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Hot Tickets: New York

Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the New York area. Check back every Friday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! Friday, January 27 I Pizza Man  Julie and Alice are at their wits end. Everything has gone wrong. Julie has lost her job. Alice’s lover has gone back to his wife. They are frustrated with no outlet. What would a guy do? They decide to rape the pizza delivery guy. Will they find any satisfaction and power in their lives?  Do any of us?

TONIGHT! Friday, January 27 I Stranger Than Paradise  Jarmusch’s second feature-length film, “Stanger Than Paradise” would launch both Jarmusch and No Wave Cinema into the international spotlight when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Caméra d’Or prize. Following a self-styled New York hipster who is paid a surprise visit by his pretty 16-year-old Hungarian cousin, “Stranger than Paradise” examines the duo’s initial hostility and indifference that transitions into a strange affection between two exiles. Continuing on to win the Golden Leopard at the 1984 Locarno International Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Picture “Stranger than Paradise” captures not only the spirit of New York City in the 1980s but also the talent and vision of a burgeoning American cinematic voice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Experience Truly Independent Cinema at Slamdance!

As everyone involved in the independent film industry knows, the Sundance Film Festival is going on in Park City, Utah as we speak. Sundance is a showcase for new works from filmmakers all over the world and has brought attention to modern-day cinematic classics as Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Clerks and Napolean Dynamite as well as launching the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch and Steven Soderbergh. While Sundance was once the destination for small-budget, independent films and filmmakers, it has become a media extravaganza complete with Hollywood celebrities, paparazzi and corporate-sponsored luxury lounges.

This is why, in 1995, a group of filmmakers who weren’t accepted into Sundance decided to start the Slamdance Film Festival. Their goal was to showcase “a truer representation of independent filmmaking” and to give new and emerging talent a venue to show their works. Slamdance is the only major film festival fully programmed by filmmakers; fittingly, their mantra is “By Filmmakers For Filmmakers.” It has become a year-round organization that helps unique and innovative filmmakers get more exposure and now consists of not only the film festival, but a Screenplay and Teleplay Competition and Slamdance Studios.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Film

 

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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at Caffe Lena’s 51st Anniversary

On Sunday, May 22nd folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will perform at America’s longest continuously running folk club Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York to celebrate their 51st anniversary.

Ramblin’ Jack, best known for his association with Woody Guthrie met the folk legend in 1950. The two became close friends and Jack would eventually move in with Guthrie’s family and travel with him, singing songs at hootenannies and in bars and workers camps from New York to California. He so styled himself after Guthrie that Woody once said, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.”

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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Music

 

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