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Aug. 26: King Pizza’s Psychic Luau 2: Electric Boogaloo

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On Saturday, August 26, from 2-10 PM, Brooklyn’s own King Pizza Records will throw the end-of-summer bash to end ALL summer bashes in the Reliquary’s own backyard! Groove to a lineup of local bands and gorge on BBQ from grillmaster Stefan Mersch as we say so long to summer 2017. Hosted by Casey Regan.

Hang in our backyard all day and swoon to the sounds of:

| The Nuclears
|| The Savage Blush (CO)
||| The Fucktons
|||| Heavy Flow (NJ)
||||| Coach N’ Commando
|||||| Scout Harris

Admission: $10

Aug. 2: Opening Reception for Off-Site Exhibition at Ace Hotel

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Through the month of August, Ace Hotel will display key objects from our permanent collection in their Gallery Annex. See relics of New York, including terracotta fragments of landmark skyscrapers, geological specimens from the 2nd Avenue Subway, an artifact from one of the last surviving coal-fired pizza ovens in NYC, and cultural ephemera spanning from Coney Island to the Bronx.

Join us for complimentary wine and a live DJ set at 7 PM tomorrow, August 2 as we kick off this exciting new off-site exhibition! RSVP with Ace is suggested but not required.

Ace Hotel is located at 20 W29th St. in Manhattan.

Aug. 4: “New York City Sketchbook” and Slapstick Short Films

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On Friday, August 4 at 8 PM, three figures of New York City’s offbeat film history, exhibition, and animation circles converge in our beautiful backyard for a unique screening of archival and contemporary short films that are not to be missed!

Brooklyn-based animator Willy Hartland begins our program with a screening of his award-winning animated short, New York City Sketchbook. Hartland says he seeks to “explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all its beauty and its blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that New Yorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.”

The second part of the program focuses on live-action archival silent film. That Slapstick Show, curated by Nelson Hughes, delivers The Race to Save Laughter, a selection of silent comedies that were once considered lost for decades, then subsequently found and recently preserved by major film archives.

The evening concludes with rare shorts from Tommy José Stathes’ long-running Cartoon Carnival series. This special installment features historic 1910s-1930s animated cartoons produced in New York City, and projected on ‘reel’ 16mm film. Be sure to catch this one-night-only event before these films go back in the vault!

Contributors:
Willy Hartland: http://www.willyhartland.com/
Tommy José Stathes: http://tommyjose.com/
Nelson Hughes’ Slapstick Comedies Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149005355292858/

Admission: $10 at the door.
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

July 28-30: “’That’s What.’ She Said, A Megaphone for Female Voices”

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“That’s What.” She Said, A Megaphone for Female Voices, marks the first collaboration between Duende Theatre Group and Playful Substance. Performances will be held in the backyard of The City Reliquary on July 28, 29, and 30.

Playwrights Kimberly Alu, Dipti Bramhandkar, Molly Horan, Bree O’Connor, and Lauren White deliver an eclectic assembly of five short plays exploring insecurity, biological imperatives, love, recreation, and the shifting landscape of American morals. It is playwrighting without prompts, nets, or constraints–just women having fun saying what is on their minds.

Featuring the acting talents of Daniel Kemper, Weronika Wozniak, Kate Falk, and Vanesa Rendon; and the directing talents of Vanesa Rendon, Bree O’Connor and Matthew Ip Shaw.

Following the July 28th performance, the directors and playwrights will hold a panel discussion exploring the state of women’s representation in the arts. A special guest will moderate.

Suggested donation of $10. Email mailto:DuendeTheatreGroup@gmail.com to reserve tickets.
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
All proceeds will support The City Reliquary and the artists.

July 27: Healix Collective presents “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

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Healix Collective returns to our backyard on Thursday, July 27th for ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH, the second installment in their summer screening series. There will be a special reading by NYC poet Camonghne Felix before the film.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a feature documentary film which tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.

Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. In 2010, Yoko Ono honored Walker with the LennonOno Peace Award, for her ongoing humanitarian work.

Doors @  7, film starts at sundown
$5 – $10 suggested donation | All proceeds support The City Reliquary
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery. 

