Superstar comedian and actor Kevin Hart is a die-hard basketball fan. He has participated in several Celebrity All-Star games. Despite his 5’2” stature, Hart has won the Celebrity Game MVP trophy 4 times, which is a record in itself. Hailing from Philadelphia, Kevin Hart is also a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers. So, he was not happy when his team got humiliated in the 2023 Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Boston Celtics.
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Kevin Hart got a chance to confront the man who was responsible for Philadelphia’s early exit from the playoffs, Jayson Tatum. Despite being 18 inches shorter than the 6’8” Celtics Superstar, Hart had a stern warning for him.
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Jayson Tatum was a guest on the latest episode of Kevin Hart’s show Cold as Balls. On the show, Hart confronted Tatum for eliminating his hometown team from the playoffs last season. The Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a thrilling 7-game series. Jayson Tatum sealed the deal for the Celtics by putting up a Game 7 record 51 points in the Garden, shattering the Championship dreams of reigning MVP Joel Embiid.
Even though Tatum got the last laugh in that series, Kevin Hard had a stern warning for the Celtics Forward, “One day, Philadelphia will stop you.” The comedian doubled down on his comments, “That day is coming Jason, Winter is Coming.” Hart’s comments were made in fun, considering the format of the show. But that does not mean there was no underlying sense of redemption in his words. The Philadelphia 76ers fans have been told to “Trust the Process” for a long time. However, the team has not found any significant success despite filling their roster with superstars.
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It is Now or Never for the Philadelphia 76ers
After their superstar Joel Embiid won the 2023 Regular season MVP award over Nikola Jokic, 76ers’ fans were hopeful about finally bringing a championship to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Embiid got injured in the playoffs, and even after his return, he could not perform at the level an MVP is expected to perform. While Tatum dropped 51 points in Game 7 of the Eastern Semis, the reigning MVP scored only 15 points, choking at the biggest stage. Philadelphia fans were left in shock as Joel Embiid and Co. blew a 3-2 series lead to get humiliated in the final two games.
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With Joel Embiid coming off an MVP season, this is the right time for the Philadelphia 76ers to make a run for the NBA title. If they do not at least reach the NBA finals this upcoming season, Joel Embiid might start looking for a team that can help him win his first championship. Many believe next season’s outcome will determine Joel Embiid’s future with the 76ers. Fans are hoping what Kevin Hart is saying comes true, and the 76ers come out of the East to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy.
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Every evening from Aug. 27 through Oct. 6, from 5:30 p.m. until dusk, the Four Harbors Audubon Society will be tallying migrating Common Nighthawks to better understand nighthawk population trends. Join them at the Stone Bridge at Frank Melville Memorial Park, 1 Old Field Road, Setauket to witness nighthawks as they pass over during their migratory journey to their wintering grounds in Brazil and Argentina. Visit www.4has.org for further details.
Thursday Sept. 28
Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport will host Andrew Lipman, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, for a lecture based on his award-winning book The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast in the Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, members free at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
Native American Drumming
All Souls Parish House, 10 Mill Pond Road, Stony Brook will host an evening of Native American Drumming from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Led by elder drummer, Ric Statler, drumming meditation seeks to integrate the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of the human self, creating a state of well-being. 631-655-7798
Friday Sept. 29
Poets in Port
Northport Arts Coalition continues its Poets in Port series at the First Presbyterian Church, 330 Main St., Northport at 7:30 p.m. Featured poet will be Janet Wade who will speak with the audience about their process. The audience is then encouraged to bring their own poems. Free tickets via www.eventbrite.com.
Friday Night Face Off
Friday Night Face Off, Long Island’s longest running Improv Comedy Show, returns to Theatre Three’s Second Stage, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson tonight at 11 p.m. Using audience suggestions, FNFO pits two teams of improvisers against each other in an all-out championship! Recommended for ages 16 and up, due to adult content. Tickets are $15 at the door – cash only. 631-928-9100
Saturday Sept. 30
Morning Birdwatch and Architecture Tour
The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport continues its morning Birdwatch and Architecture Tours, led by the Museum’s director of curatorial affairs, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy the unique opportunity to view the Vanderbilt estate in the early dawn hours when the grounds are closed but the birds are active. Each Birdwatch will feature aspects of the estate’s architectural history while participants view the Vanderbilt’s resident avian species and hear their calls and songs. Sturdy hiking footwear and binoculars are recommended. Tickets are $12 per person, free for members, at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
Car Wash and Fall Plant Sale
St. James Lutheran Church, 230 2nd Ave., St.James will host a BSA Scout Troop 301 Fall fundraiser Car Wash and Fall Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 631-584-5212.
Fall Yard Sale
Rescheduled from Sept. 23. Join the Yaphank Historical Society for its annual Fall Yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Hawkins House, 4 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank. Featuring a large variety of crafts, collectibles, and household items. Rain date is Oct. 1. 631-924-4803, www.yaphankhistorical.org.
!Estamos! Symposium at the LIM
Join the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook for a one-day symposium featuring a varied group of artists and scholars with discussion revolving around the exhibition SOMOS/WE ARE: Latinx Artists of Long Island from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration fee is $12 adults, $10 students, seniors, LIM members; optional lunch $12. Register online at www.longislandmuseum.org/events.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road Huntington hosts a Traditional Nature Walk for adults from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Explore the woods and tall grass meadows of the southern section of the park. $4 per person. Call 631-423- 1770 for reservations.
Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Rescheduled from Sept. 23.The Port Jefferson Conservancy will host a re-enactment of the 1910 Hill Climb from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come cheer on antique cars as theyretrace the original Hill Climb course from the Port Jefferson Village Center, 101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson to the top of East Broadway followed by a car parade through the village. Gates open at 8 a.m. 631-238-2290, portjeff.com
Farmingville Fall Festival
The Farmingville Residents Association hosts a Fall Festival at its Farmers, Artisans & Friends Marketplace at Triangle Park, Horseblock Road and Woodycrest Drive, Farmingville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 45 vendors selling local produce, handmade and homemade items and flea market treasures, live music and more. Held rain or shine. 631-260-7411
PJS/ Terryville Family Fun Day
Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a Family Fun Day at the Train Car Park, corner of Route 347 and Route 112 in Port Jefferson from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Come celebrate local community, local business and good old family fun with a scarecrow contest, apple pie baking contest and performances by Neu Era Gymnastics, School of Rock and Backstage Studio of Dance. Free admission. 631-821-1313
Fish Hatchery Fall Festival
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor hosts a Fall Festival Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with environmental exhibitors, kid’s fishing, music, games, live animal encounters, food and more. Rain date is Oct. 7. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. 516-692-6768
Community Wide Yard Sale
Rescheduled from Sept. 23.Sound Beach Civic Association hosts its 3rd annual Community Wide Yard Sale as well as the second yearly coat drive at the Adopt-A-Spot, 30 New York Ave., Sound Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over a dozen households are participating. Stop by to find a hidden treasure and share the warmth with those less fortunate. The Sound Beach Fire Dept. will bring an engine/ambulance and set up a recruitment table as well as have raffle tickets and challenge coins you can buy. 631-744-6952.
Happy Harbor Day
Rescheduled from Sept. 23. The Village of Nissequogue and The Friends of Stony Brook Harbor will host Happy Harbor Day to raise awareness of Stony Brook Harbor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 555 Long Beach in Nissequogue. The day will include presentations by environmental and marine science experts, an aquarium touch tank, carnival games, music, art contest and more. Free admission. 631-862-7400
Family Fun Day in SB Village
Join the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and the StonyBrook Fire Department for Family Fun Day in Stony Brook Village along Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a Fire Prevention Day and Open House event, touch a truck, vote for your favorite scarecrow, giveaways, raffles and much more. Free. 631-751-2244
Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair
St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church, 4 Woodville Road, Shoreham will hold an Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Do some shopping with vendors and then enjoy traditional German food (sauerbraten dinner, bratwurst) plus pretzels and beer while enjoying traditional music. Dine in or take out. 631-744-7730
Superheroes of the Sky
Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown presents a Superheroes of the Sky event from 11 a.m. to noon. Take a walking tour with Jim while he feeds the Center’s Birds of Prey and tells you about their incredible adaptations that help them survive in the wild. You’ll be seeing and learning about a Bald Eagle, our Turkey Vultures, owls, hawks and many more. Fee is $10 per adult/$5 per child ages 11 and under. Register at www.sweetbriarnc.org.
