Pam Grier is a good talker. Her stories are rich and detailed, her outlook is both funny and true, and once you get her going, you just let her go — over the course of a 50-minute “Clips and Conversation” Q&A at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Film Center Sunday afternoon, I believe she was asked four questions. She’d answer the query, and then spin off into something else, and then somewhere else, the connections sometimes tenuous, but the destination always worth the journey. The appearance came at the conclusion of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s weekend-long tribute to Grier, who tells many of these stories in her new book Foxy: My Life in Three Acts. The highlight, without question, was the tale of her unexpected meeting with Federico Fellini, and the meal she made for him in the commissary of his Italian studio. … Read More
As another year comes to a close, like everyone else on the Internet, we’ve compiled lists of our favorite films and books and albums. But in an office full of New Yorkers who spend so much time enjoying — and participating in — the cultural life of our city, we would be remiss not to look back on what we actually went out and did this year. Below you’ll find Flavorwire staffers’ favorite NY cultural experiences of 2012, from theater to art to live music to cinema; tell us about yours in the comments. … Read More
1. A record exec from Taylor Swift‘s label tries to defend her lackluster Grammy duet with Stevie Nicks, and only makes things worse. [via ArtsBeat]
2. Why was Martin Scorsese‘s new Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Shelter Island pushed back to the dead of winter? [via E!]
3. The dates for the fifth… Read More
Tonight, the 47th NYFF opens its grand lineup with Wild Grass, a rapturous flight of fancy by 87-year-old French master Alain Resnais. Venerated the world over for his deconstructive, narrative-be-damned opuses Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad, Resnais’ latest tale of romantic obsession is based on Christian Gailly’s novel The Incident, but takes off on the inspiriting belief that “after the cinema, nothing surprises you. Everything is possible.” And, oui, he directs with such-minded freedom — totally, tenderly,… Read More
On Monday night Moby and Wall Street Journal Personal Technologies columnist Walt Mossberg will discuss music and entertainment in the digital age in a special event at Lincoln Center. To help prep us for the discussion, the gadgets guru hopped on the phone to chat about why we’re obsessed with iPhones, where the music industry missed the boat, and who we can look to for innovation… Read More
Book: We find it interesting how quickly authors nipped this text-to-speech thing on the Kindle 2 in the bud. Any SAG members paying attention? [Guardian]
Dance/Opera: An “opera about the history of opera as the most important genre in European culture” ends up being “banal and pretentious, not an easy combination to bring off.” But if you go to see Vita Nuova, you will get to hang out in the pretty new Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center… [NYT]
Design: “When I build on a site in nature that is totally unspoiled, it is a fight, an attack by our culture on nature.” Pritzker-winning Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn dies at 84. [Newsday] … Read More
We find Richard Lacayo’s interview with Elizabeth Diller of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro about her firm’s Lincoln Center redesign funny — not intentionally so, there’s just something about bringing Lincoln Center “to the streets” that makes us giggle and hear that Doobie Brothers’ song in our head. Yes we laugh, but we also think it’s a good idea; we used to live on the opposite side of Central Park and waited many a night for the M66 while glazing over at the building’s rather unfriendly facade.
It has never been the kind of place you’d hang around just for the ambiance, unlike say, London’s Royal National Theatre. … Read More
Imagine, if you can, a time when dance companies had their own specials on network television. They weren’t competing for votes, and shrieking judges and smarmy hosts were not part of the equation. They were just there to… perform.
If you’d like to revisit that simpler era, and catch some rare footage of one of… Read More
In Busby Berkeley’s classic production number “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat,” the arrival of an army of chorus girls wielding life-size bananas always struck us as slightly sinister. But when the camera pans up and over to capture a kaleidoscopic shot of legs and fruit, you forget to question the implications of women dancing with enormous bananas and instead relish Berkeley’s over-the-top magic.
Berkeley is one of several dance luminaries who will be spotlighted in the 2009 Dance on Camera Festival, which launched yesterday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Dance on Camera runs through January 17 and includes 39 new, classic and experimental features and shorts. … Read More
How does an organization like Lincoln Center become relevant to the MTV generation?
By launching LCT3, a remote branch on 42nd Street that will showcase emerging talent at a distance that’s comfortable for the white tops.
First up on their list of upcoming shows, CLAY, Matt Sax’s new one-man coming-of-age story about a boy in the ‘burbs turned hip-hop star.
To test his MC skills, we challenged Sax to name one song that he could adapt into an entire play; read his response after the jump. … Read More