If it’s mid-May, in the movie world at least, then it must be Cannes: the exhausting, exhilarating 12 days during which assorted actors, directors, producers, distributors, deal–makers and journos (over 4,000 of the latter) descend upon the beautiful Cote d’Azur town for another round of world premieres, press conferences, parties and heavy duty schmoozing. This Olympics of Film Festivals, once memorably described by Roger Ebert as “a glorious ceremony of avarice, lust, ego, and occasional inspiration and genius,” is now 68 years old, but its prestige, allure and all round cachet seem undiminished.
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Noel Gallagher is known to have a no-holds barred attitude in conversations. At one point during his show at Webster Hall on May 7th, he told the quiet, rapt and possible fearful audience, “For fuck’s sake, say something!” But perhaps it wasn’t that they were shy or afraid, though he had been smart with the crowd in Toronto apparently, it was that they were saving their voices to sing along with the frontman and his ace flock of “birds”, Tim Smith on lead guitar, Russ Pritchard on bass, Mikey Rowe on keyboards and Jeremy Stacey on drums, plus a three piece horn section. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have just released their second album Chasing Yesterday on Gallagher’s label Sour Mash Records. Their show is a powerful evening of rock that combines material from both NGHFB albums and some of the now-classic Oasis material into an awesome sounding show that I wished could have been longer. (The setlist appears to remain the same throughout the tour.)
“You see, in my trade, this is called—what you did—you cracked out of turn. Huh? You see? You crumbed the play.”
—Character Mike, House of Games, 1987, David Mamet
We crumble the play all the time. This is because the more statements we make about ourselves, the more we never say. Who we present to the world is a balance of subconscious and conscious. The former holds our basic appetites and determines many of our behaviors. It is where the impolite stuff that drives us—lusts, appetites, fears and vanities fester.
Unfortunately, it is hard to find a webpage that lists all the performances coming up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York so I have missed many of them. Seeing live music at a museum is an exciting idea but seeing a performance within The Met’s Temple of Dendur is even more exciting. The Met’s April schedule listed jazz legend Charles Lloyd in the Temple of Dendur and the ‘Jazz & Colors’ series (held throughout various galleries) for example. But even in the inspiring and unique setting, you can’t presume an artist will be doing something to take advantage of the atmosphere. Interpol, Glen Hansard and others have performed there but simply drew from their regular repertoire. However, in March, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, along with the choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the instrumental American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), created something unique within the Temple.
Now in its 13th year, London’s Polish Film Festival, Kinoteka, returns to the capital at a moment when international interest in Polish cinema is particularly high, thanks mainly to the critical and commercial success of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, which was honoured first at Gdynia Film Festival back in 2013, then at TIFF and elsewhere, before its recent wins at this year’s BAFTA and Academy Award ceremonies.