Just Do Art! Week of Oct. 23, 2013
OCTOBER 24-27: THE CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL
Through the screening of 16 shorts, documentaries and feature-length narratives, this year’s edition of the Chelsea Film Festival puts its focus on emerging independent filmmakers committed to the theme of “Global Issues.”
Opening the festival is “Titus” — the modern-day story of a displaced African American jazz musician trying to come to terms with his troubled past. Closing night, it’s an entry from Kenya. “Nairobi Half Life” finds an aspiring young actor making his way from upcountry to the big city, in pursuit of success. Other films include the L.A.-set “Licks,” in which a man returns to his Oakland neighborhood after serving two years for a botched robbery. In “Halima’s Path,” a grieving Muslim woman tries to find the remains of her son, who was killed in the Bosnian War and buried in a mass grave. “A Cool Dark Place” is slang for the Depression-era NYC supper club eyed by a powerful gangster, but owned by faded showgirl Vivienne St. Germain and her former politician husband. Several films have post-screening Q&A sessions with the director.
Thurs., Oct., 24 through Sun., Oct. 27. At the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets ($8-$25 depending on the film; student/senior discounts and VIP packages available), visit chelseafilm.org.
DANCE: KEIGWIN + COMPANY
Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s NYC-based contemporary dance company, now celebrating its 10th season, returns to the Joyce with a mix of old and new material — and a special Opening Night performance of “Canvas.” The piece, which premiered this summer at the Vail International Dance Festival, combines classical ballet and modern dance. Fittingly, it will be presented by seven dancers from Keigwin and four from the NYC Ballet). The run also includes reprisals of Keigwin’s signature work “Mattress Suite.” The Nov. 3 matinee is part of The Joyce Theater’s annual “Family Matinees” series, and will include repertory pieces “Love Songs” and “Triptych.”
Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at The Joyce Theater (175 8th Ave., at 19th St.). At 7:30pm on Oct. 29 & 30. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, at 8pm. Nov. 2 & 3 matinees, at 2pm. Tickets start at $19, with a limited number for $10. To purchase, visit joyce.org. For info on the company: keigwinandcompany.com
– BY SCOTT STIFFLER