Fall into Fun Carnival
Heritage Park, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mt. Sinai celebrates the season with a Fall into Fun Carnival today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy rides, games and food in a beautiful park. Fireworks on Sept. 30. Free admission and parking. Pay per ride or purchase a bracelet. www.newtonshows.com, 631-403-4846
Bizarre Bazaar at the CAC
Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will host the Bizarre Bazaar — a vintage, oddities, art, and alternative market featuring a curated selection from Long Islands best makers, pickers, and artists to kick off the Halloween season from noon to 5 p.m. Vegan food and beverages, treats, and snacks will also be available. The event is free and all ages are welcome. www.cinemaartscentre.org
Basket Raffle & Craft Fair
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1370 Grundy Avenue, Holbrook will hold its annual Basket Raffle & Craft Fair today from noon to 6 p.m. and Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature holiday décor and crafts, food and home baked goods for sale. Over 200 baskets will be raffled off on Sunday at the close of the Fair. Rain dates are Oct. 7 and 8. 631-588-7689
Northport FD Oktoberfest
Time to raise your steins! Northport Fire Department hosts its 4th annual Oktoberfest at the Fairgrounds at 2 Clipper Dr, Northport from 1 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with camaraderie, delicious German cuisine, music, and plenty of beer! Held rain or shine. Tickets are $65 at nfdoktoberfest.eventbrite.com
Author Talk at the LIMEHOF
The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, 97 Main St., Stony Brook welcomes author Steve Matteo for a book signing, discussion and Q&A event moderated by Tony Traguardo of his new book Act Naturally: The Beatles on Film from 3 to 4 p.m. The discussion event is free with general admission ticket purchase. 631-689-5888, www.limusichalloffame.org
Vickie Solomon in concert
Mt. Sinai Congregational Church, 233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai continues its UCC Steeple Showcase Concert Series with a concert by vocalist Vickie Solomon from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring a chair, a snack and sit back and relax! Concert is in the church parking lot, inside if it is raining. 631-473-1582.
Coram FD Oktoberfest
Coram Fire Department Truck Company’s headquarters, 303 Middle Country Road will host its 16th annual Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the best authentic German cuisine while you indulge in a fine selection of ice-cold German beer on tap or sip fine wine with good friends. Live music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Call 631-732-5733.
Sunday Oct. 1
Fall into Fun Carnival
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Basket Raffle & Craft Fair
See Sept. 30 listing.
Thunderbird & Ford Car Show
The Long Island Thunderbird Club and Thunderbird Owners of New York present the 17th annual Thunderbird & All Ford Car Show at the Key Food Shopping Center, 58 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 8. Portion of proceeds benefits Building Homes for Heroes. Free for spectators. 631-724-3756, longislandthunderbirds.godaddysites.com
Soles for All Souls Race
Ready, get set, go! All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook hosts its 15th annual Soles for All Souls 5K Run/2K Walk starting at 9 a.m. Come race or walk through the beautiful tree lined streets of Stony Brook Village. All proceeds from the race will be dedicated to making the church handicapped accessible. Award ceremony with medal presentations and prizes immediately following race. To register, visit active.com or register on the day of the race at the Reboli Center for Art and History, 64 Main St., Stony Brook at 7:30 a.m. 631-655-7798
Lions Club Car Show
Rescheduled from Sept. 24. The Port Jefferson Lions Club invites the community to its 2nd annual judged Car Show at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presented by The Fabulous 50s & 60s Nostalgia Car Club, the event will feature food, music, raffles and vendors with over 14 trophy classes plusa special people’s choice trophy decided by YOUR vote. Proceeds will sponsor a guide dog for the blind. 631-680-7212
Bead and Jewelry Festival
Truly a jeweler’s dream come true, the Long Island Bead and Jewelry Festival heads to IBEW Local 25 Banquet Center, 370 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly every style of bead and stone imaginable will be available for retail and wholesale purchase. Admission is $5.
St. James Day
St. James Chamber of Commerce presents St. James Day, a street fair along Lake Avenue in St. James (between Woodlawn and Railroad Avenues) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy festival food, music, vendors, entertainment and much more. 631-584-8510.
Huntington Village Art Walk
The Huntington Village Art Walk, a self-guided tour of the new exhibits at the museums and galleries, in the Village of Huntington, returns from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s Art Walk will feature Huntington Art Center, Huntington Arts Council, Heckscher Museum of Art, Spotlight, Digho Arts, Industry, fotofoto gallery, bj spoke gallery, Huntington Public Library, and Huntington Historical Society. Free admission. No registration required. 631-380-3230, www.heckscher.org.
Evan & James in concert
Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station welcomes Evan & James in concert at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy this local acoustic duo covering classic rock from the 60s and 70s. Open to all. Registration is required as seating is limited. Call 631-928-1212 to reserve your seat.
Monday Oct. 2
SHS Fall Lecture
Join the Smithtown Historical Society for a Fall Lecture at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Larry Wolff, an expert on old Hollywood and classic television,will discuss the facts and fun behind the making of the funniest horror film of all time, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,and how it was almost never filmed! The presentation will include clips from the film, an autograph, memorabilia and a book display for the audience to peruse. Light refreshments will be served. Free. No registration required. 631-265-6768
Movie Trivia Night at the CAC
Join the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington for a Movie Trivia Night at 8 p.m. Try to answer 50 questions based all around film, actors and actresses, awards, and everything else associated with the world of film. Challenge like-minded film fans in a battle of wits for cash and other prizes. You can form teams, so bring some friends and work together. Feel free to come alone and play solo as well! Hosted by Dan French. Tickets are $10 per person, $7 members at www.cinemaartscentre.org. 631-423-7610.
Country Jukebox concert
The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport continues its Special Events series with a Country Jukebox concert at 8 p.m. Rosin up your bow and get ready for a toe-tapping evening filled with the glory of country music stretching from classics of the 1950s all the way up to the hottest contemporary hits with a salute to Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Tammy Wynette, Rascal Flatts, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Carrie Underwood and more. Tickets are $45. 631-261-2900, www.engemantheater.com.
Tuesday Oct. 3
NSJC Social Club event
North Shore Jewish Center Social Club, 385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station invites the community to a concert by FiZ, a guitarist and singer of pop, soul and jazz with a warm mellowing sound, in the Social Hall at 11 a.m. Bagels, cream cheese and coffee will be served. $5 per person, $4 members. 631-928-3737
Forever Simon & Garfunkel
The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport continues its Special Events series with a tribute concert to Simon & Garfunkel at 8 p.m. Sean Altman & Jack Skuller of Forever Simon & Garfunkel lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include “The Sound Of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,”and many more. Tickets are $45. 631-261-2900, www.engemantheater.com.
Wednesday Oct. 4
Cruise Night at The Shoppes
Cruise Nights are back at The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 Route 25A, Wading River from 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 25. Check out the fine array of classic and coveted automobiles from car enthusiasts from across Long Island in The Shoppes parking lot. 631-929-3500
History of PJS and Terryville lecture
Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station hosts a program titled What’s In A Name? History of Port Jefferson Station and Terryville at 7 p.m. Join Jack Smith to explore 150 years of local history in the areas of Cumsewogue, Terryville, Echo, and Port Jefferson Station with photos, maps, and more. Open to all. Call 631-928-1212 to reserve your seat.
Thursday Oct. 5
Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach presents its annual Women’s EXPO from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A showcase and a marketplace for Long Island women entrepreneurs, the indoor event will feature over 80 exhibitors who create or distribute a variety of products, including jewelry, pottery, soaps, food and more. The indoor event is a great opportunity to support local women entrepreneurs while shopping for holiday gift giving. Free admission. 631-585-9393, www.womensexpoli.orgSee more on page B5.
Join the Northport Historical Society, 215 Main St., Northport for a lecture titled Coming Out Day with Northport author and artist Greg Fox at 6 p.m. Fox will speak about his experiences in Northport which led to the creation of his widely successful comic series, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast. Centered around the town of Northport, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast is the world’s only comic strip about a gay bed and breakfast. Copies of Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. To register, visit www.northporthistorical.org.
Circus heads to Lake Grove
Cirque Italia opens under the white and blue big top tent at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove tonight at 7:30 and runs through Oct. 15. This high-octane show features master jugglers, low wire fanatics, dazzling contortion, wild trampoline antics, and even a wheel of death! Suitable for all ages. For tickets and more information, visit the box office on site or go to www.cirqueitalia.com.