Visit www.healixcollective.com for more!

July 21: Bollywood Blowout with Russell Scholl

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Local film/video curator Russell Scholl returns, this time with an entertaining celebration of the biggest film industry on the planet–Bollywood! You’ll thrill to exhilarating song and dance sequences, moving melodrama, over-the-top stunt-work, mythological mayhem and more!

In addition to screen personalities old and new, you’ll swoon to the music of top playback-singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, composer S.D. Burman, and many others. In this movie masala you’ll meet the heroes, the heroines, the in-laws, the villains and vamps–they’re all here!

Friday, July 21, doors @ 7:30; films @ sundown
Admission: $10

July 22: Polypsychic Picture Show

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FEATURING:

Larkin Grimm

Joanna Sternberg

Flower Girl

Culminating in a performance by:

Irrevery celebrating the release of their album Irrevery Volume I. Includes a screening of three Irrevery music videos and improvised dance by Loud Relations.

Guests will explore their polypsyches as they don Irrevery Volume I-themed costumes, wear and hold props from the music videos, and get face and body paint from the video artists.

The Polaroid Paparazzi will take photos, which guests can take home as souvenirs.

Art from Irrevery’s book of illustrated lyrics will be for sale and on display.

Saturday, July 22 @ 6 PM
Admission: $10

July 20: Museum of Interesting Things 3D VHS Festival

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Join us in the garden on Thursday, July 20 @ 7 PM when the Museum of Interesting Things takes us back to a future that the past never saw coming! See excerpts from the coolest & uncoolest, cheesiest and, even more cheesiest movies of all time–not just on VHS, but 3D VHS!

Admission: $10

July 15: “MTA Love Poems” Zine Launch & Comedy Show

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Join us in the City Reliquary garden on July 15 at 7 PM to celebrate the release of MTA Love Poems. This illustrated poetry zine is dedicated to the bureaucratic monolith we all love to hate: the MTA! Poems by Kady Ruth Ashcraft and illustrated by Layla Kenney.

Transit-related comedy from:
JOSH GONDELMAN (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, very funny)
ALYSSA LIMPERIS (The Scene, so funny)
ALISE MORALES (Betches, wildly funny)
GARY RICHARDSON (Don’t Think Twice, he is so funny)
JOEL KIM BOOSTER (Conan, Logo, Comedy Central)

Entry to the show is $5. With admission, you can purchase a zine for the discounted price of $3. Outside of the show, it will be available for $5. **CASH & VENMO ONLY FOR THE ZINE**

July 8: That Slapstick Show!…presents The Celebrity Film Roast of Charley Chase!

 

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That Slapstick Show! returns to the great outdoors at The City Reliquary with its second annual Celebrity Film Roast. Join us Saturday, July 8 at 8 PM as we honor one of the true comedy masterminds of the silent film era–Charley Chase! This special screening will include some rarely seen shorts, so don’t miss out—and bring your cinephile friends!

Admission: $10

Curated by Nelson Hughes
Co-organized and co-hosted by Tommy José Stathes of Cartoons on Film
Live accompaniment by ragtime pianist Charlie Judkins!

There will be a mini tag sale featuring VHS tapes, DVDs, books, filmic collectibles and other goodies…all from the personal collection of That Slapstick Show! co-organizer and co-host Tommy José Stathes.

About Charley Chase:
He was one of the most prolific and influential comedians of the 1920s, with a film career that spanned nearly three decades. Today, some 77 years since his passing, Charley Chase (a.k.a. Charles Parrott) still remains one of the most beloved silent screen clowns among modern day fans of classic film comedy.

Chase boasted a lengthy resume, including actor/director/writer and producer, from the 1910s straight into the 1930s. With stints at the Al Christie studios and, most importantly, Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios, it was his arrival at the Hal Roach studios in 1920 where he would reach superstardom in comedy film history. Beginning with one-reelers and later moving on to two-reel shorts for Roach, the Chase comedies were centered on situational comedy rather than overt slapstick. Chase knew comedy like no one else did and it clearly shows in his films as both an actor and director.