Of the movies I’ve seen lately, few are as gripping as The Central Park Five, Ken Burns’ documentary about the incarceration of five innocent teenagers wrongfully convicted of the rape in the late 80s. The film’s Brooklyn premiere is this Sunday at BAM, part of the third annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, and three of the unjustly accused victims, now free, will be in attendance for a Q&A. Burns skillfully recreates the city’s fascination with the crime and the trial at the time, which I remember well from my tween years, and the zeal for “justice” that obscured reason and decency and eventually led to the senseless destruction of five young lives. The portrayal of the city itself–so hardened and beleaguered by crime, violence, and economic woes that you won’t believe it was only twenty-odd years ago–is eye-opening for both newcomers and those who lived through the Dinkins era alike. The festival also highlights 15 other films, including Four, starring Wendell Holmes, who will always be Bunk from The Wire to me, Big Words, a hit from Sundance, and Tey (Aujourd’hui), set in Senegal. Many of the screenings are New York premieres and will include audience Q&As with directors and cast members. A full schedule and tickets for all screenings can be found here. –K.H.
This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, which means trips upstate, free movie screenings, and a lot of al fresco dining, drinking, and dancing. Here are just a few of the newest spaces for all your outdoor frolicking needs. Courtyard at The Landing It seems like every week, Industry City finds a new reason to […]
As big fans of mini-golf, my family doesn’t have many options in the city to play as much as we’d like. We were so excited to hear that Shipwrecked had finally opened, we set sail for Red Hook as soon as we had a Saturday afternoon free. Located in an unassuming beige building at the […]
Another summer, another series of music festivals. Governors Ball at Randall’s Island from June 3 to 5 is arguably the most high-profile festival in New York City this summer, featuring a bevy of top-tier acts including Kanye West, the Strokes, Beck, the Killers, HAIM, Father John Misty, and Courtney Barnett. The lure of the festival isn’t […]
From the Newport Jazz Festival and Woodstock, to Live Aid and Lollapalooza, music festivals once held historical and cultural importance—before the dizzying array of acts, foodtrucks, and selfie-happy audiences took over. The Memphis Country Blues Festival, which first started in 1966, is not as well known as some contemporaries, but was equally significant. Though it had a […]
Yippee! It is AMAZING outside today, and I have to tell you that this weather couldn’t be better timed as far as I’m concerned. I’ve spent the last 36 hours and counting in that special place in hell known as the UPS customer experience, and have needlessly missed a day of work, endured an abysmal […]