Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tough Row to Hoe

I’m not sure how you cram 200 years into a 55 minute documentary, but that’s what director Scott Elliott has done to the Bowery in Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery. It was released in 2002, so he obviously missed the sublime real estate boom currently underway there, but that would have added considerably to its running time. Nonetheless, with CBGBs about to close (have you noticed the proliferation of CBGB t-shirts around the EVil and LES lately?), the flick was due for a rescreening, and so the Municipal Art Society obliges: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6:30 pm at the urban center, where you will also find a photography exhibit titled, “CBGBs: A Place That Matters.” (Details can be found here.) If it all sounds a little too earnest and nostalgic, equally earnest but more current photographs of CBGBs can be seen here taken at a recent benefit concert, with many to come.