Tonight, the Seward Park Library begins the second phase of its 2012 Lower East Side Heritage Film Series with a special focus: the eighties. The branch has been screening films shot on the Lower East Side every month since October, and will now present little-known gems from that gritty decade.
Jim Jarmusch’s first feature film, Permanent Vacation, plays tonight in the basement of the library building, located at 192 East Broadway off Jefferson Street. The movie tracks the wanderings of a 16-year-old through familiar streets, and the characters he encounters (including his schizophrenic mother and a junkie jazz enthusiast) are compelling amalgams of LES lore. The free screening begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs 75 minutes.