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This week we’re sharing movies to watch this weekend, highlighting a new wine bar in the West Village, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Cara Marie Piazza.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING
Moonflower

Photo by Erik Bernstein for Domino Mag

We don’t know the last time a week has gone by without the opening of a very cool new wine bar…and this week is not an exception! West Village’s Moonflower is at the tippity top of our wine bar list. A colorful and lively interior, natty wines, and small plates…what’s not to love?! Head to 201 West 11th St. Tues-Sunday! See u there! 

LISTEN

Coolstuff.nyc co-founder, Anna B, was recently invited to sit down and chat on the super-super fun podcast, Cool Girls Only. Give it a listen here on Spotify or Apple Podcasts to hear some of Anna’s favorite spots and things to do all around the city.

WATCH

This week we’re very excited to welcome back Elissa Suh of MOVIEPUDDING as a guest contributor. If you’re sticking around the city this looooooooong weekend, here is Elissa’s list of what-to-watch at NYC cinemas →

Funny Pages at Angelika
This coming-of-age story — the latest from A24 — about an aspiring comic-book artist is less whimsical than it is refreshingly caustic — and funny.

Purple Noon at Film Forum
The O.G. adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley is a must-see with the same 60s coastal Italian-vacation energy. In French, starring a svelte and hunky Alain Delon.

Queen of Diamonds at Metrograph 
Mostly plotless, this is a film of vibes — the soullessness of capitalism, the decaying mystique of the West  — and astonishing cinematography — a burning palm tree, red nails over a deck of cards — that is paradoxically beautiful as it captures the ugliness of Las Vegas.

Play Misty For Me at Metrograph
Before she was Lucille Bluth, Jessica Walters played an unhinged girlfriend obsessed with Clint Eastwood. Think Fatal Attraction but in Monterey. 

Emily the Criminal at Nitehawk
Watch Aubrey Plaza become a law-breaking citizen when she can't pay back her student loans.


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PS - This Saturday is national cinema day so keep your eye out for those $3 movie tix at Angelika & Nitehawk!!

Cool Friends: Cara Marie Piazza

Meet Cara, a natural dyer and artist working in New York City. Cara creates one of a kind textiles using only natural dye stuffs such as botanicals, plant matter, minerals, non-toxic metals and food wastes. By using ancient shibori techniques and bundle dyeing, she transforms each textile into its very own story. We caught up to hear how Cara carved out a place for herself in the textile arts world.

Image credit: Lisa Kato and Georgia Hilmer

How did you start your career as a natural dyer & artisan?

I was first drawn to the medium in college, I was mesmerized by the alchemy of the process and the vast capacity of plants being able to produce color. I started by dyeing T-shirts in the basement of my friend's vintage store in Brooklyn, and it snowballed into the studio I have today. 

 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

It's more inviting and friendly than you would imagine. New York gets a bad wrap for being rude, but the vibrancy of the creatives here, and their capacity to share resources is what inspires me daily.

 

What's inspiring you right now?

Currently I've been researching milk paints and their applications for home treatments. Making paint from raw earth pigments is my next frontier. 


Follow along:
Caramariepiazza.com
@caramariepiazza on Instagram

Read more Best Of articles, Cool Friends interviews, and past Newsletter editions on our website: www.coolstuff.nyc 

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This week's contrubitors:
Elissa Suh of MOVIEPUDDING
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