Monday, April 24, 2017

Day 6 Tribeca 2017: A 'The Dinner' Is a Bacchanal



By V.W.

BETWEEN
the appetizer and the digestif, there is a lot to chew on in “The Dinner.”

At first glance, it appears to be a film about a riff between two brothers that will probably be mended over a meal at a fancy restaurant. Directed and written by Oren Moverman and based on the book of the same name by Herman Koch, the film has its North American premiere tonight at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Like a pot of water with a fire under it, “The Dinner” reaches a rolling boil. Cleverly and dramatically told in part through flashbacks, the film reveals a little more with each course. Ostensibly, it is about sibling rivalry between Stan and Paul Lohman (Richard Gere and Steve Coogan). Stan is a high school teacher on sabbatical, while Paul is a career politician who is running for governor. However, much more is afoot.

Encompassing various genres — comedy, drama, dramedy, thriller and black comedy —“The Dinner” is about mental illness. About misconceptions. A major theme is about parents love for their children — especially that of the mothers (Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall)and the various ways they will fiercely protect them from harm.

LL gives the most riveting performance in a strong cast as a mom willing to protect her young by any means necessary. SC is close behind as a man who is both brilliant and tortured, therefore dangerous.

There is much to digest and imbibe in “The Dinner” and it is delicious, down to the last morsel and drop.

Steve Coogan and Laura Linney in “The Dinner.”

Other films/events on today's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival schedule: "I AM EVIDENCE,""Abundant Acreage Available," Tribeca Immersive, "Aardvark," "Frank Serpico," "For Ahkeem," "Keep the Change," "Bobbi Jene," "Love After Love," "Mr Long," "November," "The Boy Downstairs," "Newton," "One Percent More Humid," "Saturday Church," "Hounds of Love," "Flower," "Shorts: Last Exit," "A Suitable Girl," "The Trip to Spain," "the Last Poker Game," "Tilt," Blame"

Visit http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival to learn more about it and the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, including tickets and schedule.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 3 Tribeca 2017: Been There Often, Done That in 'Thumper'; In 'For Ahkeem,' a Smart and Sensitive Portrait of a Girl With True Grit

Pablo Schreiber and Eliza Taylor in "Thumper."

BY V.W.

AN
undercover detective poses as a high schooler to infiltrate a stoner, drug-dealing clique to nail the cook whose whipping up the drugs that have led to the death of numerous youngsters.

"Thumper," which today continues its world premiere run at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, stars Eliza Taylor as the undercover operative. It is set in a small city in California but can be anywhere.

It is populated by familiar character types: the girl who may or may not be fast and loose, the drug-addicted girls one fix from prostitution, clueless teachers, good kids from bad homes. The police detective (Lena Headey) who pressures her operative to bust the bad guys yesterday.

The pusher (Pablo Schreiber), menacing and bullying, is a variation on the bad guy in that he is a war vet with a woe-is-me attitude. He is also peddling poisonous product containing mashed up match heads and only God knows what else.

Jordan Ross' film is reminiscent of "21 Jump Street." The performances are competent enough, but these characters elicit no sympathy.

This story has been told a million times. "Thumper" doesn't build on it, except to introduce waterboarding. There is no breakout performance or interesting hook or nuance.

And though it is clear from the outset how this is going to end - the bad guys are going down - there are no surprises along the way.

A happy surprise awaits the viewer in "For Ahkeem," which continues its North American premiere run on Sunday (23 April). Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest's  documentary brings us  Daje Shelton, 17, as she struggles to make her way in the world.

It is not often that stories about black girls in difficult circumstances are told with such humanity and multiple dimensions. Despite obstacles - a goodly number self-inflicted - Daje thrives.


Other films/events on today's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival schedule: "Tribeca Immersive," "Alphago," "The Public Image is Rotten," "Hondros," "Thirst Street," "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson," "Shadowman," "Flames," "The Divine Order," "Bobbi Jene," "The Family I Had," "The Endless," "Super Dark Times," "LA 92," "One Percent More Humid," "Flower," "Son of Sofia," "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, "When God Sleeps," "Holy Air," "Shorts: Disconnected"

Visit http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival to learn more about it and the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, including tickets and schedule.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Utterly Relevant, 'The Profane' Is an Illuminating Snapshot of Devout Living Within and Contemptuous Living Outside the Enclave

Ali Reza Farahnakian, Francis Benhamou, BabakTafti, Tala Ashe and Heather Raffo in "The Profane." Photos by Joan Marcus.

