Saturday, October 1, 2016

ON THE TOWNS: Danish Dancing at The Joyce; Apollo Theater Keeps it '100' With Ella; Expanding Minds and Coffers, Courtesy of Casita Maria and El Museo Del Barrio ... On Film: Chelsea, Tallgrass, La Costa, New York.

From the "Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion" exhibit, which is the inspiration for the annual Dia de Los Muertos (19 Oct.) arts education fundraiser at El Museo Del Barrio. Image courtesy of El Museo Del Barrio.


FILM buffs get an eyeful this month with a surfeit of festivals.

New York, as all of filmdom is likely aware by now, opened last evening with a documentary. Meanwhile, Tallgrass continues its indie spirit with a fresh batch of seven "Stubbornly Independents." La Costa and Chelsea are undertaking engaging things, too.

Meanwhile, The Joyce Theater re-ups on Nordic dance. Castia Maria and El Museo Del Barrio continue to open minds and raise resources in the arts and education space. The ever-busy Apollo Theater sings Ella's praises, or rather, has others do so ...

1-7 October

THEATER. Through 1 Oct. 2016. Empathitrax. Written by Ana Nogueira and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the dramedy explores the fallout when a couple takes a drug that can allow one to know the feelings of others. It is a Colt Coeur (Brooklyn) production making its world premiere. HERE, 145 Sixth Ave., b/w Spring and Broome streets. New York.

MUSIC. DANCE. POETRY. COMEDY. Concluding 1 Oct. 2016. Apollo Theater Amateur Night Auditions.For the second time this year, producers also hit the road in search of talent to audition for Amateur Night now in its 82nd year. In New York City (17 Sept.), Philadelphia (24 Sept.) and D.C. (1 Oct.), singers, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and other performers compete for a chance to appear on the stage of the Apollo Theater. The grand prize is $20,000. Various locations. New York. Philadelphia. Washington, D.C.

THEATER. 5 Oct. – 23 Oct. Men of Tortuga. Vermont-based Living Room Theatre makes its New York City debut with Jason Wells’ dramedy about the scheme of four powerful men to eliminate a rival and the absurdity that ensues. TADA!, 15 W. 28th St. New York.>

THEATER. Through 7 Oct. 2016. Fiorella!. The Berkshire Theatre Group Presents the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick in its first New York City and off-Broadway revival. East 13th Street Theater, 136 E. 13th St. New York.

BOOKS. 7 -9 Oct. Third Annual IAAC Literary Festival. The festival centers on various topics, including a discussion of new monographs by Maqbool Fida Husain, inspiring social change and the posterity of the Anglo-Indian community. NYU Kimmel Center, Washington Square Park South. New York.>

8-14 October

Through 9 Oct. 2016. NY Quadrille. The 2016-17 season (through 26 Feb. 2017) of The Joyce Theater opens with a two-week engagement of "NY Quadrille." The quadrille is an 18th-century dance that is performed in a rectangular configuration and can be viewed from four sides. Four choreographers direct the work, created and conceived by Lar Lubovitch, to be performed on a specially constructed stage. The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. New York.;

FILM. 12-16 Oct. 14th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival. Showcasing independent films from around the world, as well as workshops, directors’ talks, parties and galas. A highlight is the Stubbornly Independent competition. It features domestic narrative films that were made for less than $750,000 and that do not have a distribution deal before 16 Oct. 2016. Last year’s winner was “A Light Beneath Their Feet” from Valerie Weiss. Various locations. Wichita, KS.

Dance. 13-16 Oct. Danish Dance Theatre.The U.S. Premiere of Artistic Director Tim Rushton’s "Black Diamond." The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. New York.

FILM. 13-16 Oct. Chelsea Film Festival. The international festival features the work of emerging actors, directors and producers. Many of the features and documentaries address global issues. The opening film of the fourth entry is "Misfortune" (Desmond Devenish). Closing out the festival is "La Vie Pure" (Jérémy Banster). Various locations. New York.

FILM. 13-16 Oct. La Costa Film Festival. Among the highlights of the fourth edition are the inaugural Shining Star Award, which will go to Chris Noth, and "Reel Pitch," the sports film competition. Another highlight is a 30th anniversary 3D screening of "Top Gun." The opening and closing films are "Three Days in August" from Johnathan Brownlee, as well as Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson's "Claire in Motion." Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Carlsbad, CA.

15-21 October

FILM. Through 16 Oct. 2016. The 54th New York Film Festival.The festival opens with Ava DuVernay's "The 13th," a work that takes its title from the 13th Amendment and explores the high incarceration rate in the United States, particularly of blacks. This marks the first time in its history that the festival opens with a nonfiction work. The festival closes with James Gray's "The Lost City of Z." Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Lincoln Center, W. 65th St. New York.

MUSICAL THEATER. 7:30 p.m. 16 Oct. Queen of the Mist. The first of two concerts to be presented as part of the Transport Group’s 2016-17 season is Michael John LaChiusa’s award-wining installment of the Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series. It features Mary Testa and the original cast. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 18 Bleecker St. New York.>

ARTS, EDUCATION. 7:30 p.m. 18 Oct. Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education Annual “Fiesta 2016." This year's honorees are Marcelo Claure (President and CEO of Sprint Corp.), Joanna Fisher and Hutton Wilkinson. Dinner chairs are Jacqueline Weld Drake and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. The mission of Casita Maria is to empower youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through high-quality social, cultural and educational opportunities. The Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Ave. New York.

ART, DANCING, FASHION, MUSIC. 8:30 p.m. 19 Oct. El Museo del Barrio presents Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This year, the museum's annual art education fundraiser is inspired by one of its exhibits, "ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion." During the evening, guests can enjoy a disc jockey set by Mickey Perez, art installation by Hector Madera, projections by Lionel Cruet and a performance by former El Museo artist-in-residence Ayana Evans and more. Dune Studios, 55 Water St. New York.>

22 October and beyond

MUSIC. 8 p.m. 22 Oct. 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella. Ahead of the centennial next year of the birth (25 April) of Ella Fitzgerald, the Apollo Theater honors the legendary singer with a number of showcases, ending in Spring 2017. The inaugural entertainment this month is hosted by David Alan Grier and features performances by Patti Austin, Andra Day, Monica Mancini, Kevin Spacey, Cassandra Wilson and Lizz Wright. EF was the first female to win the famed Amateur Night when she made her bow on 21 Nov. 1934. Heretofore a dancer, she needed a second chance that fateful night to wow the crowd with her vocals. Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St. New York.

ART. Through 10 Nov. 2016. From Earth to the Divine: Contemporary Mongolian Expressionism. A group show of award-winning artists whose work is being shown for the first time in New York City. Works include paintings, engravings, sculptures, Tsam masks and puppetry. Tibet House, 22 W. 15th St. New York.

ART. FASHION. Through 26 Nov. ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion. The work of the iconic fashion illustrator is divided into several sections, including high fashion illustration, shoe and jewelry designs, street scenes and model relationships. El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. New York.>

ART. Through 2 Jan 2017. Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight. Encompasses the 30-year period between 1948 and 1978 when the abstract artist was honing her style. The first NYC museum exhibit of her oeuvre in nearly 20 years, it features three-dimensional treatments, works on paper and paintings. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York. The exhibit moves to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio on 4 Feb. (through 16 April).

ART. 28 Oct. - 5 Feb. 2017. Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016. The title takes its name from science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s alternate fictional dimension. It features the work of artists spanning a century, illustrating the numerous techniques they have used to deconstruct conventional modes of cinema to re-imagine the moving image. Includes a film series. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York.

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