Wowie Bowie

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Beginning June 3, the Museum of Arts and Design will host David Bowie, Artist, an inspired look, via various mediums, at Bowie’s career as "an artist working primarily in performance." The exhibition will feature interactive kiosks as well as a month-long film series highlighting Bowie’s oftenoverlooked career as an actor, but not every Bowie film is a winner—after all, this is a guy who made Hunky Dory but also made Tonight. How can you be sure which flicks to hit? Here are three of the Thin White Duke’s can’t-miss cinema classics.

The Linguini Incident The first time Rosanna Arquette was involved with magic onscreen was in the 1985 classic Desperately Seeking Susan. Six years later, Arquette picked her wand back up to play an escape artist in this movie, which features Bowie as a bartender and her partner in crime.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars This classic Bowie concert doc, shot in 1973 by D.A. Pennebaker, is well known to die-hard fans, but newcomers should also appreciate the movie, which captures Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust. A bonus to newbies and old hands alike, MAD is screening a rare 35mm print of the film.

Labyrinth Who doesn’t have a soft spot for this 1986, Jim Henson-helmed fantasy classic featuring a young Jennifer Connelly pitted against Bowie (as Jareth the Goblin King) in a puppet-filled, songsoaked romp through a gigantic maze?

Keep the importance of Labyrinth in mind if you have a young person in your life—kids will get a special discount to screenings of this film, ensuring another generation grows up completely charmed by and just a bit frightened of Bowie.