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Aether’s Airstream trailer.Photo: All rights reserved by Paul and Williams.

The Pop-up Gets One-Upped
Taking the transient retail trend to a new extreme, high-tech outerwear brand Aether’s latest outpost is actually a gussied-up Airstream trailer: The vehicular shop began its journey in Los Angeles and is now parked in an empty Nolita lot (Prince and Mulberry), where it will operate until moving on to another city at the end of the year. While freewheeling in concept, the experience will hardly be like shopping out of somebody’s van. The AetherStream’s interiors are refurbished with reclaimed wood and Parisian antiques by former Philippe Starck disciple Thierry Gauguin, and many jackets within are priced in the $500 neighborhood.

Museum of Modern Parties
MoMA’s P.S. 1 is planning a blowout this Sunday to celebrate its fall programming, with exhibitions by Clifford Owens, George Kuchar, Rania Stephan, Frances Stark, and Surasi Kusolwong. Two highlights: at noon, the first of the museum’s “e-flux book co-op” lecture series from Berlin-based writer and filmmaker Hito Steyerl (the topic: “Art As Occupation: Claims for an Autonomy of Life”); and, at two, a book signing with video artist Mika Rottenberg. There will also be an all-afternoon Smorgasbord food extravaganza and, of course, a cash bar (22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Rd., Long Island City; suggested $10 adults, $5 children; Thurs. through Mon., noon–6 p.m.;

A Cause for Entertaining
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer foundation opens its fourth annual Holiday House today on the Upper East Side, featuring holiday table settings by renowned New York designers including Inson Dubois Wood and luxury linen house Sferra. Over its four-week run, the house will host design lectures by Keith Granet and Celerie Kemble, among others, as well as tasting events with Mariebelle Chocolatier and Brooklyn Winery (2 E. 63rd St., at Fifth Ave.; M, W, F-Su, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; T, Th, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; $30;; through 12/11).

Hot Pavement
What was just a regular vacant lot will soon become the Last Lot, an installation art space programmed by the Art Production Fund (APF). Situated squarely in the middle of the theater district, the slab is a short-term donation from the Shubert Organization dedicated to showcasing environmental-consciousness-raising projects for the next nine months. With help from Sotheby’s, the APF opens the lot next Tuesday with an installation called “Desert Rooftops,” by New York artist David Brooks, a commentary on cultural and environmental desertification caused by suburban sprawl (46th St. at Eighth Ave.; opening reception 11/22, 6–8 p.m.;

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