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Week in Film: a Berliner Thriller and Rarely Seen Vids Shot By a Downtown ‘Ethnographer’

Still from Michel Auder film (via Light Industry / Facebook)

Still from Michel Auder film (via Light Industry / Facebook)

Michel Auder + Rebekah Rutkoff: Sunsets and Other Stars
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm at Light Industry: $8 at the door
French artist, photographer, and filmmaker Michel Auder left France in the ’70s for New York City, where he’s resided ever since. He’s maybe best known as Cindy Sherman’s ex-husband (JK, but for real — how do you compete with Cindy Sherman?). Much of his video work (though apparently Auder “did not consider it fine art”) consists of ethnographic snapshots and sceney vignettes, the stuff of Auder’s cool Downtown life amongst artists like Annie Sprinkle, Larry Rivers, Hannah Wilke, among others.

But another good chunk of his focus was deadly personal. Take My Last Bag of Heroin (For Real), a 1993 piece which shows the filmmaker, who battled with heroin addiction for many years, breaking apart a glassine baggie of heroin onto a piece of aluminum foil and smoking the stuff. The video demonstrates the banality of drug use, often depicted as an explosively orgasmic experience, particularly in film.

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Film: Asthma

Film still from "Asthma" (Photo via IFC Center)

Film still from “Asthma” (Photo via IFC Center)

Gus is a scuzzy dude with long stringy hair and a heroin problem– he resembles Jay Reatard in all the wrong ways and none of the right ones. At first it looks like he’s just another one of those trust-fund kids living in New York City with a seemingly endless opium supply chain and a cool old car, but turns out the Rolls Royce is stolen. A babe-ish tattoo artist finds this out the hard way. I mean, seriously, who ever responds to a guy yelling at you to “hop in” the car by actually hopping in the car? And why is she into this guy in the first place? He’s clearly high all the time. These questions, ladies and gentlemen, are exactly what’s regrettably pulling me into this film. Guilty pleasures, somebody’s gotta have em. Also, Iggy Pop has a cameo. Additional screenings daily (with the exception of Sunday Oct. 25th) at 10:50 am at IFC Center.

Read more about the film here.

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Queer Film Happenings Galore, From Eisenstein’s Outing to Out-There ’70s Porn

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By the looks of things, October’s becoming something of a de facto Queer Film Month in New York City. Which is way cool, we’re always happy to see queer goings-on about town beyond Pride Month. And whether you’re a connoisseur of all things old and aging well, or live solely to soak up ever-refreshing nowness, we’ve got a couple of events that offer a slew of opportunities to attend LGBT movie happenings.

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There’ll Be a Whole Lotta Lou and Laurie Next Month

11947789_10153280639824615_1485322539663841016_oNext month, Oct. 27, will mark the second anniversary of Lou Reed’s passing, but his legacy lives on: on Oct. 30, Rhino will release a six-disc 45th anniversary edition of Velvet Underground’s Loaded, featuring three different mixes of the album, unreleased versions of tracks such as “Cool It Down” and “Sweet Jane,” a newly remastered version of the Live at Max’s Kansas City show from August 1970, an unreleased recording of a May 1970 club gig in Philadelphia, and other rarities. And the jam-packed box set is just the beginning of it. If you’re a fan of Lou and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Laurie Anderson, mark your calendars for the following.

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Q+As For Days: Baumbach, Gerwig, Swanberg, Nolan, and Brothers Quay

You could ask your date what she thought about the movie or you could ask the directors. Some of our favorites will be at your service.

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach talk Mistress America
Gerwig appears Friday, Aug. 14 at 7:15 p.m.Baumbach appears Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m., at Sunshine Cinema, tickets $13.50
Lovebirds Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will peel themselves away from each other for separate Q&As about their new movie Mistress America. You may be asking yourself, “Wait a minute? Didn’t the Squid and the Whale guy just do a Q&A for a new movie?” Well, yes, but While We’re Young was all the way back in March and he’s trying to beat Onur Tukel as Brooklyn’s most prolific filmmaker. 

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This Playwright Imagined Iggy Pop as Dionysus in a New Version of The Bacchae

(Photo: Meta-Phys Ed.)

(Photo: Meta-Phys Ed.)

Something caught our eye among the experimental, unusual, and low-budget plays that comprise the Ice Factory Festival, a spotlight of “the most exciting downtown companies” that starts today. As the name implies, Karaoke Bacchae is a take on Euripides’ classic tragedy, The Bacchae. This reimagining takes place not in ancient Greece, but in a karaoke bar during the Stanley Cup. And instead of witnessing a fleshy Dionysus blob around in a flowing robe, we’re treated to an appropriately shirtless Iggy Pop (well, an actor playing Iggy Pop, at least) as a not-too-far-fetched stand-in for the party god. We just had to speak with playwright and director Jesse Freedman (co-founder of the production company, Meta-Phys Ed.) about his absurdist punk take on classical Greek theater.

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How Not to Be That Person Who Buys a Valentine's Card at Duane Reade

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Pink Olive (Photo: Paula Ho)

Lingerie aside, there’s nothing quite as sexy as penning deep, mad feels onto paper. Whether you’re professing romantic love, friend love, or even self love, we’ve hunted down the best stationery stores for the most poignant, passionate, and tastefully blunt Valentine’s Day cards. So, make like an E L James and put your brain (and metaphors) to good use.
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Listen to Iggy Pop Talk Burroughs and Then Go To William’s 101st Birthday Party

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During Friday’s episode of This American Life, Ira Glass confessed that — just like he thought “Shakespeare sucks” — he totally didn’t get William S. Burroughs. Until, that is, a BBC Radio documentary narrated by Iggy Pop — and featuring interviews with John Waters, Will Self, and some of Burroughs’s biographers and lovers — totally made him realize what all the hoopla over the man’s 100 birthday was last year.
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So, How Was Courtney Love’s Experimental Opera Debut?

Almond and Love. (Photos: Cory Weaver, Courtesy Prototype Festival)

Almond and Love. (Photos: Cory Weaver, Courtesy Prototype Festival)

I can’t say I’m as lucky as the friend who claims he was the only other person in the store when Courtney Love was shopping for lingerie at Agent Provocateur this one time – but I have seen the former Hole frontwoman in an intimate setting before. Namely, at a surprise show at Plaid in 2004, when she ended up getting arrested for heaving a microphone into the crowd.
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Look Out, Witches of Bushwick: The East Village Is Getting Metaphysical

IMG_0356Halloween is over, but a store that sells “raven stuff” will open in the East Village in just a couple of weeks.

“I don’t think of it as witchcraft,” says Rakesh Samani of his selection of candles and pendulums. “I consider it positive thinking.”

To be fair, Aum Namaste is about more than just wiccanism. Samani describes the eastside offshoot of his West Village shop Namaste as an “Eastern and Western metaphysical bookstore.” It will sell tarot and oracle cards, meditation and yoga supplies, sage, essential oils, and books on Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.
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