Henry Hill's life of crime as a Lucchese family stick-up man and drug dealer made for an amazing crime drama in Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas. His post-Mob life, on the other hand, could be fodder for an absurd comedy. After getting booted from the Witness Protection Program for not adequately leaving behind his life of crime, the man who helped plan and execute such infamous heists as the Air France Robbery and the Lufthansa Heist is (after stints cooking Italian food and arrests for drug paraphernalia and public intoxication) reduced to selling coffee on his website. Seriously: "If you want coffee that won't make you look like a punk, drink Goodfellas," he writes. "I'm no schnook. I drink only the best. I'd advise you do the same. Or else you can go 'get your shine box.'" That "shine box" line, of course, is from Goodfellas (the movie, not the coffee), the insult delivered by Billy Batts shortly before he's beaten to death. Hill will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film's release with a screening 9 p.m. Friday at Silver City Cabaret (7501 N. Stemmons Freeway), where he'll answer questions, sign autographs and sell his books and paintings. Call 214-689-8989 or visit silvercityclub.com for more information.
Thu., Aug. 5, 9 p.m., 2010