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A Tribute to Spalding Gray

The life and work of the late Spalding Gray will be celebrated in a big way this week at IFC Center (323 6th Av.) in Manhattan from December 8 - 10th, 2010 . Wednesday night will begin the tribute, which leads up to the Friday’s release of Steven Soderbergh’s new documentary on Gray And Everything is Going Fine.  There will be guests galore.

Wednesday, December 8, 7:30pm the program screens the filmed version of the Tony Award-winning production of Our Town (1989, Kirk Browning), a long-running Broadway hit staging of Thornton Wilder’s iconic American play, directed by Gregory Mosher and starring Spalding Gray, with support from Eric Stoltz and Penelope Ann Miller.

Mosher will be in attendance to discuss the film, along with Kathie Russo (Gray’s widow and producer of And Everything is Going Fine) and Amy Hobby (producer of And Everything is Going Fine).

Thursday, December 9, 7:30pm, the tribute screens two rare films.  First, Thomas Schlamme’s 1988 Terrors of Pleasure, a 60-minute monologue written and performed by Gray.

Next is A Life in Progress, 1985, directed by Robbie Henson, a 30-minute portrait of the artist.  Additionally, this night will feature a trailer for Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s Brother’s Keeper which features a monologue performed by Gray.  Berlinger, in person, will discuss his work with Gray, along with returns from Russo and Hobby.

Look for Soderbergh to make an appearance during the premiere week of his And Everything is Going Fine.  The only one who won’t be there, sadly, is Spalding Gray himself.

Spalding Gray

IFC Center
323 Ave. of the Americas (at West 3rd St.)
New York, NY
box office: 212 924-7771

ifccenter.com

NY Sings the Great Canadian Songbook

photo of Gordon Lightfoot stamp issued by Canada Post in 2009.

The annual "New York Sings the Great Canadian Songbook" is one of the highlights of Canada Day celebrations in New York City, both for those Canadians -- acting as stealth Americans hiding in the USA -- and New Yorkers alike. On July 1st, 2010, Joe`s Pub at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street) will host two performances of this very popular event at 7 and 9:30 pm.

On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.

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Exclusive: Four Nominees Talk Tony

With the Tony Awards taking place Sunday, June 13, 2010, the Broadway award season will be over -- so nominees Valerie Harper, Jude Law, Montego Glover and Eddie Redmayne spoke about their expectations and insights, both in their respective shows and in the season in general.

And this season has a few wrinkles. For the musicals, it has been the overwhelming impact of pop music on Broadway's new productions, and that has made for a very different sound to be judged. And for dramatic works, the necessity of casting seasoned film and television actors as leads or featured players to draw in audiences has re-shaped the nominee pool.

So, with this night almost upon us, here's a quartet of short interviews garnered from stars nominated for various awards in both the musical and dramatic categories.

• Valerie Harper: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play | Looped


Q: What were the particular challenges of doing this show?

VH: Tallulah Bankhead's a real person and an extravagantly bombastic, huge, big personality with an extremely affected way of speaking. So to make her a real human being -- that was a challenge, especially because she's been imitated so much -- for so many years, by so many. So that was the key, and I had wonderful help in a piece of tape that was from an actual looping section.

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After 30 years, The Boy King's Treasures Are in NYC for a Limited Run

King Tut's Artifacts

What do Tyrannosaurus Rex and King Tutankhamun have in common -- besides the fact that they’re both dead? They’re the stuff that dreams are made of, and are beloved by children throughout the world.

Otherwise why would there be all this brouhaha over the new exhibit of Tutankhamun And The Golden Age Of The Pharaohs at the Discovery Channel’s museum in Times Square (226 W. 44th Street)? It just opened this April 23, 2010, (and runs until January 2, 2011).

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