BY TAMARA BECK

ASSIMILATION
is part of the American experience. As socially engrained as we feel, however, we still live within our "tribe."

If you are Jewish, you probably grew up surrounded by family and friends of the same persuasion. Italians likely also found themselves in enclaves from the old country.

Zayd Dohrn's new play, "The Profane," at Playwrights Horizons in an extended run through 7 May, reconnoiters the two sides to the immigrant experience.


Raif (Ali Reza Farahnakian) and his wife Naja (Heather Raffo) are secular and non-observant. The two, particularly Raif, have distanced themselves from Islam. Their eldest daughter, Aisa (Francis Benhamou) lives at home and works late shifts at a bar.

It's their younger girl who presents the puzzle to them. Emina (Tala Ashe) is dating a fellow student Sam (Babak Tafti), whose parents are traditional and devout Muslims.

Tala Ashe and Babak Tafti are a sort of "Romeo and Juliet" in "The Profane."

Emina has looked for - and found -connections, while her father has fled from them. Raif's rush to judgment is based, of course, on his prejudices, which he tells Emina are actually his "experience ... with these people."

"These people,"  Peter (Ramsey Faragallah) and Carmen(Lanna Joffrey,) are welcoming and charming.

The sets by Takeshi Kata are both lavish and homey, especially for the small Peter Jay Sharp Theater. They underscore the differences between the families.

"The Profane" is unexpected, despite its seeming timeliness. It is brilliant, in fact. ZD has written a play with deep affection and understanding for its characters.

Heather Raffo, Ramsey Faragallah and Ali Reza Farahnakian are slackers in "The Profane."

The cast and play thrive under Kip Fagan's well-paced direction.

The ensemble is universally mindful of the delicacy of the material and its power to provoke. In all the best ways.

Visit http://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/profane/ to learn more about "The Profane."

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ON THE TOWNS: A Film Festival Dedicated to Mother Earth ... Shuttering an Erotic Art Museum With a Bash Attracting Many Marilyns and Deans Galore ... New 'Dialogues' and Old Favorites From Dance Theater of Harlem

"SEED: The Untold Story" is among the films in the inaugural EARTHxFilm festival. (20-23. April). See the listing below for more information.

APRIL 2017

WHAT would it be like to live off the grid, to disconnect?

No barrage of "news," unnecessary updates to your device. No tweets, likes and comments. This notion is explored literally and metaphorically in a multimedia art exhibit that opens on 1 April.

To simply live a comfortable existence on earth - to breathe decent air, to consume decent food, for instance - is addressed in an inaugural film festival in Texas.

Meanwhile in Florida, one and all in the guise of a couple of cultural icons are beckoned to bid tschüssikowski to some erotic works.

1-7 April

ART. 1 April-21 May. Far From the Road. A group exhibition of abstract, contemporary, photographic, post impressionistic and urban works that are literal and metaphorical expressions of what it means to be out of town and off the grid. Exhibit No.9, 550-102 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park, NJ. http://www.exhibitnumber9.com/far-from-the-road

ART. FASHION. 4-8 April. LOOT: Mad About Jewelry. The 17th edition of the Museum of Arts and Design's (MAD) pop-up shop, showcasing the work of emerging and established jewelry designers from around the world.

A necklace from the "Paper Cuts" collection of Michelle Cangiano. She threaded and knotted  paper discs to create the various pieces in the collection. Photo courtesy of MAD.

