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Bittersweet Thursdays and Captured at the B + B Newsroom


During this week’s A Thirsty Thursday at Videology, you’re going to party like it’s 1999 with a NYC classic of sorts, Cruel Intentions. No, you can’t just sit and watch the movie and sip at your own leisure: this is a Cruel Intentions drinking game, and you’re going to play by the rules, which means drinking Long Island Iced Teas out of a complimentary Krazy Straw.
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Coney Island Film Fest and The Legacy and Lessons of Bleecker Bob’s

This Friday through Sunday, the Coney Island Film Festival celebrates its 13th year with 88 films, some food, some wine, and, of course, some burlesque. Programs include “Coney Island Films,” which are films based in or about Coney Island; “The Jules Verne Project,” a story about a shipwreck and survival; and of course “The Warriors,” which needs no explanation.
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Public Access TV at New Museum, Beach Flix Finale, and a Bourdeaux Doc


Call it nostalgia but the idea of attending a live taping being recorded directly to VHS for screening on public access television sounds like a damn good time. Especially if it’s free! This Thursday at the New Museum catch special guest Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer’s electronic, saxophone solo project) performing with live green-screen manipulation, while interviews, a how-to demonstration and other activities occur simultaneously.
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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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