“That Slapstick Show”: The Warped Mind of Henry “Pathé” Lehrman

Aug 6 2016

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The City Reliquary Proudly Presents:
That Slapstick Show! Inside The Warped, Demented Mind of Henry “Pathé” Lehrman
Sat., Aug. 6 @ 8pm
Admission: $10

Curated by comedy film historian Nelson Hughes
Co-organized and co-hosted by Tommy José Stathes of Cartoons on Film

This *outdoor* installment of That Slapstick Show! will focus on one of the silver screen’s most significant and controversial comedy creators of the early 20th century. Through an evening of selected short subjects and one feature length film, we will discover the man who was once nicknamed “Mr. Suicide”—the notorious Henry “Pathé” Lehrman (1883-1946).

Along with Mack Sennett, Lehrman was one of the co-founders of American film comedy, though controversy has kept him from sharing the prestigious ranks of Sennett, Hal Roach and Al Christie. Lehrman directed some of the biggest names in early film comedy: the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Billy Ritchie and Lloyd Hamilton, among others. Lehrman was known for his temper and for putting film cast & crew in occupational hazards—and even being ousted from companies he founded.

Despite the controversies, Lehrman knew comedy like the back of his hand. W’ell explore his film career during his tenure at Keystone, Fox and First National with rare surviving archival material where Lehrman serves as actor, writer, director and producer.

This event will also include two very special guests: Author and biographer Thomas Reeder will be speaking about his upcoming book on the life and career of Lehrman. Also joining us will be Bob Harned, author of the book Sally Phipps: Silent Movie Star. Harned is the son of Phipps, who was directed by Lehrman in the feature film we plan to screen.

So join us for where it all began—at The City Reliquary’s beautiful backyard! It’s a silent-comedy-under-the-stars spectacular as we shine the spotlight on the life, career and myths of one of the silver screen’s early comedy titans.

Live musical accompaniment will be provided by pianist Charlie Judkins!

Light refreshments available for purchase from Standard ToyKraft.

Rain date: Saturday, September 24th 2016

Dustan Louque brings ‘Nawlins to BK in the CR Garden!

Jul 28 2016

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The City Reliquary Proudly Presents:
Dustan Louque & Margaret Hebert
Thurs., August 4 @ 8 PM (Doors @ 7)
Tix: $10

Enjoy an evening in the Reliquary garden when ‘Nawlins comes to Brooklyn. Dustan Louque will perform with Margaret Hebert on keys. Opening acoustic set by Levon Henry.

Louque…brings into his tunes all the elements of his native New Orleans-a touch of blasphemy & reverent respect…as well as the blues, country and rock & roll. – Rolling Stone

“Bear witness to a soundscape of proverbial empty rooms reserved for the heartbeats of insects in ancient speakeasy cathedrals. Paddle your way down a blue river with a black heart, to a deep-end sprinkled with constellations – hand in hand with your fellow man on a glorious mystery ride. And when the sun shall set on this night, you’ll leave better than you came, synapses repaired by a serenade from the prophet of sugarcane poetry and dub heartbeats.” -Rebecca Rebouche

Our New Membership Program is Live!

Jul 28 2016

We are very excited and proud to present our new membership program! If you’ve visited us and loved the experience, this is your chance to take our relationship to the next level. Members can enjoy benefits such as:

  • FREE museum admission
  • Unique City Reliquary-branded swag
  • Discounts on admission to select annual public events
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only events
  • and much more!

The official kick-off for our new membership program will take place at this year’s Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum, Friday, March 4.

Missed Pano Challenge? Purchase a membership through!

Membership benefits and levels are as follows:

  • Civic Individual ($25): Free annual museum admission for 1; 15% discount on gift shop items; City Reliquary embroidered patch; exhibition sneak previews
  • Civic Dual ($40): Free annual museum admission for 2; 15% discount on gift shop items; 2 City Reliquary embroidered patches; exhibition sneak previews
  • Civic Family ($60): Free annual museum admission for 4; 15% discount on gift shop items; 4 City Reliquary embroidered patches; exhibition sneak previews
  • Havemeyer ($250): All benefits of Civic Family plus: 1 City Reliquary gift bag; invitation to Founders’ Luncheon
  • Metropolitan ($500): All benefits of Havemeyer PLUS: 1 additional City Reliquary gift bag; invitation to Founders’ Luncheon AND invitation to Founders’ Retreat

Questions? Contact us at 718.R.U.CIVIC (782-4842) or

Volunteer at the City Reliquary!

Jul 28 2016

I want YOU for the City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is looking for a few good men and women to help us staff the museum, support public programs and events, or take the lead on special projects of your choosing.

Love New York City? Think our museum is the bee’s knees? Have a high tolerance for people who use phrases like “bee’s knees”? Click on over to our volunteer page to learn more about who and what we’re looking for.

