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Japan Society Honors The God of Manga

In 1989, two very important Japanese people passed away; Emperor Hirohito and comic book author and animator Osamu Tezuka, best known for creating Astro Boy, a sort of cybernetic Pinnocchio. Anecdotally it has been said that Tezuka’s death was considered a much larger and more tragic event. While relatively unknown in the US, Osamu Tezuka has been dubbed “the god of manga” for his contribution to the sequential arts and animation. His body of work ranges wildly and includes adventure stories for kids (Metropolis), psychological thrillers (Message to Adolf), religous epics (Buddha), and even blending animation with live action footage decades before Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Vampire).

On November 7, 2013, the Japan Society (333 east 47th St.) will be looking back on Tezuka’s illustrious career. The Life & Words of Osamu Tezuka, conducted by The New Yorker contributing writer and author of Japanimerica, Roland Kelts, and moderated by cartoonist Katie Skelly ,author of Nurse Nurse, covers Tezuka’s unique creations and analyzes them in a modern cultural context.

Along with the lecture will be a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle for books by Tezuka, Skelly, and Kelts.

To learn more, go to:

The Life & Works of Osamu Tezuka
November 7, 2013

The Japan Society
333 East 47th St.
New York, NY 10017

Alamo Drafthouse Announces Fantastic Fest Encore

Alamo Draft House will continue its streak of making every northern film nerd jealous, by showing films from the annual Fantastic Fest, over three weekends in November. The Fantastic Fest aspires to bring independent and cult films to a wider audience. Unless you have your finger on the pulse of global independent cinema, you are unlikely to be familiar with most of the films being screened.

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Off-Broadway Preview: Eric Bogosian Returns

Eric Bogosian: (100) Monologues

Performances through October 25, 2013
Eric Bogosian (photo: Monique Carboni)
As a monologist, Eric Bogosian currently has no peer. For two decades (from 1980 to 2000), in seminal shows like Sex Drugs and Rock’n’Roll, Pounding Nails in My Forehead and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, Bogosian created and inhabited many varied and compellingly original characters: a homeless man on a subway, a divorced father with anger issues, a drug dealer a little too enthusiastic about sharing his stash with a customer, a self-help guru who insists that the way to eternal happiness is becoming filthy rich.
Although he also wrote the full-length plays Suburbia and Talk Radio, Bogosian will always be thought of—even more so than Anna Deavere Smith and Spalding Gray—as a solo performer whom audiences are entertained and enlightened by, even as he uncovers the darker side of the American psyche.
In celebration of his new book, a collection of his work titled (100) Monologues, Bogosian returns to the stage to do what he does best: he will read from and perform an assortment of his “greatest hits”—the selections change from show to show—in a special limited engagement at the Bank Street Theater. Although he has become a terrific actor in movies and on television, Bogosian back onstage alone is always a good thing.
Eric Bogosian: (100) Monologues
Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank Street, New York, NY
Labyrinth Theater Company/

Ten Movies to Look Out for in Fall 2013

Fall is the time of year when the leaves change color, the air gets a distinct crispness and the movies all of a sudden get really good. While the year up to this point has certainly had some gems, it's been very hit or miss. With the stocked platter of promising films showing up this back-loaded fall season, I have a feeling that only one or two in current top ten will make it past the end of the year's chopping block. I'm only confident that one, Before Midnight, will make it to the final scoreboard on my Top Ten List.

As for this fall, there is a massive selection for all film-going audiences with blockbusters like Thor: The Dark World, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - sure to be the colon-sporting trio busting the doors off the season's box-office records - alongside fare more intended for the Oscar-conscious.

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