Wednesday 7/26

[Music]

Hip-hop Homecoming
Old-skool takes it back to the Boogie Down

In the rap game, there have always been real MCs and wannabes; the Cold Crush Brothers (consisting of Easy A.D., Almighty Kay Gee, Grandmaster Caz, JDL, and DJs Charlie Chase and Tony Tone) were the real deal. During the '80s, Cold Crush's street cred and dope skills on the mic resulted in everything from rivalries with the Fantastic Five and controversy over jacked rhymes to an appearance in B-boy/girl culture film Wild Style (1982) and touring Europe. The group's place in hip-hop history is solidified. After a number of years of not performing together, CCB is taking it back to the Boogie Down, Bronx, where it all began. Come hear Caz spin the opening set, and then watch the Cold Crush crew perform classics like "The Weekend" and "Fresh, Wild, Fly & Bold." At 7, Crotona Park, Crotona Park East and Charlotte Street, Bronx, nycgovparks.org, free KEISHA FRANKLIN


[Film]

Shark Scene
Spielberg's killer great white circles the pier

I don't care what anybody says; it's never safe to go in the waters surrounding Manhattan (that shit's disgusting). But don't even dip your toes in it tonight, as Steven Spielberg's killer great white circles Hudson River Park's Pier 54. Jaws (1975) stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as shark expert Matt Hooper, and Robert Shaw as salty shark hunter Quint, a drunk who blurts out classic lines like "Here's to swimming with bowlegged women." Spielberg's film terrified a generation of beachgoers, and John Williams's Oscar-winning, two-note score still sends chills down many a spine. So although it might be funny to bring chum to throw off the pier, don't. At sunset, Pier 54, West 14th Street and the Hudson River, 212-533-7275, freeKEN SWITZER

'It's much more than just video, it's a multimedia circus," explains Chris Chang, one of the pro- grammers of Scanners: The 2006 New York Video Festival, which kicks off today. Aside from screenings of cutting-edge works from veterans such as George Kuchar and Shannon Plumb to newcomers Almagul Menlibayeva and Seoungho Cho, this 15th anniversary edition is loaded with performances and interactive programs. During "The 4th Screen: Please Turn On Your Cell Phones" (Sunday at 8 p.m.), audience members can share videos through their phones. After screenings of new and old Charles Atlas works, which include a collaboration piece he did with Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons fame), don't miss his live video/music performance (Saturday at 8:30 p.m.). And did I mention the computer-created couple that will hold a live Q&A session? At 4, 6 & 8:30 through July 30, Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, 212-875-5600,$ 5–$10 KEN SWITZER

 
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