Music, movies, food, river breeze

Outdoor cinema highlights the 10th Annual Festival of International Film, Music, Dance and Food on Wednesday nights at Socrates Sculpture Park through the end of August (Aug 27 is the collective rain date). The park is at Vernon Boulevard and Broadway on the East River in Ravenswoods/Long Island City, Queens.

Performances start at 7 pm, with movies at sunset.

This Wednesday, July 23, they’ll be showing Chop Shop (2007), a film by Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart) about two orphaned kids trying to make ends meet in Willets Point. It’s a powerful slice of life, and if you’ve ever had someone try to sell you candy on the G train, it’ll seem only too real.

The movie will be preceded by the eclectic The Rob Crowe Situation, and Josephine’s Soul Food Cafe will serve up homestyle American cooking. As far as I know, Rob Crowe is not related to Rob Crowe Auto Sales of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, but that would be a nice tie-in with the movie.

The rest of the movie lineup looks like this:

July 30: The Host (South Korea, 2006)

August 6: The Red Balloon (France, 1956) and Persepolis (France, 2007)

August 13: Fellini’s 8 1/2 (Italy, 1963)

August 20: Duck Season (Mexico, 2006)

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