Our recurring series for fans of great music and great stories returns Jan 13 with Studio 54. For 33 months in the 1970s, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager succeeded in creating the ultimate New York club. With unprecedented access to Schrager (Rubell died in 1989), who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare footage, director Matt Tyrnauer constructs a vivid, glorious portrait of a disco-era phenomenon.
On Feb 10, it’s David Byrne’s True Stories. Byrne plays tour guide in this gently surreal portrait of a town of slightly-off Texans. Byrne based his characters on odd stories he collected from newspapers, and vignettes are punctuated with original Talking Heads music, including “Wild Wild Life.”
Film Streams will present its first-ever VHS screening on Mar 10. Coming on the heels of a 1980s hot streak that established Tom Waits as a lounge-y, gravel-voiced gutter poet, the 1988 concert film Big Time epitomizes a kind of cool. Never released on digital media and with no known 35mm prints, we’re showing it in all its art-damaged glory the only way possible — on tape.