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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, Season 2, Part 4: Bubbies & Beats

Well, Yudie is not exactly a Bubbie, but I simply could not resist the alliteration. (Although, Tante and the Beats would make an excellent band name, don't you think?)

This month's Lower East Side Heritage Film Series (LESHFS) pairs the seemingly improvised storytelling of the Beat Generation with the candid and (seemingly) unrehearsed historytelling of a first generation American to Russian-Jewish parents that landed in the Lower East Side.

We are pleased to offer the following films on Tuesday evening (in the universe), 

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Films of Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog's singular, uncompromising career in filmmaking spans over four decades and has included feature films, documentaries, and even two works (Little Dieter Needs to Fly and Rescue Dawn) that offer, respectively, a nonfiction and fictional retelling of the same event.

Regardless of genre, each of his films seems preoccupied with the 

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February 2012 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of February, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Reserve titles now using the Library's new BiblioCommons catalog. Highlights include remnants of the waning teen glistening vampire craze, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I.

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ReelAbilities Rules! The Disabilities Film Festival in New York City

If you haven't experienced, or perhaps even heard about, ReelAbilities, this may be the year to discover this unique festival, which is a film festival, but also so much more.

Anita Altman of the UJA-Federation, who founded the festival in New York City in 2007, states its goal is to raise consciousness "about our common humanity and the value of each person, without regard to his or her ability or disability." This is the fourth New York 

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Horrors! Another Quiz...

[Today's guest blogger is brought to you courtesy of E. C. Comics Tales From the Crypt.]

Hello, kiddies!

Welcome to The New York Public Li-bury!

Heh-heh-heh!

Surprised to find me as your guest flogger? I suppose, if you looked hard enough, you'd find all sorts of things buried in the Library's hacks. "But can he write?" you ask. Well, I am good at de-composing!

For all you skullers and hackademics out there, I would like to present another quivering collection of 

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A "Mad Men" Mystery Solved

I am a librarian. I like things to be in order. I like things to be complete, but I have been troubled for the past year. You see, Sally Draper was shown reading a book in Mad Men season four, episode five ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword"), and I could not for the life of me figure out what that book was. The Mad Men Reading List was incomplete and, as a 

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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, Season 2, Part 3 — Mascot Flats

It is the beginning of a new calendar year. A time for reflection. A time for resolution. A time for hope.

In this next installment of the Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, we celebrate and reflect on the rebirth of a derelict East Sixth Street tenement building in Alphabet City. Producer and director Josephine Hayes Dean documents the toils and tribulations of its future residents into something that would become a home for their hopes and dreams.

We are pleased to offer the following film on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

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January 2012 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of January, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Reserve titles now using the Library's new Catalog. Highlights include box office hits such as Moneyball, Drive and Real Steel. Indulge some of your guilty pleasures in 

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The Times We Had: Old Hollywood Memoirs

Hollywood, 1923, Library of Congress PAN US GEOG - California no. 272

In the late 1800s Harvey Wilcox and his wife Daeida purchased 160 acres in the rolling California hills for a housing subdivision. They called it Hollywood. In 1911 the first filmmakers arrived from New Jersey; in Hollywood they could shoot outdoors without electrical lighting for over 100 days each year. Others from the east coast soon followed, coming not only for the sunny climate but to escape the clutches of the Motion Pictures Patents 

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Films of Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar is a Spanish director who has carved a name for himself out of the strange and captivating narratives in his films. With over 20 years as a director and writer, Almodóvar has cajoled audiences with his arresting combination of conflict while simultaneously remaining enjoyable and entertaining. He is a director who can both delight and disturb, because he is willing to be earnest and deliver the end of the film whether it is what we had hoped 

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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, Season 2, Part 2 - Punk'd and Drunk'd

Did you miss CBGB? I did. Well, I should say I missed it in its heyday.

By the time I landed in New York City, the iconic establishment was just a tired bar living off the fumes of its former glories. Listen, I am certainly glad to have made the pilgrimage a handful of times and experienced it well before John Varvatos moved in, but the energy and congregation of locals that helped cultivate a movement of music that still resonates to this day was long gone. All that remained were the 

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It's Just a Blog to the Left! A Rocky Horror Interview

Action!

Cameras are rolling.....

Damn it! Jenn-it!

Oh! Hello! I'm here in the famous New Dorp Library Community Room Theater discussing the Rocky Horror Picture Show with my good friend Bobby Pins. You all know this... so let's get right down to the mission.

Wasn't it great when it all began?

Yeah, I was a regular

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December 2011 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of December, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Reserve titles now using the Library's new Catalog. Highlights include box office hits such as The Hangover Part II, Cowboys & Aliens, and

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Being Spirited Away on Halloween: A Review

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to avoid the typical horror films of vampires, zombies, ghosts,

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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, Season 2, Part 1

The Lower East Side Heritage Film Series is returning to Seward Park Library for its second season. To celebrate, we will project Hester Street from 16mm reels.

This 1975 feature film, adapted from Abraham Cahan's 1896 novella

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Let's Get Physical: Movies Ignoring the Law of Physics

Forget everything you have learned and remember nothing that you have forgotten.

After barely passing Earth Science and failing Chemistry due to a combination of attendance and attention deficits, my guidance counselor thought it best for me to take a sequence of business classes so I could graduate high school. Because of this I never took a

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November 2011 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of November, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Reserve titles now using the Library's new Catalog. Highlights include box office hits such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Super 8, and Conan the Barbarian. November's DVD releases will deliver a lot of laughs, with The Change-Up, Crazy Stupid Love, Our Idiot Brother, and 30 Minutes or Less. You can also have a nice night in with the family with Cars 

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During and After the Credits

There was once a time when one thing was certain: when the credits started rolling, you knew the movie was over.

Unless you liked the musical score or were curious to see who played the Security Guard or who the supervising hairdresser to the third assistant director was, then there was no point in sitting through the credits.

This just isn't the case anymore.

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October 2011 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

With recent inconvenient changes coming to a certain movies by mail provider, NYPL is the ideal place to be to get your movie fix. Reserve your copies early to insure a good spot on the wait list!

In the month of October, many great DVDs are coming to the Library. Highlights include the big Hollywood flicks Fast Five, Scream 4, Green Lantern, and the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. For a family movie night, we've got Zookeeper, Judy Moody, and Winnie the Pooh. Get a jump start ahead of the rest, and reserve these October DVD releases now!

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50 Documentaries (Among Others) to See Before You Die

The 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die series on Current TV has generated a fair amount of controversy... nothing on the list predates 1988, and it's heavy on English-language films, for example. I have posted the list here with links to the NYPL BiblioCommons catalog so that you can read descriptions and put any of the DVDs on 

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