everyone.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Governor’s Island | Free | website

June 4–5 | Escape the city
Saratoga Springs
This little town is a must-visit for New Yorkers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a weekend. It’s also home to the National Museum of Dance, which hosts cool exhibits like the current showing of Dancers in Film, a celebration of well-known and little-known dance stars on-screen. Though Saratoga Springs is a small city, the nightlife isn’t to be scoffed at, either. Head to Caffe Lena, which was one of the first East Coast venues to see Bob Dylan perform and holds the title of oldest continually operated folk house. This weekend, see multi-instrumentalist Susan Trump (no, not that kind of Trump) perform on dulcimer, guitar, and banjo.


June 6–11 | Dance
Performance Mix Festival
This year marks the 30th annual Performance Mix Festival, presented by the New Dance Alliance. This year, Performance Mix founder and curator Karen Bernard is bringing the festival back to its original venue at the Henry Street Settlement. Featuring performances by 40 artists in 13 events over six days, this eclectic festival includes experimental dance, improvisation, performance art, theater, and music. There are also ancillary events like artist talks and a community breakfast.
Times vary | Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., New York | Free | website

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June 7 | Trivia
Tony Awards Trivia
The Tony Awards are coming up next week; how well do you know your Broadway shows? Show off your musical knowledge at this raucous Tony-themed trivia night at the Bell House. Improv comedy troupe Broadway’s Next Hit Musical will be on hand to enhance the experience in between rounds, while teams compete for the title of Tony Awards Champion. The trivia will cover all things Broadway, from past productions to present ones, from music to actors, and from TV/film adaptations to the awards. Prizes will include tickets to Broadway shows and passes to the Tony Awards dress rehearsal.
7:30 p.m. | The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn | $12 | website

A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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