‘We Dare to Dream’
The Port Jefferson Documentary Series continues with a screening of We Dare to Dream, about the dramatic challenges faced by refugee athletes who competed for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games, at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Preceded by a special concert featuring pianist and composter Jacqueline Schwab at First United Methodist Church, 603 Main St., Port Jefferson at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker via Zoom will be Director Waad Al-Kateab. Tickets to concert and film are $15; film only is $10 at the door. www.portjeffersondocumentaryseries.com.
Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson kicks off its 53rd season with The Prom from Sept. 16 to Oct. 21. As the lights dim on four fading Broadway stars, they wildly seek the spotlight. Courting the controversy surrounding a small-town Indiana prom, the quartet invades a community that wants to keep the party straight. Tickets are $40 adults, $32 seniors, $20 students, $20 children ages 5 to 12. To order, call 631-928-9100 or visit www.theatrethree.com.
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown presents Jonathan Larson’s Rent from Sept. 16 to Oct. 22. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, the groundbreaking musicalfollows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians — Roger, Mimi, Tom, Angel, Maureen, Joanne, Benny and Mark — struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors, $28 students. To order, call 800-595-4849 or visit www.smithtownpac.org. See review on page B17.
‘Every Brilliant Thing’
Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, in association with Response Crisis Center, presents Every Brilliant Thing, a one-man show starring Jeffrey Sanzel, on the Second Stage from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8. With audience members recruited to take on supporting roles, Every Brilliant Thing is a heart-wrenching, hilarious story of depression and the lengths we will go for those we love. All seats are $20. Fifty percent of the gross proceeds of this production will benefit Response Crisis Center. To order, call 631-928-9100 or visit www.theatrethree.com.
Main stage theater continues at the John W. Engeman Theater with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical from Sept. 14 to Oct. 29. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing success with Tapestry, the showtakes you back to where it all began–and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Featuring such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “So Far Away,” and many more. This Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning show is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget. Tickets range from $85 to $95. To order, call 631-261-2900 or visit www.engemantheater.com.
The Performing Arts Studio, 224 E. Main St., Port Jefferson presents Totally True Things, a solo storytelling show series produced by Lifestage, Inc. that will feature award-winning artists sharing true stories that focus on mental health issues, beginning with Smoker, written and performed by Bob Brader, on Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. John Martin from the Suffolk County Office Of Health Education will join Brader and the show director Suzanne Bachner for a talkback Q&A facilitated by host/producer Jude Treder-Wolff following the performance. Tickets are $20 online at Eventbrite, $25 at the door.
‘Antigone Now: A Short Drama’
The Theatres at Suffolk County Community College present Antigone Now: A Short Drama by Melissa Cooper in Theatre 119, Islip Arts Building Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden on Oct. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story. *Mature ContentGeneral admission: $15, veterans and students 16 years of age or younger $10. For tickets call 631-451-4163.
Northport One-Act Play Festival
Northport Plays presents the 14th Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival at The Playhouse at St Paul’s, 270 Main St, Northport, from October 6 to 8. Ten new plays will be performed in two different programs. Go to www.NorthportPlays.com for details and tickets. 631-223-8053
‘An Inspector Calls’
Minstrel Players, Houghton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport presents J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls from Oct. 14 to 22. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. To order, call 516-361-7232 or email [email protected]
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Sneak, steal, and shoot your way through a world of pulp adventure in The Lamplighters League! Globetrot across a variety of exciting locales around the world and outwit your enemies in strategic turn-based combat – and, if you play your cards right, you might just save the world.
In this stylish pulp adventure set in an alternate 1933, players master the art of strategy and outsmart the opposition using a diverse lineup of characters and abilities
Players’ choices directly determine the world’s fate – for better or worse.
Harebrained Schemes, the creators of The Shadowrun Trilogy and BATTLETECH, bring you an all-new world set in an alternate 1930s, where a tyrannical cult called the Banished Court stands on the cusp of world domination. For millennia, all that stood between this sinister cabal and their plans was a band of heroic scholars known as the Lamplighters League.
Unfortunately, the best of the best are all gone, so now it’s up to the best of the worst.
Recruit a team of misfits and scoundrels with unique abilities and unforgettable personalities, and chase the Banished Court to the ends of the earth in a mix of real-time infiltration, turn-based tactical combat, and a character-driven story of adventure and intrigue.
Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes released the main theme song and special behind-the-scenes videos exploring the creation of the soundtrack behind The Lamplighters League.
Composed by the award-winning Jon Everest, known for his work on the BattleTech and Shadowrun: Hong Kong scores, The Lamplighters League’s captivating soundtrack amplifies the retro atmosphere and jazz-infused thrill players will experience throughout the game. Jon and his talented team brought the soundtrack to life at the renowned Abbey Road Studios, a premiere destination for film-scoring, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and many more.
Eager Agents can get a feel for the game ahead of launch by jumping into the free demo tomorrow on Steam and Epic.
Control a team of unique, dynamic characters and get to know their signature tactical abilities and roles in the team. Learn their stories and the world they inhabit by taking them on missions – every misfit brings their own style to the fight through unique moves that can turn the tide of combat.
Explore a variety of thrilling locales and survey the battlefield before things heat up: sneak past enemies in real-time infiltration gameplay, pick off the stragglers quickly and quietly, and position your squad to get an edge for the fight.
Use every advantage and dirty trick your agents have up their sleeves in exciting, turn-based combat. Add advanced abilities, gear, and augmentations to your agents to keep pace with the growing threat of the Banished Court!
Chase the Banished Court through an alternate-history world of the 1930s, from dockyards and deserts to jungles both urban and wild. Manage your choices at a global level and try to prevent your enemy from advancing their twisted schemes!
Recruit new allies from the best of the worst: scour the globe for outlaws and outcasts and bring them onto your side before the Banished Court catches them first!
Every mission earns your team new resources and grows their abilities – but be careful, stress and injury can take their toll!
The Lamplighters League and the Tower at the End of the World is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) on October 3, 2023.
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Wendell Parnell has been a drummer, an agent and 1980s band promoter to an enviable list of acts from INXS and John Farnham to Tina Turner.
From looking after their riders to ensuring their dressing rooms were in order, he recalls those days as being more fun than hard work and has many stories he could tell, not that he would.
Now East Perth-based Parnell is turning to his first love — musical theatre — with his company Sing Out Loud hosting its inaugural event West End Vs Broadway at The Camfield on October 27.
“I’m a romantic,” 72-year-old Parnell said.
“That’s why I’ve seen The Phantom of the Opera 52 times. Theatre is where you go and lose yourself for two hours and not worry about anybody else.
“It’s a wonderful world. It’s not like being at the football where everybody’s screaming around you and you can actually feel the love on stage. And everything’s live, so there’s no second take.”
West End Vs Broadway is the first cab off the rank for Parnell’s company — others in the pipeline include Madonna Vs Kylie Minogue — inspired by the international popularity of similar all-ages singalong events such as the UK’s Massaoke.
“It’s all about getting people together to have a good time,” Parnell said.
“We’re doing it in the beer garden with a big screen, so we’ll put all the words up if you want to sing along to some of the most popular Broadway and West End musicals from the last 20 years.”
DJ Al Black will spin the set list including music from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and more. Former Mod Squad frontman Ian Falk will MC the evening featuring giveaways and a people’s choice award for the best costume.
“I’ll be doing my best singing too and I’m looking forward to seeing people having a good evening,” Parnell said.
“I’m not in the stage of my life where I need a financial reward. This venture is more the heart and not the pocket talking.”
Sing Out Loud presents West End Vs Broadway at The Camfield, Burswood, October 27. Tickets at eventbrite.com.
BOSTON — The Celtics have pretty much owned the 76ers for the last decade. It has given the Celtics bragging rights on the court, and the ability to confidently rag on Philly fans off it.
Case in point: Jayson Tatum absolutely roasted 76ers fan Kevin Hart during his appearance on the comedian’s Cold As Balls show on YouTube.
The Celtics are among the favorites to win the title in the upcoming season, though Hart being the ardent Philly supporter that he is, told Tatum that the 76ers stand in their way on that quest for a championship.
Tatum, who has won all three of his playoff series against Philly, wasn’t buying it.
“The unsettled state of the industry is an unavoidable talking point these days, but my hope is that our festival, as it has done through its 61-year history, will serve as a reminder that the art of cinema is in robust health,” said Dennis Lim, the New York Film Festival’s director of programing and chair of the main slate selection committee, in a statement last month accompanying the announcement of the titles that will screen as part of the 61st edition of the esteemed festival. From Hollywood’s double strike chaos, to worries about artificial intelligence, to the ongoing threat that streaming poses to the theatrical model—if there was ever a time when we needed that reminder, it’s now.
