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April 3; 8pm | Café | Free

Nitehawk Trivia

We’ll be back at our usual date and time in April (First Wednesday of the month, 8pm), with four more categories of tough movie questions and another video round. Look for questions about the changing season, and probably something to do with some sweet, sweet drugs. 5 people per team, free to play, get there early for seats!

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April 5 & April 6; Midnight | Tickets

Nitehawk Nasties: Inside (2007)

For our new signature series, Nitehawk Nasties, we’ve swept out the dark corners of horror canon to bring you the bloodiest, nastiest and downright difficult to stomach movies of all time, and we’re kicking things off with one of the darkest, scariest and fantastically crafted horror films of all time: Inside. The highlight from France’s New Extremity movement, Inside follows a recently widowed pregnant woman as she fends off a psychotic home invader who’s out to steal her unborn child–with just the biggest pair of scissors you’ve ever seen. While it certainly tests your fortitude, Inside remains a beautiful piece of filmmaking, and a must see for horror fans everywhere.

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April 5 & April 6; Midnight | Tickets

The Works – Karen Black: Easy Rider (1969)

For our second series of The Works, a series where we highlight some of the great works of art put out by our favorite actors and filmmakers, we highlight the work of under-praised icon Karen Black. In Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Black plays one of the New Orleans prostitutes that escorts Wyatt and Billy through their Mardi Gras acid trip. Also, while you admire Ms. Black’s work, consider donating to her fund to help pay for her medical bills in her ongoing struggle against cancer.

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April 6 & April 7; Noon | Tickets

Country Brunchin’: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) with Tall County

For Country Brunchin’ this month, we have Sam Peckinpah’s overlooked and maltreated Western classic Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, starring James Coburn, Kris Kristopherson and Bob Dylan (who also scored the film). The tale of an aging gun-slinger gone legit who has to hunt down his former ally Billy the Kid. Before the show, we’ve invited Brooklyn acoustic trip Tall County to perform before the film.

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April 6 & April 7; Noon | Tickets

The Bad News Bears (1976)

With the doldrums of winter passing, we can finally all stop pretending to care about hockey and basketball and get into some real sports (please don’t hurt me, I’m kidding–kind of). To celebrate the return of America’s past time, Nitehawk has put together Play Ball! a month-long program of some of our favorite baseball films at brunch. The first is the original bad boys (and girls) of baseball: The Bad News Bears.

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April 7; 9pm | Café | Free

Mad Men Season Premiere

With The Walking Dead wrapped up, it’s time for Don Draper to shine once again, as we open up our cafe for weekly screenings of Mad Men. Look sharp, everyone else will.

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April 8; 8pm | Café | Free

VHS Vault: Blood Tide (1982)

A choice pick from our new batch of VHS tapes we’ve added to the vault this month, Blood Tide is about treasure-hunter James Earl Jones, who accidentally unleashes a monster on a small town who responds by sacrificing virgins. We’ll be screening this fuzzed out gem in the cafe for free.

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April 12 & April 13; Midnight | Tickets

Live + Sound + Cinema: Inner Space (1973) w/ Morricone Youth

Part of our 420 Midnight program this month, World Champion spear fishermen, documentarians and husband & wife adventure team Ron and Val Taylor’s Inner Space is a beautiful, fascinating and staggeringly cool underwater documentary loaded with bright colors, teal water and one-of-a-kind footage of eels, sea snakes, and the great white shark — all narrated by William Shatner. Our cinema department has strung together several episodes of the Taylors’ groundbreaking show for a seamless feature-length film that will be accompanied live in the theater by Morricone Youth.

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April 12 & April 13; Midnight | Tickets

The Works – Karen Black: Burnt Offerings (1976)

A shabby house needs a makeover and it’s up to Karen Black and Oliver Reed to do it, too bad the pair of them don’t know what it takes to keep this house going. Black stars as the family’s matriarch, who is the first to fall for the allure of the house. Burnt Offerings also stars Burgess Meredith and Bette Davis as the home’s previous owners.

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April 13 & April 14; Noon | Tickets

Music Driven: A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002), PRESENTED WITH NOISEY

The first in our Music Driven series in which we collaborate with Noisey, A Skin Too Few, is a documentary chronicling the all too brief life of singer/songwriter Nick Drake that goes all the way back to his birth in Burma, his adolescence in England and the creation of his beloved albums that brought him little success before his death at age 26. The film will be introduced by Joe Boyd, the producer who plucked Drake from Warwickshire and onto every mix tape you’ve ever made for anyone ever.

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April 13 & April 14; Noon | Tickets

A League of Their Own (1992)

Penny Marshall’s fictionalized story of the real-life All American Girls Professional Baseball League, about the group of big swinging women who picked up the bats when the country’s men marched off to war. With a deep bench made up of Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, The Rockford Peaches take on the country’s oppressive gender politics and proves that women are just as capable of captivating a nation with their physical prowess, even if they need to wear ridiculous skirts while they do it.

