ARTSBEAT and Culture 1-22-14

Looking at the Arts – Part II Film: Saving Mr. Banks Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convinces the reluctant “Mary Poppins” creator P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) into consenting to allow the studio’s adaptation of her work.   August: Osage County If you haven’t gotten enough family dysfunction this holiday season, check out some excellent acting by Meryl […]

ARTSBEAT and Culture 1/15/14

Looking at the Arts Part I – Theater From the theater, film, television and visual arts to dance, opera, classical and pop, it is anticipated that 2014 will bring many highlights in the Arts. In coming weeks, this column will offer insight to the many happenings taking place in Manhattan, the boroughs, and in mainstream […]

ARTSBEAT and Culture 12-11-13

Wałęsa. Man of Hope at Film Showcase The Embassy of the Republic of Poland and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will present Polish films at the European Union Film Showcase 2013 through December 22.  Poland’s 2013 Oscar Entry – Wałęsa. Man of Hope (Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei) by Andrzej Wajda will open the festival.  Oscar-winning […]

ARTSBEAT and Culture 11-27-13

NBC’s new “The Sound of Music” is not trying to remake the classic movie.    The televised version of the stage production will feature Carrie Underwood as Maria.  A part immortalized on film by  Julie Andrews.  The original Broadway musical starred Mary Martin, along with Theodore Bikel as Captain von Trapp. NBC will broadcast the […]

ARTSBEAT… and Culture 10-30-13

FOLKLORE: Goblins, Ghouls & Baba Jaga It is Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) and while Poland does not celebrate this very American holiday directly, it does have subtle cultural similarities. Two days later on November 2, Poles honor those who have passed on the Catholic observance of All Soul’s Day (Święto Zmarłych, Dzień Zaduszny or Zaduszki) […]

ARTSBEAT …. and Culture 10-16-13

OPERA: Eugene Onegin with Kwiecień and Beczała  The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2013-14 season with the acclaimed new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – a coproduction with the English National Opera. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko opened her third consecutive Met season as Tatiana, the naïve heroine from Pushkin’s classic novel. Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecień portrayed the self-confident […]