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An image from Antonio Lopez

An image from Antonio Lopez Credit: Antonio Lopez

Fashion Illustration Exhibition
Put your best fashion foot forward and head over to the Brooklyn Public Library for the Fashion Illustration Exhibition, showcasing published fashion illustrators. On display will be rare and never-before-seen illustrations by Antonio Lopez and works by the likes of Richard Haines and Samantha Hahn, among others. The exhibit also will include panel discussions, fashion film series, fashion illustration classes and author talks throughout the fall. (Opens Thursday through Dec. 1, Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m., Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 718-230-2100,

NFL's Back to Football scavenger hunt and fan giveaways
Let the games begin! Kick off the football season with the NFL's Retail Row Takeover, where 20 retailers along 34th Street will show their football pride with NFL-themed window displays. Then take part in a scavenger hunt for prizes like trading cards and team apparel, meet and greet with players and take photos with the Vince Lombardi trophy, which was awarded to the Super Bowl-winning Giants last season. And if you show off your team spirit, you might get your photo snapped by the Back to Football Street Team. (Tuesday, noon-6 p.m., FREE, along 34th Street,

'The Tedium is the Message? Communicating and Creating with New Social Media'
Can we get this event description in at less than 140 characters? Probably not. Join Robert K. Blechman, PhD this evening for a discussion on the power of communicating through Twitter. Blechman, a Twitter author himself - yes, you read that right, he composed his comic murder mystery "Executive Severance" on Twitter - will use slides, video clips and discussion to examine celebrity tweets, marketing via Twitter and Twitter as an artistic medium. (Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave., 917-275-6975,

Lower East Side Opening Night: Art + Fashion
Art and fashion have a seamless fusion. Celebrating the start of New York Fashion Week this week, and the opening receptions for many of the more than 80 art galleries in the Lower East Side, this event will include store events, live music and entertainment at fashion and accessory boutiques throughout the neighborhood. Stroll through the nabe and enjoy an "Opening Night" out! (Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., FREE, Lower East Side, 212-226-9010,


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