The Filtered Excellence: January 24, 2019

Bob Geldof once asked us, “Where is the filtered excellence!?” It’s right here. Once a week we take a break from comedy to bring you this week’s picks of the best things to watch, the most interesting things to do, great things to try, the best picks to read, our favorite things to listen to and more.


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Mikey And Nicky. Elaine May’s 1976 gangster drama starring John Cassavettes and Peter Falk was hampered by a prolonged shooting and post production schedule (she shot more film for this feature than Gone With The Wind) and a protracted battle with Paramount Pictures over its release schedule. In the end, the film would only be booked in a few theaters and given little to no promotional support. It wasn’t until May and Falk were able to got the rights back to the film that critics and fans were able to see one of the great films of the decade. Now the story of how two small-time mobsters friendship unravels over the course of one fateful night is now available on now on Blu-Ray and DVD through the Criterion Collection. It features a new 4K digital transfer overseen by May; a 1976 audio interview with Peter Falk, an essay by critic Nathan Rabin and much more. The chemistry between Falk and Cassavettes – two lifelong friends and collaborators – is electric, and under May’s direction, puts a human spin on the gangster film. A new chance to see an unsung classic. Mikey and Nicky is available now through www.criterion.com

 

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Don’t Tread On We by The 1865. Formed in 2017 by musician/filmmaker Sacha Jennings (The White Mandingos, The Wilding Incident), indie shoegaze icon Carolyn ‘Honeychild’ Coleman (guitars, vocals), noted session musician/Pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece (McRad) on drums, The 1865 describe themselves as ‘Bad Brains meets Foo Fighters in a black woman’s hair salon for a cup of tea’. The group would later added bassist Flora Lucini (Maafa) and drummer Jason ‘Biz’ Lucas (Dragons Of Zynth) to deliver a blistering 35 minute set capturing punk’s raw energy with lyrics that connects the plight of Blacks after the Civil War with what is happening today. Ripe with attitude and aggression, this is much needed rock n roll record for the times. Don’t Tread On We by The 1865 is available now on all major music digital platforms.

Music To Draw To: Io by Kid Koala. In 2017, Kid Koala, a Canadian based DJ and producer released Music To Draw To, an ambient and electronic album designed for creatives to zone into their art, those on long travel days or for a quiet evening at home. For the 2nd installment, Kid Koala continues to create these sweeping soundscapes and teams up with acclaimed singer-songwriter with Trixie Whitley on a number of tracks. The pairing couldn’t be more perfect, drawing inspiration from the story of lo in Greek mythology to present an 18 song suite featuring Whitley’s soulful vocals alongside Koala’s rich production. It’s a musical calming balm that will fuel the mind and spirit. Music To Draw To: lo by Kid Koala featuring Trixie Whitley is available now through all major music digital platforms.

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New York City. Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now. As one of the most controversial and acclaimed artists of the latter part of the 20th Century, the work of Robert Mapplethorpe continues to push buttons across the social strata. Now nearly 30 years after his death – and as a ramp up to the upcoming biopic starring Matt Smith – the Guggenheim will present a two part, nearly year-long look back at his extraordinary output. Part 1 will feature everything from early Polaroids, colleges, mixed-media constructions, to male and female nude photos, portraits of artists, celebs, and, of himself. It’s the ultimate look back at an artist who challenged social norms, introducing to a world and scene that been previously hidden. Part 1 of Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now will be at The Guggenheim Museum January 25th through July 10th. You can also go to www.guggenheim.org for tickets and additional information.

New York City. Looking at Jerry Lewis: The Nutty Professor Storyboards. Released in 1963, The Nutty Professor is Jerry Lewis’ crowing achievement, cementing his status as a legendary performer, director and writer. John Lauris Jensen was an illustrator who started out an illustrator for Paramount Pictures in the 1950s and as a scenic art and costume designer on The Ten Commandments and The Buccaneer. After working on action films and Westerns, Jensen drew storyboards for three Lewis films including The Bellboy and The Family Jewels. 11 of Jensen’s storyboards for The Nutty Professor are on display at The Museum Of Modern Art. It captures both Lewis’ acute attention to detail in preparing a scene and Jensen’s uncanny ability at visualizing physical and dramatic comedy. It’s a unique look inside the mind of two creative forces at the peak of their powers. Looking At Jerry Lewis: The Nutty Professor Storyboards is at The Museum Of Modern Art through March 3rd. You can also go to www.moma.org for tickets and more information.

New York City. Desert Island Discs with David Murray. Modeled after the long running BBC radio show, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has launched its version of Desert Island Discs back in 2015. The concept is simple: Esteemed journalist Ted Panken sits down with a notable musician and discuss 8 records that they would bring with them if stuck on a desert island. Saxophonist David Murray – who co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet, worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, and most recently collaborated on an album with Saul Williams – will be the featured guest. It’s a great opportunity to get inside the musical mind of some of the best in the game. Desert Island Discs with David Murray will be at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem on Tuesday, January 29th. You can also go to www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org for tickets and more information.

New York City. Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr. Most of the images that we have seen of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr have been behind the pulpit, speaking at rallies or leading marches and protests. But Dr. Long was also a father, husband, friend and global traveler. This new exhibition features lesser-known photos of the civil rights icon in India, accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Norway, and other snapshots of him at home resting, traveling and with friends and family. It’s a multi-dimensional look at a man who fought to bring out the best in ourselves. Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr will be at The Schomberg Center for Research In Black Culture through April 6th. You can also go to www.nypl.org for more information.

Los Angeles. Living Color. For 40 years, Vivian Maier worked as a nanny on Chicago’s North Shore. She also shot tons of photographs of everything within her orbit – photos that only were seen by the public after she passed away in 2009. Now KP Projects will present a new exhibition featuring the first printed collection of Maier’s color photographs. Serving as both a time capsule and an affirmation of Maier’s incredible eye, this exhibition will once again remind us how Vivian Maier was one of the greatest street photographers ever. Living Color will be at the KP Projects through January 26th. You can also go to www.kpprojects.net for more information.

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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through Blurb.com.

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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through Blurb.com.