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THE VIEW UPSTAIRS AT CELEBRATION

“I love this busted-ass bar.” — Wes, in The View Upstairs THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, an off-Broadway triumph earlier this year, has made a welcome transfer to the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood for its West Coast premiere. Max Vernon’s musical—directed by Michael A. Shepperd—is set in a dive bar in New Orleans in 1973 (and 2017), […]

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STORMY WEATHER

The magnitude of talent on display in STORMY WEATHER (1943, directed by Andrew L. Stone) is such that it might be possible to overlook—for the 78-minute running time of the film—the cringe-making hoops Hollywood put black stars through during its so-called “Golden Age.” (See Spike Lee’s explosive satire Bamboozled, from 2000.) Ostensibly a breezy, fictionalized biopic […]

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AGNÈS VARDA IN CALIFORNIA AND TORONTO

Agnès Varda’s film LIONS LOVE (… AND LIES)—shot in 1968 in the days preceding and following the shootings of Andy Warhol (who survived) and Bobby Kennedy (who didn’t)—is a story of Eden-under-siege among a trio of Hollywood Hills freedom-seekers, remarkably played by Warhol superstar Viva, and James Rado and Gerome Ragni (the lyricists of Hair). “[Varda’s] […]

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KATE MILLETT

Kate Millett—the author of Sexual Politics and “a defining architect of second-wave feminism”—died in Paris this week while on vacation with her spouse Sophie Keir.* “Kate was brilliant, deep, and uncompromising. She wrote about the politics of male dominance, of owning women’s bodies as the means of reproduction, and made readers see this as basic […]

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WARHOL CAPOTE AT AMERICAN REP

“In the late 1970s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost […]