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‘Apocalypse Chow’: Zodiac Dinners and Solar-Power Synths in a Bed-Stuy Garden

Steel drum performers Jahlani Roberts, Khuent Rose, and Matthew Best at Bed-Stuy Community Garden (Photo: Nightlight)

Steel drum performers Jahlani Roberts, Khuent Rose, and Matthew Best at Bed-Stuy Community Garden (Photo: Nightlight)

Last Tuesday night, the Bed-Stuy Community Garden was a bit livelier than usual. Passersby craned their necks to see what was popping underneath the racket of steel drums. But George, the omnipresent senior presiding over the spot was holding court per usual.

“Lock your bike!” he croaked at me. But his grumpy-old-man abruptness subsided into a smile when I approached him. “Pose for a photo,” he instructed me and another woman I’d never seen before. Without hesitation she gripped my shoulder and smiled big into George’s iPhone. “That’s it!” George howled with laughter.

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Biking From Greenpoint to Queens Just Got a Lot Less Hairy

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Good news for Greenpointers who plan to cycle into Long Island City for PS1’s Warm-Up and outdoor flicks at Socrates Sculpture Park: the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge just got protected bike lanes.

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Park Yourself in Front of the Big Screen at These Highbrow Outdoor Film Fests

Catching an outdoor movie needn’t mean having to watch Ghostbusters or Jurassic Park for the 50th time (no offense to Bryant Park or SummerScreen). A couple of film series are taking over local parks with some more sophisticated, multiculti cinema, so skip the phrosties and pack a respectable bottle of Montepulciano in that picnic basket. Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film series, curated by Film Forum, begins July 1, and promises gems like a reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland by trippy Czech claymationist Jan Svankmajer (if you’ve never seen his “Manly Games”, watch it now). And the seventh annual Films on the Green festival will bring French classics to Tompkins Square Park tonight and next week before moving on to Williamsburg’s Transmitter Park on July 24 and 31.

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Week in Film: a Flashy Smuggler Jaunt and Trippy Danish Sci-Fi

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.

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Week In Film: Long-Awaited Russian Sci-Fi, Border Struggles, and Shorts Galore

It’s that time of the week again– bow down to our illustrious cinematic picks for this week or risk choosing something embarrassing for your first attractive Tinder date in ages. It’s nothing but slim pickins in February. Everyone’s already paired off in anticipation of the big 1-4, otherwise known as vom. Yes, this is unfortunate and disgusting at the same time, but we know you just want in on the V-day fun. But we promise you that you will literally be alone forever if you continue to insist on dragging your love interest to see yet another installment of Taken. Oh, wait– sorry about that. But nevermind what we do, this is about you and your love life.
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Sweetleaf Is Opening a Roastery-Cafe in a Greenpoint Warehouse

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

Williamsburg just got a roastery-cafe specializing in Colombian beans, and now Greenpoint is getting one.

Sweetleaf is opening the dual operation off of Manhattan Avenue, and its owner, New York native Rich Nieto, says this one won’t be like some of the national and international operations that have landed in Brooklyn lately. “I think it’ll probably have more of a local feel,” he says of his roastery-cafe. “I don’t get a local feel from companies that have to cross the ocean to get here and then they open up and then say, ‘We’re your local coffee shop.'”
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Now Showing: Tea And Crumpets Horror, Patti Smith Finds God, OG East Village

Oh boy! There’s a lot of film stuffs happening this week. Here’s our list of what’s worth seeing.
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Sandanistas A Decade Later, Shanghai Of Yore, And Old Country Punks

We’ve made a list of films worth checking out this week, because you definitely don’t need another person to tell you to go see Birdman.
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LOT LIC Music & Film Fest

The LOT LIC Music & Film Series is an eight-week summer party in Long Island City. It’s a free event, with music on Saturdays and film on Thursdays. We know what you’re thinking: no G train service will make it impossible to go. Not true! You can take the 7 to Court Sq. or the N to Queensboro Plaza and it’s a quick jaunt from there. This week’s performers are SinkaneTakuya Kurodaand DJ D-Felic43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturdays from 3-9 p.m.; Thursdays from 6-10 p.m., tickets free

MUSIC

August 2

SINKANE • TAKUYA KURODA • DJ D-FELIC

August 9

STREETS OF LAREDO • WALKING SHAPES • DJ BRENNAN GREEN

August 16

TAYLOR McFERRIN • JENNAH BELL • DJ RICH MEDINA

August 23

SMALL BLACK • KEVIN MORBY • DJ SPUN

August 30

FREDERICKS BROWN • SILVER feat. EDDIE HENDERSON • DJ NICKODEMUS

September 6

HOLLIS BROWN • JONNY FRITZ • DJ SCOTT EWALT

September 13

WIDOWSPEAK • ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS • DJ ALEX FROM TOKYO

September 20

SUGARMAN 3 • NAOMI SHELTON AND THE GOSPEL QUEENS

& DAPTONE RECORDS FAMILY DJs

 

FILM

August 7

CHOP SHOP

(2008) USA – Directed by Ramin Bahrani

August 14

POLYESTER

(1981) USA – Directed by John Waters

August 21

STRICTLY BALLROOM

(1992) Australia – Directed by Baz Luhmann

August 28

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

(2003) Canada/Belgium/France – Directed by Sylvain Chomet

September 4

LO QUATTRO VOLTE

(2010) Italy – Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino

September 11

PARIAH

(2011) USA – Directed by Dee Rees

September 18

WILD STYLE

(1983) USA – Directed by Charlie Ahearn

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PS1 Warm-Up

The lineup of this annual courtyard rave features a lot of new blood. Plus sets from Todd Edwards (a producer on Daft Punk’s last album), techno legend Robert Hood, Norwegian DJ/producer/musician Cashmere Cat (who sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg last year), the great Pantha du Prince, and a live set from industrial act Vatican Shadow of Hospital Productions, which closed its East Village store back in 2011 but soldiers on as a record label.