While all the features in the main slate this year enjoyed their world premiere earlier in the year at Sundance, Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto, and beyond, many will have their North American premiere at the festival. Among them are the opening night film, May December, Todd Haynes’s melodrama about two women whose personal and professional lines blur as they work on a film based a real-life May-December romance; the centerpiece selection, Priscilla, Sofia Coppola’s film about the relationship between teenage Priscilla Presley and Elvis; Hong Sang-soo’s latest, existentially fraught sketches of life in the realm of the mundane, In Our Day and In Water; and the closing night film, Ferrari, Michael Mann’s biopic of automotive icon Enzo Ferrari.
All but six of the films in the festival’s main slate have distribution, and among the most notable are Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses, a gorgeously novelistic look at the life of a teacher in the wake of him being accused of inappropriate behavior toward a student; Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall, a riveting treatise on a relationship facing public scrutiny after a German writer is accused of her husband’s murder; Catherine Breillat’s Last Summer, an unwaveringly sober look at a middle-aged woman’s tryst with her teenaged stepson; and Jonathan Glazer’s hypnotically austere adaptation of the late Martin Amis’s Zone of Interest, about a Nazi commandant who lives next to Auschwitz with his family.
Among those returning to the festival with new films are Alice Rohrwacher (La Chimera), Aki Kaurismäki (Fallen Leaves), Hamaguchi Ryûsuke (Evil Does Not Exist), Bertrand Bonello (The Beast), and Wim Wenders (Wim Wenders). But perhaps no return is more anticipated than that of Victor Erice, with his first feature in over three decades, Close Your Eyes, an elegy to cinema that revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a famous actor during a film shoot.
The festival’s noteworthy sidebars include Spotlight, a showcase of the season’s most anticipated and significant films (among them Bradley Cooper’s Maestro, Harmony Korine’s Aggro Dr1ft, Miyazaki Hayao’s The Boy and the Heron, Richard Linklater’s Hit Man, Frederick Wiseman’s Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros, and Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie’s The Curse); Currents, which seeks to place an emphasis on “new and innovative forms and voices,” as proven by such works as Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge 3, Joanna Arnow’s The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed, and Pham Tien An’s Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, Pierre Creton’s A Prince, and Rosine Mbakam’s Mambar Pierrette; and Revivals, a generous selection of digitally remastered, restored, and preserved films (among them Manoel de Oliveira’s Abraham’s Valley, Tewfik Saleh’s The Dupes, Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints, Abel Gance’s La Roue, and Jean Renoir’s The Woman on the Beach). Ed Gonzalez
For full reviews of the films in this year’s lineup, click on the links in the capsules below. (Titles will be added across the upcoming weeks.) For a complete schedule of films, screening times, and ticket information, visit Film at Lincoln Center.
About Dry Grasses (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
About Dry Grasses primarily concerns a complaint about transgressive behavior by Samet (Deniz Celiloglu) toward one of his female students, 14-year-old Sevim (Ece Bagci), with whom he’s nurtured a caring bond within an institution where any expression of affection would be fundamentally at odds with its pedagogy and ethos. But Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s novelist’s ability to interweave interlocking narrative layers is such that he keeps the film from ever seeming topical. The institutional drama is only one of Samet’s preoccupations, along with the inability to find an audience for his insightful musings, an outlet for his artistic needs, a remedy for desolation and the suspicion of having botched his existence. Hence the accuracy and pointed irony of the film’s English title. About Dry Grasses is just as much about the harshness of a landscape, which mirrors the spirit of its inhabitants, as it is about a barrage of much more elusive things, rendered tangible by an incredible aesthete’s hands. Diego Semerene
Aggro Dr1ft (Harmony Korine)
Harmony Korine’s Aggro Dr1ft cedes control of its images to pure vibes. The film was shot entirely in thermal vision, resulting in a hallucinatory aesthetic of neon colors that simultaneously assaults and seduces the senses. Coupled with an aggressive electronic soundscape, the film is a Miami Vice-on-acid stupor that’s less concerned with antiquated notions of coherent storytelling than in transporting (or perhaps banishing) audiences into another physiological realm altogether. Whether Korine’s vaporwave fever dream actually means anything at all seems beside the point. The totality of Aggro Dr1ft’s audiovisual experience acts like a serotonin shot to the brain the longer one sits with it. It may indeed be the perfect cinematic representation of our current media landscape, adapting to our collective brain rot from being terminally online instead of fighting against it. Mark Hanson
All of Us Strangers (Andrew Haigh)
When focusing on Adam (Andrew Scott) and Harry’s (Paul Mescal) sensual and spiritual connection, Andrew Haigh allows himself to put aside some of the magical realism of All of Us Strangers and rediscover the magic of realism that powered such incisive love stories as Weekend and 45 Years. The seduction leading up to Adam and Harry’s first sexual encounter is as poignant as any scene in Haigh’s filmography. As the two men struggle to find the verbal and physical language to express what they both want but cannot articulate, the scene proceeds with tactile attention to each tentative shift in their demeanor. While no moment that follows is nearly as sensational, Mescal’s extraordinary capacity for empathetic, reactive listening leaves his sections of the film littered with gently accentuating grace notes. Marshall Shaffer
Anatomy of a Fall (Justine Triet)
At first, it seems like Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall may turn into a courtroom spin on Basic Instinct. Like Sharon Stone’s Catherine Tramell, Sandra (Sandra Hüller) is a famous novelist whose books seem to contain troubling portents of the crime she’s accused of. Coupled with her outwardly cold demeanor, the film baits us into thinking she could be a criminal mastermind hiding in plain sight. But as the exhaustive courtroom drama at its center proceeds, it’s clear that Triet’s film has more on its mind than the simple question of Sandra’s innocence or guilt, a position that becomes more or less clear far before the final verdict is handed down. At its best, Anatomy of a Fall is nothing less than a rigorous modern treatise on the knotty interpersonal dynamics of long-term relationships and how conveniently they can be distorted when exposed to public scrutiny. Hanson
The Beast (Bertrand Bonello)
We’re all products of our time and circumstance, but how frequently do we push back against the forces—on the beasts both real and imagined—that keep us in anonymizing check? And, having taken such risks, how often do our own stories still end in tragedy? But then again, is the endpoint, our endpoint, the true crux of the matter? A line from Henry James’s 1903 novella The Beast in the Jungle, the loose inspiration for the disquieting The Beast, illuminates what is likely writer-director Bertrand Bonello’s main goal: “It wouldn’t have been failure to be bankrupt, dishonored, pilloried, hanged; it was failure not to be anything.” What the film most acutely captures, as its sprawling canvas expands and contracts before us, is the ceaseless cycle of two people failing to be over several lifetimes, in certain instances because of circumstances beyond their control, and in others because of their own purposeful inertia. Keith Uhlich
La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher)
In Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera, though, the importance of time is seemingly felt by everyone, suggesting a great sinkhole beneath the feet of the film’s characters, who make note of the fact that even as they justify their looting of ancient artifacts as reclamation from an extinct people that one day they, too, may be looted by the civilization that takes their place. That all brings a melancholic tinge to a largely satirical film, which ties back to Arthur’s (Josh O’Connor) discontent. Part of his frostiness can be attributed to his past relationship to Beniamina (Yile Vianello). She’s only glimpsed in a series of wistful flashbacks—and they’re so dreamy that one wonders if the woman was ever real. Gradually, she becomes just another ghost in this land of the dead, a sobering reminder to O’Connor’s treasure hunter that even the living become little more than a faint memory of themselves in the places they once called home. Jake Cole
Close Your Eyes (Victor Erice)
After three decades and a smattering of shorts, Close Your Eyes marks Victor Erice’s return to—and reckoning with—feature filmmaking. Its opening scene, set in an ivy-ensnared chateau in rural 1940s France, seems of a piece with the rest of his work: softly lit, prudently edited, and shot on velvety celluloid. Then, suddenly, it ends. This isn’t Close Your Eyes. Rather, it’s an excerpt from The Farewell Gaze, a film-within-a-film that was left unfinished in the early ’90s following the unexplained disappearance of lead actor Julio Arenas (Jose Coronado). In a stark, digitally shot 2012, the film’s aging director, Miguel Garay (Manolo Solo), agrees to take part in a television special about Julio, thrusting himself back into a mystery he’s spent 20 years trying to forget. On its most basic level, Close Your Eyes functions as a stirring detective story. But its true interests lie not in unspooling Julio’s past so much as in reckoning with the ways those connected to him have also, in their own manner, begun fading away. Cole Kronman
The Delinquents (Rodrigo Moreno)
