Welcome to SciArt-Fridays: A Curated List of SciArt events for the Artful Explorer.
As the clock finally strikes 5:00, and you speed through the crowds to meet friends for much needed R&R, skip the happy hour for an event a bit more experimental. In this hot hot heat, what better way to spend your nights than chilling with friends at the theater. This week, SciFriday is bringing some seriously fun, and some all-around funky films for your viewing pleasure.
SciArt Center is showing 2 Screenings in 2 Weeks, talk about the power of film
The Lower East Side, a great neighborhood for an afternoon art stroll on a sunny afternoon, or an art-filled night on the town. Skip your usual peruse of the open-air Asian markets this time to join SciArt enthusiasts at the SciArt Center. From a pop-culture blockbuster to a local documentary, the Center is hosting a few movie-packed nights that will fit into anyone’s weekly culture roundabout.
By Danielle Kalamaras
Tuesday, 7/1: SciArt Mixer Night with 2001: A Space Odyssey film screening, 7-9p.m.
SciArt Center is launching a monthly mixer, and to kick this event off the center will be screening a fan favorite Kubrick film. Sip on wine and chat with the great pool of artists, scientists, and all those in between at this great event that is free to the public.
Wednesday, 7/9: Noah Hutton Film Screening, 8-10:30p.m.
Filmmaker Noah Hutton will be presenting his work in progress documentary, Bluebrain, which follows the worldwide quest to map the human brain.
Nitehawk’s SciFi phase is happening this week, and that’s a great thing
This movie-house gem in Williamsburg is the perfect dinner-and-a-movie at one location. With table service and a great menu of meals and trendy snacks—not to mention the full bar and crafty cocktail menu—you realize nothing beats good eats and a great movie on the big screen.
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain with live-music Friday, 07/01 at Midnight
Jodorowsky is a mastermind, an auteur extraordinaire, and one of the most eccentric visionaries of the 20th century. Embodying the sex, drugs, spiritual awakenings and societal unrest of the late 1960s, Jodorowsky’s Mexican-American film Holy Mountain (La Montaña Sagrada) is a suitably bizarre and exquisitely designed trip. Part of NiteHawk’s Summer of Surrealism series, LIVE SOUND CINEMA presents Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain with a live score by REEL ORCHESTRETTE.
Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer, opening Friday, 06/27
A perfect pairing of SciFi/Horror, this saga is a dystopian tale of class conflict. After the Earth freezes over, the few remaining humans live on the Snowpiercer, a train on an infinite loop around the globe. For those at the front, it’s a lavish paradise of drugs and sushi in the lap of luxury; for those trapped in the tail section, life is short and cruel. But change is in the air. If you like metaphysical battles of ethical humanity, and great fighting scenes with supurb cinematography, this film is a must see.
136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
IFC Center is screening Roman Polanski’s surreal Venus in Fur through Tuesday, 07/01
Surrealism is running strong this summer—the mixture of esoteric and uncanny transforms any bland afternoon into a deviant adventure. Polanski is a masterful director whose movies explore the often frightening boundaries of an individual’s mind. Adapted from David Ives’s Broadway hit, Venus in Fur stars Thomas, a stage director auditioning a new female lead: a woman who takes a man as her slave. But when the volatile and erotic Vanda comes barreling into his Paris theater, she stuns Thomas with her commitment to the role, and the boundaries between life and art begin to crumble.
323 Sixth Avenue at W. Third St., East Village
BAM bringing Ridley Scott’s Alien back to the big-screen Thursday, 07/3 at 7:30p.m.
BAM's #ThrowBackThursday this week is a classic film us millennials missed the chance to see in theaters when it debuted in 1979. Thankfully NYC is all about reprising cult classics. Pitting one of the great sci-fi heroines against some of the most terrifying movie creatures of all time, this brilliantly paced classic follows a space crew as they respond to a distress signal from an unexplored planet. Ridley Scott slowly creates an atmosphere of dread and escalating terror, one that continues to influence contemporary horror film-making.
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave.