No movie depicts gritty, late ’70s NYC better than The Warriors. Celebrate its 35th anniversary this Saturday at Warriorfest — presented by Rocks Off and hosted by New York City punk rocker John Joseph of the Cro-Mags. Show up to (le) poisson rouge dressed as your favorite gang and get ready for a wild party. DJ $mall Change will be spinning vinyl, and a new remastered, extended version of The Warriors soundtrack will blast over the speakers, too. There’ll be a meet and greet, and Q&A with Cochise of the Warriors, Apache Ramos of the Orphans and members of other gangs. No matter which one your allied to, do yourself a favor: come out and play-yay! It’s $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
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It’s that time of year again where everyone and their mother becomes a diehard football fan, chugging beer and spilling wing sauce all over the place. This Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll want to be at the BrisketTown Super Tailgate Bowl-B-Cue at Villain in Williamsburg. The 5,000-square-foot event space will be filled with couches, tables, two bars, delicious BBQ from Delaney Barbecue and the biggest screen you’ve ever seen. The “Linebacker” ticket ($55) includes access to the space, your first drink, and a Texas three-meat BBQ plate. The “Quarterback” includes access to the space, a Texas three-meat BBQ plate, and unlimited drinks.
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Whether you see it as a never-ending pedestrian traffic jam, a place to buy knock-off bags and cheap grub, or simply a spectacle to behold, Chinatown is more than meets the eye. Running at Anthology Film Archives from January 24 to 26 in celebration of the Chinese New Year, “We Landed/ I Was Born/ Passing By: New York’s Chinatown On Screen” is a five-part screening series inspired by the work of 1960s poet Frances Chung. Through documentaries, archival footage, home videos, literary readings, photography, and performance, you’ll learn about a Chinatown full of culture, struggle, and community. More →
In conjunction with the Whitney Museum’s Rituals of Rented Island, Anthology Film Archives is presenting Further Rituals of Rented Island. During the 1970s performance art flourished in what performance artist/filmmaker Jack Smith dubbed “Rented Island” — better known as downtown Manhattan. Artists took to working in unconventional spaces like lofts, storefronts and even Anthology way back when it was in SoHo. They created new forms of art and expression while posing the question, who needs commercial art? More →
Spectacle’s month-long Rockuary series is going full force from the start with a David Markey double feature you can’t afford to miss…
This Friday at 7:30 p.m. catch Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and, at 9:30 p.m., its follow-up, Lovedolls Superstar. Two girls decide to start a band, find a drummer, a manager and battle it out with rival bands, gangs and anyone else who dares to get in the way. The band’s manager Johnny Tremaine is played by Steven Shane McDonald of Red Kross and Off! and the movies feature music by Red Kross, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth and more. This is a definitive piece of punk rock history! The screenings are only $5 a pop and are back-to-back.
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Here’s one way Santa will know who was naughty or nice: by finding out who went to Nitehawk’s Naughty 35MM Shorts vs. who went to their Nice ones.
This Friday and Saturday at noon, catch some retro cartoons and obscure holiday clips with Jack Theakson, 35mm film archivist and historian. Watch children-friendly shorts plus a rare 1948 Technicolor print of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, while you brunch for this nice “Holiday 35MM Fun Show.”
Then return at midnight when Theakson presents naughty clips from his massive 35 mm collection. See “Nude in a White Car” (you can figure out the premise), “Love For Sale” (featuring 1950s burlesque strippers both on and off stage), and “Violated” (clips featuring NYC weirdos and derelicts on the streets and in the clubs of NYC).
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We’re officially in end-of-year mode, which means reading endless year-end lists, working extra hours to pay for Christmas gifts, and hopefully going to Spectacle Theater night after night to catch their Best of Spectacle 2013 series. Their December program features some moments from 2013 you may have missed: it’s their “Now That’s What I Call Hits” but they call it “BoS2K13.” Highlights for this week include: The Embryo Hunts in Secret (12/16), Boxer (12/18), Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore (12/19), Marquis (12/20), and Anti-Clock (12/21). For a complete list go here!
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It’s animation through the ages this Sunday at Videology as Black Mariah Films presents ANIMATED! Taking us back to the early silent era right up to the present, Black Mariah will be showcasing animated films that not only define the era they were made in but also reveal the technological innovation and experimental nature of the artists themselves. More →
This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).
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For years, Kathleen Hanna was the patron saint of the take-no-shit, “fuck you, I’m a woman and I can play guitar better than you can” attitude known as Riot Grrrl. Armed with nothing but a mic, she screamed and got in your face while fronting punk rock band Bikini Kill and dance-punk act Le Tigre. Then she seemed to just disappear. More →