You didn’t think we’d let 7/7/07 pass without offering up an event worthy of the date’s mystical significance, did you? How’s this: A near-legendary Japanese band known for mind-bending noise jams (Boredoms) plays an outdoor show with 77 drummers from the rock underground. As if that weren’t enough, the drummers will be arranged in a spiral, with lower Manhattan and our two greatest bridges as a backdrop. See you on the other side …
Director Michael Bay has yet to make anything approaching a great movie—and Transformers won't change that. But two groups of people can’t miss this film: (1) Advertising execs who will be gobsmacked by the most bombastic product placement in film history. (2) Guys who love crazy, bloodthirsty robots. Thanks to Spielberg, the clanging, whizzing effects more than make up for the so-bad-it-must-be-Bay clichés.
The premise could only have been cooked up in the mind of a teenager: a shot-by-shot reenactment—complete with lo-fi action stunts and special effects—of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A trio of kids from Mississippi created this hundred-minute film over a seven-year period, from 1982 to 1989, in the backyards and basements of their homes. The result might call for a hefty suspension of disbelief, but you have to admire the youthful ingenuity and perseverance behind it.
Anthology Film Archives
July 6 and 7 8 p.m. $6–$8
Long before Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears inspired rival tween camps, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo factionalized a certain strata of gay culture. Who was the greater artiste? Who was prettier? History still refuses to decide! You can take sides, albeit posthumously, at this retrospective resurrecting the feud in film. Think of it as the celluloid answer to summer camp.
July 7– Sept. 2 Sat.– Sun. 6 p.m. $11
Comedian Zach Galifianakis (the guy from the queef episode of The Sarah Silverman Program) is putting his personal collection of found, stolen, and hand-painted “bad” art on the auction block. Connoisseurs of crap can bid on a portrait of Mel Gibson or a pastel of a discus-thrower posing in a toga in front of the Parthenon. If you can’t find anything to complement your furniture, stick around for some transcendent indie rock from Band of Horses, who play afterward.
Contrary to popular trend pieces, not all urban parents dream of their tween joining a punk band. Some of them would rather raise a little novelist and should probably be introduced to WritopiaLab founders Rebecca Segall and Dan Kitrosser. This journalist and playwright lead a workshop as part of Bryant Park's summer outdoor literary program, teaching the elements of storytelling to both kids and curious parents.
Bryant Park Reading Room
July 7 2:30 p.m. Free with preregistration