Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lila Downs, Julius Caesar, Rums of the World, Real/Fake Science + More: Datebook 6/28 - 7/2/2017

      TODAY       
 WEDNESDAY
         6/28         
PHOTO: Screenshot via YouTube
       DANCE       

Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects: The Brain Piece

Seventy-two spectators at a time will experience Jody Oberfelder's The Brain Piece, second in a series that began in 2013 with 4Chambers, a study of the human heart.  (Read More)

          ART          

Calder: Constellations

It is odd today to think of a time when mobile existed only as an adjective, but it wasn't until 1931, when Marcel Duchamp christened Alexander Calder's unorthodox hanging sculptures as "mobiles," that the term came to life as a noun.
  (Read More)

          FILM         

Duel in the Sun

Some years after constructing the mammoth Gone With the Wind (1939), producer David O. Selznick tried to best himself by erecting this bewildering cinematic shrine to his second wife, Jennifer Jones.  (Read More)

          FILM         

Nighthawk Shorts Festival Selects

There's not much of a thematic coherence to the Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects program — a collection of seven short films running at 91 minutes total — except that every single one of them is worth your attention.   (Read More)

          FILM         

A Vision of Resistance: Peter Nestler

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's "A Vision of Resistance: Peter Nestler" is that that rare repertory pleasure: the presentation of works by a major artist whose output is likely to be news to even the most hardened of metropolitan cinephiles.   
(Read More)


     THEATER     

The Artifical Jungle

The last play written by master of high camp Charles Ludlam before his death in 1987 was this noir satire involving a dull pet-shop owner, his bored wife, a dangerous drifter, and an ominous piranha tank.  (Read More)

          FILM         

Bad Lieutenant 

Although perhaps overshadowed in the popular imagination by Werner Herzog's berserk 2009 New Orleans–set version (starring a typically unhinged Nicolas Cage), Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant (1992) nevertheless stands as a smoldering and singular character study. (Read More)

     THEATER     

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar took on unruly cultural relevance this summer with the controversy surrounding the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production.  (Read More)

       DANCE       

Dans(c)e

The portmanteau-creating parentheses in his ensemble's name reference the fact that Dylan Crossman, a veteran of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Legacy Tour and a star performer in Sally Silvers's recent Tenderizer, grew up in the South of France and studied in London.  (Read More)

  THURSDAY
        6/29         
PHOTO: Marcela Taboada

       MUSIC       

Lila Downs

Oaxacan-born singer-songwriter Lila Downs specializes in dramatic transformations that highlight and explore the feminine archetypes of Latin American culture.  (Read More)

       COMICS      

Mark Fertig: Take That Adolf!

It's one of the most indelible images of Golden Age comic books: Captain America socking Adolf Hitler in the jaw on the cover of Captain America Comics #1 — cover-dated March 1941, months before America officially entered the Second World War.  
(Read More)


 FOOD & DRINK 

Rums of the World

It's been decided: We take rum seriously now. But that doesn't mean it's still not one of the most purely fun spirits to drink and learn about, thanks to its fascinating, pirate-populated backstory.   (Read More)

          FILM         

Print Screen: Yuri Herrera and The Long Goodbye

The latest in the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Print Screen" series — which pairs contemporary writers with films that have informed their work — sets a screening of Robert Altman's beloved 1973 neo-noir The Long Goodbye alongside a discussion with the Mexican novelist Yuri Herrera, author of the acclaimed Signs Preceding the End of the World (2015) and his newly translated debut novel, Kingdom Cons  (Read More)

      SCIENCE     

Real/Fake Science: An Interactive Experiment Salon

It's easy to scoff at the flimflam of yesteryear: 1912's Piltdown Man, the 1947 film of an alien autopsy, or even the 1999 "discovery" of the archaeoraptor, which was ultimately revealed to be two unrelated fossils glued together.    (Read More) 

     THEATER     

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar took on unruly cultural relevance this summer with the controversy surrounding the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production.  (Read More)

       DANCE       

Dans(c)e

The portmanteau-creating parentheses in his ensemble's name reference the fact that Dylan Crossman, a veteran of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Legacy Tour and a star performer in Sally Silvers's recent Tenderizer, grew up in the South of France and studied in London.  (Read More)

      FRIDAY
        6/30         
PHOTO: Courtesy Facebook

        MUSIC        

Daniel Bachman

Guitar virtuoso Daniel Bachman makes good winter music, spare and thoughtful, but let's be honest — the raw, twangy blister of his finger-picking is also summer as hell.    (Read More)

        MUSIC        

Early Riser

Once pigeonholed by power chords and testosterone, punk rock spreads an increasingly wide umbrella in 2017.   (Read More)

        MUSIC        

Monk on Guitars

Great Thelonious Monk guitar albums — such as Elliott Sharp's spidery Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk!, Peter Bernstein's authoritative Monk, and even Mike Neer's twanging Steelonious — are rarer than you might think.  
(Read More)


     THEATER     

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar took on unruly cultural relevance this summer with the controversy surrounding the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production.  (Read More)

       DANCE       

Dans(c)e

The portmanteau-creating parentheses in his ensemble's name reference the fact that Dylan Crossman, a veteran of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Legacy Tour and a star performer in Sally Silvers's recent Tenderizer, grew up in the South of France and studied in London.  (Read More)

        MUSIC        

Riverside

The band Riverside invented itself to celebrate the music of Jimmy Giuffre, a wily composer who did things with small ensembles that others weren't doing.    (Read More)

        TALKS        

The Woman Question

It's a good thing women can vote, but with turnout in November at an abysmal twenty-year low, and with 53 percent of white women voting for Trump, it seems the suffragettes weren't enough to save us from our current national nightmare.  (Read More)

 

 

  SATURDAY
         7/1         
PHOTO: Fern Silva, The Watchmen, 2017/Courtesy The Artist

          FILM         

Fern Silva

Fern Silva's work — the subject of the latest entry in the New Museum's ongoing "Screens Series" initiative — is marked by bewildering collisions that suggest, at once, unfolding mysteries, exotic adventures, and terrifying cataclysms.    (Read More)

 FOOD & DRINK 

Independence Day Celebration

Get a taste — literally — of how Independence Day was celebrated when Congress declared it a national holiday in 1870.  (Read More)

     THEATER     

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar took on unruly cultural relevance this summer with the controversy surrounding the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production.  (Read More)

        MUSIC        

Riverside

The band Riverside invented itself to celebrate the music of Jimmy Giuffre, a wily composer who did things with small ensembles that others weren't doing.    (Read More)

     SUNDAY
         7/2          
PHOTO: Bill Eppridge

     THEATER     

J&K: 1965

In 1965, Life photographer Bill Eppridge took a series of photographs of two heroin addicts in New York City: John and Karen.  (Read More)

     THEATER     

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar took on unruly cultural relevance this summer with the controversy surrounding the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production.  (Read More)

       MUSIC       

Get Ur Freak On: A Celebration of Missy Elliott

Brooklyn rapper and spoken-word artist Latasha Alcindor brings the living history of Missy Elliott to Le Poisson Rouge for a commemoration of the emcee's everlasting contributions to hip-hop. (Read More)

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