6 Things to Do in NYC Neighborhoods This Weekend

By Daniel Jumpertz on June 6, 2014 7:35am 

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 America's best teen artists and WNYC's RadioLoveFest are on offer this weekend.
6 Things To Do in New York City's Neighborhoods This Weekend
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Friday, June 6
For their June midnight movie series, the Nighthawk Cinema enters a futuristic realm of urban claustrophobia, brutal murder and moral ambiguity, with their Future Noir series. In Alex Proyas' 1998 film "Dark City," showing tonight and Saturday night, a man wakes up with no memory in a nightmarish world without sun. Other films in the series include "Ghost In The Shell" and "Escape From New York," (June 13, 14) and "Liquid Sky" (June 20, 21). Midnight, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg. $11.

View the future of American art and writing at the Art.Write.Now. 2014 National Exhibition, which features the brightest emerging teen talents identified through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S. Previous winners have included Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon and Robert Redford.

An art exhibit will showcase more than 1,000 visual and literary works from students in grades 7 through 12. On display are works of film, animation, 2D and 3D artworks, video games and video greetings from students. Check out the work of the Art Portfolio Gold Medalists here. See it through June 14, at Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Ave., Union Square, 12 to 6 p.m. and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W. 14th St., Chelsea, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 7
New York native and rap queen Princess Superstar has worked with the best in the game, including Kool Keith and Prince Paul (De La Soul). Now the original Bad Babysitter wants to work with your kids! In Play Skool! Hip Hop for Kids, kids under 9 years old will learn about hip-hop's origins, practice cool dance moves, learn fun slang, write their own raps, learn about samples and create beats. Every Saturday this month, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. Ninth St, Williamsburg. $20 per session.

For the five-day RadioLoveFest festival, WNYC takes up residence in various BAM venues to reimagine some of public radio’s most treasured programs as live theatre to be be taped for later broadcast on WNYC and via on-demand listening at WNYC.org. This evening, Chicago-based radio show This American Life puts on an evening of true stories staged as radio dramas. (10 p.m.) $35. The 2012 winners of WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs, Brown Rice Family play a free gig in the BAMcafé and Soundcheck’s John Schaefer hosts an evening of performances by comedian Wyatt Cenac, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen and Brooklyn chamber-pop band San Fermin. 7:30 p.m., 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. $20.

Sunday, June 8
The documentary "Citizen Koch" (named “Citizen Corp” while in production) has endured a difficult birth. Originally intended for PBS broadcast, the film’s production was disrupted when PBS-funded production company ITVS pulled out. The filmmaker’s suggestion is that the disruption was due to the involvement of right-wing energy billionaire (and major public television donor) David Koch. Eventually the film, which follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party, was completed with the support of many small donations. It opens this weekend at the IFC Center. Directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin will be attending today’s 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. screenings. 323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd St., Greenwich Village. $14.

Celebrate spring with the multifaceted Rose Garden Celebration at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Surrounded by 4,000 blooming plants in peak condition, take in music performances, including Queen Esther and her Trio, Q&A sessions with rose gardening experts and impromptu watercolor painting sessions. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx. $30.

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