Category: film

2013: excavation review

I love reliving the year through this now annual summary of attendance at live performances and the occasional film screening. For this listing, all that’s required is my entry into a theatre or auditorium where a performance of any kind is held. Home screenings don’t count. My 2013 calendar year listing includes portions of two

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Sondheim, Company, Paley, and Serendipity

Company: Original Cast Album (1970) + Chance + Zelig-like friend Stephen Paley Featured image: Chance Magazine issue 2 (December 2013), pages 124-125. Introductory image for Monograph by Martha Wade Steketee on Boris Aronson. Photo of Follies set model, Aronson design, by Plamen Petkov.]   This is a post about serendipity: new friends, old passions, theatrical design,

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film feature: arty o’ the irst art

[re-posting of a 2010 set of musings, inspired by yet another re-viewing of this masterpiece courtesy of a December 5, 2013 showing on Turner Classic Movies] So I’m listening to and watching the 1959 film Anatomy of a Murder once again, yet again, this evening.  I often need to watch this marathon of a quiet, well-told

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event musings: marge champion the dancer next door

What: Harvardwood Presents Marge Champion (and a few surprise guests) When: Wednesday February 6, 2013, 7pm Where: LRN, 745 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY event web site The evening begins with chatting and seat selection and settling into an open brightly lit common area of the midtown offices of the corporate management consulting

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2012: excavation review

[featured image caption: Grand Central Terminal circa 1935-1941. Crop of image from NY Municipal Archives.] So when I say almost every day that I’m off to the theatre, some may doubt me. I present here events, listed by date, that required me to enter through a door into a theatre for a live performance or discussion on

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film feature: shadows and secrets in the sound of music

The Sound of Music (1965) Film Society of Lincoln Center: See it in 70mm! December 25, 2012 Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street event web site “I always try to keep faith in my doubts.” (Mother Abbess) “Oh dear, I like rich people. I like the way they live. I like the way I

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event musings: rebel dressed for stage and screen

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen October 18, 2012 — January 12, 2013 NYPL for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center exhibit coverage abounds, e.g. here Feature Image credit: Exhibition scrim signage above Lincoln Center plaza entrance to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Image by Martha Wade Steketee.

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event musings: welcome to kutsher’s

Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort Caroline Laskow, Ian Rosenberg Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:30pm JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue “With us it was never absentee ownership, it was always hands on.” Helen Kutsher, 2nd generation owner. “They were a tough audience, but if they like you, they love you.” Freddie Roman,

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event musings: horton foote + kim stanley = endless delights

Horton Foote + Kim Stanley = Endless Delights Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote @ 59E59 (attended August 14, 2012) Studio One: The Traveling Lady @  The Paley Center (August 19, 2012) I dreamed myself into the world of Horton Foote‘s sensibility from my Midwestern childhood imagination long before I knew his name. Foote’s

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film feature: the astonished heart

The Astonished Heart (1949) Film Events at the Walter Reade Theatre Coward on Film — part of Noël Coward in New York  May 11, 2012 165 West 65th Street On the first day of three days of Coward film screenings, faithful fans and the merely curious assemble to view one of Coward’s rarely shown and lesser

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