46th St. between Sixth & Madison Aves.
Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, free, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
One of the best street festivals of the year is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary on Sunday with another afternoon of great food, music, dance, and more. Brazilian Day, which is being rebranded as BR Day New York, is a colorful celebration of the culture of the South American nation and of the many Brazilian immigrants who now live in the tristate area, believed to number more than 300,000. But first comes Saturday’s annual Lavagem da Rua 46, the ritual Cleansing of 46th St., a parade (don’t miss the Bonecos Gigantes de Olinda) from Times Square to Madison Ave., followed by a street fair, as part of Brazil Week NYC, with live performances by Alavontê, Lucy Alves, Chambinho do Acordeon, Del Feliz, Afoxé Filhas de Gandhy, Eu Sou do Sul, O Hierofante Cia de Teatro, Batala Band, França, Márcio Mendes, and Manhattan Samba, hosted by Monika Oliveira and George Roberts. The parade goes from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, followed by the fair from 1:00 to 4:00. Sunday’s festivities in Little Brazil will include two stages of live entertainment, with music from Daniel, Carlinhos Brown, Ivete Sangalo, Saulo Fernandes, Tiago Abravanel, and others, hosted by hunky actor Cauã Reymond, as well as traditional Brazilian cuisine (keep a look-out for whole hog, feijoada, fresh sugarcane juice, and caipirinha), arts and crafts, information about traveling to Brazil, capoeira demonstrations, and more, with some 1.5 million people expected to attend what is always a blast of a party, with little pockets of music and dance liable to break out anywhere at any moment. In addition, the Brazil Expo continues at the HSA Gallery (4 West 43rd St.) through August 29, exhibitions and performances are taking place through August 30 at the New York State Office Building (163 West 125th St.), and the Brazil Week Pagode do Massa after-party will rock out at B. B. King’s on Sunday night with Grupo Samba Mais, Trio Open Bar, and DJ Bruno Goiano. “We are going to show the world the cheerfulness of the Brazilian people,” Daniel said at a press conference announcing the events and this year’s theme, “The Greenyellow Mood.” Just don’t mention the recently completed World Cup if you want that cheerful mood to continue.
Every Labor Day, millions of people line Eastern Parkway, celebrating the city’s best annual parade, the West Indian American Day Carnival, waving flags from such nations as Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, the Cayman Islands, Antigua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, Curaçao, and many more. The festivities actually begin on August 28, with special events (listed below) every day leading up to the parade. The Labor Day partying commences at 2:00 am with the traditional J’Ouvert Morning, a precarnival procession featuring steel drums and percussion and fabulous, inexpensive masquerade costumes, marching from Grand Army Plaza to Flatbush Ave. and on to Empire Blvd., then to Nostrand Ave. and Linden Blvd. The Parade of Bands begins around 11:00 am, as truckloads of blasting Caribbean music and groups of ornately dressed dancers, costume bands, masqueraders, moko jumbies, and thousands of others bump and grind their way down Eastern Parkway to Grand Army Plaza, participating in one last farewell to the flesh prior to Lent. This year will feature a special tribute to Nelson Mandela. Don’t eat before you go; the great homemade food includes ackee and saltfish, oxtail stew, breadfruit, macaroni pie, curried goat, jerk chicken, fishcakes, rice and peas, and red velvet cake. The farther east you venture, the more closed in it gets; by the time you get near Crown Heights, it could take you half an hour just to cross the street, so take it easy and settle in for a fun, colorful day where you need not hurry. In addition, be prepared to see a whole lotta twerkin’ going on.
