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I visited Governor's Island for only the second time this past weekend for the Dutch-hosted New Island Festival, part of this year's NY400 celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of New York. Inspired by the annual Oerol Festival on the Dutch island of Terschelling, there were theater and dance performances, visual art installations, and live music - most of it free. Most of the performances could be witnessed from a 400 foot long wooden table, from which dinner was served in big metal pots dragged by clog-wearing servers. As one might expect of the free-thinking Dutch, the musical offerings were all over the map: everything from singer-songwriter Divera, to wacky electronic experimentalists PIPS:lab, to a Silent Disco, where all the dancers wore wireless headphones. Oh, and there was De Levende Jukebox (The Living Jukebox): a tongue-in-cheek cabaret featuring a pair of old cougars, Yvonne and Helen, who performed requests culled from a list of Dutch and American standards. "White Rabbit," anyone? (More pics below.)

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