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Diverse Programming at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, April 19-30, 2017

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 19-30 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including African American, Asian, Female Centric, Female Directors, Latin, LGBT, Tribeca Film Institute Supported among others. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. This year African American Themed Films include: ACORN and the Firestorm, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives and more. Asian & Asian American Themed Films include: AlphaGo, King of Peking, A Suitable Girl and more. Female Directors Themed Films include: Buster’s Mal Heart, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story and more. Latin Themed Films include: A River Below, Sambá and more. LGBTQ Themed Films include: Nobody's Watching, Saturday Church and more. Women's Rights Themed Films include: The Divine Order, I AM EVIDENCE and more. For more information and full lineup visit:  Read more >>


I was familiar with the Irish word for “Cheers” (Good Health) having seen “Sláinte” in writing  but had never heard it pronounced out loud until mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale uttered “Slan-cha” during the performance of THE IMBIBLE: A SPIRITED HISTORY OF DRINKING currently playing in New York City.  Read more >>


Pedro Almodóvar will be honored with a major career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art from November 29 through December 17, 2016. Opening on November 29 with a special screening of Almódovar’s latest work and 20th feature film, Julieta (2016), to be released nationally on December 21, the retrospective will include all 20 of the director’s feature films, beginning with his first film Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom) from 1980. Pedro Almodóvar is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film, MoMA. In conjunction with the retrospective, Almodóvar will participate in an evening-long conversation and Q&A at the Museum, with the date and other details to be announced. Selected Films featured in Pedro Almodóvar: Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom). 1980. 82 min.; Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?). 1984. 101 min.; La ley del deseo (Law of Desire). 1987. 102 min.; Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). 1988. 90 min.; Tacones lejanos (High Heels). 1991. 112 min.; Todo sobre mi madre (All about My Mother). 1999. 101 min.; Julieta. 2016. 99 min. JULIETA, by Pedro Almodóvar, a Sony Pictures Classics Release, opens December 21, 2016. For more information, contact The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, (212) 708-9400,


Recommended Films at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, April 13 – 24, 2016

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 13-24 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including Hispanic, Asian American, Jewish among others. The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. For more information visit:  Read more >>

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and the Broadway League Launch Theatre Access NYC

Theatre Development Fund and The Broadway League are Breaking Barriers to Broadway with the launch of Theatre Access NYC, a new website designed to assist theatregoers with disabilities in finding accessible performances of Broadway  productions. This website is a way to help theatregoers with physical disabilities or autism and other sensory sensitivities find Broadway shows with the particular type of accessibility service they require. Theatre Access NYC is an intuitive, user-friendly show finder that allows users to filter and sort through dozens of Broadway shows based on accessibility, and provides details including dates, times and ticket availability for accessible performances. TDF and The Broadway League worked with their developer to conform to web accessibility standards, ensuring that all people with all disabilities are able to access the site. Among the services listed are: Mobility issues - wheelchair access, info on stairs/elevators in theatres, accessible restrooms, water fountains, etc; Mild to severe hearing loss - theatres that regularly provide iCaption units (handheld closed caption units) and assistive listening devices (headphone units that amplify the sound onstage), as well as listings of upcoming specially scheduled open captioned and sign language interpreted performances; Mild to severe vision loss - theatres that always provide D-scriptive audio devices (which provide a detailed account of all onstage activity) as well as listings for upcoming specially scheduled audio described performances); and Autism friendly performances - upcoming scheduled autism/sensory friendly performances (creating a safe, supportive environment for an audience of families with children and adults on the autism spectrum. The shows are performed with minor adjustments to lighting and sound cues). For more information, visit  Read more >>

Acclaimed director Danielle Arbid's intimate coming-of-age story, PARISIENNE, screens at Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

PARISIENNE introduces a luminous new talent, Manal Issa, as Lina, a young Lebanese woman coming of age in mid-90s Paris. Lina has come to Paris to study at university, but quickly finds herself on her own (in part due to the advances of a lecherous uncle, and in part due to her own adventurous spirit). Her beauty, intelligence, and remarkable self-possession see her through various odd-jobs and stays in shelters, as she navigates her new city, aided by unlikely friends and entranced lovers. Lina's status as a immigrant comes to the fore in an empowering conclusion that underscores the timely message of the film. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, before screening at Palm Springs. PARISIENNE will have its New York premiere at Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York City on March 10th and 12th. For more information, visit  Read more >>