Thursday, August 28
Caribbean Woodstock: A Celebration of Light, with Tarras Riley, Skinny Banton, Ricardo Drue, Adrian Dutchin, Mr. Famous, Surrette Bon Bon, Statement, Mikey, Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers, Problem Child, Zouk & the Gang, DJs After Dark, Barrie Hype, and an Ole Mas costume contest, hosted by Susan Kennedy, Dr. Bob Lee, and Jemma Jordan, Brooklyn Museum, $30, 7:00
Friday, August 29
The Official Stay in School Fest, with live performances and college fair, Brooklyn Museum, free, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brass Fest 2014, with Machel Montano HD, Patrice Roberts, Lyrikal, Mr. Killa, Rayzor, Skinny Fabulous, Teddyson John and the TJ Project, Blakk Rasta, Red Fyah Band, Farmer Nappy, Da Big Show, DJ Sounds 4 Life, DJ Stephen, DJ After Dark, and DJ Spice, and Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers, hosted by Gizelle D Wassi One and MC Wassy, Brooklyn Museum, $55, 8:00
Saturday, August 30
Junior Carnival Parade, St. John’s Place between Kingston & Brooklyn Aves. to Brooklyn Museum at Washington Ave., 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Steelband Panorama 2014, showdown between steel orchestras from New York and Toronto, with Cross Fire Steel Orchestra Inc., Despers USA, Adlib Steel Orchestra, Metro Steel Orchestra, CASYM, Sonatas Youth Committee, D’Radoes, Sesame Flyers/Steel Explosion, Pan Fantasy, Harmony Music Makers, Pantonic, DJ One Plus, MC Godfrey Jack, and Jemma Jordan, Brooklyn Museum, $45, 8:00
Sunday, August 31
Diamanche Gras: The Legends Are Coming! with the Mighty Sparrow, Lord Nelson, David Rudder, Leon Coldero, Lennox Picou, Lima Calbio, Something Positive Dance Troupe, Sunshine Band, Kings and Queens of the Bands, and others, Brooklyn Museum, $40, 7:00
NITEHAWK BRUNCH SCREENINGS: PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
136 Metropolitan Ave. between Berry St. & Wythe Ave.
Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, 12 noon
Adam Sandler and Emily Watson are outstanding in Paul Thomas Anderson’s stream-of-consciousness acid trip of a movie about a childlike man with an inner demon. Barry Egan is a marvelous character, filled with complexity and lots of surprises, and Sandler embodies the role with a surprising maturity and grace. Barry is an obsessive man who watches the world pass him by as he turns inward, collecting Healthy Choice pudding (for the airline miles) and wearing a bright blue suit. When he meets Lena Leonard (Watson), his life veers off its nowhere course. Anderson’s offbeat narrative style and his own obsession with Technicolor (especially bright blues and reds, all splendidly photographed by Robert Elswit) combine for a fresh, fabulously told story that will make you as uncomfortable as it makes you thrilled and fulfilled; the rather unique film earned Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) the Best Director award at Cannes. The cast also features Mary Lynn Rajskub, the great Luis Guzmán, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a crazy supervisor. Punch-Drunk Love is screening August 23 & 24 at 12 noon as part of Nitehawk Cinema’s brunch series “A Reasonable Length,” a quartet of expertly made films that each clock in at ninety minutes or less (Punch-Drunk Love is exactly an hour and a half); the series concludes August 30-31 with Edgar G. Ulmer’s sixty-seven-minute gem, Detour.
Skylight One Hanson, Fort Greene
Saturday, September 27, $55-$85, 2:00 - 6:00
Tickets are on sale for the Village Voice’s fourth annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, in which more than 1,500 suds lovers will get to drown themselves in more than one hundred specialty brews mostly from the tristate area. The four-hour party, held in the glorious Skylight One Hanson space in the old Williamsburg Savings Bank, will feature drink from such breweries as Alphabet City, Asahi, Braven, Captain Lawrence, Dogfish Head, Keegan, Radeberger, Radiant Pig, Shipyard, Schmaltz, Shiner, Singha, Singlecut, Sly Fox, Steadfast, Two Roads, Victory, and many more to be announced. Food trucks will be on hand to supply a solid base, and there will be live entertainment, demonstrations, meet-and-greets, and talks as well. The event runs from 2:00 to 6:00; the $85 VIP ticket gets you in at 2:00 and provides access to the private VIP lounge, free snacks, and a gift bag, while the $65 Early Entry ticket lets you enter at 2:30 and the $55 General Admission ticket allows you in at 3:00. For the event, the Village Voice is partnering with Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS, a “nonprofit dedicated to educating America’s youth (13-29) about HIV/AIDS prevention.”
Hey, the Jets are 2–0, baby! Sure, it’s only preseason, but ya gotta take ’em wherever you can get ’em. Yes, we freely admit that we are longtime Gang Green fans, which is like living in a state of perpetual dental surgery without anesthesia, only worse. (However, there’s always lots of nitrous oxide, because it tends to get pretty funny. Of course, we only laugh when it hurts.) We might always have Super Bowl III, but that was forty-five years ago. Since then it’s been a parade of, well, you can insert your own phrase here. But we’re not about to give up, not with Geno Smith behind center, Michael Vick on the bench, and the best defense in the NFL. (At least that’s what Rexie and the team keep telling us. They’re nothing if not optimistic.) Anyway, the Jets will be getting ready for their annual preseason showdown with the Giants this weekend at MetLife Stadium by participating the day before in Jets Fest at their old home base of Hofstra University on Long Island. (You can print out your free advance tickets here.) On Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00, fans can go on rides, get alumni autographs, listen to live music, get their face painted in team colors, and scarf down plenty of football food. At 5:30, the Flight Crew and Aviators will kick off game-day festivities, including player introductions in which the Jets will enter through a tunnel lined with lucky Kids Club members, followed by a field-goal contest. And then the Jets will hold an open practice prior to their final home preseason game, when they take on Big Blue on August 22. (Let’s not mention what happened at last year’s battle.) The Jets will head to Philadelphia on August 28 for their last preseason game; the regular season begins September 7 against the Raiders at MetLife Stadium. What will this year bring? Butt fumbles or the playoffs? Intercepted shovel passes or the Super Bowl? All we can say is, bring out the nitrous oxide. Now.
