The Dog Days of August are upon us! New York City is hot, steamy, sweaty and half naked-which means it’s “hot fun in the summertime”. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Le Jeune Homme et La Mort was choreographed by Roland Petit choreographed in 1946 to Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582, with a one-act libretto by Jean Cocteau. It tells the story of a Young Man driven to suicide by his faithless lover. Sets were by George Wakhevitch and costumes variously reported as being by Karinska or Cocteau. Continue reading
Short profile of Olga Smirnova a rising star in the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. Continue reading
The success of the film Black Panther has made being from “Wakanda” has become very chic. Continue reading
Mid- July Heatwave, NYC beach and barbecue continues! New York City is hot. We have modernist sculpture off Fifth Avenue. Beautiful bodies dancing on Fire Island and the Upper Westside. Jokes in Harlem and Hawaii comes to the Bronx. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading
The Booty Warrior- Fleece Johnson is inspired by the Boondocks spoof on MSNBC’s Lock-up series. Continue reading
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) musical comedy film classic directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. The film starred Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Continue reading
In 1961, on tour in Paris, Rudolf Nureyev- the Kirov Ballet’s star made a historic dash from his KGB bodyguards into the arms of French police. Was there more to his defection than meets the eye? Continue reading
The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin’ in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals despite only a modest box-office success. The film tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career. The play’s director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of Faust, and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star.
The songs were written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, and some were created for the original 1931 Broadway musical also called The Band Wagon. The Broadway production featured a book by George S. Kaufman and starred Fred Astaire and his sister Adele. The movie’s dances and musical numbers were staged by Michael Kidd.
In the film Mandingo buff slave Drum (Ken Norton) is “hit on” by a slave owner. Continue reading