Weekly Culture Round-Up: 9/13 – 9/19

Here's our weekly culture round-up featuring our favorites in film, culture, music, and more—this is where we'll be on nights out and over the weekend.

Pina Returns to Brooklyn — Modern dance luminary Pina Bausch and her stalwart company of exceptional dancers, Tanztheater Wuppertal, made their New York debut in 1984 with the now-iconic double bill of Café Müller, a melancholic fever dream in which the dreamer, a sleepwalking woman, is trapped inside a congested, monochromatic restaurant, and The Rite of Spring, a voracious reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s original ballet, one that covers the stage in soil and sees its assemblage anguishing and passionately caressing the dirtied space, each movement marking their clothing, accentuating the overt sensuality of the work as the performers entropically draw closer to one another. Both of these remarkable, world-renown works are being presented together as part of BAM’s “2017 Next Wave Festival,” bringing Tanztheater Wuppertal and Pina’s lasting legacy back to New York once again.

BAM 9/14-9/24

Ballet of a Thin Man Joyce Theater is opening its doors for the Fall season with the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s ballet ode to the prolific career of Bob Dylan, Dylan Love Songs, an eccentric exploration of love and loss through interpretative dance inspired by the Bard of folk music’s somber lyricism. Sharp-witted and charismatic, Twyla Tharp and her company of dancers are known for their exuberance and vitality, evident in the bountiful movement in their productions, including The Fugue, set to Bach’s “The Musical Offering,” and The Raggedy Dances, this time underscored by Joplin, Bolcom and Mozart. Both of these earlier works from the 1970s will be performed alongside Tharp’s latest starting Tuesday, September 19 with performances continuing until October 8.

Joyce Theater 9/19-10/8

Bringing the Runway Home — New York Fashion Week is wrapping up, but the runway looks are far from over—they’ve only moved to another borough. Brooklyn Museum have again partnered with queer lifestyle site dapperQ to host their fourth annual queer fashion runway show, this year’s “R/Evolution,” dedicated to showcasing an eclectic array of designer styles that offer a wide representation of LGBTQIA+ identities throughout the New York fashion scene. Prior to the expansive runway showcase is a happy hour social event sponsored by Henrietta Hudson, New York’s longest running brick and mortar lesbian bar, which also includes a number of pop-up shops for guests to peruse as well as a set by DJ M.O.

Brooklyn Museum 9/14

Terminal to Terminal — Terminal 5 is your go-to destination for concerts this coming week with UK electronic alternative band Kasabian playing Thursday, September 14 and Philadelphia-based indie rockers The War on Drugs playing the following Tuesday, September 19. Kasabian are touring in promotion of their new album, For Crying Out Loud, another sonically aggressive addition to their distortion-heavy discography although significantly chunkier than recent work due to their choice to reincorporate live instrumentation into their music. The War on Drugs are also promoting the release of their very new album, A Deeper Understanding, having come out just this past August, it’s since been receiving critical acclaim and climbing the charts with its bittersweet explorations of Americana though a distinctly 80s synth rock-influenced sound.

Terminal 5 9/14 & 9/19
Tickets – Kasbian
Tickets – War on Drugs

Reel Hidden Gems — One of the many preoccupations of film historians is to recover, preserve, and perhaps, ideally, be able to restore films that were thought to be permanently damaged in their original celluloid form or, worse yet, completely lost to time. Thanks to the indispensable efforts of institutions such as the UCLA Film and Television Archive, these critical works are able to see the light of day once again on beautifully restored prints than can even rival the pristine condition they possessed upon initial release. Dedicated to the medium’s continuation both classically and contemporaneously, Metrograph has partnered with UCLA to present the “UCLA Festival of Preservation,” a series celebrating their diligent work with screenings of films such as Ernst Lubitsch’s charmingly sly romantic comedy caper Trouble in Paradise (1932), Howard Alk’s judicious documentary testifying to the political assassination of a Black Panther chapter leader, The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), and many more—all playing on newly restored 35mm prints.

Metrograph 9/15-9/20