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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Enzian takes a look at the NYC art and music scene of yesteryear with 'Downtown 81'

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 5:28 PM

click to enlarge Jean-Michel Basquiat in Downtown 81 - COURTESY MUSIC BOX FILMS
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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat in Downtown 81
The music and art scene of New York City in the early ’80s is the focus of Downtown 81, a film made by Andy Warhol compatriot Glenn O’Brien. Graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat plays a fictionalized version of himself as he wanders through the city looking for a place to sleep after getting evicted. Along the way, the camera catches up with the likes of Fab Five Freddy, Debbie Harry, Tuxedomoon, Kid Creole & the Coconuts and more, capturing the moment when the punk, hip-hop and art worlds all collided into a distinctly New Yorkian mélange. The film acts as a time machine, transporting viewers to an irreplicable era in the city’s history.

9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | | $12

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