5/20: The Gates' “Sex” Bash, NYC Popfest Kickoff…

…and a foodie launch party for “Markets of New York”

FOREPLAY: Ladies, we know you're twitching in your Manolos at the idea of following Carrie, Samantha et. al. into the sands of the Arabian desert (which, in actuality? Not all that lady-friendly. Artistic license!) in the “Sex and the City” movie sequel. But you still have a whole seven days to go until the movie comes out. If you just can’t wait that long, head to the Gates tonight, where they’re throwing a "SATC 2"-themed bash that’ll make at least one of those days go by in a Cosmo-induced hangover. 10PM. 

POP ROCKS: The fourth annual Popfest NYC kicks off today, bringing together some of the best up-and-coming sounds from all over the country and world in a five-day, five-venue smorgasbord of indie music starting with tonight’s rundown at Cakeshop. On the bill: Sweden’s Leaving Mornington Crescent, the UK’s Horowitz and Veronica Falls, and more. 8PM. 

TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Karen Seiger would rather shop at a market—from farmer’s to flea—than anywhere else, and she’s put her zest and acumen to work on the blog Markets of New York, which is (surprise!) now a guidebook of the same name (Little Bookroom) to the city’s best market-based fare. The launch party goes down tonight at Chelsea Market’s Posman Books. Meet the author, nibble on goodies from the hall’s purveyors, and generally celebrate all things market. 6PM. 

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