The best capers are endowed with a professional gambler’s spirit of self-assured play, and this mischievousness is both taken to logical extremes and given a less flashy treatment in Rodrigo Moreno’s The Delinquents. The film constantly toys with its audience, deploying genre cues only to sidestep their expected payoffs and moral resolutions. Whether one interprets the routes that it takes as relatively frivolous fun or serious arthouse theme-making hardly affects the pleasure of watching it. That distinction is just one of many that are defied in a film that treats the very notion of identity like an easily foiled con man. The Delinquents alternatingly dares the viewer to read it as a caper, a moral parable, a comedy of coincidences, and an existential probe. And the confrontation with the meaninglessness of it all is presented with a spirit of levity, with those doing the confronting coming across more like haps than heroes. Pat Brown
Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (Radu Jude)
Radu Jude’s Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World presents a nightmare vision of modern life. At the center of it is Angela (Ilinca Manolache), an overworked Uber driver and production assistant who’s tasked with conducting auditions with working-class employees of an Austrian furniture company who were injured on the job. The film’s plot, inasmuch as it has one, ultimately hinges on a man left partially paralyzed in a car-related accident, so it’s fair to say that Jude has vehicles on his mind. His camera observes them as economic necessities, environmental hazards, physical dangers, and, perhaps above all, unsightly detritus cluttering modern cities, embodiments of our dependence on technology. This is a film that listens avidly to what a cross section of ordinary citizens have to say about the war in Ukraine, Putin, Viktor Orbán, Jewish and Romani people, poverty, exploitation, and any other subject that would come up naturally in the course of visiting people in their homes. Seth Katz
Evil Does Not Exist (Hamaguchi Ryûsuke)
The forest is a pivotal part of Evil Does Not Exist’s chief setting, Mizubiki Village, a small and isolated countryside community that’s far enough from Tokyo to offer a relief from the clutter and freneticism of city life but close enough to be easily reachable by city folk. Precisely because it’s so beautiful, the community is destined to be gobbled up by developers as a vacation paradise for the wealthy, and Hamaguchi Ryûsuke’s elliptical narrative charts the beginning of this invasion. Curtailing his narratives, seizing up his action, which he foreshadows with the clipped-off score and strange tracking shots, Hamaguchi forces us to reckon with the industrialization of nature—and stew in it. Evil Does Not Exist is a politically engaged act of coitus interruptus, then, though you may not be convinced that Hamaguchi’s new interest in theme over character is a wonderful development in the long run. Preachers are a dime a dozen, while true humanists are as endangered as the woods of Mizubiki Village. Chuck Bowen
Fallen Leaves (Aki Kaurismäki)
Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves is built around crosscutting between two narrative strands. In one, the defeatist Holappa (Jussi Vatanen) tries to hang on to a job sandblasting large metalware while sneaking swigs of vodka. In the other, the headstrong Ansa (Alma Pöysti) contends with bureaucratic nonsense and bad luck at a string of dead-end jobs. The film isn’t particularly complicated, but it’s deeply alert to the sensory pleasures of the world, which is what elevates it above the miserabilism latent in its scenario. And in an amusing tribute from one iconoclastic filmmaker to another, Kaurismäki sets Ansa and Holappa’s first date at a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, a film that depicts a zombie invasion that brings a bored, anesthetized populace to the brink of extinction. That the budding lovers still leave the theater in a rare state of euphoria indicates Kaurismäki’s abiding belief that not all is lost if art and beauty can still surround us in unlikely places. Carson Lund
The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed (Joanna Arnow)
In The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed, writer-director-star Joanna Arnow plays Ann, a thirtysomething woman in a long-term BDSM relationship with the much older Allen (Scott Cohen). “I love how you don’t care if I get off,” Ann coos to him at the start of the film. “It’s like I don’t even exist.” While this moment immediately establishing the playful rules of Ann and Allen’s sexual agreement, Arnow also hits on an apt metaphor for the existential crisis of so many modern millennials: that they’re exposed and ignored in an unforgiving social climate still dominated by older generations. In her first feature, Arnow, who speaks in an unwavering deadpan tone throughout, crafts a style that could be described as equal parts Girls and Napoleon Dynamite. Arnow’s dry sense of humor is particularly apparent in the scenes between Ann and Allen, piercing the provocative mystique of a BDSM relationship by displaying their sexual exploits in an exceedingly monotonous way. Hanson
Here (Bas Devos)
Here is as delicate and unobtrusive a film as Bad Devos’s previous cinematic journey through Brussels, Ghost Tropic. The story gently, elliptically slides from setting to setting as Stefan (Stefan Gota), a Romanian construction worker on the cusp of his summer vacation, delivers containers of soup whipped up from the remaining fresh food in his fridge to his friends around town. His journey overlaps and eventually intersects with that of Shuxiu (Liyo Gong), a Chinese-Belgian botanist whose musings on the pseudo-relationship between words and things begins in voiceover some minutes before she actually appears in the film. Establishing a deeper connection with the world appears to be a potential cure for what ails Stefan. Here presents this theme with a modesty that seems to radiate from Stefan himself, offering his world to us through rich, dreamy imagery and with an endearing simplicity. Brown
The Human Surge 3 (Eduardo Williams)
Exhibiting a deliberately fragmentary aesthetic that sought to emulate the context-free disorientation of life mediated through laptops and phone screens, Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge earned him the Golden Leopard at 2016’s Locarno Film Festival, as well as no small amount of bemusement and scorn from other quarters. The idea that such an obtuse experimental work could have any franchise potential inspired the jokey title of the Argentine filmmaker’s latest effort, The Human Surge 3. Though mostly unrelated to its predecessor, the film shares its jarring, hyperlinked structure and focus on the leisure time and everyday routines of unmoored, underemployed youths in liminal settings around the world. David Robb
In Our Day (Hong Sang-soo)
Hong Sang-soo’s In Our Day is composed of two alternating strands, both pivoting on conversations between artists and their acolytes. The film has no plot in the conventional sense, even by Hong’s spare standards, and the audacious structural gamesmanship of films like Walk Up has been abandoned. In Our Day is meant to feel tossed-off, though Hong’s braiding of scenes—by echoes, symbols, and subjects—is characteristically deliberate. The uninitiated may find In Our Day baffling or uneventful, as inscrutability is a risk that Hong is willing to run for his art, but for the admirer the familiarity of Hong’s subjects and patterns is pleasing and reflective of a working ethos so obsessive that it’s become a life philosophy. Hong keeps chipping away at the mandates of commercial narrative cinema, fashioning a radical cinema aesthetic that abounds in the fleeting observational textures of poetry or journals. Bowen
Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Tien An)
Compared to his numbed reaction to the present, Thien (Le Phong Vu) finds motivation in retracing the past he left behind when he moved to Saigon, and Pham Tien An’s Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell patiently observes him rekindling prior relationships in his rural hometown, whether checking in with village elders or running into an ex-girlfriend (Nguyen Thi Truc Quynh), who’s since become a nun. One gradually gets the sense that, though the man left his home to get away from a feeling of being suffocated, he feels far more at ease in the realm of nostalgia than he does in the uncertainty of the present moment. Thien may feel cut off from the world, but Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell is deeply in harmony with it, from its masterful sound design that fills in off-screen space with ambient noises, to its observant long takes, to the deference it shows to the wisdom and experience that elders can impart on the young. Cole
In Water (Hong Sang-soo)
Early on, In Water offers a window into Hong Sang-soo’s astonishingly free working methods. An actor turned aspiring director, Seoung-mo (Shin Seok-ho), scouts an alleyway with his cameraman, Sang-guk (Ha Seong-guk), and actress, Nam-Hee (Kim Seung-yun). Throughout the sequence, Hong shows the audience how he hides his artfulness in plain sight, working In Water’s formal DNA into its very narrative. Such sequences of transcendent minimalism suggest Picasso knocking off a sketch on a piece of paper in a matter of seconds. At times, it’s as if Hong is daring you to call his bluff, contesting whether or not In Water is even a film. Perhaps he even wants us to call him out. And yet, his compositions are hauntingly beautiful. Hong really seems able to make intensely personal cinema out of anything, and perhaps, rather than Picasso, he’s the filmmaking equivalent of the chef who can turn a piece of stale bread, some rotten fruit, and a few odds and ends in the pantry into a revelatory dessert. Bowen
Kidnapped (Marco Bellocchio)
Marco Bellocchio treats the Edgardo Mortara case as an unabashed melodrama, one kept at a stress-inducing simmer with occasional surges of operatic emotion. The key scene comes early, when the freshly abducted Edgardo—played by Enea Sala as a child and Leonardo Maltese as an adult—is loaded onto a boat by his captors. He’s been a screaming wreck up to this point, but as Francesco DiGiacomo’s camera holds on his face, it stiffens into a chillingly opaque expression. Ripped from his familiar life, the young Mortara has become a suggestible non-person, more readily able to be molded by whoever proves to be the prevailing influence. Kidnapped may sometimes tread a little too close to a palatable prestige drama. Yet as in his late-career masterwork, The Traitor, Bellocchio often uses middlebrow signifiers as aesthetic Trojan Horses, lulling his audience just enough so that the physical and psychological violence, when it comes, hits with a brute force that feels equally rooted in cinema and theater. Uhlich
