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Pretty Sweet: Movies, Munchies, Music and Beer by the Domino Sugar Factory

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(Photo: Dima James)

Starting Tuesday, everyone’s favorite place to get shmasty in the dark is adding live music to its magic formula of movies, munchies and booze — and taking the party outdoors, for free.

Nitehawk Cinema is hosting a series of “screenings under the stars” at Havemeyer Park, an old lot turned grassy knoll across the street from Domino Sugar factory.
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Get Hot with Burning Man, The Montagues and Capulets, and Debbie Harry


Every year thousands of people swarm the sweltering deserts of Nevada to indulge in hippiesque camaraderie, the building and destruction of a short-lived city, partying and the literal burning and exploding of things. While we don’t know what the ratio of drug overdoses is, compared to the Gathering of the Juggalos, we do know that Burning Man attendees tend to have their own costumes, aka “playa style,” that don’t involve face paint (well, not clown face paint anyway).

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Crackup at the Riots: 10 Laughs From the ’88 Tompkins Square Park Riot

clayton(1)A slew of East Villagers — including poet Bob Holman and Times writer Colin Moynihan — shuffled into Anthology Film Archives last night to watch Clayton Patterson’s 3.5 hours of footage of the Tompkins Square Police riot, on its 25th anniversary.
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Surrounded by Cassettes, The Birdman Asks ‘Who’s Going to Buy All That Yogurt?’

If you missed The Birdman when it was part of the LES* Film Festival (it ended up winning the fest’s Neighborhood Award), here’s your chance to watch it in its entirety. Filmmaker Jessie Auritt just put the short doc online, and you can now do what you’ve never gotten up the nerve to do IRL: venture into the Birdman’s quirky First Avenue shop, packed floor-to-ceiling with cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes (it’s no surprise the proprietor refers to cell phones as “cellu-phones,” and doesn’t know how to use them).
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Drug Smuggling, Brain Eating and Hasidic Punk Rockers

Take From Dusk Till Dawn and National Lampoon’s Vacation; subtract Chevy Chase, John Candy, Quentin Tarantino and bloodthirsty vampires; add Jennifer Aniston as a stripper and Dodgeball director Marshall Rawson Thurber, and you’ve got We’re The Millers.

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Kickstarter Film Fest, Lindsay Lohan and the 25th Annual Tompkins Square Riot Reunion

This Saturday at the new Havemeyer Park in Williamsburg, the third annual Kickstarter Film Fest promises good food, cheap beer, and a night of Kickstarter-funded films. So lay down a blanket for Bill Plympton’s animated feature “Cheatin’” and “Mr. Grillo: The Thereminist,” about a musical genius whose instrument of choice is the theremin.
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Watch the Trailer For ‘Visitors,’ the New One From Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio

Koyaanisqatsi is one of those films people either love, hate, or fall asleep on because they got too high. We personally love it (enough to have spelled that title from memory), which is why the above trailer just made. our. day. Behold your first look at “Visitors,” the fourth film — and the first in over a decade — directed by Godfrey Reggio and soundtracked by the East Village’s own Philip Glass (they also collaborated on Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi). For this one, it looks like Reggio has opted for the Inkwell filter, and Glass — well, he’s just doing Glass.
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This Week: Animation Block Party, Drug Lords and Ryan Gosling’s Abs

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Last year’s Animation Block Party. (Photo: Flickr)

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Animation Block Party. The animated-film festival kicks off Thursday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, Hooray for Earth, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, and animations by Nickelodeon, Pixar and the Cartoon Network. This year’s edition features a screening of  ‘90s cult hit “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” a day of children’s cartoons, a night of graphic design and music videos, and a tenth anniversary party at BAM with ping pong, a photo booth, a DJ, food, booze and carnival games.

Here are the festival screenings we’re reel psyched about, and other films on our to-see list.
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Relive the Tompkins Square Park Riots In Their Bloody Entirety, 25 Years Later

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Southerners have their Civil War reenactments but what do East Villagers have when it comes to reliving their defining battle? Just the annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows. But this year, on the 25th anniversary of that tumultuous night when cops went gonzo on a group protesting the park curfew (resulting in over 100 complaints of brutality), they’re getting much, much more.
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