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Affordable Art Fair Announces Exhibitors For Fall 2023 Event

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The Press Release:
Affordable Art Fair returns to New York for its Fall 2023 edition featuring work by over 400 artists across 76 exhibitors.

The fair takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion from Wednesday, September 20 to Sunday, September 24.

The Affordable Art Fair is a contemporary art fair dedicated to creating a dynamic and approachable entry-point to the contemporary art market for enthusiasts, collectors, and art-curious fairgoers alike. Affordable Art Fair offers artwork created by emerging and established talent in a range of media and genres priced up to $12,000.

The fall 2023 edition brings together a unique and exciting new roster of galleries, presenting a selection of 27 international galleries with a focus on showcasing Latin American and Asian art. Among the standouts are Jimena Carranza (Mexico City), online gallery Catalysta featuring Latin American artists, and Mookji Art Contemporary (Seoul), to name a few.
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BroadwayCon Reveals First-Look At The 2023 Programming Schedule

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The Press Release:
BroadwayCon has unveiled a first look at its programming schedule for BroadwayCon 2023. The BroadwayCon 2023 schedule features three days packed with events curated with Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators in mind. BroadwayCon 2023 will take place July 21-23 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Tickets are available now at

This first preview of the schedule features over 80 hours of original programming, with more than 100 hours to be added in the coming weeks. BroadwayCon will host fan-led meetups for everyone from members of the LGBTQIA+ community to fans of the biggest Broadway shows, Show Spotlights and Reunions featuring the cast and creative teams, and much more. BroadwayCon will also offer the unique chance to catch a First Look at some of the most talked-about shows on Broadway in the upcoming season on Friday, July 21.
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BroadwayCon and “Wicked” Announce “The Ozdust Ballroom” Fan Event

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The Press Release:
What’s the most swankified place in town? The Ozdust Ballroom, presented by WICKED and BroadwayCon! On Saturday, July 22, 2023, join WICKED and BroadwayCon for a night of dancing along to Broadway showtunes, surprise appearances and live performances, the chance to win prizes, and the most thrillifying photo ops around! The Ozdust Ballroom special event, celebrating WICKED’s 20th Anniversary on Broadway, will be held at BroadwayCon 2023 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 16 at 10 AM Eastern. For more information, visit

Net proceeds from the Ozdust Ballroom benefit WICKED’s For Good partners: Broadway Green Alliance, Equal Justice Initiative, VDAY, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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“The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken” Celebrates 13th Anniversary (2010-2023)

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Greetings my friends and I hope that this broadcast doesn’t find you having what they call a “Manic Monday” (queue the hit by The Bangles if you must). The weather outside is rather nice with the skies being clear and a moderate temperature that might find you only needing a hoodie and a baseball cap but hey I am not here to be the weatherman I am here instead to share some pretty awesome news. Today marks the 13th Anniversary of “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken” Lifestyle Blog. We’ve even got a new birthday logo to use going forward thanks to our stalwart Art Director Joe Kaufman. Now many still refer to this as “Piercing Ken” based on its wealth of social media profiles and that is fine by me at this point in our history. I’m happy to report that the publishing regimen is pretty regular and as the world moves further away from the pandemic times and gets more back to what we used to experience during the Before Times I’ve tried to expand on the level of coverage and news items. So, thirteen years whew! Let’s briefly discuss.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York Postponed for 2023

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The Press Release:
Organizers of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York have announced the postponement of the 2023 event. The decision to regroup comes after a 10-year run for what has become a major outdoor, family event and a staple of summer fun in southeastern Queens.

“We are committed to delivering an affordable wholesome family event at the highest level for our patrons, sponsors, and other stakeholders,” stated Eddy Edwards, Managing Partner of Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, promoters of the event in association with VP Records. “We have worked each year to improve on what’s already been achieved and will use this time to improve our future events.”

Fans are invited to enjoy a ‘Jerk’ filled experience at the Florida Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Miramar Regional Park. Details will be released in the coming weeks through our social media channels and the festival’s website

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Sorry to help share along the sad news to anyone in the readership who attends this event but since its always a popular calendar entry for “The Chronicles” I figured that I should share along the press release that I got when I inquired about an event for this year. I’ve never actually attended this one since Queens can be such a hike for me, but I do love some spicy eats and maybe a visit is in my future for the next time around. That’s all I have on this one. I will make mention that there is very likely this kind of cuisine at the Queens Night Market which has begun on the weekends over in Flushing Meadows Corona Park if you feel like checking that out. It sounds interesting for me as well, but is a really long ride via the MTA from my neck of the woods. Thanks for reading, please stay safe out there.