5 things to do this weekend

“Oh, that Mitzi!” a doctor (Maurice Chevalier) hums in Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 musical, “One Hour With You”, referring to his wife’s seductive friend (Genevieve Tobin). The film will screen on Friday and February 15 as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Dames, Janes, Dolls and Canaries series, which runs until February 19. The event is dedicated to Mitzi, his fellow vampires and other self-confident female characters from the early 1930s, before the Production Code inhibited American films. More precisely, the program highlights the actresses who played them: stars like Tobin, Bebe Daniels and Helen Twelvetrees, who didn’t hold out as household names.

Guest programmer, vintage film expert Farran Smith Nehme, selected the features in part for rarity. Many, like the delightful golf game “Follow Thru” (February 11), with the greens of the course and actress Nancy Carroll’s red hair in two-tone Technicolor – are not streaming or on DVD. Others are often seen only in poor quality versions, such as “Reaching for the Moon,” on Monday and February 13, with a Douglas Fairbanks speaking as a financier shot by Daniels shortly before the 1929 stock market crash. MoMA’s “Her Man”, featuring Twelvetrees, will be screened on Sunday and February 17.

Art & Museums

From 1990 to 1994, Tim Fielder taught illustration at Children’s Art Carnival, an organization founded in 1969 to provide arts and educational programs for children in Harlem. Around the same time he worked as a cartoonist at Marvel, where his desire to promote the aesthetics of Afrofuturism was often frustrated by the public’s reluctance to embrace him.

Now the popularity of Afrofuturism is on the rise, particularly in the field of comic books and graphic novels (including Fielder’s “Infinitum,” which was released last year). And the Children’s Art Carnival honors Fielder’s career with the retrospective “Black Metropolis: 30 years of afrofuturism, comics, music, animation, beheaded chickens, heroes, villains and blacks”.

The exhibition features around 100 illustrations and animations by Fielder. Together, they offer an ideal in which the blacks of the past are present And the future can be what they want to be. It is on display from Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 7pm until March 31st. Admission is free.


At a time when even attending school can be complicated, family travel to distant lands may seem out of the question. But one organization is planning international flights – fictional, that is – from the city headquarters and from your home.

This is the Brooklyn Academy of Music, whose BAMkids Film Festival kicks off this weekend, both in person and virtually. This year’s edition, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Academy (the full program is available on its website) and online from Saturday until February 13, offers 69 short films and related activities, such as a show by the company theatrical Parallel Exit and a streaming concert by Divi Roxx Kids.

The festival, which includes works from 27 countries, is aimed at children aged 3 to 11, but due to vaccination requirements, only children aged 5 and over are allowed to attend in person. (Families looking for access to on-site and online events must purchase admission separately. In-person tickets cost $ 9 to $ 14 per program; streaming tickets pay what you want for as little as $ 5. for single programs and $ 30 for the full -pass festival.)

Expect both silly (animal astronaut) and serious (bullying) film subjects and characters ranging from mini Martians threatened by monsters to pillows that dump the dreams they absorb.


Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane hasn’t released a new album since the dark and glamorous “Spirit Fiction,” of 2012, but he occasionally shows up with a live performance around New York, often with a new band or a new one. idea. Take advantage of these possibilities if you can.

This week, Coltrane is briefly in residence at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, with different music every night from Thursday to Saturday. Starting at 7:30 pm on Night 1, he will play two consecutive sets: one with pianist James Carney, the other with drummer Allan Mednard. (A single ticket covers both sets.) Friday, at the same time, will feature a new combo, the Freedom Trio, joined by younger musicians Nick Jozwiak, bassist, and Savannah Harris, drummer.

Closing the weekend, Saturday at 8pm, Coltrane will debut with “Cosmic Music: A Contemporary Exploration Into the Music of John & Alice Coltrane”, a complete program dedicated to the immortal careers of his parents. The Thursday and Friday shows take place at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater and the Saturday show at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater; tickets range from $ 30 to $ 50 and are available at symphonyspace.org.

Jordan Carlos likes to challenge people: With “Can We Talk About This?”, An ongoing series of short films that air during movie broadcasts on AMC Networks, he talks to a myriad of personalities about the problematic aspects of classic films. And with “Are you still doing stand-ups, Jordan?” – His current show of him, which he created with black audiences in mind – addresses the conventional wisdom of what he calls “New York’s neoliberal brunch set.” He will perform at Union Hall on Sunday at 8pm and February 26 at 7pm, as well as at The Warning on February 16.

If you’re not ready for in-person meetings yet, you can enjoy a marathon of the “Keith and the Girl” podcast, on the show’s YouTube channel. Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili started the show outside their Queens apartment 17 years ago and will celebrate its anniversary with a free 24-hour live stream. Among the 80 guests in the lineup are comedians Tim Dillon, Jimmy Pardo, Lucie Pohl and Laurie Kilmartin. The marathon starts at 3pm on Saturday.