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NYC Assignment Desk: Report On Bailout Protests, Laughter Yoga, And Dave Eggers

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In the city that never sleeps, there's always a wealth of attractions. While that's great for New Yorkers' social lives, it unfortunately also means that the Huffington Post can't be everywhere at once.

That's why we need your help. In order to cover a wider array of New York news and events, we're putting out the call for local writers, bloggers, and even readers to help us report on what's going on around town.

Take a look at the events listed below and if you're interested in attending and reporting on it, let us know!

Bail Out the People Protest

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday this Friday, activists plan to march through Wall Street to protest big bank bailouts and bring attention to the thousands struggling in today's economy. Join the movement and further the cause.

What: Bail Out The People protest
When: 3:30 to 6pm, Friday, Jan 15, 2010
Where: Wall & Broad Sts (across from the Stock Exchange, 4/5 to Wall St-Broadway, 2/3 to Wall St-William St, J/Z to Broad St).

Yogalaff Laughter Yoga

A close cousin to free hugs in Union Square -- it's laughter yoga! According to the Yogalaff laughter yoga site:

Through breathing and yogic exercises, we reach your heart with playful laughter exercises and soon reach a crescendo of excited belly laughter. No tricks, no tickling, no alcohol and no jokes. The laughter comes straight from the heart as pure joy.

Hey, if it's good enough to wind Ari Gold down, it's good enough for you.

What: Yogalaff Laughter Yoga
When: 5:30pm, Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010
Where: Main Wellness Center
1430 Broadway, Suite 1107
New York 10018

Dave Eggers Book Signing

Literary poster boy of the oughts, Dave Eggers is ringing in the new decade with a signing at the Strand, Manhattan's legendary used bookstore. From the Strand site:

Eggers will sign copies of his latest books: Zeitoun, a non-fiction account of a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina; The Wild Things, his book based loosely on Maurice Sendak's picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, and the screenplay by the same name, co-written with Spike Jones; and McSweeney's, No. 33: The San Francisco Panorama, a Sunday-edition sized newspaper, featuring the work of Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes and Chris Ware, among many others.

What: Dave Eggers at the Strand
When: 12:00 to 1:00pm, Thursday, Jan 14, 2010
Where: Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
Manhattan, New York, NY 10003

UPDATE: Dave Eggers and fellow McSweeney's editor Chris Ying will speak at the New School's Tishman Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan 13 at 5 pm about the "one-time only, Sunday-edition-sized newspaper" San Francisco Panorama, due to come out as the 33rd issue of McSweeney's Quarterly. According to the McSweeney's store site :

It'll have news and sports and arts coverage, and comics (sixteen pages of glorious, full-color comics, from Chris Ware and Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman and many others besides) and a magazine and a weekend guide, and will basically be an attempt to demonstrate all the great things print journalism can (still) do.

What: Dave Eggers and Chris Ying at the New School
When: 5 pm, Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010
Where: New School Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th St.
Manhattan, New York, NY 10011

Under the Radar Festival

New York's Under the Radar festival winds up this week, as performers from around the world put on rarely-seen plays across the city. Among the dozens of remaining shows is a live version of John Cassavetes' 1970 film Husbands, aptly titled: John Cassavetes' Husbands, and the Obie award-winning staging of Chekov Lizardbrain from Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theater Company. The full line-up can be seen here.

What: Under the Radar festival
When: Jan 6 through Jan 17 2010
Where: Various locations

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