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.
Dear Holly, I’m sure like everyone else in Brooklyn,you’ve been reading a lot recently about how “Brooklyn is over.” I’m concerned about how this perception might impact my business. I’m a small food producer here in Brooklyn and lean heavily on that branding for my product. I have noticed that the markets are fuller […]
Made to Break by D.Foy, published by Two Dollar Radio, March 18 Made To Break is not an easy read, especially early on. Take these snippets from first chapter. “We’d nothing to do but get to the door, but the stairs slipped me up, and I collapsed, and lost my bottle too… The stars were dead. The night […]
Fri March 14, 2014The fact that there is a genre of music called “kindie rock” speaks volumes about the cottage entertainment industry that has formed around today’s preschoolers, and the now-constant stream of kid’s bands, trendy playspaces and blockbuster, animated films made to please parents as much as their offspring. Author and musician Wesley Stace […]
Wed March 12, 2014Break out your best visor and favorite caftan, polish your reading glasses and find that lucky dauber, Wednesday night bingo at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club starts tonight. Hosted by Murray Hill and Linda Simposon, the don and doyenne of New York City drag, the night starts at 7:30 and admission is […]
Sat March 15, 2014Steve Reynolds, of Party Like It’s 1999 dance party fame, is reason enough to spend your night dancing in an improbable place. But The Brooklyn Get Down this Saturday at CrossFit South Brooklyn combines infectious music with NY Distilling Co. cocktails, Brooklyn brews, food, raffles, and a very good cause: Brooklyn Now. […]