Smart Bets: Downtown Books & News 24th anniversary

Local used bookstore and Lexington Avenue staple Downtown Books & News is having a birthday. The shop is a Gemini. Or maybe a Cancer. Doesn’t matter — the anniversary (its 24th) lasts the entire month of June. Events kick off on Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of acoustic music provided by Xpress’ own Jaye Bartell (of Pilgrim) and Matt Evans (of Just Die!). On Saturday, June 2, Madison J. Cripps and Grayson Morris put on a puppetry performance at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 3, stop by for a 5 p.m. poetry performance with Bartell, Chall Gray, Joel Quick and John Crutchfield. Events run all month and are plentiful — find the full schedule at


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