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



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. 

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July 21: Bollywood Blowout with Russell Scholl


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



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


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!



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.

July 1: Opening Reception for “The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”


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New extended date!
The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

June 29 – August 20, 2017  Sept. 24, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, July 1 @ 7 PM
Admission: $5

The City Reliquary proudly presents, in partnership with the New York Chapter of the SS United States Conservancy
The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary career of the luxury liner known as “America’s Flagship” and her relationship with the City of New York. The show will run from June 29th to September 24, 2017.

The opening event at The City Reliquary on Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM will commemorate the 65th Anniversary of SS United States’ famous record-breaking Maiden Voyage. There will be an 8 PM screening of the film Colossus On The River (1965; Runtime: 15 min.). Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery and a specialty cocktail courtesy of Montauk Rum.

This show will trace the life of the ship, from young speed queen and popular cover girl to aging star of yesteryear and nearly forgotten “has-been,” and finally–with your help–to one of the great comeback stories in U.S. history.

About the SS United States:

SaveTheUnitedStatesCopyright2cropped_72dpi_PStipUpon its completion in 1952, the SS United States immediately won the Blue Riband for setting a new Transatlantic speed record–a record that remains unbeaten.
In her heyday, the ship welcomed celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood, such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Mahalia Jackson, Salvador Dalí, Grace Kelly, and Joan Crawford. During the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it was touted as the fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Europe.
With the advent of jet technology, however, overseas travel began to look less exciting and became less profitable. In 1969, the SS United was abruptly withdrawn from service while docked in Newport News, Virginia for annual maintenance. She was moved to South Philadelphia in 1996 where she remains today.

The SS United States Conservancy purchased the ship outright in February 2011. They hope to find a new purpose for the fastest, finest, and largest ocean liner ever to be built in the United States.

Want to get in touch with the SS United States Conservancy’s New York Chapter? Drop them a line at

June 29: Healix Collective Presents “What I Want My Words To Do To You”


Healix Collective is proud to present a summer screening partnership with The City Reliquary. Join us on June 29th at 7 PM for the first installment: a special screening of the documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You (2003) directed by Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, and Gary Sunshine.

What I Want My Words To Do To You offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler and consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose their most terrifying realities as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women’s writing by acclaimed actors Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei.

Runtime: 90 minutes. Q&A with director Judith Katz to follow.

$5 – $10 suggested donation | All proceeds support The City Reliquary
Beverages available by donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

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June 23: Jess Best Album Release Show

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Doors 7:00/Bria Monét 7:30/Jess Best 8:30
Admission: $10

Jess Best is a musical maven, vocalist and exciting new songwriter who tells stories through sound and emotion. Her upcoming album entitled “Saturday,” set for release on June 23, takes her soulful songwriting into infectious new pop territory. The album shimmers with R&B and electronic influences while never overshadowing Jess’s delicate, yet powerful vocals. Follow the process at

Bria Monét offers therapy through music that is relatable in its vulnerability. With a strong focus on dynamics and sensitivity, the 22-year-old’s composition and instrumentation create warm sounds that are dense with harmony. Bria’s music speaks openly and intensely about topics from loss and desire to joy and hope in a way that is unique and deeply empathetic. Through her intimate and inviting performances, audiences can find themselves encouraged and relieved by a reflective listening experience.

June 16: JAPAN Collective presents Chaos

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Friday, June 16
Doors 7 PM/
Show 7:30 PM
Admission: $10

The JAPAN Collective returns to the Reliquary with Chaos, featuring music from Midas, Rocky and the Goldstein, Isaac Namias and Waterlynx, poetry from Nicole Basta, and comedy from Sydnee Washington.