Tag: Western Europe

  • The New Queer Cinema Burns On in BAM’s Grand Jarman Retro

    Fire figures prominently in the passionate, furious films of Derek Jarman: the conflagrations that consume London streets in Jubilee (1978), the flares and torches held aloft in The Angelic Conversation (1985), the infernos that roar in The Last of England (1987), the flame-colored tresses of Tilda Swinton, who made her screen debut in Caravaggio (1986) […]

  • AMERICANARAMA

    Born in Germany in 1931, Chris Strachwitz is arguably second only to the Lomaxes when it comes to informing us about our own musical heritage. With the release of Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster on his new Arhoolie label in 1960, the same year he opened a now-legendary record store just north of Berkeley, […]

  • DJ Chuckie

    he king of Dirty Dutch is bringing the Amsterdam-based, high pitched-house music to Governors Beach Club to close out the summer beachside concert series. Take advantage of the last days of summer by taking the ferry (which is included in ticket price) to join Chuckie and his labelmates for an afternoon beach party. Currently in […]

  • BON TEMPS

    Francophiles, take to the streets. Just ten days after the Fourth of July, France celebrates the 1789 storming of the Bastille, an event that has come to mark its own independence. Substitute baguettes for burgers and macaroons for apple pie and you get the idea. The French Institute Alliance Française presents Bastille Day on 60th […]

  • The UK Children’s Series Postman Pat: The Movie Gets an American Release

    Mike Disa’s entertaining Postman Pat: The Movie is based on a long-running stop-motion BBC children’s series which is hugely popular in the U.K. but has never quite made a dent in America, possibly because it’s deeply British. That Britishness hasn’t been toned down for the domestic release of the feature film, including borderline ethnic jokes […]

  • Sigmar Polke’s Aesthetic Escape Velocity on View at MoMA

    Sigmar Polke was a prisoner of his childhood, as are most of us. Born in 1941, when the Nazis were at their apogee, he suffered an impoverished youth in communist East Germany after the Third Reich’s collapse, followed by a disorienting exodus, in 1953, to Düsseldorf and the comparative riches of the West. “It wasn’t […]

  • Jolie Holland

    The mesmerizing Texas singer-songwriter sounds like she’s just barely weathering the elements on her emotionally turbulent new Wine Dark Sea. Flanked by an ominously skronking guitar and a yakety sax, Holland applies her distinctive plangent warble to songs about love, drink, and escape hatches of every variety. Benignly art-popping Brooklyn foursome People Get Ready open […]

  • SUPERSTAR POWER

    She may be 78, but Ultra Violet, an heiress from France who became Salvador Dalí’s muse and a Warhol Superstar, hasn’t dimmed a bit. Just in time for the Factory’s 50th anniversary, Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated brings together the contents of her Chelsea studio, including paintings, prints, sculptures, neon works, and photos of her […]

  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS

    Since 2009, The Wanted have endured the extremes of boy band drama, from a beef with their main competitors, fellow U.K. kids One Direction, to romancing Lindsay Lohan, to a one-season reality show on the E! network. Unfortunately, their tumultuous time together is coming to an end as they plan to take a “hiatus” to […]

  • OPPOSITES ATTRACT

    Arriving from London, the real-life love story of a beauty (the delicious Julie 
Atlas Muz, a former Miss Coney Island 
and downtown performer whose neo-
burlesque works have transfixed dance 
and art fans for nearly two decades) and a “beast” (Mat Fraser, the English musician, actor, and performance artist born with vestigial arms who married Muz […]

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