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#PickoftheWeek | Four chances to see Grace Jones
She’s a grandmother, businesswoman, and HIV-prevention activist. But she’s also a singer, model, actress, disco queen, fashion icon, and unrepentant rebel.
The Museum of the Moving Image will screen the documentary “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bambi” four times this weekend.
Along with clips of epic performances of such hits as “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Love Is the Drug,” this movie by director Sophie Fiennes offers a never-seen-before view of the glam-pop diva, one of the first cross-dressing super stars and a pioneer of the flat top hairstyle.
To get intimate footage, Jones allowed Fiennes’s cameras into her home during downtime and backstage during her gigs. There are also scenes from a music studio where Jones collaborates with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, the legendary Jamaican rhythm section (drums and bass).
Catch the film on Saturday, July 7, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, and the museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Born on the West Indian island of Jamaica, Grace Beverly Jones moved to outside Syracuse, New York when she was 13 years old. A few years later, she began a modeling career that led to a record deal in 1977 and ongoing gig as a star of the New York City disco scene in the 1980s. She mixed pop, funk, and reggae, while also launching fashion lines and bringing androgyny into the main stream.
Then she hit Hollywood, appearing in “Conan the Destroyer” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill” with Roger Moore, among several other roles.
Still going strong today, she’s currently working on a new album.
Images: Miss Grace Jones
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