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Hey New York: Queer/Art/Film Is Wrapping Up Its Summer Series Tonight at the IFC Center

Hey New York: Queer/Art/Film Is Wrapping Up Its Summer Series Tonight at the IFC Center

Tonight Queer/Art/Film wraps up their special Summer Series, BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS, which has been guest curated by filmmaker Stephen Winter and poet Pamela Sneed. The occasion will see poet Angel Nafis present F. Gary Gray’s 1955 film “Friday” — which, among many other things, gave us the catchphrase “Bye, Felicia!”

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Friday was hailed as an instant classic the moment it hit theaters in 1995, thanks to a breakout performance by Chris Tucker and its loving send-up of familiar black neighborhood figures. For tonight’s guest, poet Angel Nafis, whose work has been compared to Ntozake Shange and June Jordan, seeing her world reflected on screen was a powerful experience, but even more important was the presence of “impossibly fine” actress Nia Long, as a “black girl next door” who wasn’t a stereotype. Nafis found a rare on-screen role model, and felt, “almost itchy with the desire to put her face near my face.” Don’t miss this special 20th anniversary screening.
 

As always, the screening will be followed by drinks and discussion at Julius Bar (159 West 10th St. at Waverly), the oldest gay bar in New York City.

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