It was a bad week for us film nerds in NYC with word emerging that Sunshine Cinema will likely be sold to developers. Such things do not bode well for the future of independent cinemas in the city, seeing as Sunshine is definitely one of the more mainstream of the downtown art house theaters and always seems to have sold out screenings during prime showtimes. Yikes. Well you can help us in our efforts to appease the cool-film deities by devoted prostration and abiding carefully by the following directions: a) pray silently over one Godard film, b) recite the lines along with a character from at least one Jarmusch movie and c) check out a weird film event (or two) this week. It’s very little to ask, really.
When it opens tonight, Black Rose will be serving up “Personal Jesuses” and “Comfortably Numbs” at what was, for over three decades, Odessa Cafe and Bar. Don’t be too shocked by the makeover- the space has been hit with a dose of classic rock and roll, but if you look carefully you’ll recognize the booths near the door.
When I first heard about a one-off art show and serial online publication called Young, Colored & Angry, the name really stuck with me. There really couldn’t be a better moment to discuss such a fraught label. The term might not be instantly recognizable, but the implications are all too familiar particularly in the label’s application to protestors in various cities as of late. It can be used as a way to dismiss, delegitimize, and patronize grievances related to race relations in the U.S., particularly those between people of color and the police. But Young, Colored & Angry the publication–which, by the way, is run by two self-proclaimed young, colored, and angry individuals, 22-year-old Ashley Rahimi Syed and 21-year-old Elliott Brown, Jr.– is less explicitly about the now-politics of race and the police and more about the artistic expression that is inevitably steeped in similar experiences and other instances of discrimination.
Nevermind the 190+ international galleries showing — with food vendors like Roberta’s, Dimes, and Marlow & Sons, the trek to this year’s Frieze Art Fair is almost totally worth it. But let’s face it, trying to Uber it off of Randall’s Island is enough to drive you to the nearby psychiatric center. In fact, the experience can be so harrowing for art-world blue bloods that Korakrit Arunanondchai has installed massage chairs throughout the tent, as you can see above. But for those who just don’t have it in them to make the trip to Frieze when there are so many alternatives, we’ve rounded up this year’s most eye-grabbing pieces.
If there’s anything to say about Frieze that speaks to the massive annual art fair as a whole is that it’s wholly impossible to see everything. Last year, there were 190 participating art dealers from all over the globe. And that’s just at Frieze alone. What’s more the art fair brings so many art people into the city and out of their studios in “far-flung” neighborhoods to Manhattan, that several satellite festivities coincide with the event in places other than the Frieze tent. So take your pick and get ready for two parts shmoozing and feigning interest and one part legitimate enthrallment!
Because this year’s Rooftop Films Summer Series isn’t bringing nearly enough Karpovsky, the Brooklyn Film Festival is promising still more of the Girls star. Among the 108 features and shorts screening at the 18th edition of the annual fest is Devil Town, featuring not only Alex Karpovsky, but also his fellow Brooklyn director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) and Jennifer Prediger, who’s starring in a couple of other local productions in the fest. Among those are Matthew Yeager’s Valedictorian, the moody trailer for which you can see below.
Kids will celebrate its 20th anniversary at BAM on June 25 with a Q&A with Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Larry Clark. [Gothamist]
B&H Dairy, the diner that’s served three generations of customers in the East Village, launched a $10K fundraiser to in the hopes of re-opening following March’s Second Avenue explosion. [Grub Street]
The 72-room former Germania Bank building on Bowery, which was recently sold after decades of use as a private residence, will be open to the public for an art show Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. [The Lo-Down]
The William Vale hotel, that futuristic looking structure (formerly known as the Level Hotel) going up at 55 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, will have 183 rooms, a ground level restaurant, a roof deck pool, a rooftop park, its own parking garage, and will provide the equivalent of 300 fulltime jobs, but for Brooklyn Community Board 1 at its meeting Tuesday night the decision not to recommend the hotel for a liquor license all boiled down to the closing hours of the hotel’s 21st floor rooftop restaurant.
Rooftop Films just filled us in on its Summer Series’s opening weekend, along with its shorts lineup and more. If you didn’t make it down to SXSW and missed TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe winging Jason Schwatzman in 7 Chinese Brothers, good news: the film will be screening May 30, with Schwartzman and director Bob Byington doing a q&a after, and some free-flowing vodka after that.
Thanks to a generous donation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a super cool landlord in Gowanus who’s trying to keep the neighborhood arty, the Gowanus Darkroom went from being a distant dream to a reality for Rachel Jun and Jonathan Rodgers. “We just went for it,” Rachel said of the darkroom that opened up in February. And they’re lucky they nabbed this particular place. Darkrooms and photo studios are generally in basements, closets, warehouses, anywhere dark and dank, really. But forget all that when it comes to Gowanus Darkroom. The place is located at the top floor of an industrial building with a massive, wide-open floor plan and impressive natural light flooding in from skylights.
Hey, Greenpoint’s getting a shiny new park! Alright, technically it’s a “playground,” but with a new skate park, handball court and basketball court, hopefully it’ll make grownups want to come out and play, too. The major overhaul of tired old Sgt. William Dougherty Playground is scheduled to begin late next year, according to Department of Transportation officials, who announced the plans at a Community Board meeting last night.
Last night, Supermans, Batmans, and many Gothamites in sequined capes filled Capitale for The Moth’s superhero-themed gala. In its fourteenth year, The Moth Ball celebrated storytellers like honoree Louis C.K.