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!
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!
UPDATE: The weather is looking pretty unstable thanks to Hurricane Isaac, so check back here tomorrow for the official rain call, which we’ll make by 6 P.M. The bad thing about getting rained out is that we don’t get to watch a blissful sunset on the pier or curl our toes in the grass. The good news is we get to watch the movie at Bait & Tackle–where there’s beer!!
Gather round children, and shed a tear with me for what will be the final screening in this summer’s series of movies on the pier. It has been a blast, Red Hook, in no small part thanks to our fabulous neighbors, some beautiful weather, extraordinary food, and not least of all the best sponsors an upstart local film series could ask for! This summer we’re closing festivities with a true classic from one of comedy’s greats: Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, our neighborhood choice for Summer 2012. Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Terry Garr, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, and some chick named Abby Normal put on the ritz just for you. Super Duper!
Red Hook Choice is brought to us by Find Home Furnishings and of course each and every one of you who voted at this year’s fundraiser.
Snacks by Home/Made and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies and a classic Popeye cartoon courtesy of Sunny’s Bar. Dinner this evening is courtesy of Brooklyn Ice House, who will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and mac cheese for your gustatory delight!
The show begins circa 8:30 PM.
UPDATE–SPECIAL FOOD VENDOR:
In addition to the spectacular food being provided by The Good Fork and snacks from Home/Made and Steve’s, we’re very fortunate to have John Vitko of Scout’s Honor Creamery in Vermont here on Tuesday evening to sell his handcrafted treats:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich: $4
Vanilla Ice Cream Brownie Sandwich: $5
French Macaroon Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich: $6
Popcicles (grapefruit, cucumber mint, strawberry lemon, peaches n cream): $3
Plus a special pop just for adults–Mojito!: $4
We cannot wait!
This Tuesday join us at the pier for one of the great summer family films of all time. E.T. helped define the summer blockbuster with its wildly popular boy-meets-baby-alien-and-goes-head-to-head-against-nepharious-U.S.-government-forces-to-protect-him tale. It features Henry Thomas; Peter Coyote; Drew Barrymore, in what is surely her finest screen performance to date; and a contender for the world’s most expensive long distance call. Can you imagine if they remade E.T. today? He and Elliott would be stuck in development hell at iTunes trying to get their intergalactic telephony app approved. Ah, simpler times. But I digress…
Tuesday’s movie is brought to you by Bait & Tackle. Dinner by The Good Fork — Japanese Short Rib Curry with Farm Vegetables and Purple Rice, mmmm. Only $8! Snacks by Home/Made and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies.
And don’t forget to come early to catch a classic Popeye cartoon courtesy of Sunny’s Bar.
As always, festivities begin circa 8:30 PM.
UPDATE: The BLADE show will go on regardless of weather. If it’s too wet at the pier, we will show the movie at the Red Hook Bait and Tackle. We will make a rain call by 6 p.m. Watch this space for the decision.
Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, and Stephen Dorff battle it out against a smokin techno soundtrack for the future of the human race in the 90s cult-classic vampire flick, BLADE. Forget everything you learned about vampires in Twilight–not to mention that whole Lilith thing on True Blood. This is one serious blood god we’re up against and the Daywalker is our only hope. Check out the trailer here.
As always, the show starts at 8:30 p.m. But come early for dinner from MILE END DELI and THE O’CONNELL ORGANIZATION. They are serving cured and smoked beef brisket on housebaked rye with mustard. It’s just $8.
Plus, we have popcorn from Home/Made (1$) and tarts from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies ($3). And don’t miss the pre-show entertainment of an old Popeye cartoon brought to us by Sunny’s Bar.
Nut up or shut up!
That’s right ZOMBIELAND, the new zombie cult classic, is coming to Valentino Pier on Tuesday, August 7.
And for all of you who have been trying — and failing — to eat at POK POK, they are the evening’s sponsor, along with REALTY COLLECTIVE. That means… POK POK for dinner!
What’s on the menu? Khao Man Som Tams. What’s that you ask? Here’s what Pok Pok says…
Khao Man Som Tam is a sweet shredded pork cooked in palm sugar and black soy over coconut rice, topped with fried shallots and cilantro, and served with a side of Papaya salad.
We also have popcorn from Home/Made ($1) and tarts from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies ($3). All proceeds benefit Red Hook Flicks.
And don’t forget to come early to catch the Popeye cartoon brought to us by Sunny’s Bar.
Film rolls at 8:30-ish.