BBQ Films Presents Rex Manning Day

A 20th Anniversary Screening Of Empire Records (1995)

BBQ Films Presents Rex Manning Day

ARMS, ADVENTURE[s]

Wed, April 8, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY

$42

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This event is 21 and over

BBQ Films Presents Rex Manning Day
BBQ Films Presents Rex Manning Day
REX MANNING DAY

A 2Oth ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF EMPIRE RECORDS (1995)
IMMERSIVE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE, ORIGINAL MOVIE & PARTY WITH LIVE MUSIC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH; ROUGH TRADE RECORDS, WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN

Twenty years – to the day! – since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to “Say No More, Mon Amour,” damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg’s Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you’ve come to love (and hate).

Join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don’t touch his drums!), Gina and her “Sugar High,” and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning… Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you’re brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra’s funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark’s approval. [PLEASE NOTE: The BBQ Films production is immersive, but no original cast has been confirmed for the shows.]

UPDATE: A Live Cinematic Appearance from GWAR!

Tickets:
Tickets are $42, with a portion of proceeds going to charity. Charity will be announced in advance of the event.

Tickets include:
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A themed photo booth from Shootbooth [http://shootbooth.com/]
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...

Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You’re So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!

MUST BE 21 OR OLDER (WITH ID) TO ATTEND
ARMS
ARMS
"I was exhausted," says Todd Goldstein, reflecting on the years since the release of his band ARMS' lush, ambitious 2011 album, Summer Skills. "I put everything I had into that album—creatively, emotionally—I had nothing left in me." After spending his mid-20s playing guitar in New York's much-loved Harlem Shakes and the ensuing years crafting two albums and an EP as ARMS, Todd took a sharp turn away from music. He went back to school to study design; he spent long afternoons throwing down in the kitchen; he looked elsewhere to find his creative kicks. Eventually though, he remembered why he can't help but write songs. ARMS' EP2 is the proof.

The product of a long, slow collaboration with drummer Tlacael Esparza, EP2 feels both urgent and relaxed, its five home-recorded pop songs projecting a lived-in looseness without sacrificing an ounce of tension. "Comfort," the EP's opening track, seems at first to be about music—or a girl. But, unlike most love songs that pull this double duty, the message of "Comfort" is unexpected: Neither one is a prescription for the ailments of real life. "Sleepwalker" plays like an insomniac's wake-up call, dressing a careening rhythm in melancholic guitar figures and peals of glowing distortion, while "Up & Up" is the late-night ripper, an album closing comedown that refuses to land. EP2 is the sound of a kid with a worried mind—a frequent character in Todd's musical universe—learning to let go at last. It only seems right that ARMS' leanest, most immediate record would finally arrive after leaving it all behind.

ARMS is Todd Goldstein and Tlacael Esparza. ARMS has shared the stage with Passion Pit, Walkmen, Beach House, White Rabbits, The Long Winters, A Place to Bury Strangers, Japandroids, Hospitality, Caveman, Asobi Seksu, and more.
ADVENTURE[s]
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249