The Harry Potter hoopla is over, the ruling class has left town and everyone we know is fat and cranky: bring on the populist political documentaries! Expect a liberal, self-congratulating crowd at the Film Forum to clap, sigh, boo and otherwise bemoan the state of our country after watching No End in Sight (Iraq … depressing … we’re doomed … etc). The 8 o’clock showing will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Charles Ferguson. Uptown, the charming Neue Galerie (which apparently is a museum as well as the stately home of Café Sabarsky!) has recovered from its Van Gogh exhibit—during which it was flattened by a Times Square-like tourist siege—and will be opening a more sedate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner exhibit, “Berlin Street Scene”. Hmmmm. We called to inquire about a socialite-studded party, but were informed that the museum “does not do openings in the summer.” See why we want to stay home all the time?
[No End in Sight at Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 8 p.m., www.filmforum.org; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Berlin Street Scene, Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, through September, www.neuegalerie.com]