Sunday, Nov. 17: Set in Tibet between 1937 and 1959, with music by the Minimalist master Philip Glass, Kundun explores the finding and unique education of the child Tenzin Gyatso as he becomes the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. Based on the actual life and writings of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, the film culminates in his escape from Tibet and journey into exile amidst the terror of the Chinese invasion.
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Thursday-Sunday, November 21-24: The title of this year’s festival comes from a Rumi poem, and it’s not an accident that this biennial is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Celebrating the culmination of Kaatsbaan’s 20th residency season, the event features Stella Abrera (American Ballet Theatre) and Robbie Fairchild (An American in Paris) performing original choreography by Emmy-nominated Sonya Tayeh. The rich program also includes the central pas de deux from Alexei Ratmansky’s The Seasons, Martha Graham Dance Company principal Ben Shultz, She’s a Rainbow by former ABT dancer Melanie Hamrick set to the Rolling Stones, New York City Ballet principal dancers Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle in Balanchine’s Chaconne, the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in Escapades by Amy Hall Garner (of Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show world tour) and more.
True, it’s not 100 percent original in its slapstick depiction of Hitler and his minions; Charlie Chaplin got there first, followed by The Producers and Hogan’s Heroes and quite a few more. And it does skim lightly over the enormity of human suffering at the hands of the Third Reich and its enablers. But grappling with such tragedy head-on is the work of a different genre of filmmaking. Jojo Rabbit revels in heaping scorn on the perpetrators, and I haven’t laughed this loudly at a movie in a long time.
Friday, Nov. 15: If Indiana Jones had been born a couple of generations later, into the age of reality TV, he might well have ended up being Josh Gates. Gates’ initial fame came as one of the hosts of the Ghost Hunters series, but the paranormal wasn’t his original area of interest.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-16: The old clapboard church is not unlike the clapboard meeting house in which much of the tragic history of the Salem Witch Trials actually unfolded.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Described as “the very best American male modern dancers one could have the good fortune of seeing.”
Opens November 14: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers” has quickened the pulse of folks with military experience (or fantasies) for more than four centuries now, and for good reason.
This was a movie long overdue to be made. That’s what makes it such an unhappy task to report that, despite several fine performances and one outstanding characterization on the part of star Cynthia Erivo, Harriet is a pretty tepid moviegoing experience.
Sunday, Nov. 3: Even if Frances Perkins hadn’t been the first woman ever to serve in a US presidential cabinet, or the longest-serving Secretary of Labor ever (12 years), she would still deserve a shining place in 20th-century history. She was a suffragist, worked with Jane Addams as a Hull House volunteer, advocated passionately for female workers after witnessing the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, became the highest-paid woman in New York State government as Industrial Commissioner, taught Sociology at Adelphi University, fought against child labor and for unemployment and a minimum wage – all before she even joined the FDR administration.