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I'm sorry to shout. But we're showing Desperately Seeking Susan and DIRECTOR SUSAN SEIDELMAN WILL BE HERE. So if ever you were going to attend a Lower East Side Heritage '80s film, this is the one. Ms. Seidelman will be speaking about her work, and there will be a Q and A after the show. Moving on...

I was amazed at what I remembered and what I forgot about Desperately Seeking Susan, or remembered differently. I forgot all the cameos.

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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: the Eighties, Part 3 - The Way it Is or Eurydice in the Avenues

Pretend you’re just outside Tompkins Square Park. Enter the park on Avenue A, at 8th Street. Take the windy path through the park towards Avenue B. Okay, now sniff. What do you smell?

You smell dogs.

The Way it Is or Eurydice in the Avenues opens early morning summer in the Park. Three feckless dog walkers stand over the dead body of a girl in a polka-dot dress. Who else is going to find a dead body in Tompkins Square Park? Okay, drug-addicts, probably, but still. Dog walkers. 

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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: the Eighties, Part 2: Jarmusch's Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation opens with a moving crowd of New Yorkers, still dressed '70s groovy. It might be a camera trick, but no one appears to be rushing. The music is slow, diffuse horn and bells. We meet 16-year-old Aloysious Christopher Parker, already dressed '80s rockabilly cool. His body is like a marionette's — all long limbs and loose joints. His voice is like an oboe, and his delivery is like slow air out of a tire. He dances to

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Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: the Eighties - "Smithereens" (1982)

I went to high school in the EastVillage from 1983 to 1987. This might sound kind of punk rock. Unfortunately, I totally missed out on CBGB in the late Seventies (see also: Punking Out) and early Eighties. And let's face it, I didn't go inside any real club for most of the Eighties either — I was underage, and too busy studying for the SATs. But I remember how the outsides looked. The streets and 

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The Manga Cookbook Part 1, or, How To Boil an Egg

Every morsel in The Manga Cookbook is so freaking cute and delicious looking I couldn’t decide what to cook. This kind of copious edible cuteness must be how the Bento box came to be. The bento is a combo of small treats stuffed together attractively in a box or tray. In fact, stuffing the tray is compulsory, as the bento is meant to be portable. If there’s even a little space in the box, contents will shift and the omotenashi (eating with the eyes) will be ruined. In any event, I was compelled to make a variety of 

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Sam Stern's Real Food Real Fast - Beef 'n' Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

Last night I made Lettuce Wrapped Beef 'n' Mushroom Stir-Fry, from Sam Stern’s Real Food Real Fast. My co-blogger, Anne Rouyer, says Sam Stern is the teenage Jaime Oliver. Like Jaime, he is physically adorable. Like Jaime, he is British. Also like Jaime, he writes cloying, chatty recipes for bland meals. 

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Cooking from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List: Orange-Molasses Sticky Pork with Blasted String Beans

Last night I made Orange-Molasses Sticky Pork with Blasted String Beans from Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. Naturally, I was intrigued by the word blasted. Blasted is nothing but roasted, it turns out. They say even bad advertising works, and the proof is that I still made this dish.

I used salmon instead of pork -- anything that tastes good on pork also tastes good on salmon, friends. See also -- teriyaki, barbecue sauce, any kind of fruit glaze. This might have only to do with the sugar in 

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Highlight from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List: Ask Me Anything

I learned to move a tablecloth without breaking anything. I did it with a can of soup, a thing of hairgel, and this book.

Okay so nothing could have broken, really, and I probably won't try this with my grandma's china, but it was still pretty cool. The key is to give the cloth a quick, firm tug with both hands. You can also read about friction and inertia, which is what makes this possible.

I also might have learned how to throw a boomerang, if only I knew where to get one. Turns out there's a 

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