According to PS1′s release, M. Wells Dinette will serve cocktails and “grab-and-go summer fare,” and there’ll be rotating stage installations by CONFETTISYSTEM, Chen Chen and Kai Williams, Fort Makers, Fort Standard, Nightwood, and The Principals.

Below is the lineup for the parties.

June 28
A/JUS/TED / Under the Shade / New York, NY, USA
Dimitri From Paris / Gomma, Defected Records / Paris, France
Pantha du Prince (live) / Rough Trade Records / Berlin, Germany
DJ Spoko / True Panther Sounds / Atteridgeville, South Africa
Mumdance / Tectonic Recordings / London, England

July 5
DJ EZ / One Recordings / London, England
Todd Edwards / Echo Park Records / Los Angeles, CA, USA
Champion / Formula Records / London, England
Jam City / Night Slugs / London, England
J-CUSH / Lit City Trax / New York, NY, USA

July 12
Mister Saturday Night: Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter / Mister Saturday Night Records / New York, NY, USA
Cibo Matto (live) / Chimera Music / New York, NY, USA
Archie Pelago (live) / Mister Saturday Night Records / New York, NY, USA
Gabriel Garzón Montano (live) / Styles Upon Styles / New York, NY, USA
Auntie Flo / Huntleys & Palmers, Permanent Vacation / London, England

July 19
Robert Hood / M-Plant / Detroit, MI, USA
Objekt / Hessle Audio / Berlin, Germany
Rrose / Eaux / New York, NY, USA
Vatican Shadow (live) / Hospital Productions / New York, NY, USA
Container (live) / Spectrum Spools, Liberation Technologies / Providence, RI, USA
Young Male / White Material / New York, NY, USA

July 26
Cashmere Cat / LuckyMe Records, Pelican Fly / Oslo, Norway
Total Freedom / Fade to Mind / Los Angeles, CA, USA
GoldLink (live) / Squaaash Club / Washington, DC, USA
UNiiQU3 / Lit City Trax / New Jersey, USA
Suicideyear / Software Records / Baton Rouge, LA, USA

August 2
Daniele Baldelli / Eskimo Recordings / Italy
Charanjit Singh (live) / REProduce / Mumbai, India
Simian Mobile Disco (live) / Anti Records / London, England
Hiro Kone (live) / Group Tightener / New York, NY, USA
Maria Chavez / Software Records / New York, NY, USA

August 9
George FitzGerald / Domino, Man Make Music / Berlin, Germany
Martyn / 3024 / Washington, DC, USA
Leon Vynehall / Aus Music / London, England
Aurora Halal (live) / Mutual Dreaming Recordings / New York, NY, USA
Matrixxman / Spectral Sound / San Francisco, CA, USA

August 16
Supa Dups and Willy Chin of Black Chiney Sound / Black Chiney ​Music Inc. / Miami, FL, USA
Special Guest MC to be announced
Dubbel Dutch / Mixpak / New York, NY, USA
Visionist / Lit City Trax, PAN / London, England
Blazer Sound System / Channel Uno / New York, NY, USA

August 23
Kevin Saunderson / KMS Records / Detroit, MI, USA
Éclair Fifi / LuckyMe Records / Scotland, UK
DJ Earl / Teklife / Chicago, IL, USA
Shamir (live) / GODMODE / Las Vegas, NV, USA
The Range (live) / Donkey Pitch / Rhode Island, USA
Gifted & Blessed (live) / Gifted & Blessed / California, USA

August 30
Benji B / Deviation, BBC Radio 1 / London, England
Dām-Funk (live) / Stones Throw Records / Pasadena, CA, USA
DJ Marfox / Príncipe, Lit City Trax / Lisbon, Portugal
Tessela / R&S Records / London, England
Dutch E Germ / UNO NYC / New York, NY, USA
Avalon Emerson / Icee Hot, Spring Theory Records / Berlin, Germany

September 6
Special Guests to be announced
Evian Christ (DJ set) / Tri Angle Records / London, England
Lone (live) / R&S Records / UK
Sophie / MSMSMSM / London, England
Forest Swords (live) / Tri Angle Records / Liverpool, England

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An Outdoor Music-and-Film Fest in LIC, a 'Mad Cow' Marching Band, and More

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

The LOT LIC Music & Film Series, an eight-week summer party, makes its debut in Long Island City this weekend. It’s a free event, with music on Saturdays and film on Thursdays. We know what you’re thinking: no G train service will make it impossible to go. Not true! You can take the 7 to Court Sq. or the N to Queensboro Plaza and it’s a quick jaunt from there. This week’s performers are Sinkane, Takuya Kuroda and DJ D-Felic43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturday, August 2 from 3-9 p.m., tickets free
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