In an alternate universe Ben Jorgensen’s debut co-starring role alongside the legends Martin Sheen and Valerie Perrine in the 1995 tennis drama entitled, “The Break” was a blockbuster that garnered universal acclaim; instead Jorgensen, who goes by the name Monk, recalls the review byline, “Gone with the Wind it ain’t.”
“I flew to Miami for the premiere with Rae Dawn Chong and the movie had limited distribution for one sad weekend,” he said. While “The Break” went on to air occasionally on Showtime, Jorgensen never had a screening with friends; his sweet redemption will take place with an upcoming screening of the film at Stuart Cinema (79 West St.) on Thursday, March 7th, at 8 p.m., where Jorgensen will read an excerpt from his autobiographical book that is in the works.
Stuart Cinema is the new affordable theater space near the Greenpoint waterfront for artists to screen their films at a fraction of the cost of many Manhattan theaters.
The synopsis from IMDB:
A depressed and destitute Nick Irons, a tennis pro banned from the tour for slugging a player during a TV match, agrees to coach a bookie’s “head case” son, Joel, who wants to turn pro. The bookie wants his son to get out of tennis and contracts Nick to discourage him. Nick begins to do that but after an episode with his old flame, Jennifer, and after seeing the kid’s determination he decides to teach him all the tricks, both physical and psychological, of the trade. The two battle the kids of a famous coach, unfair refs., injuries, travel all over the southern US, while Nick tries to woo his love back, finally to reach the big championship tennis match where all is resolved in dramatic fashion.
Full disclosure: I met Jorgensen three years ago when he moved into my Greenpoint apartment for a few months and we’ve since become friends; our mutual friends in the neighborhood have learned of “The Break” through Jorgensen but have never watched the movie, so we ordered a copy for the screening,
When Jorgensen moved to New York City in 1977 from Australia with his mother Tina Date, they lived in an artist loft on Wooster Street in SoHo where his godfather Stephen MacLean would often visit. As a Greenpoint resident today, Jorgensen is right at home: “I feel that I’ve returned to the 70s in Greenpoint, it reminds me of the artistic vibe with a local flavor that used to be in SoHo,” he said.
Jorgensen began acting as a teen when he landed the starring role in a Calvin Klein “Obsession” ad campaign (which was parodied on Saturday Night Live) and went to study under Bill Hickey, Austin Pendleton and Reed Birney. He worked on the soap opera “All My Children” in the 90s as the day-time television pioneering gay teenager Kevin Sheffield, during a season that went on to win two GLAAD awards and an Emmy. Jorgensen is currently preparing his for his role as a gay mafioso in the queer play, “Death of a Mobster,” while putting the finishing touches on his autobiographical book “Name Dropping.”
Ah, Black Friday. Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to scoop up some sweet deeply discounted goods for your friends and loved ones. Maybe it’s also time to treat yourself (or that hot-to-trot lover). Whatever the case might be, there’s a whole lotta sales going on.
But, instead of shopping at corporate chains and big box stores, why not support some cool and dynamic local small business? These local spots are running some of their own Black Friday specials and they’re way too good to pass up. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.
The first-annual Greenpoint Fall Shopping Crawl is happening this Saturday, November 25th, all day.
Going all day and through the evening, shoppers will enjoy a full day of holiday shopping discounts— 10% to 20% off in each participating shop—free drinks, music, and light bites. The event coincides with Small Business Saturdayand will showcase 20+ Greenpoint businesses, including: Continue reading →
Oh, I do love a good pop-up shop. Starting Friday May 12th (with music & drinks!) and ending on Sunday the 14th, check out a fun shopping event at Maimoun x The Break on 82 Dobbin Street. Maimoun is derived from Persian, which means company or guests who are invited to visit your home for a gathering. The brand is all about bringing style, socialization, and good times together with key looks. Continue reading →
*Green Roof Tour & Lecture on Newtown Creek Ecology @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Avenue) 6pm, FREE, Enjoy the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof and learn about the benefits of green roofs for humans and wildlife, RSVP ♦ Stanisław Fijałkowski “A Young Man Plans a Voyage” @ Green Point Projects (27 Gem St) 7pm, FREE, An inaugural exhibition that examines the work of ninety-five years old Polish artist Stanislaw Fijalkowski, one of the pioneers of post-war lyrical abstraction derived from constructivism and surrealism, More info # Remedi Food Dinner Club : Flower Moon @ Magick City (37 Box St) 8pm, $20-25, Full Moon Dinner honoring this month’s Flower Moon in Scorpio! Everything served is plant-based, ethically sourced, local/organic, foraged whenevr poss, and prepared with love & ecological accountability! Buy tix =) Drop the Mike @ Threes Brewery new Outpost (113 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, Stand up comedy hosted by Kendra Cunningham, More info
# Pizza Night @ Archestratus Books + Foods (160 Huron St) 7pm, $18, Pick up to ten of twenty available toppings to create the personal pizza of your dreams! We have gluten-free crusts, too! RSVP ♫ The New Mastersounds (Night 1 of 3) @Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, Buy tix * Full Moon in Scorpio Ceremony @ Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave) 8pm, $20, Spring Cleaning for the Soul: The Full Moon this May is in Scorpio, ladies. Come transform collectively. Collective energy is most powerful, More infoContinue reading →