Monday, May 28: The actors are brilliant, the interpretations innovative, the productions creatively mounted, the setting – in a big white tent with a stunning view of the Hudson Highlands – utterly magical. If you’ve yet to take the plunge, Memorial Day is your opportunity to check the place out for free and learn the behind-the-scenes process of bringing classic stories to life.
Almanac Weekly | Stage & Screen
The film RBG celebrates the achievement, endurance and unlikely cult status of US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, at 84, has become an unexpected pop-culture icon.
Friday-Sunday, May 18-20: When Ukrainian writer/activist Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya was assassinated by contract hitmen in 2006, her body was found in the elevator of her Moscow housing complex. It happened on Vladimir Putin’s birthday, and some observers of the Russian political scene believe that someone was sending him a present.
Sunday, May 20: One of the first representations of the anti-Semitism of Russia, The Yellow Ticket was nearly destroyed by Nazis. After a copy was recovered in Berlin, the Washington Jewish Music Festival asked Alicia Svigals to compose a new score to accompany the film.
Friday-Sunday, May 18-20: The dialogue remains as fresh and funny and snappy as ever, the songs as sprightly and singable.
May 11 to 17: Consisting of screenings of four documentary films and a movie-in-progress, a live tribute concert and a lecture-and-film-clips combo, all but one of the offerings are loosely united under the rubric of “art made in the Hudson Valley.”
Saturday, May 19: The artistic duo works in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future or what Art + Design has described as “cautionary mythology.”
If you’ve been there, you’ll be grateful to see the postpartum ordeal depicted so grittily and grungily. The film still manages to qualify as a comedy, but without glossing anything over with unearned cuteness.
Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13: The dance is a feminist tour de force meant to remind the world of the contributions of two Latina powerhouses of centuries past.
Wednesday, May 2: Benjamin’s new overtly self-effacing first book, Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir is a detailed litany of failure and, ultimately, a defense of it: an “apology” in the old sense of the word.