The artists, who use materials from the familiar to the fantastical, to craft their creations, will be at the pop-up shop to engage and sell their wares to customers. This year, 54 artists from 21 countries are representated. A VIP opening cocktail party and gala fundraiser are planned for 3 April. Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle. New York. http://www.madmuseum.org/loot/loot-2017


DANCE. 4-9 April. Centre National de Danse Contemporaine-Angers (CNDC). The company, under the direction of Robert Swinston, returns to New York after a two-year absence to perform a program of three premieres by Merce Cunningham, including "Inlets 2."  The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. New York. http://www.joyce.org/field_collection_item/1091



ART. CULTURE. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 7 April. Peaceman Pride Party. A fundraiser and goodbye celebration in one. The soiree marks the last time that it will be possible to view the collection of the late Naomi Wilzig in its entirety​ at the World Erotic Art Museum before it removes to Germany. Proceeds from the costume party  (Marilyn Monroe or James Dean) will benefit The Peaceman Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to LGBT and PTSD causes. It was founded by Wilzig's son, musician and philanthropist Sir Ivan. World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL. http://www.bit.ly/2mgy2kt

8-15 April


FILM. Through 9 April. The 11th Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) The festival celebrates movies released in 1967, including a 50th anniversary year screening of "Bonnie and Clyde,” its opening night feature. Other films from that year to be screened include “Guess Whose Coming to Dinner.” Among the world premieres is “Man in the Camo Jacket,” a documentary by Russ Kendall about Mike Peters of the rock band, The Alarm. It chronicles the singer's rise to fame and battle with cancer, including his efforts to help save the lives of cancer patients around the world. Various locations. Dallas. http:// www.dallasfilm.org/

16-22 April


MUSIC. 15, 20, 21 April. April in Paris: Soulful Jazz with Parisienne Sass. The Paris-based Joan Minor Quartet is coming back to America for limited engagements in New York and California. The band is fronted by singer Joan Minor who specializes in jazz standards, many in the American songbook. Blues, gospel and soul are also a part of the repertoire of the Wichita, Kansas native. Metropolitan Room; Angelicas. New York, NY; Redwood, CA. http://www.joanminor.com/styled-2/

The 2017 season of the Dance Theater of Harlem includes various programs and events.

DANCE. 19-22 April. Dance Theatre of Harlem. The company's 2017 season features four programs of old and new works, including "Dialogues" by choreographer Glen Tetley, as well as a tribute to Tetley, a post-performance talkback with choreographers and family matinee. Following the opening night performance is also a fundraiser, the Vision Gala.  New York City Center, 131 West 55th St., b/w 6th and 7th avenues. New York. http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=10311

FILM. 19-30 April. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The festival, which was founded after 911 to help boost the economy of southern Manhattan, seems to grow in a different direction every year. At least that has been the case the last half dozen years or so.

Among the newbies this year are "AT&T Presents: Untold Stories,” a film program geared toward underrepresented filmmakers, and for video game enthusiasts, the Tribeca Games Festival.

Of course, Robert De Niro is one of the founders of the festival, which attracts other marquee names. Among this season's A-listers: Kobe Bryant, Common, Scarlett Johansson and Barbra Streisand. 

A scene from "The Godfather." Archive photo.

Tribeca opens and closes with a bang at Radio City Music Hall: "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" and a special double feature, "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II.

After the opener, a concert with performances by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and others. After the closer, a 45th anniversary chat moderated by Taylor Hackford, including James Caan, Francis Ford Coppola, De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino and Talia Shire. Various locations. New York. http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival


FILM. 20-23 April. EARTHxFilm. Presented by Earth Day Texas (EDTx), the inaugural festival of environmentally focused films opens with a green-carpet gala screening of Jeff Orlowski’s "Chasing Coral." Elsewhere, panels, presentations and VR works address subjects from the effect of solar lights into previously dark places to seed genealogy to fishermen enslaved on fishing boats. Fair Park,1438 Coliseum Dr. Dallas. http://www.earthdaytx.org/#film

23 April and beyond



FILM. 30 April-7 May. The 17th Annual New York Indian Film Festival. The opening night film, "Lipstick Under My Burkha," will be screened at the National Museum of the American Indian and will be followed by a gala fundraiser.  The closing night film is "You Are My Sunday."Various locations. New York. http://www.iaac.us/NYIFF2017/schedule.htm

