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One of the summer's hottest parties isn't in the Meatpacking District, and you don't need to be on an exclusive guest list.

For over 10 years, P.S. 1's Warm Up has attracted art - and dance - enthusiasts to its outdoor courtyard, for live music, DJs and dancing.

The art in question is an architectural installation created by the winner of an annual young architects program, and this year's winner is Pole Dance, created by the architectural firm Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu.

On the music front, international DJs and live music ensembles will get the bodies moving every Saturday this summer, now through September 4. The performances blend a range of genres, from hip hop to disco to indie pop, and participating artists Swedish electronic pop duo Air France (July 17), in their very first US performance, and urban musicians Big Freedia and DJ Rusty Laer (August 28), veterans of the New Orleans Sissy Bounce street music scene.

Notable acts will also be on the turntables, with ?uestlove (August 14), Animal Collective (July 31), and Ratatat (July 17) spinning live DJ sets (for the complete schedule of music acts, head here).

Since admission to the Warm Up includes access to all the museum's exhibitions, take a breather, cool down in the air conditioning, and explore the museum's latest achievement, "Greater New York", the third iteration of its quinquennial exhibition highlighting nearly 70 artists and collectives living and working in the metropolitan area.

Given the sheer number of participants, the exhibition covers a full range of practices and media, from photography and video shot right in the museum's gallery space to sculpture and painting. Subject matter is also as varied, with meditations on race, gender and ecological, geopolitical and sociological interests. Not to be missed are Hank Willis Thomas's monumental "Unbranded" series of magazine advertising targeted at African-Americans from the late 1960s to the present day; Sharon Hayes's "Revolutionary Love: I Am Your Worst Feat, I Am Your Best Fantasy," being shown in its first full-length exhibition iteration; and a simulated tropical rainforest encased in concrete by David Brooks, a comment on today's ecological threats.

Now that you feel cultured, head back out to the party, grab a drink, and dance the rest of the night away. You deserve it.
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Why? P.S. 1's Warm Up makes the summer even hotter
When: Saturdays, now through September 4, 2-9 pm
Where: 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens
Cost: $15 (includes admission to the museum)
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