tompkins square park
If you were bopping around the East Village in the summer of 2012, there’s a good chance you’ll catch yourself in the background of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which filmed in the neighborhood that August and just hit Netflix. Ned Benson’s trilogy about a married couple’s separation following the death of their child isn’t just a unique cinematic experiment — it’s also worth watching if you’ve ever had a relationship play out between East Houston and 14th Street.
All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.
An ad for apartment 2W, at 295 East 8th Street, calls it “the most WOW loft you’ll ever see, fit for anyone with a flair for the spectacular.” Matt Dillon once lived in the massive brick building at the corner of Avenue B, across from Tompkins Square Park.
The films and festivals we’re excited to check out this week.
Secrets of the Shadow World
Experimental sci-fi weirdness by prolific underground filmmaker George Kuchar. Light Industry, which describes this 1999 film as “the culmination of the filmmaker’s life-long fascination with paranormal phenomenon,” is hosting the screening to celebrate the release of The George Kuchar Reader. Tuesday, August 19th at Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street in Greenpoint; ; tickets, $7 available at the door only
It’s going to be a throwback weekend off of Tompkins Square Park. Not only is Clayton Patterson holding court Friday at Pyramid Club, but on Saturday and Sunday, the annual concerts commemorating the Tompkins Square Park Riot — which he so famously documented — return to the park.
In addition to performances by hippie holdover David “The Pope Smokes Dope” Peel and the usual array of hardcore/punk bands with names like Nihilistics and Transgendered Jesus (no Porno Dracula this year?), parkgoers will be treated to a free installment of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, courtesy of the East Village’s own Kembra Pfahler.
Head to Tompkins Square Park on Friday night for a couple of hours with classic French bad boy Vincent Cassel. Sound romantic? It won’t when you factor in Parisian riots, police brutality, macho retribution and its inevitable fallout. With this black and white 1995 drama directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, Films on the Green continues its exploration of French cinematic emblems of masculinity.
The annual Charlie Parker fest brings hordes of jazz aficionados to Harlem as well as to Tompkins Square Park, right next to Bird’s old home. This year, distinguished pianist Kenny Barron plays the Tompkins Square Park installment. Opening up are vocalist Brianna Thomas, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and New Orleans-influenced saxman Craig Handy.
Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival put on by the French embassy, presents “La Haine,” a drama starring Vincent Cassel.
Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival put on by the French Embassy, presents “The Women on the 6th Floor,” a comedy starring Fabrice Luchini. “A conservative couple’s lives in 1960s Paris are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.”