Israel Film Center’s name says it all. The establishment corrals Israeli-themed films to promote and expand the country’s presence in the world of cinema. The center’s library of feature films, short films, television shows, and documentaries gives members easy access to home screenings without requiring a working knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System. Meanwhile, the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan brings many of these to the big screen and provides educational opportunities through classes and online materials. The center also sponsors a film festival that rolls out its diverse lineup of flicks over eight days at venues throughout the city.
Abbey Theatre veteran Ray Yeates takes audiences on a guided tour of the Irish émigré’s psyche with an uplifting one-man performance set amid the Irish economy's stunning collapse. In this standalone sequel to his internationally produced In High Germany, acclaimed playwright Dermot Bolger reconnects audiences with Eoin, an expat back in the country of his birth after an extended stay in Germany. Armed with no more than his sharp wits and the stitching on his polo shirt, Ray Yeates convincingly transforms the intimate West Village stage into Dublin Airport for a riveting 75-minute performance. Making use of airports’ birthday-clown-like tendency to evoke existential dread, the play extracts an uplifting story of friendship and family from the midst of a late-night boarding area.
Originally built in 1963 in a turn-of-the-century fire station, Cinema Village serves as the oldest continuously operated independent movie house in Greenwich Village. As the theater expanded and updated over the years, it showed a wide range of films, from indie sleepers to Hong Kong movies. Still, despite the constant adaptations, the small cinema has stayed true to its celluloid roots, screening a blend of both major motion pictures and independent festival fare.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers explode with ramshackle percussion, frenetic footwork, and musically inspired jokery amidst myriad trademark juggling routines. The daffiness is dashed with danger as the kilt-sporting Brothers juggle an arsenal of hazardous objects in their signature act, "The Terror," while an element of impromptu excellence enters during "The Gamble," an act that involves the juggling of personal items procured from the obliging, applauding audience.
Founded in 1970, Film Forum has established itself as a cultural institution, showcasing independent flicks, unforgettable classics, and globally sourced cinema. As an autonomous, full-time nonprofit theatre, the 489-seat Film Forum eschews the reigning Hollywood regime of 3-D smell-o-vision for screenings that focus on social, political, historical, and cultural commentary. Valid for one full year after activation, a $110-level one-year membership lets cineastes practice their favorite seated pastime with an array of benefits including a $5.50 price reduction on one or two tickets (from $12.50 down to $7) for every movie on all three screens 365 days a year, as well as a 20% discount on Film Forum merchandise.
If your name were Aristotle, it would be hard not to be profound. Aristotle "Telly" Savalas––the actor who exuded '70s masculinity as TV cop Kojak––proves not to be an exception. The smirking, self-aware alpha male swaggers on stage to piano accompaniment in Who Loves You, Baby?, a retro lounge comedy show where Tom DiMenna embodies Telly's persona––complete with a bald cap, a holster, and a butterfly-collared shirt tucked into a leisure suit.