The Best of What’s Going on This Week: Last Minute Gift Shopping and Events

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Hear photographer Sante D’Orazio discuss his work with Derek Blasberg:
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Inven.tory hosts a party to launch Quail’s Holiday collection:
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American Apparel’s Friends and Family Sale at the Houston St. Store:
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You MUST print the flyer to get the discount!

Shop, Dance, and Drink Free Guinness:

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Refinery 29 has a HUGE list of this week’s ongoing sample sales. Here are some of my best bets:

Made Her Think Sample Sale
What: Made Her Think’s pretty gems and baubles will be deeply discounted at this 2-day sample sale. Pick up the perfect ring or necklace for you and your friends, including the Siren ring (now 50% off) or a selection of past season styles like the Candy Skull ring (now 75% off).
When: Friday, December 18, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 19, from 11 to 6 p.m.
Where: Made Her Think Sample Sale, 195 Chrystie Street, Suite 301-7, (between Stanton and Rivington streets); 212-228-2144.

Assembly New York Holiday Sale and Party
What: Be sure to swing by Assembly’s exclusive holiday party and sale where all designer collections will be 50% off. Scoop up sale merch from Endovanera, Chronicles of Never, Raquel Allegra, Slow & Steady Wins the Race, and many more. Plus, later on in the evening, enjoy drinks and music from the Storms!
When: Sale runs Thursday, December 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.; party runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Assembly New York, 174 Ludlow Street, (between Houston and Stanton streets); 212-253-5393.

Acne Studio Sale
What: Acne kicks off their end-of-season sale this week. Stop by their Greene Street boutique for up to 50% off their autumn/winter goods, including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, denim, and accessories.
When: Sale starts Thursday, December 17
Where: Acne Studio Sale, 10 Greene Street, (between Canal and Grand streets); 212-625-2828.

Betsey Johnson Sample Sale
What: Take advantage of deep discounts on Betsey Johnson’s colorful frocks. Find sales of up to 75% off a Colorblock Charmeuse Strapless dress (now $50), a Ginger Snap Wool jumper (now $35), or a Polka Dot Printed Canvas tote (now $40).
When: Now through Thursday, December 17, from 10 to 8 p.m.
Where: Betsey Johnson Sample Sale at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44th Street, 6th floor, (between Broadway and 6th Avenue); 212-993-9251.

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One of my favorite photographers, Ellen von Unwerth’s new book Fräulein was just released. Catch a retrospective of much of the same work at the Staley-Wise gallery. 560 Broadway, NYC. Through January 30th. Cost: Free! Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm.

Audrey Kawasaki: Hajimari—a prelude
Solo Exhibition. Gallery I
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor. NYC
December 12, 2009 through January 9, 2010
Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm