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2019: A Filial Odyssey

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2019: A Filial Odyssey

For science fiction, James Gray’s “Ad Astra” has little interest in “world-building” as it’s usually thought about. It takes place in a nebulous “near-future” whose details are faintly sketched in. Comment
A comedian with a history of homophobic and racist remarks was fired from the cast of “Saturday Night Live” just days after he was hired by NBC. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Scott Austin, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Scott Austin, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Scott Austin, a Brooklyn-based theater teacher who also works as a teaching artist with Ping Chong + Co. and performs improv comedy around New York. He knows a pretty good joke about a penguin. Comment
Out gay comedian Bowen Yang, who has appeared in past segments on “Saturday Night Live,” was added to the show’s full-time team on September 12, becoming the first Asian person and the first gay Asian cast member. Comment
It’s far from unusual for filmmakers to deliver multiple drafts of their films for public circulation, although the original cuts that no one but their inner circle has a chance to watch are usually too long for feature-length release. But Seth Price’s “Redistribution,” essentially a video art project getting a week-long run at a movie theater, is unusual in that the current version is its eighth incarnation. Comment
Theater

Salut Aznavour!

Theater

Salut Aznavour!

Of all the great songwriters of the last century, one of the greatest, most distinctive, and — to Americans — least well-known is Charles Aznavour, who died a year ago at age 94. Astonishingly prolific, he was the writer of some 1,000 songs — with countless recordings; music poured out of him. Comment
Erich Wolfgang Korngold revolutionized the sound of the Hollywood film score, despite being raised by a dominating conservative music critic father, Julius, to be the next Mozart, Wagner, or Strauss in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Comment
The question of “Are You The One?” has been answered with a unanimous “yes.” Comment

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