Last Summer (Catherine Breillat)
In Last Summer, Catherine Breillat brings her icy, unwaveringly sober sensibilities to one of the most common of American pop cultural sex fantasies: a teenager’s tryst with a MILF. At their home in the suburbs of Paris, we see Anne (Léa Drucker) with her older husband, Pierre (Olivier Rabourdin), who’s successful but scans as dull and schlubby when compared to his trim and attractive wife. If we know Last Summer’s narrative ahead of time, we may feel as if an equation is being established that’s typical of older-woman, younger-man sex fantasies: that a boring husband gives a wife license to get her groove back elsewhere. But we’d be wrong. Elsewhere, Breillat doesn’t mar the realtionship between Ann and Théo (Samuel Kircher), Pierre’s 17-year-old son, in the harlequin clichés a daydream. The reality of this situation is always compacted by Breillat’s committed and very pointed objectivity. No one in Last Summer is sentimentalized, and Breillat denies neither the ickiness of this affair nor its potential pull. Bowen
Music (Angela Schanelec)
Crudely summarized, Music is a modern re-telling of Oedipus Rex. Angela Schanelec composes her shots with a beautiful but harsh precision, holding them longer than even the contemporary masters of slow cinema, but the primary action always seems to be just off screen, either spatially or temporally. In fact, the most impressive component of this style is how much she’s able to get the viewer to piece together, and how captivating it can all be. It’s as if she wants us to play the absent film in our head during the long stretches of silence that begin and end virtually every shot. We’re invited not just to draw the connections between the events of the film and the Oedipus myth, but also to read between the lines, to infer story from indirect signifiers. Initially, more than mere fun, this makes for surprisingly affecting storytelling, but once you’ve figured out how to play, the game begins to feel a bit, well, ancient. Brown
Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros (Frederick Wiseman)
In Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros, Frederick Wiseman settles into a three-star Michelin eatery in Roanne, France, and unearths another of his temples of contemplation. In a kitchen populated by working-class heroes looking to prove themselves, hysterics might seem inevitable, but here the chefs and other artists and technicians seem to take their brilliance as a given, seeking to coax it to its fullest expression. The sophisticated feng shui of La Maison Troisgros meshes intimately with Wiseman’s beautifully lucid long takes, and the filmmaker is alive to the class tensions that separate La Maison Troisgros’s kitchen from that of a less rarefied restaurant. Wiseman has made a career documenting class in various social systems, but he allows such differences to remain implicit. An artist himself, Wiseman is less interested in landing classist broadsides than in honoring the internal biorhythms of the realm surrounding him. Bowen
Perfect Days (Wim Wenders)
With Perfect Days, Wim Wenders aims for simplicity, following a middle-aged man, Hirayama (Yakusho Kôji), as he goes about his day cleaning Tokyo’s toilets, taking pictures of trees, listening to American rock, reading classic literature, and savoring the humble sources of day-to-day affirmation that we tend to take for granted. The film wants to be an invitingly human movie that homes in intensely on the little moments of a man’s life so as to unearth universal truths. A few scenes late in Perfect Days hint at trauma that Hirayama may be suppressing, but Wenders generally sees him as a man without warts. He does nothing that would disrupt the filmmaker’s fetishizing of his immaculate grace. In other words, Wenders hasn’t quite escaped one of his straitjackets: characters that scan only as symbols. There’s even something cutesy and self-congratulatory about an act as simple as how Hirayama drinks ice water after work at his favorite restaurant—yet another testament to the man’s purity. Bowen
The Shadowless Tower (Zhang Lu)
Zhang Lu, who was an established novelist before pursuing filmmaking, handles the parallels between his characters’ out-of-time-ness and the cultural confusion of an evolving state with literary finesse. Moments of contemplative silence between Gu Wentong (Xin Balqing), a divorced father whose life has settled into a dispassionate existence, and Ouyang Wenhui (Hung Yao), a young photographer, take the place of what might have been internal monologues or omniscient third-person narration on the page, letting the nonverbal gestures speak to the film’s ideas. These characters are often framed in doorframes and windows, or reflected in mirrors—subtle indications of how they always feel on the precipice of performing an action that never fully takes place. The Shadowless Tower spends much of its 140-minute neck-deep in ennui, but the tentative efforts at rapprochement between Wentong and his father (Tian Zhuangzhuang) belatedly justify the inviting warmth of Piao Songri’s cinematography as an undercurrent of hope that refuses to accept alienation as a permanent condition of contemporary life. Cole
Strange Way of Life (Pedro Almodóvar)
Strange Way of Life feels tame and flat, given that this was Pedro Almodóvar’s chance to turn the western inside out in his unique way. His penchant for eye-catching production design has often helped him play with the tropes of melodrama, noir, and sex comedy—the sets elaborating upon the director’s goals in exploring how genre is shaped by material space. But this short has no such desire to tinker with how color influences our perception of what a western is or looks like. If the history of the queer western is built on innuendo and a certain kind of subversion, and Almodóvar’s specialty is deranging genre itself, it’s frustrating to encounter something like this that doesn’t take advantage of interrogating the literalism of “queering the western” itself and what that ethos means. The western, with its anxieties about masculinity, modernity, and the natural, is as perfect a place to find the danger of desire blister beneath the desert sun. But Strange Way of Life ends up as unremarkable as any clay-colored rock. Kyle Turner
The Sweet East (Sean Price Williams)
It’s not much of a spoiler to say that the final image of Sean Price Williams’s solo feature directorial debut, The Sweet East, is that of Lillian (Talia Ryder) nonchalantly strolling toward and past the camera, a smirk on her face. That’s effectively the whole vibe of the film, an odyssey that traipses through the world of white supremacist academics, PizzaGate conspiracy theorists, self-satisfied filmmakers, mixed-media artists of questionable talent, and religious zealots. For all the tactility of Price Williams’s cinematography, the film is pretty fuzzy on what it wants its national tour of brainless dogma to mean. Lilian drifts from milieu to milieu, sometimes without a phone, sometimes with an ambition of what kind of person she wants to transform into, sometimes with her eye on whatever platform can surveil her at any given moment. But seldom with enough cohesion to pass the movie off as a character study of someone living in, as playwright Matthew Gasda would call it, “the dumbest of times.” Turner
Youth (Spring) (Wang Bing)
Whereas Wang Bing’s 15 Hours seems very much designed to be absorbed in sections in a gallery setting, and Bitter Money scanned as a bleaker portrait of capitalist exploitation, Youth (Spring)’s immersion in the social culture of textile laborers projects mainly a sense of buoyancy and curiosity. An assortment of Mando-pop songs play over tinny speakers as Wang’s subjects engage in both synchronized and syncopated labor, their choreographed hands dancing around sewing machine needles. During these sequences, and without any overt aestheticization, the film sometimes takes on the feel of a movie musical. There’s a tension at work here between mechanical, collective labor and the expression of individualism, which seems continually catalyzed by the musical accompaniment—not only in that it causes workers to break their stoical facades to sing along, but also because the music’s romantic narratives seem to spur the little flirtations and courtships that unfold in front of us on the factory floor. Sam C. Mac
The Zone of Interest (Jonathan Glazer)
Rather than put gruesome imagery of death and cruelty front and center on screen throughout Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer uses the film’s grueling sound design to represent the unfathomable scope of Nazi Germany’s crimes. It’s an aural hell punctuated by rhythmic interludes, courtesy of frequent collaborator Mica Levi, that suggests a dance party in Dante’s Inferno. To heighten the disturbing mood, Lukasz Zal’s camera often places a character in the dead center of the frame, and dollies alongside them as they walk to and fro, channeling the lockstep behind Adolf Hitler. Otherwise, though, it plays the stable voyeur with a lens angle just wide enough to feel unreal. This is no simple political message movie, nor is it even a portrait of one of the most horrific moments in history. Instead, The Zone of Interest is the hellish counterpart to The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, another film about the soulless march of the careerist’s life. Only in Glazer’s version, the march is a goose step. Zach Lewis
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Just after World War I Edward Elgar was ill, his beloved wife Alice was ill and getting mysteriously smaller and more fragile; “She seemed to be fading away before one’s very eyes,” Elgar later recalled. He was also deeply saddened by all the destruction and change that the war had brought to the world he had known. All that anguish, on so many levels, found its way into music that, despite it all, emerged as Elgar’s profoundly beautiful Cello Concerto in E-minor.
