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Friday, August 17, 2018

Mark Ernestus’s Ndagga Rhythm Force, Trainspotting Live, The House That Will Not Stand, The Trace We Leave Behind, Lords of Chaos  + More

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  TODAY    8/17
Photo: Kris Serafin
   MUSIC   
Mark Ernestus's Ndagga Rhythm Force
Berlin EDM meets deep Wolof percussion when Mark Ernestus's Ndagga Rhythm Force makes its American debut Friday.…   (Read More)

   FILM   
Minding the Gap
A filmmaker being one of the subjects of his or her own documentary is certainly nothing new. But in Minding the Gap, director Bing Liu uses his participation to question his own role in the culture he's documenting.…   (Read More)

First Reformed
Paul Schrader's First Reformed comes before us freighted with expectations. At last, one of the living American greats (writer of Taxi Driver, co-writer of Raging Bull, director of Hardcore and Affliction) has returned to dissect The Ways We're Going Mad Today, in a preacher drama so dead serious — so rigorously hair-shirted — that you might guess ahead of time that it's shot in the boxy, old-fashioned Academy ratio.…   (Read More)
 
   DANCE   
Battery Dance Festival
Nothing quite matches sitting alongside New York Harbor, regarding Lady Liberty in the distance; magnificent sunsets; and, closer by, on a platform stage, any of twenty-plus troupes, from New York City (Douglas Dunn + Dancers and more) and as far afield as Botswana, Canada, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, and Spain, including great practitioners of the percussive Kathak form from all over India.   (Read More)
  SATURDAY    8/18

Photo: Travis Emery Hackett

   THEATER   
Trainspotting Live
Having parted with 55 bucks for the privilege, Trainspotting Live attendees can expect to be variously insulted, spat upon, shouted at, drizzled with the contents of a shit-smeared toilet, and forced into extreme proximity to both male asshole and uncut Scottish dong.…   (Read More)

Hunter John and Jane
If you're not already fascinated by Amina Henry's Hunter John and Jane — a love story with scary undertones — you'll probably start paying close attention when the squirrel guts come out.…   (Read More)

   FILM   
What Keeps You Alive
Colin Minihan's ruthlessly gripping What Keeps You Alive details the exacting arrangements made by a sociopath to get the upper hand on her intended quarry, currently vacationing at a remote cabin.…   (Read More)

The Last Movie
A critical, financial, personal, and possibly even spiritual catastrophe that with each passing day feels more like a masterpiece, Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie is one of the great lost films of the 1970s.…   (Read More)
 
   DANCE   
Battery Dance Festival
Nothing quite matches sitting alongside New York Harbor, regarding Lady Liberty in the distance; magnificent sunsets; and, closer by, on a platform stage, any of twenty-plus troupes, from New York City (Douglas Dunn + Dancers and more) and as far afield as Botswana, Canada, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, and Spain, including great practitioners of the percussive Kathak form from all over India.   (Read More)
 
  SUNDAY    8/19

Photo: Joan Marcus

   THEATER   
The House That Will Not Stand
There's a corpse onstage for the entirety of Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand: an old white guy, suited up and laid out like a stuffed turkey on the dining-room table.…   (Read More)

 In & Of Itself
During these troublous times, most of us surely can enjoy having a little magic in our lives — even the illusion of magic — so it is wonderful to witness the legerdemain generated by Derek DelGaudio during In & Of Itself.…   (Read More)

   FILM   
First Reformed
Paul Schrader's First Reformed comes before us freighted with expectations. At last, one of the living American greats (writer of Taxi Driver, co-writer of Raging Bull, director of Hardcore and Affliction) has returned to dissect The Ways We're Going Mad Today, in a preacher drama so dead serious — so rigorously hair-shirted — that you might guess ahead of time that it's shot in the boxy, old-fashioned Academy ratio.…   (Read More)

Hell's Half Acre
A woman (played by Evelyn Keyes) travels to Honolulu in search of a husband who may not have died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, as she'd been told.…   (Read More)

The Witch in the Window
Andy Mitton's pastoral yarn The Witch in the Window introduces a spectral presence sitting in the second floor of a Vermont fixer-upper; it's only a matter of time before she'll be reckoned with.…   (Read More)
  MONDAY    8/20

Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of The City of New York / SK Film Archive, LLC

   ART   
Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
Between 1945 (when he was only seventeen!) and 1950, Stanley Kubrick was first a contributor to, then an apprentice at, and finally staff photographer for Look magazine, a scrappier variant of Life....    (Read More)

   FILM   
Await Further Instructions
Johnny Kevorkian's Await Further Instructions looks like it's going to be a Christmas movie, but almost immediately a laudable ugliness emerges.…   (Read More)
  TUESDAY    8/21

Photo: Courtesy of J.C. Feyer

   FILM   
The Trace We Leave Behind
In J.C. Feyer's The Trace We Leave Behind, a doctor in Rio (Rafael Cardoso) treats a girl who soon vanishes (or was she only a figment of his imagination?).…   (Read More)

The Atomic Café
A time capsule of a time capsule, the 1982 documentary compilation film The Atomic Café feels suddenly, enragingly relevant again.…   (Read More)

Tigers Are Not Afraid
Issa López's poetic Tigers Are Not Afraid concerns the untold scores of "disappeared" during Mexico's war on drugs, who emerge here in the form of plastic-coated corpses with accusing fingers extended at guilty survivors.…   (Read More)

   MUSIC   
Bill Frisell
Guitarist Bill Frisell, the cowlick on the towhead of jazzy Americana, begins a five-night residency devoted to duets with drummers.…   (Read More)
  WEDNESDAY    8/22

Photo: John Akomfrah, "Vertigo Sea" / Smoking Dogs Films

   ART   

John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire
Since the early 1980s, the Ghanaian-born, British artist John Akomfrah has been making films and video collages that examine the violent legacy of colonialism.…   (Read More)

   FILM   
Surrender
On paper, this 1950 western melodrama is strictly routine: The designs of a callous gold digger (Vera Ralston) threaten the friendship of two pals, gambling-house kingpin Gregg Delaney (John Carroll) and rich boy John Hale (William Ching).…   (Read More)
  THURSDAY    8/23

Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

   FILM   
Lords of Chaos
Jonas Åkerlund's Lords of Chaos, like a black-metal Sunset Boulevard, opens with the death of producer and musician — and our narrator — Øystein Aarseth, a/k/a Euronymous (Rory Culkin).…   (Read More)

Madeline's Madeline
"In all chaos there is a cosmos. In all disorder a secret order." Experimental theater director Evangeline (Molly Parker) says this to her troubled teenage star Madeline (Helena Howard) early on in Josephine Decker's Madeline's Madeline, and it's a sentiment the movie both takes to heart and persistently questions.…   (Read More)
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