We lost Prince Rogers Nelson much too soon, and I’m sure many of you, like us, are still shedding a purple tear over his passing. So this week we pay tribute to Minneapolis’s favorite son with the movie that launched him into the stratosphere–PURPLE RAIN. Starring Prince, Morris Day and the Time, Wendy, Lisa, and the rest of the Revolution, and introducing Apollonia, the loosely autobiographical film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and the accompanying album is widely cited as one of the greatest of all time and is without doubt Prince’s magnum opus.
PURPLE RAIN is brought to you by Sunny’s and Home/Made, who will be on hand this week serving Home/Made ricotta on charred filone with fresh peaches, heirloom tomatoes, and basil; plus popcorn, lemonade, and special treats sure to make a dove cry. If that doesn’t sate you, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies is open across the way selling their pies, tarts, and swingles, and KingLeche Cremes will be selling their hand-crafted goats milk ice-cream bars. So much goodness, it’s hard to wait! But hang tough children, Tuesday will be here before you know it.
You voted and we listened! This year’s Neighborhood Choice is the 1976 comedy classic, starring Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker–a down-on-his-luck ex-minor-league ball player roped into coaching possibly the worst little league team of all time–and Tatum O’Neal as his unlikely protege Amanda Whurlizer.
THE BAD NEWS BEARS is Presented by Sunny’s Bar and Home/Made, who will be on hand selling their delicious focaccia and bruschetta, and as always Steve’s Key Lime will stay open late to bring you their tarts and swingles. See you at the pier!
We’re an outdoor film series, so we’re always doing the no-rain dance and wishing for clear skies. And today we’ll be watching the forecast closely, hoping we can keep opening night at the pier.
But, if the heavens open up it’s no reason to get down as we also we happen to have an awesome rain location. Our friends and sponsors over at HOME/MADE make their super-cool catering space, Atelier Roquette (63 Commerce Street, between Van Brunt and Richards–just down the block from Stumptown), available to us for inclement evenings. With couches to lounge on and plenty of room to spread out your blankets and beach chairs, it’s our home away from home when the weather gods send us a foul night. And did we mention the added bonus of wine and beer to wash down those delicious dinners from our sponsors? Well, it’s almost enough to make you pray for a little rain every now and then! So watch this space for updates on where to meet tonight. We’ll make the call by 6 PM.
We’re an outdoor film series, so we’re always doing the no-rain dance and wishing for clear skies. After all, with a park as beautiful as Valentino Pier, who wouldn’t want to spend the evening lazing in the grass, enjoying cool breezes off of Buttermilk Channel, and eating amazing food from our sponsors?
But we happen to be very fortunate with our rain space this year. Our friends and sponsors over at HOME/MADE have made their super-cool catering space, Atelier Roquette (63 Commerce Street, between Van Brunt and Richards–just down the block from Stumptown), available to us for inclement evenings. With couches to lounge on and plenty of room to spread out your blankets and beach chairs, it’s our home away from home when the weather gods send us a foul night. And did we mention the added bonus of wine and beer to wash down those delicious dinners from our sponsors? Well, it’s almost enough to make you pray for a little rain every now and then!
Well, the weather out there is truly frightening–at least to those of us who have to take those coastal flood warnings seriously–so we’re officially moving operations to our rain location: Atelier Roquette. Show starts at 8:30, but arrive early so you can grab some terrific eats from Home/Made, including citrus ricotta on grilled filone and marinated goat cheese on pizza bianca. And if you’ve been missing the addictive garlic butter popcorn they used to serve during movie nights at the pier, then rejoice because they’ll have that back on deck for tonight! And then there’s the extr- special door prize for having to move the whole thing indoors: BOOZE! Beer and wine will be available. Doors open at 7 PM.
Let’s just get this out of the way right now: It’s hard out there for a pimp–and this tuesday at Valentino Pier, you’ll find out why. Terrence Howard received an Academy-Award nomination for his performance as Djay, a Memphis hustler and pimp chasing his dream of being an emcee in Craig Brewer’s HUSTLE & FLOW. Produced by John Singleton, and also starring Ludacris and Isaac Hayes, the film’s ubiquitous ear worm of a track “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” nabbed an Oscar for Three 6 Mafia, making them the first hip hop group to win an Academy Award for Best Song.
HUSTLE & FLOW is brought to you by Sunny’s Bar and Home/Made, who will be on hand serving a menu of citrus ricotta on grilled filone, marinated goat cheese on pizza bianca, peach lemonade, garlic butter popcorn, and Home/Made focaccia. And as always, Steve’s Key Lime will be open across the parking lot and serving their delicious pies and swingles. The forecast is once again looking unstable, so check here on the day of for updates. We’ll make the call on whether we’ll move to our rain location by 6 P.M. Otherwise, see you at the pier!
More exciting news about tomorrow’s screening of DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD! Red Hook Flicks has partnered with African Film Festival, Inc. to show a short film called “Bongo Barbershop” before tomorrow’s main event. Here’s a brief description:
An East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx barbershop on his pilgrimage to find “the real hip hop.” Stumbling upon the pioneers of the New York hip hop scene, including Grandmaster Flash’s original partner DJ Easy Mike, Balozi enters the scene rhyming with Grandmaster Caz. “Bongo” is the Swahili expression for “Brain” used in local hip hop slang.
African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers.
We’re psyched to be closing out our season by teaming up with this awesome organization to show this film. Our sponsors, Home/Made and Pickett Furniture, are bringing us a delicious menu of foccacia with figs from Jeremy Pickett’s own backyard, and Home/Made is bringing back their popcorn for those of you who have been missing it this year. We’ll also have Paletas, Mexican ice pops, from neighbor La Newyorkina, and Walter Youngblood will be on hand with his popsicles again, so there’ll be no shortage of delicious treats on our final night! The weather report is looking good, so we’ll see you at the pier!