Arts And Culture
Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Director Philippe Falardeau tells about his new film “Monsieur Lazhar,” which was one of this year's five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It tells the story of an Algerian immigrant substitute teacher who brings emotional stability to a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. “Monsieur Lazhar” opens April 13 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Angelika Film Center.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Actress Ashley Judd is again in the media spotlight for slamming the media spotlight. This week, Judd penned an article in Daily Beast about her appearance — specifically her so-called "puffy face" — and the media’s obsession with it. Mary Elizabeth Williams writes about women and the media as a Staff Writer for Salon. Cindy Gallop is an advertising consultant and former chairwoman of the advertising agency BBH.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sax player Bill Evans talks about his new album, “Dragonfly,” and about performing at the Blue Note April 10-14, which will include special guest appearances by players of Evans' pedigree: namely Mike Mainieri on vibes, John Medeski on keyboards and fusion legend trumpeter Randy Brecker. “Dragonfly” is his 19th solo album and third with his Soulgrass band, and it features a fiery ensemble that fuses Evans' lineage with American blues, bluegrass, and progressive jazz.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Actor, author, and director Simon Callow discusses his role in the new play “Being Shakespeare.” Written and researched by preeminent Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare’s prose is layered with British history and culture, providing a comprehensive picture of how Shakespeare’s childhood, schooling, and life during the Elizabethan period would have inspired his characters. Callow is the author if 16 books and has starred in the films "Amadeus," "A Room with a View," "Shakespeare in Love," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," among others. “Being Shakespeare” is playing at BAM April 4-14.
Monday, April 02, 2012
We broadcast a panel discussion on artists and the business of art from our recent show in the Greene Space. Gallery owner Sean Kelly, Whitney Museum of American Art curator Carter Foster, and artists Pat Steir and Fred Wilson talk about the current state of the art market in light of the economic downturn and the impact of the exponential growth of art fairs.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Frank Langella discusses his encounters with some of the past century's most famous people—Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Laurence Olivier, Jackie Onassis, Montgomery Clift, among others. His memoir Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them takes us into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount, and writer Roxana Robinson talk about the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s birth. They’ll look at the life, writings, and legacy of Wharton, one of America’s most celebrated writers. The Mount, the Lenox estate Wharton designed and where she wrote Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth, will be celebrating her birthday throughout 2012. The New York Society Library’s exhibition Edith Wharton's "New York City: A Backward Glance" is also on view.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Nina Rosenblum and Daniel Allentuck discuss producing and directing the documentary “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York,” about a cooperative of radical photographers, born out of the labor movement, who were determined to use their cameras as a tool for social change. Members included noted mid-20th century photographers Weegee, W. Eugene Smith, Aaron Siskind, Bernice Abbott, and Ruth Orkin, among others. In 1951 the U.S. Attorney General publicly blacklisted the Photo League for its left-leaning roots, and the group disappeared. “Ordinary Miracles” opens March 29 at the IFC Center.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, discusses “American Mavericks,” celebrating the work of maverick composers, including John Cage, Edgard Varèse, John Adams, Steve Mackey, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Meredith Monk, Mason Bates, and more. The series includes performances by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony—along with Jessye Norman and Emanuel Ax, and a new breed of musical interpreters, including Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Matmos, Joan La Barbara, Jennifer Koh, Lisa Moore, JACK Quartet, and Jeremy Denk. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing at Carnegie Hall.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Director Terence Davies and actress Rachel Weisz discuss their new movie, “The Deep Blue Sea.” Rachel Weisz plays the wife of a high-WASP judge, a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, and it opens March 23 at the Paris Theatre and the Angelika Film Center. Terence Davies’ films are also being presented in a retrospective at BAMcinematek through March 27.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan talks about his latest movie, “Margaret,” along with J. Smith-Cameron, who stars in the film. The story of self-involved teenager Lisa’s emotional turmoil after witnessing (and perhaps being in some way responsible for) the death of a pedestrian hit by a bus, “Margaret” was shot in 2005 and then spent years in the editing room. The film also stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeannie Berlin. It opens at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on March 23.
J Smith-Cameron is currently appearing in "The Maids" at the Theater at St. Clement’s through April 1.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook talks about the relatively small number of producers and top-liners who create a disproportionately large share of contemporary hits, which may explain why so many songs sound the same. His article “The Song Machine” appears in the March 26 issue of The New Yorker.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, an archivist from the Eye Film Institute, and film historian Steve Massa discuss "Cruel and Unusual Comedy Part 3: Selections from the Eye Institute, The Netherlands," a two-week program at MoMA featuring the Euro-clown comedies that were incredibly popular between 1908 and 1914.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Director Tony Kaye and actor Adrien Brody discuss working together on the film, “Detachment.” Brody plays a substitute teacher who moves around often to avoid getting attached, but that changes when he accidentally becomes a role model to the students at a public school where the teachers are burnt out and the students are apathetic. “Detachment” opens March 16 at the Empire 42nd Street and Village East theaters.