ART. Through 11 June. 2017 Whitney Biennial. The 78th edition of the exhibition is the largest in terms of square footage and the first at the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art ... Sixty-three artists. From emerging to well-established individuals and collectives. Painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music and video game design. Whitney Museum of American, 99 Gansevoort St. New York. http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/2017Biennial

ART. Through 24 June. A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC – 200 AD. Considering how in modern-day Western society we express ourselves and interpret the meaning of others by observing more than 130 "priceless" works of art from ancient Greece. Pieces are on loan from some of the world's most renown museums, including the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum. Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Avenue. New York. http://www.onassisusa.org/exhibitions/a-world-of-emotions

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Vegetable That Even Kids Will Like: True Made Foods Ketchup; Jamming With Strawberry Rhubarb From Both Beth's Farm Kitchen and Kerber's Farm, Plus Other Delights



HEADS UP: One major difference between the 2017 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York (5-7 March) and last year’s show is an abundance of healthy beverage choices. Over the next two or three months on Wednesday (not every week, though), we will bring to your attention news of some noteworthy, new and newish food and drink products that are nutritious, delicious and crafted with care. Because there was an abundance of beverage choices, we will discuss them over two consecutive weeks. Also this year, we will also break down the articles by category, e.g., beverages, sauces, baked goods. We hope that some of the products will make it into your shopping cart.

BY V.W.

“KETCHUP
is NOW a Vegetable.”

Visit the homepage of True Made Foods (http://www.truemadefoods.com) and those are the first words you will see.

An apt response to such a declaration might be something like, “right,” meaning that’s a bunch of baloney. The way it was when, back in the day, the Reagan Administration tried a similar line in an attempt to save money on the school lunch program. It wasn’t successful.

The vegetables in question in True Made Foods ketchup are carrots butternut squash and spinach. It is also gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO.

One could say that necessity is the father of invention. In this case, True Made Foods CEO &co-founder Abraham Kamarck. Like so many parents, he was concerned about the health of his children. “They love ketchup and the ones on the market were full of sugar. I didn’t want them to eat that so I had to come up with an alternative.”

The most popular conventional ketchup brands, which won’t be named, have upped their game to include healthier varieties, but they still sell the old-fangled ketchup that contain both GMO-laden high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup.

Each bottle of True Made Foods ketchup (there is also a Veracha hot sauce and BBQ Sauce made from that veggie base) contains a cup each of the three aforesaid vegetables. This imparts sweetness, making the sugar load unecessary. A tablespoon contains 2 grams of sugar, where the conventional brands contain anywhere from 3 to 6.

The ingredient list is shorter and less dense, too: Tomato puree (tomato paste, water), vegetable puree (butternut squash, carrots, spinach), sugar, vinegar, salt, onion powder, All Spice.

And the taste? It’s rather good.

Meanwhile, if jams, jellies and marmalades are your thing, two New York state farms have you covered.

Beth's Farm Kitchen​ "supports local farmers in the region by transforming their amazing produce into delicious treats" such as strawberry rhubarb jam.

Though Beth's Farm Kitchen (BFK) and Kerber's Farm produce various flavors, I gravitated toward Strawberry Rhubarb. The two versions are equally delicious, with a well-balanced flavor profile.

There is a hint of tartness that is derived from the rhubarb that tamps down any treacliness. It won't do to have jam that is too sweet, will it?

The only difference in the jams that I could detect is the price. At BFK (http://www.bethsfarmkitchen.com/), which also produces mustard, pickles, chutneys and such, jams start at $9. Prices across the board can rise, however, after the 36-year-old Hudson Valley farm completes the redesign of its packages.

Strawberry rhubarb and other jam flavors are mainstays of Kerber's Farm, which under new ownership is still dedicated to providing organic produce and homemade baked goods.

Perhaps part of the reason Kerber's jams start at $12 is because the label is more attractive. (http://www.kerbersfarm.com/)


Like BFK, Long Island-based Kerber's, which was purchased by food purist Nick Voulgaris in 2013, doesn't rest its laurels on jams only. Among its other products are herbs, oils and baked goods.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thinking Thoughtfully About That Elixir of Life As World Water Day Approaches

BY VW

WATER
is on the brain today for two reasons.

