Volume 78 / Number 12, August 20 - 26, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Compiled by Sarah Norris email@example.com
Jerry Gonzalez plays blues and Rumba with the Fort Apache band.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The afternoon’s lineup features Randy Weston, Jerry Gonzalez and Fort Apache, jazz pianist, and singer Gretchen Parlato. A day earlier, Sat., 8/23, the festival kicks off in Marcus Garvey Park (124th St. & Mt. Morris Park) with the legendary Charles McPherson and others. Aug. 24. Music starts at 3 p.m. Free. Tompkins Square Park. E. 8th St. bet. Aves. A & B. cityparksfoundation.org.
Happily ever after? “Scenes from a Marriage” (1973)
“Film Is the Great Adventure,” a retrospective of the work of the late master, will unspool weekends through the end of the year. Screening as part of the theater’s ongoing “Weekend Classics” program, the series includes some 20 films, ranging from the early “Port of Call” (1948) through the 1950s features that brought him international renown—“Smiles of a Summer Night” (1955), “The Seventh Seal” (1957), “Wild Strawberries” (1957) and others—to late masterworks such as “Scenes from a Marriage” (1973) and his valedictory to filmmaking, “Fanny and Alexander” (1982), revived in its complete, uncut, original version. Through Dec. Matinee shows Fridays-Sundays at 11 a.m. IFC Center. 323 Sixth Ave. (at 3rd St.). 212 924-7771, ifccenter.com
Steve Coogan, “Hamlet 2”
Actor/comedian/writer Steve Coogan discusses the making of his new movie, “Hamlet 2,” the comedy hit of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In the movie, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher (Coogan) rallies his Tucson, AZ high school students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare’s famous drama. Trailer online at apple.com. Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Free. Apple Store Soho. 103 W. Prince St. 212-226-3126, apple.com/soho.
A Taste of the Village
The Village Alliance business improvement district will host the sixth annual Taste of the Village benefit for Washington Square Park in the park plaza, with international samplings from 18 Greenwich Village restaurants. Offering signature dishes, restaurants include Blue Hill, North Square, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, SushiSamba 7, Café Spice, La Palapa Cocina Mexicana, 8th Street Winecellar, Knickerbocker Bar and Grill, and others. Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. $40. Washington Square Park. Tickets available at the BID office (8 E. 8th St.), by mail or at the event. For info, contact the Village Alliance at 212-777-2173.
French Crime Wave
Five weeks of film noir and thrillers, with a focus on those made in the ’50s and ’60s: Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows” and “The Thief of Paris”; François Truffaut’s “Shoot the Piano Player” and “Mississippi Mermaid”; Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “La Vérité”; and and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Pierrot Le Fou” and his masterful “Breathless”. And, as Goddard said of filmmaking: “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.” Through Sept. 11. $10.50. Film Forum. 209 W. Houston St. 212-727-8110, filmforum.org.