Are you a punk-rocking, forward thinking student with a fascist principal on your back? Well, you can sulk your way through detention, eventually acclimating to the oppressive society of which your school is a microcosm, or you can call the Ramones and blow stuff up. In Rock ’n’ Roll High School (1979), P.J. Soles takes the second route, and it definitely makes for a better movie. As Riff Randell, the biggest Ramones fan at Vince Lombardi High School, she invites Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Marky (Tommy had left the previous year) to become honorary students and aid the class in the fight for their right to rock. The cult musical by Allan Arkush features all the loud and fast Ramones tunes you’d expect, but also songs from Brian Eno, the MC5, the Velvet Underground, and Alice Cooper, among others. Tonight, Bill Pearis of Brooklyn Vegan hosts a screening with live DJs, trivia, giveaways, and drink specials.
Thu., May 23, 8 p.m., 2013