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Spend the weekend with the creativity of Steven Spielberg and Jim Henson.

The Museum of the Moving Image will screen a new 4K digital restoration of the 1977 classic film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” four times this weekend. The same venue, which is located in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, will also show the documentary “I am Big Bird” twice.

Close Encounters,” which was nominated for eight Oscars, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Bayside-bred actor Richard Dreyfuss plays the lead part of Roy Neary, an electric lineman who sees a few UFOs while responding to a power outage in Indiana. He becomes consumed by UFOs and their energy as a series of strange things happen to his house. Then as his obsession crests, his wife leaves him, taking their three children with her. In the end, a possessed Neary meets some reptile-like aliens after their UFO lands on Planet Earth. He hints that he is going to run away with them as the curtain rises.

Watch the movie on the museum’s big screen at the following times: Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Meanwhile, Caroll Spinney is celebrating his 45th anniversary as the actor who plays Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. (He’s 81 years old now, and he has no intention of retiring.) To mark this milestone, the museum will present “I Am Big Bird” at noon on Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1. Tickets are also $15.

This 87-minute documentary explores the “Man in the Yellow Suit” through interviews, on air clips, and some rare footage of his earliest collaborations with Henson. A shy boy who had a puppet obsession while growing up in Waltham, Massachusetts, Spinney got his start after meeting Henson at a puppeteering festival in 1962. He has won Emmy awards and been named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress.


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