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
89 East 42nd St. at Vanderbilt Ave.
August 18-22, free, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm (food available for purchase 11:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Grand Central Terminal’s classy Vanderbilt Hall is getting a makeover this week, being transformed into an indoor public picnic space August 18-22, with tables covered in gingham cloth, an AstroTurf floor, prizes and giveaways, and food from many of the restaurants that are located throughout GCT. “Life’s a Picnic in Grand Central” will also feature free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and live performances. You can bring your own lunch or pick up specials from a rotating lineup of GCT eateries, including Café Spice, Ceriello Fine Foods, Ciao Bella Gelato, Financier Patisserie, Junior’s Bakery, Magnolia Bakery, Zaro’s Bakery, Manhattan Chili Co., Tri Tip Grill, Two Boots Pizza, and Murray’s Cheese. Below is the music schedule, programmed in conjunction with Music Under New York.
Monday, August 18
Music Under New York: Susan Keser, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
West Village String Quartet, 4:00 – 7:00
Tuesday, August 19
Music Under New York: Gabriel Aldort playing Galdort Gumbo, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Music Under New York: West Village String Quartet, 4:00 – 7:00
Wednesday, August 20
Big Apple Circus presents Dicky’s Wacky Magic Show, 12 noon – 2:00 pm
Music Under New York: The Poor Cousins, 4:00 – 7:00
Thursday, August 21
Music and dance from iLuminate and Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter, 12:30 – 2:00
Music Under New York: Jason Green, 4:00 – 7:00
Friday, August 22
Broadway Hour: musical performances from Chicago, Motown, Pippin, and Cinderella, 12:30 – 1:30
Music Under New York: Inti & the Moon, 4:00 – 7:00
Japanese director Takashi Miike’s first foray into the samurai epic is a nearly flawless film, perhaps his most accomplished work. Evoking such classics as Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Mizoguchi’s 47 Ronin, Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen, and Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter, 13 Assassins is a thrilling tale of honor and revenge, inspired by a true story. In mid-nineteenth-century feudal Japan, during a time of peace just prior to the Meiji Restoration, Lord Naritsugu (Gorô Inagaki), the son of the former shogun and half-brother to the current one, is abusing his power, raping and killing at will, even using his servants and their families as target practice with a bow and arrow. Because of his connections, he is officially untouchable, but Sir Doi (Mikijiro Hira) secretly hires Shinzaemon Shimada (Kôji Yakusho) to gather a small team and put an end to Naritsugu’s brutal tyranny. But the lord’s protector, Hanbei (Masachika Ichimura), a former nemesis of Shinzaemon’s, has vowed to defend his master to the death, even though he despises Naritsugu’s actions. As the thirteen samurai make a plan to get to Naritsugu, they are eager to finally break out their long-unused swords and do what they were born to do.
“He who values his life dies a dog’s death,” Shinzaemon proclaims, knowing that the task is virtually impossible but willing to die for a just cause. Although there are occasional flashes of extreme gore in the first part of the film, Miike keeps the audience waiting until he unleashes the gripping battle, an extended scene of blood and violence that highlights death before dishonor. Selected for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the Silver Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, 13 Assassins is one of Miike’s best-crafted tales; nominated for ten Japanese Academy Prizes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Daisuke Tengan), Best Editing (Kenji Yamashita), Best Original Score (Koji Endo), and Best Actor (Yakusho), it won awards for cinematography (Nobuyasu Kita), lighting direction (Yoshiya Watanabe), art direction (Yuji Hayashida), and sound recording (Jun Nakamura). 13 Assassins is screening August 13 in Long Island City as part of Socrates Sculpture Park’s free summer Outdoor Cinema series and will be preceded by a live performance, with Japanese food available for purchase as well. The sixteenth annual series continues August 20 with Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou’s Microcosmos and concludes August 27 with a double feature of Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D., both of which were rained out earlier this summer.