This Sunday at Pianos, delve into a world of “taboos and sin wrapped into one big steaming pile of filth,” as artist Beryl Fine describes her work — with a free 7 p.m. screening of five short films she’s dubbed “Rapture of Rottenness.”
Fine’s photography centers around various concepts of sexuality and gender using nude women, queer men, transgender people and drag queens as models. She juxtaposes the ordinary with the beautiful and seemingly strange, capturing moments that can only be understood in pictures. She also shoots bands as a hobby (Black Lips, Reggie Watts, Thee Oh Sees, A-Trak) simply because she loves music.
Fine says her films — Inspired by the works of artists like Kenneth Anger, Richard Kern, John Waters, Sarah Driver, David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch — are “a dumpling of gender-bending sexuality with a dash of sin. The music adds that extra layer to set the mood just right.”
Catch these and other filthy, and not so filthy, films we’re reel psyched about this week.
Before the Afro-Punk Fest (coming up this weekend, btw) there was the documentary. The film explores racial identity in a sub-culture mainly dominated by whites. Featuring music and interviews with the Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Fishbone and more, it follows the lives of four black punks who feel isolated in a scene they fully embrace.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 6:30 p.m.; Free
I Hate Myself and I Want to Die
A tribute to Nirvana featuring lost interviews, fan tributes, live footage and more, just in time for the 20th anniversary reissue of In Utero. “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” is the name of a Nirvana song that appeared on the soundtrack to Beavis and Butthead do America.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St, Williamsburg; 10 p.m.; $5
Johnny Cash- Man in Black: Live in Denmark
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii;
T Rex: Born to Boogie
A triple feature for fans of the Man in Black, the Dark side of the Moon and, well, a guy who rides a white swan (for balance?). Catch these tonight while enjoying an all-you-can-eat $5 BBQ and drink specials.
Boulevard Tavern, 79 N 11th St, Williamsburg; 11 p.m.; Free
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas + performance by Doll Parts
Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, as Miss Mona Stangley and the town sheriff, fight to keep the neighborhood brothel alive, as an outside television reporter aims to make the illegal joint a big issue. Catch a pre-screening performance by Doll Parts who, while we were hoping for a Hole cover band in the style of Dolly Parton, are an amazing Dolly Parton tribute band.
Havemeyer Park, 54 S. 3rd St, Wiliamsburg; 6:30 p.m.; Free
O Brother Where Art Thou
A Coen Brothers classic featuring George Clooney, John Turturro and everyone’s favorite Roseanne actor, John Goodman. A Great Depression-era tale of three convicts who escape the chain gang in search of some hidden treasure.
Tompkins Square Park, 500 E 9th St, East Village; 6 p.m.; Free
Krush Groove + Brooklyn Vegan’s Bill Pearis
Based on the early days of Def Jam records featuring the Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Sheila E, The Fat Boys and more. BV’s Bill Pearis will be the host for the evening plus drink specials, trivia and prizes.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 8 p.m., Free
A Wes Anderson love story about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and decide to run away together. The town goes mad as searches begin and an enormous storm starts to take form. Seeing Ed Norton, Bill Murray and Bruce Willis in the same movie alone is well worth the trip down to Rockaway Beach.
Rockaway Beach, Beach 106th St, Queens; 7:45 p.m.; Free
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s psychedelic Western El Topo is one of the most visually stunning films ever to grace the screen. It’s the king of midnight movies and a cult classic returning for two nights at the appropriate time.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; Midnight; $13.50
New York Ripper
It’s the second Lucio Fulci flick in Nitehawk’s I Heart NY Horror series cause let’s face it, Fulci was a genius. Not for the faint of heart, New York Ripper comes complete with never-ending screams à la The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a murderer obsessed with knives and razor blades, and in a bizarre twist our killer also has a voice like Donald Duck.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg; Midnight; $11