Regular Readers know we often don’t recommend events in the price range of the Walker’s annual big deal Avant fundraiser, but it really is one of the few dress up and “be seen” events of the year that is guaranteed fun. And this year they booked none other than Biz Markie(!!), which gets an automatic inclusion no matter the cost. The $125 ticket also gets you the drinks, really nice apps (last year we crushed it at the steak stand, and the shrimp stand), tunes from DJs Nora En Pure and Har Mar, and a celebration of the new exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line. Saturday, September 8th, 8:30 PM. $125-500.Hank Stacks

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