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HOWL! Festival

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Published September 8th 2010
All hail Allen Ginsberg.

The city celebrates the poet, and the scene that he came up in, with HOWL!, a three-day festival in the East Village and Lower East Side.

The celebration takes its name from and is inspired by Ginsberg's epic poem, an anti-conformity, anti-capitalist piece considered one of the seminal works of the Beat Generation (the original hipsters).

From Sept. 10-12, take in music, poetry (including recitations of "Howl," of course), dance, fine art and theater on two stages in Tompkins Square Park, as well as other events in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Festivities include competitive painting "slams," poetry jams, an arts and crafts fair, variety shows, children's puppet show, poetry readings, vaudeville, performances by Vangeline Theater (pictured) the live, collaborative creation of art, as artists creates works on a giant canvas that stretches around Tompkins Square Park.

Check out the full list of events scheduled here, so you don't miss a thing.
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Why? Allen Ginsberg would have wanted you too
When: Sept. 10-12, 2010
Where: Varies
Cost: Varies, though all events at Tompkins Square Park are free
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