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