Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014.
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No city in the world produces more independent films than New York City, with more films being made each year. This short film program showcases the energetic diversity of work being produced here in the capital of the indie film world, including Luke Meyer’s short documentary Unlocking the Truth.
With stories as diverse as its inhabitants, this program of short films features stranger-than-fiction documentaries and wholly original visions of life in the city, highlighting what it means to be a New Yorker.
On our second of three free nights at Brookfield Place, the lower Manhattan waterfront will be brought to life by some of the most fascinating short films the city has to offer. The city’s landscape may be transformed by hurricanes, gentrification and new technology, but the people of the city are as singular and vibrant as ever. Presented by Arts Brookfield at Brookfield Place.
Here are just two of the films being screened tonight:
STREET VIEWS (Annie Berman | 8 min.)
Created entirely within Google, STREET VIEWS is a somnambulist tour defying natural laws of perspective, time, and continuity. Our guide discovers she can get lost while never straying from the map. Places also get lost – like a video store. She attempts to interact with this world. Retracing her path, she discovers even though all has already occurred and is transfixed, it is never the same twice.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS (Melissa Johnson, Robertino Zambrano | 9 min.)
A story about the hilarious and awkward misadventures of a 6’4’’ tall woman who is a star on the basketball court but struggles to find true love.
Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street
ground level, along the water between West Street and the Hudson River
7:30PM / FREE
for the full list of films being screened: rooftopfilms.com
Patti LuPone (through Aug. 2)
Two-time Tony Award winner and 54 Below favorite Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below with her critically-acclaimed show The Lady with A Torch. Patti performs an eclectic collection of torch songs by such composers and lyricists as Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter.
Enjoy what Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times described as “a beautifully paced, marvelously delivered torch-song exploration of the pleasures and pains of love; LuPone’s remarkable, larger-than-life qualities and stunning musicality are distilled into the pure essence of her art.”
54 Below, 254 W 54th St., (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
(646) 476-3551 / 866-468-7619 / 54below.com
8pm & 11pm / $85-$155 (8pm show may be sold out)
The Inspired Word
Founded and produced by journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, event series The Inspired Word celebrates New York City writers of all types this evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge — poets, novelists, journalists and short story writers. Shows feature as many as five curated readers and a seven-slot open mic, with a five-minute time limit. “ (DNA info)
The Gallery at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, Greenwich Village.
7 p.m. / $10
Lincoln Center Festival – Spartacus (through July 27)
Spartacus is Bolshoi to the core. A hymn to pulse-raising male dancing created specifically to showcase the company, this ballet with its shackled slaves confronting the might of ancient Rome boldly depicts the triumph of the human spirit. Yuri Grigorovich’s choreography, set to Khachaturian’s lush score, is painted in bold, broad strokes and has long been a favorite of ballet fans around the world.
DHK Theater, Lincoln Center,
Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm / Tickets from $40
Cabaret Cinema Movie Medicine presents
The Hospital introduced by Dr. Kenneth Perrine
Grin in spite of yourself at a screening of the black-humored cinematic masterpiece The Hospital, preceded by a chat with a clinical neuropsychologist, who tells us how much medicine has changed since the 1971 thriller — or has it? (ThoughtGallery.org)
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. (btw 6th/7th ave)
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm / FREE, with a $10 K2 minimum.
Bonus Pick – Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
Not often that this site lists an event in the Bronx. This is for my homeboys.
“Subtitled “(Im)migrant Experiences From the Bronx and the Lower East Side,” this program is the second in a two-part series focusing on immigrant neighborhoods in the city as seen through the words and heard through the music of city residents. The evening will feature Annecy Baez, a writer and psychotherapist; Donna Bailey, a writer and storyteller; and Intikana, a hip-hop artist. The comedian Bill Santiago is the host.” (NYT)
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th St., Morrisania
From 6:30 to 9 p.m. / FREE, but donations accepted.
Monday, July 28 – Buckwheat Zydeco – City Winery at 8 p.m.,
“This singer and accordionist from Louisiana (whose real name is Stanley Dural Jr.) is a master practitioner of zydeco, an ebullient strain of Cajun folk, and an unpretentious showman with musical flair for miles.” (NYT)
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.
For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. ==========================================================