Looking for something to do in the upcoming days? Here, we present the first installment of our weekly roundup of cultural events handpicked by the ALL ARTS staff.
This Stretch of Montpelier
Theaters of the Clemente, Manhattan
August 4-5, 9:30 p.m.
Written by Kelley Nicole Girod and directed by Andrew Block, the play “This Stretch of Montpelier” spins around a single Louisiana road and the diverse people connected by it. The critically acclaimed production, which is presented as part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, tackles a slew of weighty issues, including racism, homophobia and gentrification.
“Wisconsin Death Trip”
August 4, 7:30 p.m.
Searching for a dark comedy about a Midwestern town that is possibly cursed? Look no further than director James Marsh’s 1999 adaptation of Michael Lesy’s 1973 book, “Wisconsin Death Trip.” Using newspaper accounts and photographs from the late 19th century, Marsh’s film recreates the grim outcomes of people who came to live (and die) in the town of Black River Falls. Producer Maureen Ryan will be in attendance for a Q&A.
“She Begat This”
Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, Brooklyn
August 9, 6 p.m.
Joined by hip hop critics, award-winning author Joan Morgan will host a panel discussion to coincide with the release of her new book, “She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which examines Hill’s cultural legacy. Book signing opportunities, as well as a listening session featuring Hill’s most influential work, will be held an hour before the panel convenes.
“Mary Page Marlowe”
Tony Kiser Theater at Second Stage Theater, Manhattan
Through August 19
Tracy Letts’s critically acclaimed play “Mary Page Marlowe” was extended to August 19 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, so there’s still time to catch it. The work, which features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Tatiana Maslany, Kellie Overbey and Susan Pourfar, looks at 11 moments from one woman’s life, ranging from infancy to near death.
Mamma Mia! Sing-Along
Videology Bar & Cinema, Brooklyn
Aug. 3, 9:15 p.m.
Instead of seeing the sequel for the 50th time, stop by Videology Bar & Cinema to watch the first “Mamma Mia!” installment with fellow diehard fans. If musicals aren’t your thing, the bar is hosting a slew of other events throughout the week that are designed with pop culture junkies in mind.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
August 4, 7:30 p.m.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, performs a program of signature work from its repertoire at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival. Bonus: The performance is free.
“Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Manhattan
August 4, 1 p.m.
Cinematographer Babette Mangolte creates and sustains tension in Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” by fixing her lens on the film’s title character as she works through domestic tasks that are otherwise rarely prioritized in cinema. The landmark film screens this weekend as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Female Gaze” series, which features 36 films shot by female cinematographers.
Top Image: Donovan Christie Jr. in Kelley Nicole Girod's "This Stretch of Montpelier."