First, owing to a study released late last year that found that we are hardwired with a swallowing inhibitor that prevents us from drinking too much water, thus in some cases saving our lives. Perhaps seven glasses a day may do the trick, no?

In Overdrinking results in the emergence of swallowing inhibition: an fMRI study, researchers reached this conclusion after giving study participants water both when they were thirsty and when they had consumed too much water. (http://www.bit.ly/2ofTFoK)

Secondly, thoughts of water have taken root because tomorrow is World Water Day. The theme this year is wastewater.
(http://www.worldwaterday.org/)

Wastewater is defined simply as water that has already been used. According to the United Nations, though 80 percent of wastewater flows back to nature untreated, it can be treated and reused. For instance, water used to brush teeth can be reused to wash cars, water plants and lawns and be used in heating and cooling systems.

Some other facts about water:
1. about half of the world's hospital beds are occupied by people with water-related illnesses;
2. leather and chemical companies are major water polluters;
3. allowing a tap to run while we brush our teeth uses several gallons of water;
3. Asia has the most polluted rivers in the world;
4. since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to cleaner water.


Quite incredible on all accounts. Considering how little of the world's water is available for our use, reusing it where applicable not only make sense, it is vital.

In the United States - where we take the availability and potability of water for granted, where we may find the overdrinking study merely intriguing - much education and many reminders about the preciousness of water are necessary.

In parts of Africa, Asia and South America, for instance, people would likely scoff at the study. They are all too aware that water can be deadly, of course not in the way the overdrinking study cites. Thanks to efforts by the United Nations as well as non-profits like The Water Project and Charity Water, water catastrophes are becoming less commonplace in these regions. (http://www.thewaterproject.org/; http://www.charitywater.org/)

Much has yet to be done, the world over, though. Especially in the West, especially in the United States. California can be commended for its long commitment to water conservation. And many such programs like the one introduced in Gainesville, Florida last year are to be encouraged.

Laura Warner, UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural education and communication, believes small water conservation efforts can go a long way.Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS

In the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension (UF/IFAS) program, participants saved 65 million gallons in outdoor irrigation last year alone. It is estimated that this was enough to supply 15 subdivisions with water for a year.

They learned user-friendly strategies and practices such as best irrigation procedures and choosing drought-tolerant plants. (http://www.bit.ly/2mSNxCu)

It can't be said too often: water is an extremely precious natural resource that belongs to us all and should not be needlessly wasted.

On World Water Day and every day, we really want to earnestly think more about water conservation and preservation. We have the wherewithal, but we need awareness and the will.

What Laura Warner, UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural education and communication, observed about Florida can apply to the country and the world.

“Seemingly small drops in the bucket really add up when we look at the big picture across the state and over time.”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ON THE TOWNS: It’s a Woman’s World (at Least for a Month) … Worlds of Cinema From Hearts of South Asia and France … Wide World of Emotional States Among Ancient Greeks … Joffrey Ballet Explores a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Cast in Another World

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, far left, visits Syrian refugees during a trip to Jordan. She is to receive a special award from the UN Women for Peace Association for her work on behalf of women and girls. Photo courtesy of UN Women.

MARCH 2017


IT'S Women's History Month and the UN Women for Peace Association is marking the occasion with an annual celebration and march.

Elsewhere, French film is all the rage at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Down in Dallas-Ft. Worth, the South Asian Film Festival is centerstage. Meanwhile, the emotions of ancient Greeks are something to contemplate, then there is the Whitney Biennial.

1-7 March

DANCE. From 6:30 p.m. 1 March. Rioult NY Winter Gala. The annual fundraiser of the modern dance company will feature a raffle, auction and live dance performances. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and West Side Highway. New York. http://www.rioult.org/performances/gala/

FILM. 1-12 March. 22nd Rendez-vous with French Cinema. The festival dedicated to French film opens with "Django" from Étienne Comar. It is an account of jazz musician Django Reinhardt's escape from Germany-occupied Paris. The festival closes with Jérôme Salle's "The Odyssey." It is based on the life of Jacques Cousteau, including the challenges his family faced as he pursued his dreams.  Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St. New York. http:// www.filmlinc.org/festivals/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema/

FILM. 3-5 March. 3rd Annual DFW South Asian Film Festival (SAFF). Award-winning shorts, documentaries and feature films from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan). The festival opens with "A Billion Colour Story" and closes with "Doctor Rakhmabai." Hoglund Foundation Theater of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N. Field St.) and AMC Village on Parkway 9 (5100 Belt Line Rd. #220). Dallas. http://www.dfwsaff.com/

Samba dancing is one of the highlights of the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Carnival. Photo courtesy of Veuve Clicquot Carnaval.

