Tonight you have a chance to better understand why 7-Elevens, heavy-handed police tactics, and David Schwimmer are all interrelated. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space on Avenue C is screening the documentary Tompkins Square Park: Operation Class War on the Lower East Side.

Released in 1992 by Paper Tiger Television, the film profiles the park's Riot of '88 and "reveals the ugly side of forced gentrification in New York City." Here's a taste:

MoRUS is screening the film as part of its film festival that runs through August 10—check out the full schedule here.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. screening will also feature a slideshow by artist and longtime LES resident Seth Tobocman. Suggested donation is $5. Paper Tiger notes that the film is "Relevant to anyone who lives in contemporary urban society." This means You.

[Hat tip to Washington Square Park Blog]