Monday, July 26, 2010

Flying Down to Rio in New York Venues (c) By Polly Guerin

No need to fly down to Rio!!! It’s time to samba, tango and dance the light fantastic and hear the throbbing music of the Brazilian beat in the garden and in film. Listen to The Distant Sound; see a Colette adaptation and a Swedish crime series. Here’s the Scoop!!!

PREMIERE BRAZIL brings Brazilian filmmakers to New York in a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. Check the film schedule at Bye Bye Brazil, Wed. July 28, 8pm, a traveling side show stops in rural villages hoping to mesmerize the townspeople. A young accordionist becomes enamored of the show’s exotic dancer joins show as it sets off deeper into the country’s interior. Lula, Son of Brazil Thurs, July 29, 8pm, presents the emotionally involving, fictionalized biopic about Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, focusing on his poor childhood in the interior of Pernambuco. Film Admission $10, seniors $8. The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, 11W. 53 St.
THE SCUPLTURE GARDEN taps into music of the Brazilian-American composer and singer, Kay Lyra’s deep bossa nova roots, which incorporates nontraditional sounds, from the pedal steel guitar to bagpipes. Her oeuvre includes her arrangement of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” as well as her setting of a Dorothy Parker poem. Her precise, pure voice fills the air this Thurs, July 29 at MOMA. Hear “the daughter of bossa nova with a crystal voice,” sets performed 5:30 and 7 pm. Regular Museum admission applies: 212.708.9400
LISTEN TO THE DISTANT SOUND music and libretto by Franz Schreker explores the complexities of love, eroticism and art-for-art’s sake idealism. It tells the tragic story of Fritz, a composer who forsakes Grete, his beloved, for the sound that is a distant echo of her presence. July 30 and August 6 at 7 pm and Aug 1* and Aug 4 at 3pm. Round trip bus transportation available for Aug. 1 ($20) Box Office: 845-758.7900.
JULIE DE CARNEILHAN…A literary adaption for the actress Edwige Feuillere—this time a Colette story. As Julie, Feuillere embodies the countess who enters into a scheme to earn millions. A rare screening of this witty and enchanting spectacle, not to be missed. It is the last film of the summer season at the Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street. Showings 12:30, 4 & 7:30 pm. $10 (members free)
WALLANDER: The Second Season continues at Scandinavia House. Swedish detective Kurt Wallander returns with his all new riveting investigations based on stories by author Henning Mankell. Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 pm July 28 and July 30. Individual tickets $10 ($7 ASF Members) 58 Park Ave. (at 38th Street)

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