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TONIGHT! Friday, December 2 I African Diaspora International Film Festival Established in 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is an international film festival which offers a unique, quality cinematic experience that places at its center the humanity of people of color all over the world. Through its rich and diverse programming, ADIFF offers an alternative world view to that typically offered by other international film festivals. Tonight they feature two films that should be of interest to all lovers of reggae music, Jamaican culture and Rastafarianism. At 5:25pm they'll be screening The First Rasta about Leonard Percival Howell, the man who founded Pinncacle, the first Rasta community, after travelling the world as a sailor in the early part of the 20th century. Then at 9:40pm they'll be screening The Story of Lovers Rock which tells the tale of Lovers Rock (often dubbed "romantic reggae"), a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archival footage shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Both films will also be screened on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at the Quad Cinema.
Saturday, December 3 I COMMANDER CODY Band; also PROFESSOR LOUIS & THE CROWMATIX The COMMANDER CODY Band arrived in San Francisco in 1969, just in time to catch the tale end of the summer of love. Before long, their twangy cover of "HOT ROD LINCOLN" became a runaway hit, reaching the top ten in 1972. A few more tunes breached the top 40 as they hit the concert trail -- playing the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, finding themselves on bills with the Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and even backing up John Lennon. Their "Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas" was named one of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Albums of all time! It promises to be a great evening, as always, with the Commander leading the musical mayhem & controlled chaos, sporting his legendary antics and ability to spark up even the toughest crowds with favorites like "Smoke" and "Hot Rod Lincoln."
Saturday, December 3 I Mafia Walking Tour This popular and exciting weekly tour through NYC's Little Italy explores the former social clubs, homes and haunts of some of the most powerful 20th century mobsters, and uncovers the truth behind many Mafia legends. The tour is conducted by Eric Ferrara, founder of the Lower East Side History Project and author of the "MANHATTAN MAFIA GUIDE" (History Press, 2011). Eric is a fourth-generation, native New Yorker whose family has been in Little Italy since the end of the 19th century. He has also been a consultant on a number of movie and television projects, including HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE and Warner Brother's upcoming remake of THE GREAT GATSBY. He will discuss the Sicilian/Italian immigrant experience, the history of Little Italy and its recent changes, the roots of the Mafia in Sicily and Naples, how the Five Families of the American Mafia originated, historically influential Mafia "unknowns" and the truth behind Boardwalk Empire and The Godfather.
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 I Slow Food Show This two-day tasting event will showcase local and regional, start-up. food and beverage entrepreneurs. These emerging producers create their products locally and regionally with principal ingredients sustainably produced in the region and ingredients from afar fair and and direct trade. People attending the event will have the opportunity to meet local food and beverage producers and taste new products that are produced on a small scale. Items that will be sampled include Heidi's Tickle Sauce, artisan cider from The Cidery, Josephine's Feast preserves and chutneys, Barry's Tempeh, Jojo's Sriracha Chili Sauce, Saucy by Nature salsas from Fresh Picked Pantry, Yolanda's pestos, The Jam Stand, and Morris Kitchen's boiled apple cider syrup. Hudson Valley Harvest Cooperative will also be serving up hot morsels from local farms - Sir William Angus sausages, Sugar Hill beef burgers, Markristo's edamame, Hepworth Farm squash, corn from Gills Farm and butternut squash from Mead Orchard.
Sunday, December 4 I Pink Light Burlesque This is the first Pink Light Burlesque show featuring survivors and instructors from the Pink Light Burlesque program! Dedicated to Diane Naegel, who passed from complications from breast cancer on September 25, 2011, this show will feature fabulously fun and sexy solos, plus a group number and a Q and A with the cast. Proceeds will benefit You Can Thrive, Sloan Kettering and the operations of Pink Light Burlesque. This event has received support from Duane Park Restaurant and the Diane Naegel Foundation.
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