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Gene Seymour introduces Jazz on a Summer’s Day,
Saturday, February 3, 2:00 p.m. 1959, 84 mins., 35mm.
Directed by Bert Stern. With Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day. The concert film as impressionistic objet d’art; everyone caught by the cameras, whether on stage or in the audience, seems illuminated from within just because they happen to be at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. What will you take home? The image of sailboats gliding along dappled sea waters while Sonny Stitt’s sax swings in the background? The nostalgic shock of seeing Rheingold beer bottles and checkered fedoras? Or will it be Anita O’Day’s breathtaking deconstruction of “Sweet Georgia Brown”? Bert Stern and editor Aram Avakian give you plenty to absorb. –Gene Seymour, Newsday
Thelma Adams introduces The Last Waltz ,
Saturday, February 3, 4:00 p.m. Introduced by Thelma Adams Sunday,
February 4, 6:30 p.m. 1978, 117 mins., 35mm. Directed by Martin Scorsese. If the five people you want to meet in heaven are Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison, then The Last Waltz is absolutely divine. Directed by Marty in the fertile period between Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, the intimate yet festive concert film hits a genre peak and documents The Band’s farewell concert on Thanksgiving 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland. What a cinematic dance! What a contact high! –Thelma Adams, US Weekly
Armond White introduces X: The Unheard Music
Post-film discussion with W. T. Morgan ,
Saturday, February 3, 6:30 p.m. 1986, 84 mins., New 35mm print. Directed by W. T. Morgan. This highly original, rarely shown account of the California punk group X (John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake, Billy Zoom) is also an account of their brilliant lineage from 50s hipster lit, grassroots Catholicism, country blues, rockabilly, The Doors, plus genuine American punk rebellion and sexual morality. In other words, one of the all-time great bands put into perfect introductory context. Director Morgan innovated a mix of interviews while creating musical sequences that run the music-video gamut. X and Morgan make this a visual and musical thrill. –Armond White, The New York Press
Jan Stuart introduces Original Cast Album–Company
Post-film discussion with D A Pennebaker
Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. 1970, 58 mins., 35mm. Directed by D A Pennebaker. When the director of Monterey Pop and Dont Look Back switched gears from the folk-and-rock world to Broadway, the result was a fly-on-the-wall experience that made musical theater seem happening all over again. This percolating account of the marathon recording session of this groundbreaking, quintessentially New York show (currently in revival) glimpses an exacting Stephen Sondheim in action. The redoubtable Elaine Stritch, strung-out and hell-bent for perfection, provides an unexpectedly gripping climax. –Jan Stuart, Newsday
Leah Rozen introduces East Side Story
Sunday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. 1997, 75 mins. 35mm. Directed by Dana Ranga. All singing, all dancing, all babushka-wearing. Well, not quite, but this delicious documentary looks at movie musicals made in Russia and other Eastern Bloc countries during the Communist era. Factory work is extolled in song, as is reaching harvest quotas. Stalin would have loved it; in fact, he did, watching Volga, Volga (clips of which are shown here) some 100 times. –Leah Rozen, People
The Perch Cafe
FOLLOWED BY OPEN MIC
February 13-Yura Dashevsk , an award winning screenwriter, author and documentary film-maker, reads his short stories on his encounters with “hippie Rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach, and other life-shaping experiences.
February 20-June Stein is a director and actress, best-known for playing the offbeat heroines in plays by Pulitzer writers Patrick Shanley and Beth Henley. She has appeared in films directed by John Turturro, Tim Robbins and Sidney Lumet, and most recently directed the U.S. premiere of Cherish by Ken Duncum. Her poem Noon Dark appeared in the fall issue of The Bellevue Literary Review. She holds in M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and is on the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, Film Division.
February 27-Sarah Beck resides in New York City and attends City College’s graduate writing program. Ezekiel Finkelstein was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up swathed in his mother’s sweaters on the windswept Peninsula of Rockaway Beach, Queens. He is currently an instructor in the English Department at The City College, and completing an MFA there. Nikkiesha McLeod is the 2002 recipient of the John J. Wright Award for poetry, a finalist in the Hollin’s Poetry Festival and the 2006 co-recipient of The City College English Department’s Adrian Schwartz Award. Nikkiesha is currently pursuing Writing at The City College. Laura Modigliani is an MFA student at The City College, and an adjunct faculty member in the department. Laura’s poetry has been published in various online and print magazines, most recently in MiPOesias. Buzz Poole’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in ISM Quarterly, Kitchen Sink, Paragraph and Washington Square. He is the author of Playing Cards, a look at the graphic design of playing cards from the 1930s and 1940s.