Cellist Ofra Harnoy recorded the concerto at Abbey Road Studios in 1996 but the master tapes went missing soon after. Finally found in 2022, the recording has now been released in September 2023. That recording is today’s Midday Masterpiece.
George Friederich Handel
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F major Opus 6/2 HWV 320
Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Opus 92/2
Munich Piano Trio
Etude in G major Opus 29/11
Narciso Yepes, guitar
Fantasia on One Note for 5 Viols in F
Orchestra of the 18th Century; Frans Bruggen, conductor
A Fantasy about Purcell’s Fantasia upon one note
London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble; Christopher Larkin, conductor
Piano Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro ma non tanto in D minor Opus 30
Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor Stephen Hough, piano
Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 96 “Miracle” in D major
English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor
Julian Bream, guitar
Symphony No. 1: III. Juba Dance in E minor
Chineke! Orchestra; Roderick Cox, conductor
The Gum Suckers March
Dallas Wind Symphony; Jerry Junkin, conductor
RUSALKA: Polonaise in Eb major
Minnesota Orchestra; Eiji Oue, conductor
Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor BWV 1058
A Far Cry; Simone Dinnerstein, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, conductor
Plinio Fernandes, guitar
Paulinho Nogueira; Luiz Gonzaga
Bachianinha No. 2 / Araponga
Plinio Fernandes, guitar
Piano Quintet: Scherzo Opus 51
Ying Quartet Adam Neiman, piano
Serenade in D: II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace in D major
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano
Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor Opus 115
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Uwe Grodd, conductor Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Ballads: II. Alla marcia solenne
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra; Vernon Handley, conductor
Federico Moreno Torroba
Javier Calderon, guitar
Bajka (The Fairy Tale): Overture
Warsaw Philharmonic; Antoni Wit, conductor
Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425
I Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, conductor Bonifacio Bianchi, mandolin
La Pieta Angele Dubeau, violin
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor Opus 31
German Chamber Philharmonic; Paavo Jarvi, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin
Poetic Waltz (Vals Poetico)
State of Mexico Symphony; Enrique Batiz, conductor
Waltz No. 1 “Grande Valse Brillante”
National Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge, conductor
William Grant Still
Africa: Symphonic Poem
Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor
Concerto Grosso “La Follia” in D minor
Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor
Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra: I. Allegro moderato
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor Sophie Langdon, violin; Richard Watkins, horn
Carl Maria Von Weber
Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in Eb major Opus 26
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Antony Pay, clarinet
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in F major Opus 6
Musica Amphion; Pieter-Jan Belder, conductor
Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Ronn McFarlane, lute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia Concertante for winds and orchestra in Eb major K 297b
Basketball buzz is back in Boston, and at the forefront is none other than Jayson Tatum, gearing up for his seventh season with the Celtics. The young star is ready to anchor the team’s pursuit of glory in the East, yet fans and players alike are acclimating to a fresh lineup. Kristaps Porzingis has joined the ranks, while familiar faces Marcus Smart and Grant Williams have taken their bows, signaling a strategic recalibration after the previous season’s exit in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Amidst the autumn anticipation, Tatum has been navigating the pre-season media rounds. A highlight of this circuit was his appearance on the season premiere of Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls” show. Hart, nursing a racing injury, engaged in a hearty and insightful conversation with Tatum about the evolving Celtics roster. Tatum shared his mixed emotions – the excitement of a potentially more dynamic offense with Porzingis and the sentimental void left by Smart and Grant.
However, the conversation wasn’t solely focused on team dynamics and strategies; it had its fair share of light-hearted moments. Tatum surprised Hart with a gift – a jersey belonging to his son Deuce. The subsequent laughter as Hart tried on the jersey, which fit humorously well, brought a viral moment to the conversation.
Hart gave his pick for the Eastern Conference Finals
Hart, a long-time Sixers fan, couldn’t resist hinting that his team could pose a challenge to the Celtics‘ championship ambitions, especially with the unfolding James Harden scenario. Tatum responded with a playful yet direct, “will they?”
As the Celtics prepare to navigate this season of change and potential, Tatum’s media appearances have provided fans with a glimpse into the team’s new dynamics and a dose of comedy as well. The Celtics will begin their journey on October 25th as they open their season at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.
BUSHWICK — POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN SUSPECTED IN A STRING OF THEFTS from Amazon delivery vehicles across Bushwick over the summer. On Aug. 8, he allegedly entered an Amazon vehicle in front of 86 George Street and removed multiple packages before fleeing. He struck again in the same manner on Aug. 9 at 18 Jefferson St.; on Aug. 13 at 123 Melrose St.; and on Aug. 19 at 143 Jefferson St. In addition, the same individual is suspected of entering a parking garage at 594 Bushwick Ave. on July 13 and taking a scooter.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), or submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimestoppers.com.
AMAZON LAWSUIT INCLUDES ALLEGATIONS ON COERCING FULFILLMENT CENTER USE
NEW YORK AND NATIONWIDE — A LAWSUIT AGAINST AMAZON THAT THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION and 17 state attorneys general have initiated alleges not only that the online retail giant is violating federal and state antitrust laws but is also forcing sellers to use its logistics service, Fulfillment by Amazon, in order to make their products eligible for Amazon Prime. Among the complaints stipulated is that a majority of third-party merchants who use the company’s fulfillment service to store inventory and ship orders have seen Amazon raise its fees for those who depend on the program. Last quarter, Amazon reported $32.3 billion in revenue from third-party services.
Amazon maintains several fulfillment and distribution (last mile delivery) locations within Brooklyn, including an Amazon Fresh Warehouse on Bay St. on the Red Hook waterfront, a Warehouse Fulfillment Center on 38th Street in Borough Park; a fulfillment center at 850 Third Avenue (Industry City), one on Flatlands Avenue in East New York and a warehouse on Linden Boulevard in East New York, among others.
ANTI-DRAG QUEEN BOMB THREAT IN BROOKLYN IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL ACROSS U.S. OVER WEEKEND
DITMAS PARK — A FALSE BOMB THREAT FORCED FAMILIES TO ABANDON a kid-friendly Drag Story Hour NYC event at the Cortelyou Library branch in Ditmas Park this past Saturday, according to reports in Gothamist and the New York Post. NYPD later confirmed that an email threat was sent to the branch by an unknown individual in Buffalo. Local Councilmember Rita Joseph said that city councilmembers planned to discuss potential legislative remedies. According to The Advocate, the Brooklyn bomb threat was just one of several threats to LGBTQ+ community members across the U.S. this past weekend.
“The orchestrated attempts to induce fear and disrupt peaceful groups reflect a grim reality in a political environment that has seen Republican lawmakers and pundits create culture wars against vulnerable groups, including the LGBTQ+ community,” The Advocate said.
NY TIMES SPOTLIGHTS WORK OF BROOKLYN CAT CAFÉ OWNER
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — BROOKLYN HEIGHTS RESIDENT AND CAT CAFÉ FOUNDER ANNE LEVIN WAS THE SUBJECT of a New York Times feature last Saturday, Sept. 23, focusing on how the animal rescue hero spends her Sundays. Levin is executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition — which provides animal rescuers with veterinary, foster and adoptive support — and a co-founder of its affiliated cat café. In fact, the Brooklyn Cat Café is the only one in NYC that is owned and operated by a local, non-profit, 501c3 animal rescue organization with a focus on supporting animal rescuers and owners. The NY Times feature followed Anne Levin through a sample Sunday, which is anything but typical because she often prioritizes emergencies for the safety and well-being of the cats.
The Brooklyn Cat Café has expanded to include an adoptable menagerie of gerbils and even rats, including an orphaned baby subway rat, whom she raised and named after an American founding father, Alexander Hamilton.
