sunday 04/27



See artists in their natural habitat

Put on some good walking shoes for TOAST 2008 (Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour), a self-guided expedition that’ll have you meandering around the historical neighborhood and meeting 100 artists in their studios. Look for beautiful window displays and slide-show exhibits that local venues are providing. And if you start feeling a bit famished, feel free to do some wining and dining at any of the nearby eateries. This 12th annual public soiree has been updated with an interactive website, so you can see who’s participating, preview the artists’ work, and download a map of the ‘hood. At 1, check for full schedule, through April 28, free EUDIE PAK



Beauty is the beast

Stone Soup Theatre Arts is hosting a beauty pageant that we can all feel good about. Rest assured, there won’t be any wild-party-girl-in-need-of-rehab headlines or criminal allegations of sabotage (i.e., pepper-sprayed makeup or costumes), nor can we expect serious verbal gaffes of Miss South Carolinian Teen USA proportions (as in “the Iraq—everywhere like such as”). But make no mistake: There will be bitches to contend with. After all, it’s the Third Annual Barking Beauty Pageant. The evening will be filled with active wear, glamour wear, and talent competitions, along with industry judges and a colorful pair of hosts— national-pageant moderator Leslie Hughes and her Yorkshire terrier, SalliSue. So come on out and watch man’s best friend exude a bit more civility and class than those challenged Trump beauties. At 6, Animal Haven SoHo, 251 Centre Street,, $10 EUDIE PAK



A party for the new LES bohemians

Formerly known as the Squatters May Day party back in the pre-gentrified Lower East Side of the ’80s, the Blackkat MayDay Celebration in Tompkins Square Park is a dance-party free-for-all for the city’s new bohemians (we guess they’ll mostly be from Brooklyn or the NYU dorms), with a day of fun and activism featuring music, speakers, live silkscreening, and free grub (provided by the peaceniks at Food Not Bombs). With over a thousand people expected to attend, this year’s bash boasts old-skool hip-hop legend Grandmaster Caz (of Wild Style fame), hardcore rave DJ Lenny Dee, the Hungry March Band, sideshow performer Dennis the Menace, and, of course, the multi-talented art/dance/DJ collective the Blackkat Crew. From 2 to 6, rain or shine, Tompkins Square Park, 7th Street and Avenue A,, free ANGELA ASHMAN