Jul 28 2016

On Saturday, July 30th, please join Crest Hardware from 3pm – 7pm in celebrating the closing of the 10th Annual Crest Hardware Art Show. There will be music, drinks and your last chance to view or purchase art.

Afterwards, head over to the Reliquary Museum to see the official presentation and donation of the money to the City Reliquary Museum. There will be cold beer (suggested donation) and hot jams. The fun starts at 7:30 at the Reliquary Museum.

Friday Night Lights: This week, Jungle Fever and the Ian Duerr Quartet

Jul 28 2016

HOT HOT HOT: Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever & LIVE Jazz in the Backyard!

What could be better on a steamy, sultry, summer night than SEXY jazz paired with a provocative film—screened outdoors under the stars!

Tomorrow, Friday July 22, The City Reliquary Museum will host another installment of Friday Night Lights, our backyard music and film series.

There will be GIN COCKTAILS ($5 donation), Brooklyn Lager ($3 donation), and JAZZZZZ…

Doors @ 7:00 PM.

Ian Duerr Quartet @ 8:00 PM (Ian Duerr – guitar, Ian Stapp – bass, Arthur Vint – drums, Alex Berti – trumpet)

Jungle Fever @ 9:30 PM (Spike Lee)

Come if you can…..DOORS AT 7:30 PM.

Crest Fest 2011!

Jul 28 2016

Crest Fest 2011 is coming to Williamsburg, this Saturday June 18th!

It’s the official launch party for the Crest Hardware Art Show!  Where will you be?  At Crest Hardware!  This year’s program will include a live music stage, two DJ booths, local, creative art and food vendors.

The group art show includes 100+ works from various artists of different mediums and will be installed throughout 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a 5,000 sq ft urban garden.  Plus, enjoy food from local vendors and live music performances by The Suzan, EMEFE, Gunfight! and Little Victory. DJ sets by FAT and EZ, Nick Catchdubs, Lucas Walters, Dom Rocket, Rok One, King Cut, Synapse, Peter Hale and Krunk Pony.

The fun starts at 1pm Saturday June 18th and goes until 7pm.  Its free!  And all proceeds and profits go to support the City Reliquary Museum.

Craft Night: Learn How to Make Your Own Terrarium on May 26

Jul 28 2016


Craft Night returns to the City Reliquary on May 26. This Craft Night, Anna Grant will be teaching us how to make terrariums. For $5 you will be supplied with a plant, as well as materials to decorate your terrarium. Just be sure to bring your own glass container. And because it is the month of Bicycle Celebrations and Bicycle awesomeness, we will have tiny bicycles.

We’re asking five dollars for crafting supplies. Terrarium-ing will commence at 7pm and will run until 10pm. See you there!

Annual Brooklyn Bridge Bike Ride on May 24th!

Jul 28 2016

Happy 128th Birthday Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Ride!
6-8pm; meet at the City Reliquary at 6pm
FREE! Yadda yadda donations.

Come on our yearly bicycle ride to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge. We will ride from the CR to the Brooklyn Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, stop to sing her Happy Birthday and learn the story of her marvelous construction from licensed NYC tour guide Matt Levy. There will be birthday cake and milk. Afterwards we will repair to a Williamsburg bar to share our favorite Brooklyn Bridge stories.

BFD Is a BFD: Bicycle Fetish Day Returns on May 28th

Jul 28 2016

Bicycle Fetish Day 2011 is almost upon us!

Saturday May 28th, 2011
Havemeyer btwn Hope and Grand in BEAUTIFUL Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA!

Its a block party for your bicycle!!

Once again, the City Reliquary pulls out all stops for the best block party ever. Be blown away by the participants and events scheduled for this Bike Fetish Day, on track to be the biggest one yet in our 7 years.

Featuring vendors: Vaya Bags, Outlier Clothing, Dargelos, Nona Varnado, Talia Lempert and more. With tables from Advocacy types like: Transportation Alternatives, Recycle-a-Bicycle (w/ bike jewelry making workshop), IOBY (w/ a fun activity), NAG, and Bike New York

Awesome activities will include: Pimp your bike photo booth by Swimming Cities, GoldSprints, Bike pinata from Llaves Designs, Alleycat organized by Victor

Prizes for various bike categories will feature:
Cyclist outfittery from Outlier Clothing
Bag from Vaya Bags
T-shirts and tickets from Bike Film Festival
Tune-up from 9th St. Cycles
A gift from Bike Habitat tbd
A gift from Velo Brooklyn tbd
A gift from Nona Varnado, AND MORE!!

Rude Mechanical Orchestra
DJs Stacher & Tinseltown

And food. With an after-party to follow at the City Reliquary , 6-10pm.

Dont miss the blowout bicycle party of the month!!!