Our Summer Fridays feature narrows down a wide array of film and non-film related activities so you don’t have to. With so many different movies, film series, musical performances, and NYC Pride events, this is not the weekend to stay at home. Our intern Freddie’s suggests some great NYC events that even the poorest grad student can afford.
Friday June 28
Harlem Pride 2013 VIP Launch Party
Aloft Hotel at 7:00 PM
Celebrate NYC Pride at Aloft Harlem! With special guest performers, local celebrities, dancing, raffles, auctions, games and giveaways, you couldn’t chose a better way to bring in Pride weekend.
Works from the Naked Eye Collection
Anthology Film Archives at 7:30 PM
Famed artist Gordon Stokes Kurtti (1960-87) was a seminal figure in the early NYC East Village art scene.Finally, Gordon is receiving a proper tribute, noting especiallyhis work as an early collaborator on many experimental films with the likes of Carl George, Jack Waters, Bradley Eros, Leslie Lowe, and Brad & Brian Taylor.
Rooftop Films: Crystal Fairy
The Roof of New Design High School at 8:00PM
Presented by Rooftop Films and indieWIRE, Crystal Fairy is a film about a group of American tourists in Chile who manage to cause chaos everywhere they go. When they decideto go on a quest in search of a famous hallucinogen, things get even more crazy. Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffman, and director Sebastian Silva will be in attendance for a Q&A. There will be an after-party at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand) courtesy of Red Stripe.
Saturday June 29
Warm Up 2013
MoMA PS1 at 3:00PM
Every Saturday this summer through September 7, MoMA PS1 holds an outdoor music series dedicated to bringing the best in local and international musicians across a wide array of genres to the masses. Warm Up allows established and emerging artists a safe space to crate and experiment with their sounds before an eager audience.
MoMI at 6:30PM
Ticket: FREE (with museum admission)
Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Robert Blake, Lost Highway is considered to be director David Lynch’s most frightening film and that’s saying something. This atmospheric thriller about a saxophonist and his wife being haunted by a mysterious stalker morphs through many twists and turns into a brutal gangland noir.
Calypso Rose at Midsummer Night Swing
Lincoln Center 6:30 PM
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this annual outdoor dance party features a particular dance style with corresponding live accompaniment, and begins with an hour-long lesson. Calypso Rose, the Trinidadian grande dame of vintage calypso, is the star of the evening and will take the stage to perform her hits and get the crowd on their feet. Her bold delivery, humor and social commentary, make her show a hip-shaking Carnival night whenever she plays.
Sunday June 30
NYC Pride March
Begins at 36th and Fifth, Ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets at 12:00 PM
Over 300 unique marching contingents will march down Fifth Avenue in one of NYC’s most beloved events. A celebration of the LGBT community and its supporters, this annual event raises awareness of issues effecting lesbians and gays and pays tribute to those lost due to illness, violence and neglect. With over 50 floats lined up for this year’s festivities, this year's March will be one of the largest and most exciting in history.
Film Society Lincoln Center at 3:45PM
This high-flying martial arts action is something that both Kung Fu enthusiasts and romantic film lovers can enjoy. Set in modern day Seoul, honest rookie policeman Sang-Hwan gets injured on the job and is saved by a beautiful martial arts specialist, Eui Jin. When she takes him home, he is healed by the six Masters of Tao who conclude that he has the potential to become a powerful warrior. When an attack is launched on the Masters by the evil Heuk-woon which threatens the universe, Sang-hwan and Eui-jin soon become mankind’s last hope.
Step Up to the Plate
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space at 5:00 PM
Hungry? This documentary follows French chef Michel Bras, one of the most influential chefs in the world, as he decides whether to hand over his renowned 3-Michelin-Star restaurant to his son Sébastien. Having worked with his father for 15 years, Sébastien is ready, but is daunted by the task. Step Up To The Plate offers a rare glimpse into the Bras' culinary process while capturing one of the most closely watched transitions in the world of haute cuisine.
Freddie’s Free Pick Three
The Comedy of Errors by The Public
This weekend is the last chance to catch Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors staring Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family"). It’s part of The Public’s annual Free Shakespeare in the Park and has received absolutely outstanding reviews from everything New York (Magazine, Times, even New York 1). The show is really Shakespeare at its best: witty, funny, and accessible to all. The show begins at 8:30 PM so hopefully the weather holds (they NEVER cancel for rain unless it’s pouring without a glimpse of salvation). You can even order a picnic in advance (so quaint).
Head On: 90210 versus Miami Vice
80’s versus the 90’s. Two Djs, each representing one of these decades, battle it out for musical supremacy. There is no cover to pay; all that is demanded is your energy. The winner is chosen based on the absolutely non-subjective methodology of the audience’s dancing. Yup. So go and shake that body. No sleep in Brooklyn allowed.
So their website lists only one performance that occurred yesterday, but they are taking the stage again (with you) at the Schnitzel Haus in Brooklyn on Saturday at 9:30 PM. These guys are awesome. They know basically every song you could want to sing (and even ones you shouldn’t). Karaoke is one thing; doing it live with an actual band backing you up is something else entirely. Sign up this prima donna, please.
As always, please feel free to send recommendations or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Going Series and Festivals
Inspired by all those Citibikes you’ve been seeing around the city? Come out and enjoy films, live events, musical performances and art shows inspired by bicycles and those who ride them.
The legendary Williamsburg video cinema festival is back for a pop up, limited engagement in Chelsea at Eyebeam. Movie and art lovers can enjoy a fine meal as they watch a video program projected on four screens—definitely a multi-channel experience.
This weekend, the UCB Theatre in NYC hosts a long-form improv marathon at several different venues throughout the city to honor Del Close, the legendary improv director and teacher. Featuring the world’s premiere improv groups, this event inspires many celebs to make surprise appearances at any one of the 420 shows happening in a 56 hour span.