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 these characters and the films that featured them are often as unrecognized as Cinderella at the Prince’s Ball.
Historian Mindy Johnson wants to change that. Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Film Forum in Manhattan, she will present Pencils, Pens and Brushes: The Colorful Women of Early Disney Animation, aimed at children ages 8 and up.
Part of the Film Forum Jr. series, the program, which costs $ 11 ($ 9 for members), will include film clips and photographs, as well as screenings of “Flowers and Trees” (1932) and “The Old Mill “(1937). Produced while Hazel Sewell headed Disney’s ink and paint department, these pioneering color cartoons both won Oscars. Young moviegoers will also watch “Once Upon a Wintertime” (1948), for which Mary Blair, another Disney talent, created haunting concept art.
Johnson, who wrote “Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation,” will introduce other characters, such as Milicent Patrick, the studio’s first female animator, and Ruthie Tompson, who worked there behind the scenes. for four decades and died Sunday at 111. Johnson will also be signing copies of her book, which includes many other unsung heroines.
A guiding principle of curation is care, and some extend this concern beyond the art itself to the people and practices behind the works. With this broader notion, in 2019, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council launched its “Take Care Series,” a free public program that includes workshops, lectures, and artist studio tours at the Governors Island Center for the Arts. The last installment of the year will take place on Saturday.
From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., you will be able to have an overview of the work in progress of the last cohort of artists in residence of the center. During your stay you will also be able to see the exhibits of Meg Webster, Onyedika Chuke and Muna Malik, which will be on view in the galleries until October 31. At 2 pm, writer Asiya Wadud will create a poem based on Malik’s participatory play, “Blessing Boats. His sculpture contains origami boats that people were encouraged to create and inscribe with their visions of the future. To attend these events, RSVP to LMCC.net.
Enthusiasm without brake
JB Smoove is a funny man, small in stature and no words, although it was a short comedy that won him his first Emmy Award, for his role as chef Billy Bills in the Quibi / Roku series “Maple Kills “.
Comedy fans have enjoyed Smoove in various film and television appearances, but perhaps not as much as his continued portrayal of Leon Black, the most unlikely of Larry David’s friends and roommates in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. (He returns for his 11th season on October 24.) In 2017, Smoove turned Leon’s questionable advice into a book, “The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool,” and earlier this year he began offering his own observations in a podcast for the Team Coco Network titled “Can I Elaborate?” Daily wisdom from JB Smoove.
You can see more of Smoove’s thoughts on life this weekend when he headlines Carolines on Broadway, performing at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with additional shows at 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $ 53.
SEAN L. McCARTHY
Rivals and pirates
In two masterpieces from the early 1970s, “Out 1” and “Céline and Julie Go Boating”, French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivette playfully evokes the feeling that conspiracies and magic exist right under. the surface of everyday life. The films also put forward a metafictional proposition: that watching a film is tantamount to a secret contract accepted by the director, the actors and the audience.
This week, BAM presents two subsequent, lesser-known Rivette feature films – conceived as two parts of a loose, never-ending series – in a similar vein. Shot in vibrant colors by William Lubtchansky, “Duelle” (screening Friday – October 21) stars Juliet Berto and Bulle Ogier as mysterious rivals in search of a diamond; Hermine Karagheuz, who died in April, plays a hotel employee caught in a pincer movement. “Noroît” (presented Friday to Monday) is a seductive minimalist adventure that displays its theatricality. The character of Geraldine Chaplin wins the trust of a pirate leader (Bernadette Lafont) to take revenge on her.
Robert Glasper grew up idolizing jazz piano lions like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, but it wasn’t until he met virtuoso hip-hop producer J Dilla in the early 2000s that he had a model for his career.
In the decade since recording “Black Radio,” his flagship 2012 album, Glasper has become a featured supporting actor: despite being a dazzling soloist, he is now best known for his collaborations with large groups of R&B and hip-hop, its management of contemporary jazz. – star groups and their film scores.
It follows that his month-long residency at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village – an annual tradition that began in 2018 – is also a roll call of the biggest names in neo-soul and soulquarian hip-hop. Glasper’s star guest Thursday through Sunday, with sets at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., will be haunting singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello. (Tickets start at $ 45.) The residency runs through November 7 and includes appearances with dinner (an all-star outfit co-directed by multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin) and with vocalists Bilal and PJ Morton.