Spielberg’s Shortcomings

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Media short sides with American aristocracy—and dishonesty The worst Steven Spielberg production ever is, without doubt, his Barack Obama homage, Steven Spielberg’s Obama. Unlike his disingenuous Obama-in-disguise campaign feature film, Lincoln, this two-minute second satirical short looks artless and slapdash; it was made for last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner—an annual event for fatcats that [&hellip
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Suspending Reality

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Burning Man collaborative art comes to Wan-Der-Lust By Elena Oumano The six artists behind “Wan-Der-Lust,” a month-long, (now through May 15), mixed-media pop-up exhibit on the ground floor of 72 Wooster Street, announces its mission in a black painted scrawl over the entrance: “Wanderlust is about the primal impulse for exploration. The work assembled expresses [&hellip
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The Detroit Way

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A revived orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall with its maestro, Leonard Slatkin From May 6 to May 11, Carnegie Hall will present a festival called “Spring for Music.” It offers five orchestras in six concerts. The orchestras come from around the country, and one of them was to have been the Oregon Symphony. The Oregonians [&hellip
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Recall and Response

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Cicely Tyson brings realness to The Trip to Bountiful Broadway’s new Black (or non-traditional cast) production of The Trip to Bountiful comes alive when Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts, an elderly Texas widow longing to return to her titular hometown, stands up and sings a church hymn in a desolate bus station. It is the [&hellip
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Burnished Boldness

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The saga of Kon-Tiki for a new era Unmistakably, Pal Sverre Hagan’s appearance in Kon-Tiki as Norwegian explorer Thor Heyedahl is modeled after Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. Not just tall, blue-eyed with burnished blond hair, Hagan also conveys obsessive determination like O’Toole’s Lawrence, making Heyerdahl’s decision to build a balsa-wood raft [&hellip
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Eye on Auctions

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By Caroline Birenbaum Many incredible works of art are on view at New York auction houses in the next few weeks as the spring season shifts into high gear. The traditional contest between the two mega-houses begins with auctions of Impressionist & Modern Art, where works from important private collections are the name of the [&hellip
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When Barbra Met Louis and Chaplin

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Lincoln Center Honors a home girl Funny that the Film Society of Lincoln Center paid tribute to Barbra Streisand last week with its 40-year-old Chaplin Award — even though Streisand’s movies are not the kind typically shown in Film Society programming. As a fundraiser, it was unparalleled. Co-chair of the event, Ann Tenenbaum announced that [&hellip
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The Season of Cambodia

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Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs Apsara Mera at BAMusic  By Valerie Gladstone Cambodian classical dancers move as slowly as rain sliding down a window, their hands curving and curling in intricate patterns as they look out into space as if enchanted by an unseen world. Supremely elegant in gold bangles and shimmering dresses and elaborate [&hellip
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Toy Storytelling

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Ozon critiques filmmaking, class and desire  Sloppy storytelling has become so standard for American filmmakers (Side Effects, The House Behind the Pines) that Francois Ozon’s new trifle In the House feels especially pleasurable. Storytelling is its subject in the same sense as Todd Solondz’s 2001 Storytelling. Ozon plays with his increasing filmmaking skill to illustrate [&hellip
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Romances and Revivals

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Two no-holds-barred Off-Broadway love stories By Leslie (Hoban) Blake The most romantic fairy tale revival in town right now isn’t Cinderella, but the Roundabout Theatre‘s revival of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning Talley’s Folly, lovingly directed by Michael Wilson. “They tell me we have 97 minutes here tonight… without intermission,” begins Danny Burstein’s Matt Friedman [&hellip
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