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.
Fans who love their pop music served up with a dose of electronica and ’60s British influence should clear their calendars for the next couple weeks, because there are a number of great acts coming to town. First up is Brooklyn’s own Shy Hunters, who will be performing at Union Pool next week to mark […]
Thinking about ditching your monthly cable bill? Have a Roku, but wondering if there’s something better out there? With Amazon’s recent introduction of Fire TV, a little black box that allows you to stream video, listen to music and even play games, there are now enough players in the $99-device-that-will-free-you-from-cable market for it to become crowded and […]
Dear Holly, I recently started a quarterly magazine geared toward women. It’s on its ninth issue and readership has been steadily increasing, which is great. I still can’t fully support myself on it yet, but I’m definitely getting closer to that goal. I know people keep saying that print is dying, and it’s all about […]
The world is awash in recipes and restaurant reviews, celebrity chefs and cooking smackdowns, but for substantial discussions about food culture, The Food Book Fair fills a serious niche in the food world. From April 25-27, the fair returns to The Wythe Hotel with creative panels and parties like the Food Book Slam, where our favorite […]