FOOD, DRINK, DANCE, PARADE. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. 4 March. 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Carnaval.The Champagne brand, with cohost Adriana Lima, brings Carnaval to Miami with samba dancers, drummers, live music and more, including a parade (3 p.m.). Proceeds benefit the Perez Art Museum. Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL. http:// www.vccarnaval.com

8-14 March

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli / Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo. Photo courtesy of Onassis Cultural Center.

ART. 9 March-24 June. A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC – 200 AD. Considering how in modern-day Western society we express ourselves and interpret the meaning of others by observing more than 130 "priceless" works of art from ancient Greece. Pieces are on loan from some of the world's most renown museums, including the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum. Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Avenue. New York. http://www.onassisusa.org/exhibitions/a-world-of-emotions

CULTURE. From 11:30 a.m. 10 March. UN Women for Peace Association Annual Awards Luncheon.The organization honors individuals who have made a positive difference in the lives of women and girls. Among this year’s honorees are Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; Dayle Haddon, Founder &CEO, WomanOne, and Luz Towns-Miranda, mother of fellow honoree Lin-Manuel Miranda. Martha Stewart is among the invited guests. Delegates Dining Room, United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street. New York. https://www.unwomenforpeace.org/

15-22 March


William Pope L., “Training Crawl”, (for The Great White Way: 22 miles, 5 years, 1 street), 2001. Lewiston, Maine. Performance photographs. The work of the artist is featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Photo courtesy of William Pope L

ART.  17 March-11 June. 2017 Whitney Biennial. The 78th edition of the exhibition is the largest in terms of square footage and the first at the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art ... Sixty-three artists. From emerging to well-established individuals and collectives. Painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music and video game design. Whitney Museum of American, 99 Gansevoort St. New York. http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/2017Biennial

23 March and beyond

The Lighthouse cheeseburger comes on a brioche bun and is topped with beef, cheddar, onions, jam, pickles, jalapeños and mayonnaise. Dinner for two at the Williamsburg, Brooklyn eatery is among the online auction lots associated with the Lighthouse dinner benefiting Change Food fundraiser. Photo courtesy of the Lighthouse.

FOOD. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 27 March. Lighthouse dinner benefiting Change Food. Celebrating select Brooklyn businesses during a four-course, sit-down vegetarian/pescetarian dinner at the Williamsburg restaurant. Accompanied by an online auction of food-related goods and services. Proceeds benefit the healthy food advocacy nonprofit Change Food. Lighthouse, 145 Borinquen Place. Brooklyn, NY. http://www.bit.ly/2lWjOTX

DANCE. 29 March-2 April. The Joyce Theater Foundation’s presentation of The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet. For the first time in more than 20 years, the full company will perform in New York. The centerpiece is Krzysztof Pastor’s critically acclaimed updated version of "Romeo & Juliet." On 30 March is a gala performance of mixed repertory, including "Body of Your Dreams" (Myles Thatcher) and "Fool’s Paradise" (Christopher Wheeldon). David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza. New York. http://www.joyce.org/performances/romeo-juliet-joffrey-ballet

FILM. 30 March-9 April. The 11th Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) The festival celebrates movies released in 1967, including a 50th anniversary year screening of "Bonnie and Clyde,” its opening night feature. Other films from that year to be screened include “Guess Whose Coming to Dinner.” Among the world premieres is “Man in the Camo Jacket,” a documentary by Russ Kendall about Mike Peters of the rock band, The Alarm. It chronicles the singer's rise to fame and battle with cancer, including his efforts to help save the lives of cancer patients around the world. Various locations. Dallas. http:// www.dallasfilm.org/
 
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