A Critical Guide To Culture In New York

A Critical Guide To Culture In New York
July 24, 2017 Puria Keshmiri

THE NEW YORK TIMES

July 21, 2017

 

FILM SERIES

Luminous Stars in a Tale of Ambition

‘A PLACE IN THE SUN’ AT THE METROGRAPH On Monday a screening of “A Place in the Sun,”

George Stevens’s 1951 adaptation of “An American Tragedy” — starring a Method-infused

Montgomery Clift as the lowborn nephew of an industrialist; Elizabeth Taylor (above, with

Clift) as the socialite he pines for; and Shelley Winters as the co-worker who stands in the

way of his ambitions — will inaugurate a yearlong partnership between the Metrograph

and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which once a month will present

prints from its archive at the theater. A tribute to the designer Saul Bass, responsible for

some of the most memorable title sequences of Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and

Martin Scorsese, will follow on Aug. 2. BEN KENIGSBERG

212-660-0312, metrograph.com

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Unusual Beginning for a Summer Staple

MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA AT DAVID GEFFEN HALL Louis Langrée, above, kicks off

this year’s festivities at Lincoln Center with a peculiar program, to be performed on Tuesday

and Wednesday nights. There’s Mozart, naturally, in the form of an early Kyrie and the

Symphony No. 35, and Beethoven comes along for the ride with his overblown “Choral

Fantasy” for piano (Kit Armstrong), choir and orchestra. In between is a selection of traditional

songs from Mozart’s time; the singers include Jennifer Johnson Cano. DAVID ALLEN

212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart

 

FOR CHILDREN

A Natural Audience for All Things Folk

SUMMER SATURDAY 2017 AT THE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FOLK ART Children are innate folk artists.

They don’t obsess about technique, and they often work with ordinary — and therefore

extraordinary — materials. At this free celebration, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., they’ll meet

adults who do the same, like Mark May, who builds whimsical toy robots from wood scraps

and odds and ends, and Jennifer May, his mother, who makes found-object jewelry. Tom

Steck incorporates recycled materials into his wooden sculptures, while Shelley Steck, his

wife, uses tambourine surfaces as sketch pads. Families can see more works during exhibition

tours and encounter folk made for the ear: The musical acts include the Big Littles,

dads who play acoustic pop on diminutive instruments (above, Matt Singer on guitar and

Liam Hurley on drums); Anielle and Matthew, who specialize in Americana; Andy Mac, a

rock balladeer; and Bryan Dunn, a Brooklynite unafraid of country. And April Armstrong

will use speech and song to do what all good folk art does: tell stories. LAUREL GRAEBER

212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org

 

 

COMEDY

Key to His Appeal? A Grandfatherly Air

‘JOE PERA: SUMMER NIGHTS’ AT UNION HALL Joe Pera is best known for his two Adult Swim

specials from last year, “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep,” an animated short in which Mr. Pera

speaks soothingly about subjects like voice mail, barns and Stephen Hawking; and “Joe

Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree,” a live-action holiday episode. At these

three shows — on Thursday, next Friday and July 30 — he will prepare for new specials

with bits on breakfasts, women’s ice hockey and decommissioned fireplaces. They will

include special guests like Kyle Mooney (“Saturday Night Live”), Conner O’Malley (“Late

Night With Seth Meyers”) and Jon Glaser (“Parks and Recreation”). ELISE CZAJKOWSKI

718-638-4400, unionhallny.com