This Week in New York Insider's Guide to Arts & Culture in New York City Since 2001



Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is looking for love in some pretty strange places in Paul Thomas Anderson’s PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

Nitehawk Cinema
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.


Beer lovers will descend on Skylight Hanson Place for fourth annual Brooklyn Pour (photo by Laura June Kirsch)

Beer lovers will descend on Skylight One Hanson for fourth annual Brooklyn Pour (photo by Laura June Kirsch)

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.”


The Jets are getting ready for the Giants game by holding an open practice at Hofstra on August 21

The Jets are getting ready for the Giants preseason game by holding an open practice at Hofstra on August 21

Hofstra University
1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead
Thursday, August 21, free with advance registration, 3:30

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.


lifes a picnic

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


A small group of samurai sets out to end a brutal madman’s tyranny in Takashi Miike’s brilliant 13 ASSASSINS

A small group of samurai sets out to end a brutal madman’s tyranny in Takashi Miike’s brilliant 13 ASSASSINS

13 ASSASSINS (JÛSAN-NIN NO SHIKAKU) (Takashi Miike, 2010)
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Wednesday, August 13, free, 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.

It’s an intense battle to the bitter end in modern classic

It’s an intense battle to the bitter end in modern classic

“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.


Folks can get a free advance taste of the U.S. Open at mobile food truck August 11-13

Folks can get a free advance taste of the U.S. Open at mobile food truck August 11-13

Multiple locations
August 11-13, free

Overpaying for food and drink at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows is an annual rite of passage, even as the fare improves in quality every year. The folks behind the Grand Slam tennis event Food Village have been bringing better eats the last handful of tournaments, turning to tried-and-true restaurants and celebrity chefs to take over booths. This year they’re taking the food on the road, offering free samples from a truck that will be in Madison Square Park at noon on August 11 (with the U.S. Open trophy), Union Square Park at noon on August 12, and Bryant Park at 5:00 on August 13. The samples, which promise to be more than a bite but less than a full order, consist of the lobster roll from the Liberty Pier Seafood Co., David Burke’s filet slider, Pat LaFrieda’s meatball slider, Farm to Fork’s chicken sandwich, Hill Country’s brisket, and Richard Sandoval’s steak tacos. The trucks will also be supplying discount codes for tickets to the Open, which runs August 25 to September 8, as well as various giveaways.


Park Ave. & 72nd St. to Foley Square
Saturday, August 2, 9, 16, free, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Now in its fifth year, Summer Streets takes place the next three Saturday mornings, as Park Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic from 72nd St. to Foley Square and the Brooklyn Bridge from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, encouraging people to walk, run, jog, blade, skate, and bike down the famous thoroughfare, getting exercise and enjoying the great outdoors without car exhaust, speeding taxis, and slow-moving buses. There are five rest stops along the route (Uptown at 52nd St., Midtown at 25th, Astor Pl. at Lafayette St., SoHo at Spring & Lafayette, and Foley Square at Duane & Centre), where people can stop for some food and drink, live performances, fitness classes, site-specific art installations, dog walks, bicycle and parkour workshops, ziplining, wall climbing, and other activities, all of which are free. Below are only some of the many highlights.

August 2, 9, 16
Cigna Recovery Zone classes: Bendable Body (7:00), Sunrise Salutations (7:30), Body Art (8:00), Balanced Body Yoga (8:30), Yoga Unplugged (9:00), Brazilian Burn n’ Firm Pilates (9:30), Pon De Flo (10:00), Ab Attack (10:30), Retro-Robics (11:00), Hard Knocks (11:30), Masala Bhangra (12 noon), Astor Place Rest Stop

“The Course of Emotions: A mini-golf experience by Risa Puno,” nine-hole miniature golf course in which each hole represents a different emotion, Uptown Rest Stop, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

“Dive by Jana Winderen,” site-specific sound installation turning Park Ave. Tunnel into an underwater environment, line begins at Park Ave. & 32nd St., 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

August 2
Live music by the Poor Cousins (9:30), Yaz Band (10:00), Mecca Bodega (10:30), Robert Anderson Band (11:00), Uptown Rest Stop

Live performances by Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre (10:00), Salsa NY (11:00), Underground Horns (11:30), NY Laughs (12 noon), Feraba (12:30), Foley Square Rest Stop

“Matt Postal, Midtown Modern Tour,” two-hour MAS tour, Uptown Rest Stop, northwest corner of 52nd St. & Park Ave., 10:30

Food demos and talks by Veggiecation (10:30), Seeds in the Middle (10:50), Omowale Adewale (11:10), Jenne Claiborne the Nourishing Vegan (11:25), Creative Kitchen (11:45), Asphalt Green (12:07), Midtown Rest Stop

“Trumpet City: Park Avenue by Craig Shepard,” ninety-one trumpeters join musician Craig Shepard, lining up between 45th & 72nd Sts. on Park Ave., playing a one-hour piece that interacts with such natural sounds as traffic, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

August 9
Live performances by Salieu Suso and Malang Jobateh (9:00), Caty Grier: NYC Subway Girl (9:30), Leah Coloff (10:00), TAANY Santaizi Troupe (10:30), Charly and Margaux (11:00), Afrikumba (11:30), Karikatura (12 noon), Uptown Rest Stop

Live performances by Salsa NY (10:00), Harmony Program (10:30), Cherub Improv (11:00), Improv 4 Kids (12 noon), Foley Square Rest Stop

Abolitionist Walking Tour, African Burial Ground, National Park Service tour, Foley Square Rest Stop, southwest corner of Duane & Lafayette Sts., 10:00 (also August 16 at 10:00 and 12 noon)

“Peter Laskowich, New York City: A Gateway,” two-hour MAS tour, Foley Square Rest Stop, southwest corner of Duane & Lafayette Sts., 10:00

“Tilt Brass by Chris McIntyre,” interactive sound installation using infrared technology and live trombones, trumpets, and drums, Foley Square Rest Stop, 10:30 – 1:00

Food demos and talks by Sally Graves the Supermarket Fairy (10:30), Omowale Adewale (11:10), Seeds in the Middle (11:25), Taza Chocolate (11:45), Midtown Rest Stop

August 16
“My (Our) Way by Nick Tobler,” interactive musical event in which Tobler will hand out between fifty and a hundred music boxes for a mass performance of “My Way,” Astor Place Rest Stop, 8:00 and 10:30

Live performances by Seya (10:00), Exit 12 (10:30), Salsa NY (11:00), Darrah Carr (12 noon), Foley Square Rest Stop

Food demos and talks by Yoli Ouiya (10:12), Creative Kitchen (10:30), Omowale Adewale (10:50), Chris Santos of Morningstar Farms (11:10), Min Liao from Culinary (11:45), and Seeds in the Middle (12:07), Midtown Rest Stop

Live performances by Matt Pana (10:30), Yung-Li Dance Company (11:00), the Vocalists (11:30), Cupcake Ladies Productions comedy wrestling (12 noon), Uptown Rest Stop

“Judy Richeimer, Public Art in New York’s Civic Center,” two-hour MAS tour, Foley Square Rest Stop, southwest corner of Duane & Lafayette Sts., 11:00