The D.A.P. Booth is a perennial art-fair highlight, its giant neon ampersand beckoning enthusiasts of palatine culture books to the Artbook/Distributed Art Publishing tables. Laden with copies of backlist and newly released gems alike, these pop-ups also offer a rare chance to buy the equivalent of factory-direct what can otherwise only be perused. But having settled in splendidly at its lofty new showroom in downtown's Theater District, D.A.P. also has returned to its appointment-only routine — it's technically a business that almost never sells to the public, no matter how much art lovers beg and plead. So those who fetishize new-book smells await the annual D.A.P. Sample Sale like bookworm Mardi Gras. The inaugural one in its downtown location promises both a swarm of art students on a budget and well-heeled connoisseurs on a quest for the best examples of vintage, back-catalog, classic and sneak-preview treasures — all marked 50-75 percent off. Artbook/D.A.P. Showroom, 818 S. Broadway, Suite 700, dwntwn.; Sat., June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (323) 969-8985,

Sat., June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013

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