Beauty pageants like you’ve never seen them before. Supernatural creatures from folklore. A disposable coffee cup in love.
These are just some of the themes of the KidsFilmFest, an international slate with short film adventures, which this year like last year will be shown completely online. For $ 10, families can watch the two programs presented by the Brooklyn Film Festival anytime from Friday noon until 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 13th. Streaming on CineSend, each series – eight titles for children ages 3 to 7 and nine for ages 8 to 15 – followed by a recorded discussion with filmmakers.
The animated selection includes Xi Chengzhuo’s beautiful, wordless “Ballad of Musical Notes”; Catherine Chen’s “Yuan Yuan and the Hollow Monster,” in which a girl defeats a hurricane; and Susan Lim and Samudra Kajal Saikia’s “Boy Scientist” on geek romance. But the strongest love story is live action: “Finally,” Lorena Gordon’s portrayal of a gay teenager growing up – and a warm coming out.
“Vienna Waltzes” is the last great spectacle that George Balanchine created for the New York City Ballet. It’s 45 minutes of waltzes that move from the forest to a rough beer hall to elegant ballrooms, erotically charged and spooky. In the end, the stage is flooded by a whirlpool of pairs of waltzes, dozens of them multiplied by mirrors.
A free performance of the 2013 work will be available on the company’s website and YouTube channel from Thursday, 8 p.m. Eastern Time through June 17. It’s a fitting finale to a strong digital season that featured a beautiful Sofia Coppola film about the company’s return to its home theater. In September the dancers will again fill the stage in front of a live audience. For the time being, “Viennese Waltz” fills the screen.
Outside? On-line? How about both?
While the live music slump in town begins to thaw and the virtual programming is still going strong, New Yorkers can look forward to a summer of music both outdoors and online. This weekend, the Brooklyn Museum’s flagship First Saturday program – which is still alive despite its necessarily smaller scale and new outdoor environment – provides a re-entry point for the concert disadvantaged. The free Pride-themed program from 2 p.m. offers a drag show, a set by the Peru-born DJ Undocubougie and a performance by Kalbells, the psychedelic synth-pop group around Kalmia Traver, who also participate for their spirited singing. well known is the band Rubblebucket.
Another musical offering this weekend comes from Lake Street Dive, a group of New England Conservatory graduates who have refined a retro soul sound with contemporary luster on seven studio albums. They draw on their latest “Obvious” for livestreams on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time; Tickets start at $ 20 and are available at boxoffice.mandolin.com.
The composer and improviser Anthony Braxton will be 76 years old on Friday. But he will not celebrate the occasion with nostalgia.
His “12 Comp (ZIM) 2017”, which is to be released on Blu-ray audio and as a digital download, brings together a dozen set-length performances, all of which are dedicated to one of his latest concepts (“ZIM” refers to a style of composition.) based on intensity gradations). The ensembles vary from six to nine players, each with several brass specialists (from trumpet to tuba), two harpists (including Jacqueline Kerrod and Brandee Younger), and Braxton himself (on a variety of reeds).
Listening to the album every 10 hours may forbid, so start with a track; playing with density and thrift reveals an accessible form of experimental drama. “Composition No. 409 “, which is available as a preview on the Bandcamp page of the album, is majestic: It develops from a sensitive state of mysticism, in which harps glisten over accordion drones, to conflagrations that are fueled by the hot phrasing of this saxophonist still untroubled by age.
SETH COLTER WALLS
And they lived hilariously to this day
Paul Rudnick has worked on Broadway lately than almost anyone. When Nathan Lane gave a pop-up performance at the St. James Theater in April to signal the industry resurgence, he gave a Rudnick monologue and played a hardcore theater fanatic.
Carter Ogden, the less than self-confident hero of Rudnick’s lively new novel “Playing the Palace” (Bekley), is equally enthusiastic about the stage. On Valentine’s Day as a single and heartbroken, he cycles across Manhattan and imagines a musical number in which everyone else is paired. Little does he know that he is on his way to his own meeting – with Edgar, the ridiculously handsome, cute and emotionally damaged Crown Prince of England.
Comparisons with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inevitable as Carter and Edgar see one obstacle after another. But this is a romantic comedy; The question is not whether love triumphs, but how. The answer can make you cheer.