FALLEN TREE DISRUPTS N TRAIN SERVICE BUT MTA CLEARS DEBRIS WITHIN 2 HOURS
SUNSET PARK — MTA FRONTLINE CREWS TOOK ONLY TWO HOURS TO CLEAR AWAY A TREE AND the debris from its branches that fell onto the southbound N train tracks near 8th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway on Monday, Sept. 25. The tree, which fell around 11:29 a.m. on Monday, was a casualty of strong winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ophelia’s trek through the Northeast and the New York metropolitan area. Crews by 1:30 p.m. had cleared the track of all tree debris, enabling service to be restored before the evening rush hour. (See story, page ____)
D trains were also being diverted. MTA kept riders updated via its website, apps, email and digital signage.
PATRICK BORGEN WILL LEAD MAIMONIDES HEALTH’S 15TH ANNUAL RIDE 2 LIVE EVENT
BOROUGH PARK — WHEN A GROUP OF BIKERS TAKE TO THE ROAD THIS SUNDAY, they will ride to raise awareness for the Maimonides Breast Center and research on a deadly form of cancer. Maimonides hosts its 15th Annual Ride 2 Live Motorcycle Tour to support breast cancer care. Leading the ride will be Dr. Patrick Borgen, chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Maimonides Breast Center. Registration for the October 1 event starts at 10 a.m; at the Maimonides Breast Center (745 64th St.). Kickstands go up at noon sharp.
The Maimonides Breast Center, which has received several prestigious awards, offers comprehensive and holistic treatment plans that include mental health care in response to the psychological and emotional aspects of being a patient.
COMING UP THIS WEEKEND: 2023 DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ARTS FESTIVAL
DOWNTOWN — THE 2023 DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ARTS FESTIVAL is taking place this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 on The Plaza at 300 Ashland Pl. The free annual festival, presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and sponsored by Two Trees Management and Orange Barrel Media, is a celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and creative spirit. The event brings performances, interactive experiences and family activities with acclaimed arts organizations including LayeRhythm, Chop and Quench, the Knights Orchestra, BRIC Arts Media, Theatre for a New Audience, UrbanGlass, Mark Morris and more.
The full schedule of festival events can be found atdbartsfestival.org.
NYC RESIDENTS CAN NOW USE CITY RENTAL ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS ANYWHERE IN THE STATE
STATEWIDE — NYC RESIDENTS USING CITY-FUNDED RENTAL ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS can now choose to live not only in the city, but anywhere in the state, Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday. The mayor said the decision was made in the face of a serious housing shortage, with a record-high shelter population totaling more than 113,000 individuals. “These reforms will give longtime New Yorkers the ability to move out of our city’s shelter system to other parts of the state with more affordable housing options, while simultaneously opening up space in our city’s shelter system … We hope our partners across the state will greet these longtime New Yorkers with open arms and good job opportunities,” Adams said in a statement.
The CityFHEPS voucher program currently supports 30,000 households, with 10,000 additional voucher-holders still in homeless shelters due to lack of affordable housing, the city said. The Brooklyn Eagle has reached out to City Hall for more information regarding how moving out of the city will affect voucher-users’ residency status.
WITH 13-YEAR-OLDS GETTING HIV, NYC SCHOOLS LAUNCH NEW LESSONS
CITYWIDE — ALL NYC KIDS STARTING IN KINDERGARTEN will learn about HIV with a newly updated curriculum, Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced on Tuesday. The new curriculum, Growing Up and Staying Safe: New York City K-12 HIV Education Curriculum, is “skills-based, student-centered, and culturally responsive, and reflects advances in HIV prevention and treatment guidelines that have changed substantially in the past decade,” the city said in a release. The school system hopes to provide “potentially life-saving skills” for kids in NYC, where 37% of people newly diagnosed with HIV in 2021 were 13-29 years old.
Officials said the lessons are “age-appropriate,” and were developed in partnership with HIV and medical experts, educators and community members, and include lesson overviews for parents and caregivers. Teachers will receive a “30-minute self-guided Introduction to HIV Education course.”
‘INCROYABLE!’ NYC PARIS BAGUETTE WORKERS WIN $2.7M SETTLEMENT
CITYWIDE — WORKERS AT PARIS BAGUETTE CAFES ACROSS NYC HAVE WON a settlement with the company over numerous violations of the city’s Fair Workweek Law, which gives fast food and retail workers the right to a predictable schedule, among other rights. The settlement, announced by the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs, covers the period from November 2017 to October 2020, and requires Paris Baguette to pay $2.7 million in restitution to more than 1,500 workers, $270,000 in civil penalties and other costs, and comply with the law.
In Brooklyn, Paris Baguette cafes are located at 97 Court St. in Brooklyn Heights and 5810 Eighth Ave. in Sunset Park.
‘BKLYN ROCKS’ HIP-HOP FESTIVAL AT BEDFORD STUYVESANT RESTORATION
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — BEDFORD STUYVESANT RESTORATION CORP. is hosting “BKLYN Rocks,” a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th Anniversary, in the heart of Bed-Stuy, this Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30. All festivities will take place on Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. BKLYN Rocks aims to showcase the borough’s rich artistic tapestry, ethnic diversity and community-driven initiatives.
While Friday’s Hip-Hop Symposium is sold out, Saturday features a free music festival and block party with multiple DJs, roller skating, double dutch, community graffiti mural, Brooklyn Nets dance demo, and hip-hop pioneer April Walker’s fashion showcase, all taking place from noon to 6 p.m.
SEN. GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCES $20M FOR URBAN FORESTRY PROJECTS
CITYWIDE — NEW YORK CITY IS GETTING $20 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY PROJECTS, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced during a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Central Park Arsenal. The funding will underwrite two projects of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation: the first establishes a green job training and employment program, for forest restoration careers for underserved communities. The second project includes growing the urban forest through planting trees and preserving existing trees, promotes community engagement through outreach, education, and empowerment and offers paid training and employment opportunities for youth and adults, focusing on workforce development and green jobs.Senator Gillibrand helped secure this funding in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which included $1.5 billion over the next decade for the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program.
Also receiving a portion of the funds will be a project named The Bronx is Blooming, which engages K-12 students in environmental education and tree stewardship and provides green jobs and forestry training for local youth.
FTC, ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACROSS U.S. SUE AMAZON FOR ‘MONOPOLISTIC’ POLICIES
NATIONWIDE — A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ONLINE RETAIL COMPANY AMAZON HAS BEEN FILED, with NY Attorney General Letitia James leading a bipartisan coalition of her counterparts in 17 states from New England to Oregon, and the Federal Trade Commission as the plaintiffs. The FTC and coalition allege that the online retail and technology company is a monopolist that uses a set of interlocking anticompetitive and unfair strategies to illegally maintain its monopoly power. According to the Office of Attorney General James, the complaint alleges that Amazon violates the law not because it is big, but because it engages in a course of exclusionary conduct that prevents current competitors from growing and new competitors from emerging. By stifling competition on price, product selection, and quality, and by preventing its current or future rivals from attracting a critical mass of shoppers and sellers, Amazon is accused of ensuring that no current or future rival can threaten its dominance.
Amazon is also accused of degrading the customer experience by replacing relevant, organic search results with paid advertisements — and deliberately increasing junk ads.
NEW YORK LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY MARKS 50TH YEAR WITH ‘I AM PRESERVATION’ VIDEO SERIES
CITYWIDE — THE NEW YORK LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY IS CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY by creating a video series and New Yorkers are encouraged to participate. The video series, titled “I am Preservation,” exhibits the widespread love of landmarks throughout the city and demonstrates the importance of historic preservation to many people. Some of the short video clips already submitted are of people representing the New York Building Congress, Coney Island Museum and Roosevelt Island Tramway. Interested readers can visitwww.nylandmarks.org for specific details and tips on how to make one’s own “I am Preservation” video. Participants should briefly comment on what they love about New York City landmarks or a specific historic building, place, or structure. Completed videos or downloadable clips should be emailed to [email protected].
Founded in 1973, the New York Landmarks Conservancy advocates for sensible development, and offers technical expertise and financial support, having loaned and granted more than $60 million in more than 1,300 restoration projects throughout the state.
Gang member charged with two shootings in Queens and Brooklyn on the same day
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Firearm trafficker with ‘ghost guns’ in his arsenal gets 46 months in prison
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NYS courts announce creation of special appointments unit and key appointments
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Brooklyn Bar Association hosts surrogate’s court mixer at circa brewing company