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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Omar at MoMA! (+ other "The Wire"-NYC connections)

Following up on my previous post about MoMA, here is the 5th of 6 holiday e-mails the museum is sending out..with Omar from "The Wire"!  What better way to get in the holiday spirit.

I'd seen on their schedule that they are screening these 3 episodes of "The Wire", as part of a MoMA film exhibition about Polish director Agnieszka Holland

Also on "The Wire" tip..I was walking down Flatbush Ave here in Brooklyn Monday afternoon, and passed by Chad Coleman--the actor who portrayed Cutty.  In retrospect, it wasn't so surprising to see him there--I'd seen this NYT mini-profile of Coleman, back at the beginning of '08, which mentioned that he lives in Flatbush--and does a volunteer shift at the Park Slope Coop!

Moreover, this associated City Room blog post detailed "The Wire"'s NYC connections (with some good links):

Michael K. Williams and Jamie Hector, who play the nemeses Omar Little and Marlo Stanfield, are both from central Brooklyn — the former from East Flatbush and the latter from Flatbush and Crown Heights.

Andre Royo, who plays the heroin-addicted police informer Bubbles, grew up in the Bronx. And as everybody knows, Method Man, the Wu-Tang Clan member who plays a drug dealer named Cheese, is a proud Staten Islander.

Besides them, Wood Harris, a Chicago resident who studied at New York University, was involved with the city's underground poetry scene while he lived in Brooklyn before going on to play drug lord Avon Barksdale. Clarke Peters, who plays Detective

Lester Freamon, was born in New York and has said he gets recognized whenever he comes back.

And finally, Gbenga Akinnagbe, who plays the assassin Chris Partlow, grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, but you might recognize him from the 2003 Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: The Museum of Modern Art <>
To: Me
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 8:05:32 AM
Subject: Holidays at MoMA: Five of Six Highlights

MoMA E-News
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Above: The Wire. 2004–08. USA. Directed by Agnieszka Holland


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