Multicultural Entertainment News Recommends: THE COLOR PURPLE with Grammy & Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson, London Sensation Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks from "Orange Is The New Black"


Homecoming King: Hasan Minhaj’s One Man Show at The Cherry Lane

In the tradition of Spalding Gray, John Leguizamo and Mike Birbiglia, Homecoming King is a one man show delivered as a “monologue meets stand-up-podcast” by Hasan Minhaj telling his immigrant story in this funny and touching Off-Broadway show now playing at The Cherry Lane theater in Greenwich Village. This show alternates performances with another type of immigrant story playing at the same theater, Colin Quinn in “The New York Story.” In the 80 minute “Homecoming King” Minhaj, the “Daily Show” correspondent and humorist, shares his heart-wrenching stories of growing up as a first generation Indian-American. It’s the story of, as he calls it, the “New Brown America” and he shares it as a kind of therapy that, he tells us, story telling can be.  “We’re all in this together” he says and, hoping to inspire others to tell their story, his website and social media outlets including @HasanMinhaj encourage interaction via #homecomingkingshow. The culture of “Log kya kahenge” or “What will People Think” informs his life, he explains.  It’s “the killer of every brown kid's dreams.”  In Spanish it’s “El quedirán", or What Will People Say as a fan and friend shares with him online.  This very personal connection with the audience happens thanks to the emotional resonance with anyone who experienced bullying, overbearing parents, early love confusion and heartbreak. When he shares his story of how he, a Muslim, married a girl from a Hindu family, a gasp from some in the audience told him that his  “Mishpucha” was at the show. For those that didn’t grasp the significance he compared the marriage to a Montague and Capulet. For the complete comedic history of NY and The American Dream from past to present we suggest an ultimate evening of a great double feature -- the 730 pm Colin Quinn telling of the NY experience followed by Hasan Minhaj at 930 pm. Homecoming King  runs through November 15th


“Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist,” at New York’s Whitney Museum

“If you google ‘Harlem Renaissance images’ this is the painting (that will come up in your search),” said Richard J. Powell, the Duke University John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History and Dean of Humanities, as he led a tour at the Whitney Museum of the exhibit “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.” Dr. Powell, whose expertise is in African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora, curated the exhibit, a forty-two painting retrospective of Archibald Motley’s career, which opened this month and will run through January 17, 2016. Divided into six sections, the exhibition spans work from Chicago, Jazz Age Paris and Mexico of an artist The Whitney says “first achieved recognition of his dignified depictions of African Americans and people of mixed race descent, which challenged numerous contemporary stereotypes of race and gender,” and who, according to Powell, was both “an outlier and part of the community.” Painting titles give a glimpse of what awaits at this exciting and impactful exhibit: “After Fiesta, Remorse, Siesta”; “The Octoroon Girl”; “Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)”; “Blues, 1929”; “Saturday Night” (Nights in Bronzeville section) and “The First One Hundred Years: He Amongst You Who is Without Sin Shall Cast the First Stone; Forgive Them Father For They Know Not What They Do.” Presented in the museum’s 8th floor Hurst Family Galleries of the striking building designed by architect Renzo Piano, the outdoor terrace facing the High Line at the other end of the floor overlooks one of the last remaining working meat packing companies, where a visitor can spot white coated workers at the truck bays. @whitneymuseum  #ArchibaldMotley  Read more >>

New-York Historical Society to Transform Fourth Floor with New Women's History Center & Reinvisioned Collection Display

The New-York Historical Society has revealed plans for the transformation of the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on the fourth floor of its home on Central Park West, which will be redesigned to feature highlights from its collection, as well as a new center for scholarship focused on women’s history. The centerpiece of the reimagined fourth floor will be New-York Historical’s preeminent collection of Tiffany lamps, displayed in a sparkling glass gallery designed by architect Eva Jiřičná. Renovation of the fourth floor has begun and the space is scheduled to open to the public in early 2017. The Center for the Study of Women’s History will be an educational resource for scholars, students, and the public, as well as a venue for discussion and exchange focused on women’s history. The annual Diane L. and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History will convene scholars and thinkers to discuss topics concerning women’s issues and their relevance to broader movements. The inaugural conference will take place in March 2016 and will focus on the female-dominated garment industry. The Center will also co-host an online course on women and work, taught by Columbia University historian Alice Kessler-Harris. In addition, it will develop educational resources and opportunities for K–12 students on-site and online, enabling them to engage with primary sources and curricula focused on the history of women’s labor and social reform in New York.  Read more >>