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Summer Friday: ‘Fast Times,’ Blondie vs. Fleetwood Mac & Labor Day

It’s the last weekend of summer and NYC is celebrating with a plethora of options.

Summer will be officially over soon and we’re already in mourning. However, we’ll find solace in this jam-packed weekend filled with screenings, dance parties, comedy shows and some special Labor Day Events. 

Friday, August 30:

Strong Female Lead: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Videology at 8:30PM
Cost: FREE

Are you a disciple of James Dean? Sandy Dennis, Cher, Kathy Bates and the late Karen Black certainly are Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. They star as a group of James Dean superfans coming together after a long separation for the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death. Old wounds are opened as the women’s discuss their past and what they want for the future. The first 20 people get a lock of hair (just imagine it belonged to Dean), and a movie themed drawing will be awarded after the film! 

Superheros Unite NYC
SRB Brooklyn at 10PM
Cost: $10

This event has comic fans, wannabe heroes, hipsters, music lovers and more gathering in Williamsburg to dance the night away! Combining Superhero nerddom with hip hop grooves, this unforgettable jam will feature Skytee, Luminaries, and DJ Undakova playing tunes all night long. Dance your way up to the stage to participate in the costume contest! 

Head On: Blondie v. Fleetwood Mac
Bellhouse at 10:30PM
Cost: FREE

Don’t spend your night “hanging on the telephone” and make your way into Brooklyn this Friday night to celebrate a musical competition featuring Blondie and Fleetwood Mac. Each month Djs Brian Blackout, Lepaux and Spoolwork pick two different musical themes and pit them against each other in cage-match style. Best group? You determine the winner with your applause and enthusiasm. So don’t be afraid to “go your own way.”

Saturday, August 31:

Starship Troopers and Total Recall
Film Forum at 1:00PM, 3:10PM, 5:40PM, 7:50PM
Cost: $12.50

We can’t think of a better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than with a Paul Verhoeven double feature. While Total Recall is the true treasure here (“Consider this a divorce!”), we’re just a little giddy that Starship Troopers, the widely panned but awesome space epic, is getting a few show times at the lauded NYC repertory house.  

What I Did for Love
UCB East at 10PM
Cost: $10

Isn’t everyone’s love life a source of comedic fodder? Talented improvisers from 30 Rock, The Daily Show and UCB will interview random audience members about their personal lives and then weave the tales of love and woe into a hour of comedy gold.

Novelization: A Reading Series based on the Original Motion Picture
Union Hall at 7:30PM
Cost: $7

Who doesn’t enjoy the collision of  books and movies? Get ready to bust a gut listening to comedians Chris Gethard, Eliot Glazer and Sue Smith perform dramatic readings of scenes from some of your favorite movies including “classics” like The Goonies and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. You’ll never think of the “truffle shuffle” the same way again.

Sunday, September 1:

Bike Cult Show
Warsaw Concert Hall at 11:30AM (All Day Event)
Cost: $10

If you’re a bicycle enthusiast, ride over to Williamsburg to catch the last day of the Bike Cult Show. While the Festival goes on the entire weekend, Sunday is Builder’s Day when merchants and bike builders all around Brooklyn open their shops to the public. The Warsaw will have all the addresses and hours of the shop fronts and workshops for riders to explore after they view the main area. The best way to get around would be by bike, of course.

Singin’ in the Rain
Film Society at 2PM
Cost: $6

Every one need to experience Singin’ in the Rain, one of cinema’s greatest musicals, at least once on the big screen. Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds star in this riff on Hollywood’s transition from the silent to the talking era, filled with memorable tunes, astounding choreography and winning performances.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
IFC Center at 12:05AM
Cost: $13.50

“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.” If you haven’t seen Amy Heckerling’s high school comedy about some wild Californian teens, you no longer have an excuse. Plus, Monday’s is a holiday so it’s ok to stay out late. Filled with star-making turns from Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates and, of course, Sean Penn as Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is an important entry into the cultural zeitgeist.

Monday, September 2:

Back to School Bash
Habana Outpost at 11AM-3PM
Cost: FREE

Want to have one last hurrah with the kiddies before they go back to school? The good folks at the Habana Outpost are providing a day of festivities that the whole family can enjoy including face painting, recycled arts & crafts, games, prizes and even a dance party or two! Plus, kids will receive free school supplies upon entry…how cool is that?

West Indian Carnival Day Parade
Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn at 11AM-6PM
Cost: FREE

Want to experience a bit of the Caribbean in Brooklyn, New York? This ultimate celebration of Caribbean pride and culture is one of the city’s most beloved community events.  Plan on enjoying the costumes, dancing, music, food and much more.

Labor Day Tour: We Built New York – A Labor History Tour
Washington Square North & Fifth Ave at 2PM
Cost: $20

Instead of that booze-y brunch you were planning on, why not spend your Labor Day exploring NYC? The good people at Big Onion Walking Tours have created a tour through the Central & East Villages that highlight the role that immigrants and the labor movement played in the development and growth of NYC. Drink in the history as you stroll around the LES, visiting sites associated with such historical events as the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. 


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