The early decades of Disney animation were filled with female faces: Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and more. But the women who helped create those characters and the films that featured them have often gone unrecognized as Cinderella at Prince’s Ball.
Historian Mindy Johnson wants to change that. On Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Film Forum in Manhattan, she’ll present Pencil, Pen, and Brush: The Colorful Women of Early Disney Animation, geared for kids ages 8 and up.
Part of the series Film Forum Jr., the program, which is $11 ($9 for members), features movie clips and photographs as well as “Flowers and Trees” (1932) and “The Old Mill” (1937) screening will be included. . When Hazel Sewell headed up Disney’s ink-and-paint department, those pioneering color cartoons won Oscars. Young cinematographers will also watch “Once Upon a Wintertime” (1948), for which another Disney genius Mary Blair created the haunting concept art.
Johnson, who wrote “Pencil, Pen, and Brush: A Great Girl’s Guide to Disney Animation,” will feature additional figures like the studio’s first female animators Millicent Patrick and Ruthie Thompson, who worked behind the scenes there for four decades, and on Sunday Died at 111. Johnson will also sign copies of his book, which includes several more anonymous heroines.
A guiding principle of care is caring, and some extend that concern beyond the arts to the people and practices behind the works. With this more expansive notion, in 2019 the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council launched its “Take Care Series,” a free public event that includes workshops, talks, and visits to artist studios at the Arts Center on Governors Island. The last installment of the year will be on Saturday.
From noon to 5pm you can get a glimpse of the latest works by the center’s ensemble of artists going on in the house. While there, you can also visit exhibitions by Meg Webster, Onidika Chuke and Muna Malik, which can be seen in the galleries until October 31. At 2 pm, author Aasiya Wadood will compose a poem based on the collaborating piece “Aashirvaad” by Malik. of boats. His sculpture features origami boats that people are encouraged to make and write with their vision for the future. To participate in these events, respond to LMCC.net.
JB Smoove is a funny man, neither short in stature nor words, although it was a short-form comedy that earned him his first Emmy Award for his role as the lead Billy Bill in the Quibi/Roku series “The Mapleworth Murders”. earned.
Comedy fans have enjoyed Smoove in a variety of film and TV productions, but perhaps not as much as his continued portrayal of Larry David’s most unexpected friends and housewives by Leon Black in HBO’s “Curb Your Excitement”. (It returns for its 11th season on October 24.) In 2017, Smoove turned Leon’s questionable advice into a book titled “The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool,” and earlier this year, he turned it into a Started offering your comments. Podcast for Team Cocoa Networks “Can I Elaborate? Daily Knowledge from JB Smooth.”
You can catch more of Smoove’s thoughts about life this weekend when he headlines the Carolines on Broadway, performing Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Extra Friday and Saturday at 9:45 p.m. with the show. Tickets start at $53.
Sean L McCarthy
Rivals and Pirates
In two masterpieces of the early 1970s, “Out 1” and “Céline and Julie go boating”, French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivet embraced the feeling that conspiracies and magic exist just below the surface of everyday life. Huh. Movies also put forward a metafictional proposition: that watching a movie amounts to a secret compact that the director, actor, and audience agree on.
This week, BAM is showing off two follow-up, lesser-known Rivet features — conceived as two parts of a loose series, never completed — in a similar vein. Filmed in vibrant colors by William Lubchansky, “Duel” (screening Friday through October 21) features Juliette Berteau and Bulle Ogier as mysterious rivals searching for diamonds; Hermine Karaghuse, who died in April, plays a hotel clerk caught in the middle. “Noroit” (showing Friday through Monday) is a charmingly minimalist adventure that belies its theatrics. Geraldine Chaplin’s character gains the trust of a pirate leader (Bernadette Lafont) to seek revenge against her.
Robert Glasser grew up sculpting jazz piano lions like Chick Correa and Herbie Hancock, but it wasn’t until he met virtuoso hip-hop producer Jay Dilla in the early 2000s that he had a model for his career. was not.
In the decade of recording “Black Radio”, his breakout 2012 album, Glasser has become a star supporting actor: although a dazzling solo artist, he is now best known for heavy collaborations in R&B and hip-hop, All-star groups under his leadership of contemporary jazz and their film scores.
So it follows that their monthly residency at Blue Note in Greenwich Village—an annual tradition that began in 2018—is also a roll call of some of the greatest names in neo-soul and Soulquarian hip-hop. Glasper’s special guest from Thursday to Sunday, with sets set at 8 and 10:30 p.m., will be mesmerizing vocalist and bassist Mechelle Ndegasello. (Tickets start at $45.) The residency runs through November 7 and includes a dinner party (an all-star outfit co-led by multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin) and runs with singers Bilal and PJ Morton.