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12 Movies to Watch Outdoors at the Rooftop Films Summer Series

So what if it was long-sleeve weather last night? Summer officially begins this weekend, as the Rooftop Films Summer Series returns for its 18th year of showing underground films in amazing al fresco locales (a can factory, a Navy Yard building, a school rooftop, even the beach at Coney). And the best part: instead of a litany of shitty trailers before the film, you get to see live bands like Slavic Soul Party!, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and the Sound Liberation Front. Over 130 films are being screened this time around; here are a dozen we’re locking down tickets for (though some are free!), with an eye on local filmmakers.
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Just What Theater Needed: Comic Books and Video Games!

If “a night at the theater” sounds about as fun as “dental surgery,” this might be the one time of the year you happily take a seat in a black box — assuming you’re a fan of hip-hop, comic books and video games.

Williamsburg’s Brick Theater has two upcoming festivals that promise to be lowbrow-brilliant: the Comic Book Theater Festival and Game Play.
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The King of Stenciling Is Installing a Whopper of a Mural Next to BK

(Photo: Jenna Zilincar for Liquitex)

(Photo: Jenna Zilincar for Liquitex)

Now that the Disneyfication of New York has spread far beyond Giuliani’s Times Square cleanup, it’s nice to know there are still some corners cultivating a little bit of swerve. Like the five pillars of Islam, the movement known as hip hop began with four elements: Breaking, MCing, DJing, and graffiti.

For the next couple of days, stencil-artist innovator Logan Hicks will occupy the corner of Delancey and Suffolk Street, installing — with all necessary permissions and, hopefully, no hassle from Johnny Law — a full-size wall mural as part of the L.I.S.A. (Little Italy Street Art) Project NYC.
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James Franco Fans Have Been Lining Up Since 5 A.M. This Morning

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A flock of James Franco freaks and geeks have lined up at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, waiting for the actor/novelist/
filmmaker/teacher/nude portraitist to show up at 10:45 a.m. to sign copies of his paperback, Palo Alto: Stories.

Many say they were spurred by this morning’s Today show appearance; others came as early as 5 a.m., huddling on the street with copies of his book, a prerequisite to get in to the event.
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East Villager Arrested in Deadly Beating of 68-Year-Old

RMA-939-14-Assault_suspect-PIC-1Police say they’ve arrested the man who attacked and killed 68-year-old Wen Hui Ruan while he was walking down East Sixth Street on Friday night.

Twenty-year-old Jamie Pugh, a resident of the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D, was taken into custody today after a tipster gave up his location, a police rep said. He’s being charged with attempted robbery, assault, and murder in the second degree.

Police do not believe Pugh knew Ruan, a retired garment factory worker who died at Bellevue Hospital after being flung against a wall and then punched and kicked in the head.