New York State of Mind Amoeblog #89: Free Movies, Concert Guide, George Carlin Way, Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2014 02:00pm | Post a Comment

1984's Ghostbusters, set in New York City, is among the free films screened in NYC this week

The bevy of free outdoor movies continues with a wide range of choices of movies and locations to view them that include tonight (July 16) at Pier 63 at Hudson River Park (near 23rd Street) where the award winning 2013 film American Hustle will screen for free. This is a great location and does not get as packed as some of the other spots like Bryant Park but note that the front half of the lawn, which is damp most of the time so bring a plastic sheet, is on a backward slant from the screen so try to avoid sitting there or you will keep falling backwards. More info.   Meanwhile at the aforementioned Bryant Park's (42nd Street at Sixth Ave.) weekly HBO sponsored screening this Monday (July 21s) will be National Lampoon's Vacation. More info. Over in Brooklyn at McCarren Park tonight (July 16) SummerScreen presents Ben Stiller's silly but fun Zoolander. What  makes this free outdoor movie series extra special is that they also  have a live concert beforehand. This evening that will be the must-see double bill of two hot new NYC hip-hop acts Ratking and Princess Nokia. 6 pm start time with film screening at sundown (8:30pm approx). McCarren Park is at N. 12th St. at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg. More info. Then on Friday evening at Pier 46 (again on Hudson River Park) "Ghostbusters (trailer above) will screen at  part of the summer movie series' Family Fridays with free popcorn to accompany the free movie.  Pier 46 is along West St. at Charles St. More info.

Princess Nokia "Cybiko" (2014) - She performs, along with Ratking, for free this eve in Williamsburg

It's official: after a prolonged battle with the Catholic Church it was announced in the past week that a New York City block  will be named after the late great comedian/unrelenting satirist of Catholicism George Carlin. Last Wednesday Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation and officially renamed the block on West 121st St. between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Ave. in the Morningside Heights District as George Carlin Way. The dispute and consequent delay in getting the block, where Carlin grew up (see picture left of him there as a boy) named in his honor was due to the fact that the Catholic Church did not want the name of the comedian, renowned for his anti Catholic rants, displayed on the stretch where Corpus Christi Church is located. The compromise? They moved the Carlin named stretch one block over. During the legislation signing last week de Blasio said of Carlin that he was a, "New Yorker whose voice was heard literally around the world, born and raised in Morningside Heights, a true New Yorker, told it like it was, smart and blunt and honest and not afraid of controversy."

Concerts and music events in the week ahead include happening today and tomorrow (July 16th and 17th) the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival with an impressive line-up especially for a free festival that will include friends of Amoeba Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Robert Cray Band, John Hiatt, and many more. Today and tomorrow from 6pm to 10pm at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza (downtown on Hudson River Park near Vesey Street). More info. Also happening along the ever vibrant Hudson River Park - where you can just walk or cycle along any evening in the summer and stumble upon a variety of events - will be the Bay Area's Michael Franti & Spearhead as part of the SoulShine Tour (four hours of music preceded earlier in day by one hour of yoga) when they play Pier 97 at West 58th Street along Hudson River Park on Monday July 21st. Yoga at 230pm. Concert at 5pm. Also on the bill will be SOJA, Trevor Hall, and Brett Dennen. More info.  Soul/funk 45's aficionado DJ Mr Fine Wine, who has compiled some Vampi Soul compilations (look for them on vinyl at Amoeba) and holds down the weekly Downtown Soulville radio show on WFMU, will be doing a special guest DJ set at Salivation Sunday (July 20th) at Montana's Trail House in Bushwick Brooklyn from 2pm to 8pm when he will be playing some gospel and blues in the mix along with his usual soul fare. More venue info. The July series of the Tools of War produced Crotona Park Jams, previewed here last week, continues tomorrow when the special guest DJs will include Mista Sinista, DJ Lord Finesse, DJ Steve Dee, and PopMaster Fabel. 4pm to 8pm. More info.

Brooklyn act Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings' recent WIMB? play for free in Manhattan this week

Other events in NYC this week include yet another free happening along the West Side of Manhattan at Hudson River Park: the Intrepid Museum's Third Annual Space & Science Festival which opens today and runs through Sunday (July 20th). The perfect setting of an aircraft carrier the sea, air, and space themed
festival features countless exhibits, interactive displays, and presentations and talks. Oh and on Friday there will be yet another free movie screening of the movie Gravity tomorrow (Thursday July 17). The Intrepid is docked at  Pier 86 on 12th Avenue by West 46th St. More info.

As written about here on the Amoeblog yesterday in an interview with hip-hop photographer Joe Conzo
on exhibit this week and through the end of next week at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise gallery space on Greenwich Street in the Village is Born In The Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style and Joe Conzo - A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop that includes photos, historic hip-hop flyers, and items from Afrika Bambaataa's original record collection as well as such artifacts as the original lyrics for "Planet Rock." There are also duplicates of copies of many of Bam's records for sale ($5 flat price for any 12" or LP). Curated by Johan Kugelberg the exhibit runs through July 26th, 2014 at the downtown gallery space and is well worth visiting - and it is free. Below and left are some photos from the exhibit.

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