This week we travel to the silent film era, learn about Haitian culture and prepare for NYC Beer Week. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
At this point, it's safe to say that we're pretty much over winter. It's just been...too much. So, tomorrow The Diamond (43 Franklin St. at Calyer St.) is celebrating the dog days of summer with a Winter Beach Bazaar. The evening will be jam-packed with reminders of warmer (and happier) times like fish tacos, fresh beer and oysters and vendors like Brooklyn Beach, Acme Tees and K Belo Swimwear will be on-site hocking beach wear. Bonus: Any attendee wearing a Hawaiian t-shirt will get a free drink and the owner of the best Hawaiian shirt will win a $20 bar tab.
Starting today and running through next Thursday, FilmForum (209 W. Houston St. nr. Varick St.) will screen Alain Resnais' 1968 masterpiece Je T'aime Je T'aime. This time-traveling film is the progenitor of the modern sci-fi romance genre and greatly influenced Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you want to know what you're getting into before you see it, read our own Dan Sullivan's take on the film here. Tickets can be purchased online.
Tomorrow, the Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy.) will host a celebration of Haitian culture through an afternoon of storytelling. Haitian authors, performers and musicians will share Haitian myths in an effort to preserve the country's rich oral history. Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.
To celebrate Valentine's Day weekend, Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave. nr. Berry St.) will screen two Buster Keaton classics, Seven Chances and One Week, from the silent film era. Meanwhile, Bradford Reed & Geoff Gersh of Reel Orchestrette will provide musical accompaniment for added excitement. This event is for people ages 13+. Tickets can be purchased online.
February 7 marked what would have been the late, great J. Dilla's 40th birthday. The Detroit producer unfortunately passed away in 2006 after a long struggle with lupus, but his genius continues to be felt. This Sunday, Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave. at N. 12th St.) will celebrate his life with the 8th Annual Donuts Are Forever benefit show. DJs like Good Reverend Dr. J and Still Life will perform and DJ Jazzy Jeff will make a special guest appearance. All proceeds will benefit the Donuts Are Forever scholarship fund set up in Dilla's name. Advanced tickets are sold out, but limited tickets will be available at the door.