Although arts choices for households have definitely modified throughout the pandemic, few have grow to be extra expansive or extra intriguing. The BAMkids Film Festival 2021, nonetheless, is each.
Presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the occasion this 12 months will run 9 days — from Saturday by way of Feb. 28 — as a substitute of 1 weekend. It can also be introducing a free Young Filmmakers Showcase, with works by cineastes ages 5 to 13. And as a result of the whole worldwide celebration is digital, all of the titles, which is able to stream on the platform Eventive, will likely be accessible globally and on demand.
The pageant’s six principal packages of brief movies vary from Animal Party, a compilation for preschoolers, to Stronger Together, a slate for audiences 9 and older. Tickets, accessible on the academy’s web site, are pay-what-you-can, with minimums of $5 for particular person packages and $30 for an all-access go.
But the enjoyable goes past filmgoing. Free livestreamed workshops (the schedule is on-line) discover topics like dance, animation, yoga and the troupe Pilobolus’s boundary-busting motion.
The artist Caledonia Curry (professionally often known as Swoon) is bringing a home to Union Square.
Previously put in at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, the cell sculpture, “The House Our Families Built,” will likely be on the Manhattan sq.’s north plaza on Sunday from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. (it then strikes to Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Feb. 27). This set up was commissioned by PBS as a part of its storytelling venture, American Portrait, which the community established with Radical Media to archive narratives about how we assemble our identities as Americans.
Swoon’s “House” is definitely the again of a truck that Swoon and her collaborator Jeff Stark repurposed right into a life-size diorama. With its intricately carved roof, the construction is crammed with quotidian objects and inhabited by painted cutouts, like certainly one of a mom holding a child. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., actors will placed on six 15-minute performances impressed by the tales depicted in the home, which search to encourage individuals to research their legacies.
Mixing More Than Notes
The drummer, composer and poet William Hooker gained renown on New York’s experimental scene of the 1970s and ’80s, the place postmodernism flowed by way of the gutters and the concept was often to muck issues up. But he emerged as a performer of utter focus, with a eager sufficient imaginative and prescient to match the ability of his drumming. Whether considering classes from historical past or extra ephemeral themes, his works take a look at you straight on, making themselves clear.
Last March, the debut of his “TOUCH: Soul and Service,” mixing music, movie and different media, was the primary present at Roulette to be canceled due to the pandemic. He returns there on Saturday at eight p.m. Eastern time for a livestream of “Chimes,” a brand new piece that mixes music, movie and dance. He will likely be accompanied by the guitarist and digital musician Hans Tammen and the synthesizer participant Theodore Woodward, who can even management the visuals. They will share the stage with the dancer Germaul Barnes. The efficiency is free to observe on Roulette’s website, YouTube and Vimeo channels, and Facebook web page; donations are advised.
An Anniversary That Keeps Giving
Around this time final 12 months, Ronald Okay. Brown celebrated the 35th anniversary of his beloved dance firm, Evidence, with per week of performances on the Joyce Theater. The program included “Grace,” a life-affirming work created 20 years earlier for the Ailey firm, and “Mercy,” a stirring companion piece made with the musician Meshell Ndegeocello in 2019. About a month later he was at residence, on Zoom, the first guest of JoyceStream, the theater’s fast pivot to on-line programming.
On Thursday, Evidence returns to the Joyce stage to proceed the anniversary celebration with a livestream at eight p.m. Eastern time. “Mercy” and an excerpt from “Grace” are once more on this system. They are joined by different works, together with a duet danced to a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 2016 solo “She Is Here,” honoring the perseverance of moms and lecturers, which absolutely has resonance now. Tickets to the stream are $25 at joyce.org, and the efficiency will stay on demand by way of March 4.
Pop & Rock
Scrolling Through Pages From the Past
In the often-told story of print media’s demise, impartial publications suffered among the most heartbreaking casualties. But Punk Planet, a music-forward publication that circulated from 1994 till 2007, now has an afterlife: Its full 80-issue run is offered to browse free on-line.
The author Dan Sinker based Punk Planet when he was teenager to supply a substitute for Maximum Rocknroll, a long-running month-to-month with a narrower strategy to punk. Alongside interviews with artists like Sleater-Kinney, Steve Albini and the Kills, Punk Planet readers may discover reporting on modern social and political points; dispatches from regional music scenes, from Canada to Indonesia; and a sturdy array of criticism. (Out of loyalty to the little man, Sinker’s journal tried to overview all of the albums that crossed its desk, as long as they weren’t affiliated with a significant label.)
Back problems with Punk Planet may be perused, downloaded and even (for the purists) printed by way of the Internet Archive at archive.org/details/punkplanet.