Regular readers will know that in addition to my cinematic fancies, I am gaga for live theater and/or special events. I love that one night only sense of adventure... it's not going to be the same experience ever again. Here's a few movie-related things you might be interested in if you live in or are visiting* NYC in mid October. October is a perfect time to visit NYC. Great weather, the film festival and more...
Last year I attended a few events at the New Yorker Festival. The highlight was meeting one of my lifelong idols, cartoonist Lynda Barry. I also enjoyed/endured a bizarre "interview" with Mary Louise Parker. Let's just say it's clear that she doesn't like to be interviewed or didn't want to be interviewed by the person they paired her with. Strange evening). The events sell out quickly but you can see a full list here and there's still tickets available for an evening celebrating the Oscar buzzing Precious (yep, you can see it a couple of weeks early) and film screenings and discussions of classic films Shadow of a Doubt and Quai Des Orfévres. There's also interview events scheduled with movie folks like Stanley Tucci, Tilda Swinton (!!!), Tyler Perry, purty James Franco and the redoubtable Wallace Shawn ("inconceivable!"). Unfortunately the "Character Actors" event with Joan Cusack, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, Richard Kind and Christine Baranski is already sold out. Curses! Can you imagine seeing all of those secret movie weapons at once?
How is it that Meryl Streep has more energy at 60 than most of us have at 20, 30 or 40? In addition to ramping up her moviegoing output these past few years, she's also been returning to the stage with increasing regularity for limited engagements or special one-offs. Three years ago she did Mother Courage in Shakespeare in the Park. It was free but damn was it hard to get tickets (I missed it). She's reprising the performance (co-starring her Sophie's Choice man Kevin Kline) for one night only. This time I imagine the tickets will be easier to come by. If you're flush, that is. It's a one night benefit performance and you can buy tickets right now if you have anywhere from, say, $250 to $2500 to spare.
And if you have that kind of money, first: congratulations! and second: please throw a few bucks to The Film Experience ;) There's a donate button on the sidebar
*I'm more than willing to cover events in other cities if I have you as a magical (local) elf. If you're willing to keep TFE informed on unique or special movie-related events in your city, wherever that may be, please consider dropping me a note to discuss.