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#NewsFlash | Meet John Turturro and watch his movie at Socrates Sculpture Park on Aug. 16
Yes, Dorothy, you can go home again!
John Turturro — the Queens-raised, Emmy Award-winning actor — will discuss and then watch a film he directed, Romance & Cigarettes, at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Admission is free.
The movie will show at dusk, but the pre-screening party includes experimental rock music from Pat Irwin and J. Walter Hawkes and American comfort food for sale by East Coast Foodies, an Astoria restaurant, starting at 7 pm.
Appropriate for an adult audience, Romance & Cigarettes is an absurdist musical starring former Soprano star James Gandolfini as a Queens construction worker and family man named “Nick Murder.” He lusts after an oversexed lingerie clerk played by Kate Winslet, and love-hate hilarity ensues after his jealous wife (Susan Sarandon) goes on the warpath with help from her wacky Elvis-wannabe cousin (Christopher Walken). Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Eddie Izzard, and Elaine Stritch make comedy-filled cameos, and Steve Buscemi plays Murder’s best friend.
After growing up in South East Queens, Turturro began his career with a non-speaking role in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull in 1980, but his break-out movie was Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing in 1989. Turturro then had major roles in other Lee joints and Hollywood hits such as Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, and Quiz Show.
Socrates Sculpture Park presents Romance & Cigarettes as part of a weekly summer series that mixes movies from a certain culture with that culture’s cuisine and performances by local musicians and dancers that celebrate the culture.
The fun began on July 5 and ends on Aug. 23 with Bad Hair, the story of a gay-curious, nine-year-old boy who lives with his widowed mother in a poor Venezuelan neighborhood.
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