Asia and Dario Argento at Cannes in 1993. (Photo: Olivier Strecker)
Back in April, when Metrograph announced its forthcoming Dario Argento retrospective, it was said the Italian horror master would be appearing in person. A lot has happened since then. For one thing, the opening date of the series was moved from June to September 21. For another, Argento’s daughter, fellow filmmaker Asia Argento, has become involved in a #MeToo imbroglio that has, to some degree, sucked in her father as well.
Back in May, when Metrograph announced its postponement of the 12-film retrospective, it explained that “Mr. Argento wants to appear in-person, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll need to shift the series until a soon-to-be-announced date in September.” When the new date was announced, we were once again assured that the 78-year-old giallo pioneer would be in attendance.
“Hi Mathew, It’s Mort Berkowitz from the Feast of San Gennaro. We’re delighted to have you enter the cannoli-eating competition, which will be this Friday.” I received that voicemail from the organizer of the famous festival in Little Italy, after responding, on a lark, to a flier on Mulberry Street. I don’t technically have professional eating experience, but I have enjoyed – more or less – three meals a day over the course of my entire life, which I thought qualified me for competition.
As you probably know by now, the annual Bushwig festival showcases the best upcoming and established talent in drag and performance from New York and around the world. Its seventh annual installment, this past Sunday at Knockdown Center, featured local performers such as Chris of Her, whose mushroom-topped headpiece turned into a suspendered dress after a tumble down the catwalk, and Merrie Cherry, who came out in a wheelchair and hospital gown and was lifted by the power of music to reveal a dress underneath the gown.
Returning once again to its visually dramatic (and conveniently central) location directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, the seventh annual Photoville opens today with more than 90 photography shows within and around a mini-city of shipping containers. The event runs through the weekend, then next Thursday through Sunday as well, and is totally free and open to the public.
As Shellac took the stage of the Bell House on Monday to wrap up the Gowanus venue’s series of 10th anniversary shows, a hush fell on the audience. Or rather, a shush. There were calls of “Quiet!” and “Shh!”as the band silently tuned up.
As much as I and maybe you protest the idea, summer is coming to an end. What to do besides get mad at people who are smugly announcing their pro-fall takes now that they know the sun won’t take horrible revenge on them? Besides waiting for the northern hemisphere to be tilted towards the loving light of the sun again, you could try soaking up the cruise ship/tropical vibes at Ridgewood’s Paradise Lounge (678 Woodward Avenue). Oh, and the strong tropical drinks– you should probably soak up a couple of those, too.
The heroically hirsute gathered at Sideshows by the Seashore this past Saturday for the 11th annual Coney Island Beard and Mustache Competition. The area’s biggest beardos competed in categories like best natural beard, best styled beard, and best fake (given to a baby with a Sharpie mustache). Contestants were welcome to enter multiple categories, hence the guy who snagged “Most in Show” honors by shaving his beard onstage in order to enter the partial beard category, styling his mustache and beard after competing in the natural categories, and even wearing a mop as a fake beard.
Michael Scott did once say “I am Beyonce, always,” so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that a woman has been cast to play him in the raunchy send-up of The Office that opens next month. Sarah Mackenzie Baron will play the World’s Best Boss when The Office! A Musical Parodystarts Sept. 20 at The Jerry Orbach Theater.
The music of Public Service Broadcasting has been described by NPR as “suitable for a laser show at the local planetarium.” They’ll actually do that setting one better when they play their space-inspired tunes aboard the USS Intrepid on Sept. 20.
Just like Saul Goodman was such a hit on Breaking Bad that he got his own show, the wildly popular churro cone at Dessert Club, ChikaLicious is getting its own shop on Avenue A. Dessert Club has closed its location at 204 East 10th Street (ChikaLicious Dessert Bar remains up and running across the street) and has reopened at 151 Avenue A under the name Churro Cone.
Regal’s Union Square cinema upgraded to 4DX in 2016, meaning you can now feel The Rock’s spittle land on your brow, or join Robert Duvall in taking a whiff of napalm in the morning. So how does the theater plan to one-up itself? With ScreenX.