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Your Week in Film: Cronenberg’s Overdose Twins and Leaving Britney Alone

Grrrl Germs: a Visual History of Riot Grrrl 1990-1997
Various screenings, now through Saturday May 28 at Spectacle: $5.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the Riot Grrrl movement challenged punks everywhere to reexamine their subculture, demanded “girls to the front” at shows, and delineated punk’s physical and intellectual spaces as welcoming to women, but also as zones that were for and by a diversity of voices. Riot Grrrl may have become the victim of sensationalism due to a desperately out-of-touch media trying to figure out what the hell was going on with these tattooed, pierced, and sex-crazed Gen Xers.

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Author Signing: Miranda July’s ‘The First Bad Man’

the-first-bad-man-9781439172568_hr-2You most likely know Miranda July as a director and actress, but according to the synopsis her debut novel is “so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny—so Miranda July—that readers will be blown away.” And that does pretty well describe July’s 2005 film Me You and Everyone We Know, which she wrote and starred in. Now in The First Bad Man: A Novel, we meet Cheryl, a tightly wound, vulnerable woman who is “haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people’s babies.” So, yup. Sounds like a concept only July could pull off and have it somehow not translate as completely insane. Lena Dunham stopped just shy of calling her the voice of a generation, saying “never has a novel spoken so deeply to my sexuality, my spirituality, my secret self.” Don’t miss July at the signing of Bad Man’s paperback release.

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Talks + Readings: Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, and Miranda July, For Starters

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Nitehawk’s “Booze & Books” series is partnering with Abrams Books for a signing of Tom Shone’s Woody Allen: A Retrospective and screening of the director’s 1980 film Stardust Memories (starring Allen, Charlotte Rampling and Jessica Harper). Fittingly, the movie is about a filmmaker recalling his various inspirations while attending a retrospective of his work. Before the show Shone will be signing the illustrated biography, the first complete film-by-film overview of Allen’s career; it includes original interviews as well as 250 behind-the-scenes stills, photographs, posters, and ephemera. Don’t forget to ask about the special cocktail for sale, inspired by the film – it is “Booze & Books,” after all.
Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Nitehawk Cinema, 36 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg). $15 (ticket only) or $45 (ticket plus book).

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Read an Excerpt From Kim Gordon’s Memoir, Then See Her at Strand

UnknownIf you’re still kind of devastated that you weren’t there to see Broad City chat with Sleater Kinney, relax: the whole thing is online plus you’ve got another couple of chances to recoup your riot grrrl cred. First off, in an equally epic meeting of the minds, Lena Dunham is going to be chatting with Miranda July tomorrow, and somehow there are still tickets left (BAM just announced that July will be singing copies of her new novel after the event). And also: the Strand just announced that none other than Kim Gordon is coming to chat about her memoir, out in about a month.
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