The Workers Unite! Film Festival is a non-for-profit organization intended to publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice through student and professional films. This year marks its 4th consecutive year, and will showcase 45 films in 21 days—from May 7th to 27th. Opening night is May 8th at Cinema Village.
Though far from perfect, Larry David’s craft has never been put to better use. And, to gild this ragged lily, he, himself, is starring in it, long with some of the finest comic actors around. Fish in the Dark—a reference to an unsuccessful dinner party—takes internecine battles to sublimely ridiculous heights.
I guess by now my readers know that I'm living, and sweating, in Palm Springs, California. Either it was my getting older or New York getting colder that forced my hand. When the temperature started dropping, I knew it was time to get out or be sentenced to living under my comforter with the apartment heat turned to high. Not an option.
Big Love is a gorgeous mess, an adaptation by Charles Mee of what is considered the oldest play in Western culture, Aeschylus’s The Danaids. He has taken the source material, expanded, yet efficiently reduced it, adding material from other sources and spun it into a wise, funny, sad contemporary force of nature.
The Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Faircelebrates its 36th year on Friday, February 20th through Sunday, February 22nd at P.S. 3 in the West Village. The 3-day event offers both the serious bibliophile and the casual browser a delightful opportunity to peruse rare and vintage books!
When the phrase “Holy Days” appears, it has a sombre quality. It elicits images of tranquil, serious contemplation – a time set aside to appreciate the gift of Life, and to clear one's soul of rancor and resentment. In direct contrast, the word, “Holiday” a clear derivative, brings forth visions of celebration, feasting ... PRESENTS!
It's thoroughly disgusting that companies invest millions for research on what consumers will believe, and BUY. Though their claims are usually false and misleading, which is bad enough, they often are outright DANGEROUS.
In The Last Ship rock star/actor/songwriter Sting honors his childhood home where shipbuilding was both the economic backbone, and the emotional sinew that kept the town together. The show is a dark, but loving, paean to community and family, a Capra-esque, morality tale with characters who are either good—on the side of those wanting to build “the last ship”—or bad—those working for the evil capitalists who have bought the shipyard.
Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play is not one of his better efforts. In fact, it’s a terrible play! But, you know what? Who cares? When a show keeps you laughing for two and a half hours, fly to the theater, beg, borrow or steal tickets and indulge yourself! Theater mavens and drama queens might have a slight edge in getting the jokes, but there is enough brilliantly choreographed mayhem and pointed zingers to keep anyone rolling in the aisles. Add a world-class cast and it’s easy to see why this show, first staged in 1986, has become such a hit, tweaked and updated by Mr. McNally.
When I was a child (a hundred years ago), anyone who was overweight aimed for a 10 pound weight loss. That would have made a substantial difference, as no one I knew was obese. The Yiddish word “Zaftik” pretty much described a woman who, in those days, had some extra flesh, yet was sexy and in no way fat!