July 29, 2011

If I were you and you were me, here’s what we would do this weekend:

Steve James is one of the finest filmmakers working today. Hoop Dreams was a watershed moment in documentary filmmaking and remains one of my all-time favorite movies. His new film, The Interrupters, is in theaters Friday. It’s a somber look at gang violence in the inner city of Chicago and the efforts of a group of ex-gangbangers that have made it their mission to put an end to the bloodshed. With James behind the lens, it’s all but guaranteed to move you.

If you’re hungry for more silver screen, wander over to Cinema Village and catch the documentary Sleep Furiously. I have absolutely no idea what this film is about, but this weekend, I plan to do exactly what its title suggests. (Note: I just watched a short trailer and I’m really intrigued. Now I’m watching a longer trailer and I’m even more intrigued. The music is by Aphex Twin. I think I just talked myself into seeing this film in the amount of time it took for me to write this wack-ass paragraph.)

Go to the rooftop garden of the Met. Get a drink at the bar, gawk at the absolutely bananas panoramic view of Central Park and the city below. Get another drink and catch a buzz. Check out the sculptures by Anthony Caro that are currently on display. Pretended to appreciate the artwork for a few minutes, get back in line for the bar. Think about what else you have to do today. Realize you have nothing to do because it’s the weekend. Grin.

A couple buddies and I finally made the trip uptown to check out Jeff Koons on the Roof, an installation of sculptures by the renowned artist at the Iris and B. Gerald Center Roof Garden on top of the Met. We couldn’t have chosen a more picturesque spring day and as expected, the views of Central Park and the skyline were awe-inspiring.

Koons’ sculptures themselves were impressive. Each of the three on display (Balloon Dog, Sacred Heart and Coloring Book) is crafted out of stainless steel and coated with cool reflective paint. My favorite of the three was Balloon Dog, an enormous party favor colored tennis ball green. While the play of sunlight and reflection of the surroundings was a nice effect, I thought the scale of the sculptures was dwarfed by the city skyline. The exhibit may have been even more impressive in an atrium of sorts. And if you go, don’t waste your time trying to get a drink, the line is nutty. Overall, I definitely recommend checking out the exhibit, so long as you can get over your guilt for not paying the “suggested” donation.

The sculptures are on display through October 26. More details HERE.