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Erik Bottcher sponsors free flicks and music in Meatpacking

Script writers and actors are on strike. Summer is on the wane. But fear not, all is not lost: Councilmember Erik Bottcher is sponsoring a free “Movie Night Under the Stars” for the community.

The local politician is partnering with Rooftop Films and the Meatpacking Business Improvement District to offer a free outdoor screening on Wed., Aug. 30, of a selection of New York short films, including the series finale of “How To with John Wilson.” The docu-comedy series finds filmmaker Wilson “covertly and obsessively filming the lives of fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics.”

In the series finale, after having a delivery stolen, Wilson investigates how to use tracking to keep future packages from being swiped. Previous episodes have included “How To Make Small Talk,” “How To Put Up Scaffolding,” “How To Remember Your Dreams” and “How To Watch Birds.”

Other short films on the bill for the same night include “Cat Stickers Trilogy,” by Joe Bonacci, in which frustrated tenants try to sleuth out who — is it possibly a neighbor? —is festooning their apartment complex with cat stickers; “Dollar Pizza Documentary,” by Alex Mallis and Travis Wood, which fleshes out the phenomenon of the cheap slice; “Troy,” by Mike Donahue, a comedy about a man who has “loud sex,” which is either wrecking or instead maybe helping his neighbors’ lives; and “The Vacation,” by Jarreau Carrillo, in which “A Black man attempts to take a vacation.”

Before the films start rolling there will be music by Blac Rabbit, a psychedelic rock band from Rockaway, Queens, featuring twins Amiri and Rahiem Taylor, backed by Patrick Starr on drums.

The free screening will be held at Gansevoort Plaza, at Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District. Seating opens at 6:45 p.m., live music happens at 7:15 p.m., and the films begin at 8 p.m.

Registration does not guarantee entry. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. To register, click here.

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