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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben -August 4, 2012

 

Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben

Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!

August 4, 2012
 

08-01-12 Owner Bari Kang with one of his restaurant fish specialties at a tasting at Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafe. 504 6th Ave. Tuesday night 07-31-12

08-01-12 Director Ash Christian and screenwriter Theresa Bennett before a screening of their film "Petunia" at the Walter Reade Theater. 165 West 65th St. Saturday morning 07-28-12

08-01-12 Owner Bari Kang with one of his restaurant fish specialties at a tasting at Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafe. 504 6th Ave. Tuesday night 07-31-12

08-01-12 Director Ash Christian and screenwriter Theresa Bennett before a screening of their film "Petunia" at the Walter Reade Theater. 165 West 65th St.
Saturday morning 07-28-12

 
08-03-12 Cast member Natalie Venetia Belcon at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12 08-03-12 Cast member Jake Boyd at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

08-03-12 Cast member Natalie Venetia Belcon at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

08-03-12 Cast member Jake Boyd at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street.
346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

 
08-03-12 Cast member John Bolton at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12 08-03-12 Cast member Farah Alvin at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

08-03-12 Cast member John Bolton at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

08-03-12 Cast member Farah Alvin at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

 

 
Off-Broadway, the revival of New Girl in Town, music and lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by George Abbott, is a splendid production, with a first rate cast, headed by Margaret Loesser Robinson and Patrick Cummings. Based on the Eugene O'Neill play Anna Christie, about a prostitute, who seeks shelter with her father, it has melodious music, intelligent lyrics, lively dancing and excellent acting. Don't miss it.
 
The Last Smoker in America, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Peter Melnick, is a very loud, silly rock musical about a wife, who wants to smoke illegally. Four energetic, talented actors perform in this convoluted story of a family living in suburbia with a nosey neighbor, but only the remarkable, movable set by Charlie Corcoran deserves praise. The opening night party took place in Bourbon Street restaurant with guests like Danny Burstein, Karen Ziemba and Christopher Durang.
 
Mostly Mozart July 28-August 25 is one of the classical music highlights of the year. Since it began, I have enjoyed attending during the summer months. The first program was all Mozart, and it was delightful. Louis Langree led the orchestra in a brisk Overture to La clemenza di Tito, K. 621, followed by Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, played brilliantly by the soloist Nelson Freire. After the intermission, Lawrence Brownlee sang two arias with great style, and the program concluded with a rousing interpretation of Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 ("Prague"). It was a splendid evening, and it is good to have this wonderful festival back.
 
A new restaurant Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafe, 504 6th Ave invited us for a tasting. I met one of the two owners, a charming Bari Kang, who invited us to try two of the specialties from the menu, a delicious baked chicken and a scrumptious pasta dish. The coffee is exquisite and we had marvelous capuccinos. It is a sleek, modern space, and customers will be delighted.
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 



 


 
 


 


 



 

 
 
 

 
 







 

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I attended three screenings of Film Society at Lincoln Center NewFest, the 24th Annual New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival July 27-July 31. Petunia, by Ash Christian, USA, 2012, is a film about a typical dysfunctional family in Brooklyn. All are confused sexually and tiresome. It is an unfunny, unbelievable comedy. A cast of fine actors are, unfortunately, wasted in this film. A Q & A followed the screening with the director, and members of the creative team. 

Kiss Me, by Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sweden, 2011, on the other hand, is quite believable and well acted. A bride-to-be has second thoughts about her marriage when she meets the daughter of her stepmother. Their love affair leads to complications among members of their families. It is a well-made, interesting film.
 
Mosquita y Mari, by Aurora Guerrero, USA, 2012, is a penetrating look at two female teenagers in Los Angeles. One (Fenessa Pineda) is a good student from a decent family, and the other (Venecia Troncoso) has tremendous home problems. They bond together and we see their transformation. The two young actresses give splendid, natural performances in this touching film.
 
Film Society of Lincoln Center presents the 50th New York Film Festival September 28-October 14. Each Tuesday a memorable film from each previous year is screened. I attended Flowers of Shanghai, by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, 1998, a film about four beautiful so-called flower girls, who work in different brothels in the 1880s, hoping to be supported by wealthy patrons and eventually get married. We see the ladies entertain their clients with food, wine and opium. They also fight with one another and reveal their jealousy and anger. The film moves at a slow pace, but at the end one becomes very knowledgeable about the horrible conditions that these women have to endure.
 
Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting Claude Sautet: The Things of Life, August 1-9. I attended another press screening of Max et les ferrailleurs, by Sautet, France, 1971. It is a well made cops and robbers film with his two favorite stars (and mine too) Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider. A policeman pretends to be a banker in order to capture a group of petty thieves in the act of robbing a bank. He becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of the thieves, a prostitute, with unexpected results. It is an engrossing film, showing the director at his peak. It is highly recommended and is being released for the first time in America in August.
 
I also attended a regular screening of Cesar and Rosalie, by Sautet, France, 1972, about a menage-a-trois, which proves the saying that two is company, three is a crowd, with Romy Schneider, as a divorced woman, with a middle-age, wealthy boyfriend Yves Montand, whose life is upended with the sudden appearance of an ex-boyriend (Sami Frey) after a five year absence. The three actors are superb in this perceptive look at feelings, that cannot be contained among supposedly mature people. It is a marvelous film, again revealing the genius of this astounding director.


 

08-03-12 Cast members (L-R) John Bolton. Farah Alvin. Natalie Venetia Belcon. Jake Boyd at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street. 346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

08-03-12 Cast members (L-R) John Bolton. Farah Alvin. Natalie Venetia Belcon. Jake Boyd at the opening night party for "The Last Smoker in America" at Bourbon Street.
346 West 46th St. Thursday night 08-02-12

 
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