Levi’s and Urban Outfitters present shorts from the Bicycle Film Festival, as curated by festival founder and director, Brendt Barbur, this Sunday at Ace Hotel New York. After being hit by a bus while riding his bike in NYC, Brendt felt compelled to start the festival as a platform to celebrate bicycles through music, art and film. He’ll be at the screening and staying after for a Q&A.

The screening is part of a whole weekend celebrating the saddle and wheel at Ace New York, and a larger cross-country tour with Levi’s beginning at Ace NYC and ending at Ace Portland, including a mobile, pop-up bike shop where you can tune up your bike with the best of them — the shop appears at Ace NYC this weekend on Friday and Sunday.

While you’re here, check out our gallery show with New York-based artist Michael Kim, Bicycles, up today through August 9, presented by Levi’s. For several years, Michael has collected photographs of bicycles from daily newspapers around the world being put to use for work and play by everybody under the sun. The images remind us that bicycles are inextricably part of our daily lives — pulled out of context, they’re highlighted as almost extra appendages in the machinations of our lives, and as a symbol of commonality among all people.

As part of the project, we’re happy to announce that Ace NYC and Ace PDX will be receiving four custom, hand-built bikes by Thomas Callahan of Brooklyn’s Horse Cycles and Jordan Hufnagel of Portland’s Hufnagel Cycles, respectively. These fine steeds are being crafted exclusively for Ace and will be available for guests to use. Stay tuned for more.

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All images collected in Michael Kim’s Bicycles exhibition in our gallery.


Gasland screens tonight for free in Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York.

When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for natural gas drilling, he embarks on a cross-country journey uncovering a trail of secrets, deceit and contamination. Part travelogue, part exposé and part mystery, GASLAND delves into just how unsafe hydraulic fracturing is. Q&A with Dave Publow from United for Action and giveaways to follow the screening.


Full Bleed did a collage in room 1022 at Ace Hotel New York right in time for Go Skateboarding Day — and right around the same time Shut Skateboards (one of NYC’s purveyors of Full Bleed and an all around rad skate shop) screened Deathbowl to Downtown, shot on Super 8 and narrated by Chloë Sevigny, for our free Sunday night movie series, Liberty Hall Screenings. For posterity, the flyer and some shots from the screening:



Photos by Taji Ameen


Kathleen Hanna greets you from her lakehouse with Sini Anderson — she’ll be at tonight’s free screening of Who Took the Bomp: Le Tigre on Tour to answer questions when the lights go up — Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York, doors at 7 and reels spin at 7:30. Stay posted for our interview with Kathleen next week, and more info about Sini’s film, The Punk Singer.


Some shots from our Liberty Hall Screening of Tell Them Anything You Want. Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs and Catherine Keener held a Q&A afterward.


An excerpt from Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze's Tell Them Anything You Want, their documentary about “Where the Wild Things Are” creator Maurice Sendak — shown here with his pining bride-to-be, Catherine Keener. Spike and Lance will give a Q&A about the film after it screens at our new free weekly screening series at Ace Hotel New York, Liberty Hall Screenings.

The first screening is this Sunday — we’ll kick off with an evening of Moscow Mules and short films shot at Ace NYC with Massify and Killer Films, followed by Cold Weather by Rooftop Films, a NY-based nonprofit that supports independent film through production, education and really awesome outdoor screenings (though they’re making an exception for Liberty Hall).


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