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 tsch├╝ssikowski 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.

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.

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.

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.

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://

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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