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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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Week in Film: Socialist Snow Monsters and Dystopian Drugs

Oh hi, it’s October, arguably the best month of the year. It’s still hurricane season (LOL look outside) and, uh, Halloween, which means it’s a horror movie marathon from here on out BBs. OK, so not all the films we’re excited to see this week are spooky, exactly, but all of them are guaranteed to shake you up in some way.

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After a Potluck in the Park, Catch Some Edgy Shorts at Nitehawk

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Still from Sam Cooke’s Every Good Boy Does Fine, 2015 (Image Courtesy of THE FUTURE IS WHATEVER)

One thing’s for sure, you never know what the present will bring at “THE FUTURE IS WHATEVER,” a 90-minute lineup of short films coming to Nitehawk this Wednesday, August 5. So join the filmmakers for a potluck-style meal in McCarren Park before the screening (there’s only so many picnic-worthy weeks of summer left) and top it off with drinks at Crown Victoria after the show.

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Nitehawk’s Downstairs Bar Adjusts Its Tracking For a New Look

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

You may or may not remember that Nitehawk has a downstairs bar. I pretty much had to squeeze my brain as tight as I could to get those memory juices flowing enough to squirt out the tiniest drop of recalling getting a beer there once. And maybe that’s because it used to be about as bland as my date was that night. But Lo-Res has a whole new feel thanks to a new menu, an interior overhaul, and one super cool addition — a constantly streaming selection of rare and weird VHS’s from John Woods’s (the Williamsburg theater’s director of programming and acquisition) epic collection, curated by Kris King (Nitehawk’s blogger and social media manager), and made technically possible by Max Cavanaugh, the tech director and programmer.

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Week In Film: Strange Noir Saga, Underage Nymphos, and Seeing John Malkovitch

The sun will come out tomorrow y’all, but that doesn’t mean our black-as-black hearts have grown any less cynical. We’ll never be wary of shutting ourselves inside and “catching” what I’ve heard people call “flicks,” as opposed to having face-to-face human interactions. Those are never as good as movies anyway, and the only thing you can “catch” from people are diseases. Am I right or am I right? That’s why we’re gracing you yet again with at least a handful of excuses to avoid that horrible social anxiety otherwise known as talking to people, particularly like a date or something. Imagine the horror! Hell is other people and movies are really the only thing that, once in a while, might trick us into thinking that’s a bunch of bull.

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David Cross at Hits Premiere: Baby Boomers Are ‘The Worst Generation’

David Cross, Amy Sedaris and Amy Carlson (photo: Angelica Frey)

David Cross, Amy Sedaris and Amy Carlson (photo: Angelica Frey)

Before screening his directorial debut last night, David Cross warned the audience at Nitehawk Cinema not to expect any slapstick (or, presumably, cut-off shorts –hello, nevernudes). Hits, the comedian stressed, is a dark comedy that follows 45-year-old Dave Stuben (played by Louis CK lookalike Matt Walsh), a dump worker prone to political tirades at town-hall meetings, as he ascends to fame with the help of YouTube and some Brooklyn hipsters.
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Week In Film: Murderous Romance, Necrophilia, and Dada Pseudo-Film

All sorts of weird things are happening this weekend– Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day, Fashion Week– which leads me to believe that something awful is going on with the planets. Like, considering that no one has yet promised to buy me dinner and shower me in useless gifts on V-day, something is really, really off. And only something as powerful as the stars could make such impossible circumstances a reality.
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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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Tippling With Wes Anderson: Moonrise Kingdom Bingo, Grand Budapest Book Club

(Designed by Forrest Wickman)

(Designed by Forrest Wickman)

Do you like lounging in your bathrobe while penning handwritten letters and listening to plinking harpsichord music? Well then you need to get out more. And these two Williamsburg events dedicated to Wes Anderson are pretty much guaranteed to be your kind of scene.
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David Cross Is Premiering Hits, His Directorial Debut, at Nitehawk

Comedian David Cross, a disillusioned East Villager turned DUMBO dweller, is making his directorial debut with Hits, and he’ll be at the comedy’s New York premiere Feb. 12 at Nitehawk. The best part: the price of the ticket is up to you, so if you want to be a cheapass a la Todd Margaret you can save a few bucks and treat yourself to a beer while you watch.
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