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April 17; 9:45pm & April 20; Midnight | Tickets (4/17), Tickets (4/20)

Fishing With John… With John Lurie

Nitehawk is happy to invite actor/musician John Lurie back to the theater to guide us through two evenings of his bizarro late-night fishing show where he and a cavalcade of big personalities (Tom Waits, Dustin Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Jim Jarmusch) to catch exotic fish in exotic locales. They don’t really catch many fish, to be honest.

This program will be split into two nights, Part 1 on April 17 will screen three episodes of the show along with a short film, and Part 2 on April 20 will feature the Tom Waits episode followed by the rarely seen film he directed called Men in Orbit (1979), his music video Big Heart, and an artist video featuring his paintings called First and Royal Queen. Both nights will feature a Q&A after the screening with John Lurie and our cinema director John Woods.

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April 19 & April 20; Midnight | Tickets

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Terry Gilliam’s wild adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel about Thompson’s own psychedelic trips into Las Vegas with his Chicano lawyer and just a whole bunch of drugs. With Johnny Depp chomping on Thompson’s iconic cigarette holder, Fear and Loathing became an instant classic for the, uh, I don’t really know how else to say it, drug using crowd.

We’re not really being subtle here.

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April 19 & April 26; Midnight | Tickets

Nitehawk Naughties: Showgirls (1995)

This month we’re also launching Nitehawk Naughties, a series that’s all about sex, sexy ladies, sexy dudes, and sexy ladies and sexy dudes having sexy sex. We’re starting with what might be this writer’s favorite movie of all time, Paul Verhoeven’s shameless, neon-blurred trash-fest Showgirls. Starring Elizabeth Berkley as an ambitious sex-pot who strips, licks and claws her way to the top of the Las Vegas showbiz scene, where she faces off with the current queen of the dance (Gina Gershon) and Kyle Maclachlan’s unfortunate haircut. It’s sort of like All About Eve, except Eve doesn’t shove anyone down the stairs in her movie.

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April 20 & April 21; Noon | Tickets

Spoons, Toons & Booze

Spoons, Toons & Booze gets stoned this month, with a 420 special loaded with animated cautionary tales from your favorite Saturday morning stars. It’s the classic wake and bake routine legitimized because it’s out in public, so that makes it okay, mom.

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April 20 & April 21; Noon | Tickets

Art Seen: F For Fake (1973) | 35mm

Orson Welles’ blend of documentary and cinematic fakery forces the viewers to mull over what in this movie is fact (the story of art forger Elmyr de Hory) with fictional additions starring Welles. Before the film: our “Artist Film Club” will be screening the video workUntitled #142 (Bob Coe from Wasco) by artist Josh Azzarella. We will also show Emily’s Video by Eva and Franco Mattes that was selected by Nitehawk as part of our partnership with Moving Image Art Fair.

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April 25; TBD | Tickets

Beer Dinner & A Movie: The Warriors (1979) w/ Coney Island Brewery

All right now. For all you Boppers out there in the big city, all you street people with an ear for the action, I’ve been asked to relay a request from Coney Island Brewery, it’s a beer dinner for The Warriors, that’s that real live bunch from Coney, and I do mean The Warriors, here’s a beer dinner with them in mind. Coney Island Brewery will be helping those leather vests make their way from The Bronx all the way down to Coney with a multi-course beer dinner featuring a special menu from Nitehawk’s kitchen.

Be looking good Warriors.

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April 26 & April 27; Midnight | Tickets

Dune (1984) | 35mm

We’re closing out our 420 program with a nightmare blockbuster for the ages: David Lynch’s messy, bizarre adaptation of Frank Herbert’s hard sci-fi classic Dune. Follow Paul Atreides (Kyle Maclachlan), a young prince whose family loses power in a brutal coup and who builds an empire from the sand-covered wasteland of Arrakis. Dense and over-loaded with tough-to-swallow exposition, Dune is still magnetic — a film that’s equal parts grandiose and repulsive. Remember, you shall not fear, fear is the mind killer.

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April 27 & April 28; Noon | Tickets

The Sandlot (1993) | 35mm

A ball field, an autographed ball and a great big dog. It’s been twenty years since we first saw Scotty Smalls and his misfit teammates Yeah-Yeah, Squints, Ham and Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez and the rest attempt to rescue a baseball signed by some lady named Babe Ruth from the mouth of The Beast. Set in the early 60’s, the film is a look back at innocent Americana just before that very group of kids moved on to tear it apart (especially that one kid that got really into drugs in the late 60’s and then disappeared).

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April 27 & April 28; Noon | Tickets

Live + Sound + Cinema: Faust (1926) with Gersh/Reed/Knoche

When the demon Mephisto bets an arch-angel that he can extinguish the light from the heart of the most righteous of men. The burden of this bet falls on the shoulders of the alchemist Faust, who’s manipulated into selling his soul to help the people of his town. Will Faust’s pact with the Devil doom mankind? Or can even the condemned be saved? F.W. Murnau’s Faust, the director’s last film produced in Germany, will be accompanied in the theater with a live score from Gersh/Reed/Knoche.