Tuesday, July 24, 2007

2nd Quadrant 7/30-8/6 '07

Week of July 30-August 6, 2007

Alexei Tanovitsky

Alexei Tanovitsky performed as Wotan in Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Times has a review, and video clip of the opera. Anthony Tommasini of the Times apparently didn't like the set. He questioned whether or not some of the props came from the Halloween costume bin at Wal-Mart. I don't know if this is good or bad, but he says that, "Alexei sounded as if he had stepped out of a performance as Boris Godunov into the role of Wotan."

Damien Hirst

Gothamist writes that Damien Hirst, will be shown at the Met by Labor Day. Hirst is an English artist who is famous for his exhibits of preserved animals.


I thought Absinthe was the highly alcoholic anise-flavored beverage derived from herbs, but it's actually a burlesque acrobatic show that will be performed at Spiegeltent.

Steve Buscemi's Interview

After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist (Buscemi) is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress (Miller). Buscemi not only stars in the movie, but is the director too. Interview is a remake of a 2003 movie made by the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh who was murdered in 2004 by Muslims. The Voice has a review, and here is the trailer.

Laura Benanti in Gypsy
Benanti plays the tomboy daughter of Momma Rose in Gypsy, which is an adaptation of the memoirs of the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. The review in the Times says that Benanti is, "...delicious in the title role." Gypsy is playing at City Center and runs through July 29.

Ace in the Hole

IMDb has the following plot summary posted by alfiehitchie, "
Ex-New York reporter Charles Tatum (Kirk Douglas) lands a job on a Albuquerque newspaper in hopes that a sensational story will return him to the big time. When a man is trapped in an Indian cave, Tatum conspires with an unscrupulous sheriff to keep him there until the story can build to national proportions, which it does." The Criterion website has the full rundown on the DVD release including a description of the special features, which includes an audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard.

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