Raul Julia: The World’s A Stage. The latest edition of PBS’ American Masters series looks back at the life and legacy of an actor who left an enormous impact on the world of theater, film and TV. Directed by Ben DeJesus and structured around the famous speech from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, it tells the story of how Julia shattered stereotypes against Latinos by delivering dynamic performances on Broadway (‘The Taming Of The Shrew’, ‘Nine’), big screen dramas (‘Kiss Of The Spider Woman’, ‘Presumed Innocent’), comedies (‘The Addams Family’), and TV (‘The Burning Season’). The doc also goes into Julia’s relentless advocacy in ending world hunger as well as giving more opportunities for Latino actors to land leading roles on Broadway and Hollywood. With remembrances from Julia’s family, and contemporaries (Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, Jimmy Smits, Ruben Blades and John Leguizamo) this is a powerful and moving tribute to one of the best to ever grace the stage and screen. Raul Julia: The World’s A Stage is available now on PBS. You can also go to www.pbs.org for more information.
Jaime by Brittany Howard. An extended cross country trip and the death of her sister forms the basis of the first official solo album from the Alabama Shakes frontwoman. It’s a cross collision of sounds ranging from the introspective (‘Short & Sweet’,), soulful (‘Stay High’), fractured gospel (‘He Loves Me’), politically charged(‘13th Century Metal’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Goat Head’) Prince-inspired jams (‘History Repeats’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Baby’) and 80s-flavored operatic shoegaze (‘Run To Me’). While this isn’t the first project that Howard has done away from Alabama Shakes, it’s a work that displays all of her influences and inspirations coming completely to the surface. With this release, we are witnessing an artist at the peak of her creative powers. One of the year’s best. Jaime by Brittany Howard is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.
Dead Man’s Pop by The Replacements. The Replacements 6th album, Don’t Tell A Soul, marked a new chapter for the Minneapolis based band. It marked the debut of guitarist Bob ‘Slim’ Dunlap (replacing founding member Bob Stinson) and featured songs with a more mature, introspective tone. It became the group’s most successful album, but the band was never happy with its final mix. To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of its release, this new box set seeks to correct this long standing wrong. It includes a new mix by original producer Matt Wallace; a disc of rarities, demos and unreleased tracks – including songs recorded with Tom Waits; and two discs of material recorded live at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on June 1989. The new mix of Don’t Tell A Soul is stellar but the real gems in this box are the trove of previously unreleased material that shows the album’s evolution, and of course, the tracks featuring Tom Waits are gold. The live material also shows that when they were on their game, The Replacements were as good a rock n roll band as anyone. Whether its an introduction or a refresher, this set is a must have. Dead Man’s Pop by The Replacements will be available this weekend through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.
New York City: The New York Film Festival. Now in its 57th year, The New York Film Festival has emerged an early barometer of what films will dominate the awards season. This year is no different with The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s eagerly awaited gangster epic starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino – Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, and Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical Marriage Story all premiering. There will also be a special screening of The Cotton Club Encore, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1984 film which will he has recut and enhanced with recently recovered footage. With films from every corner of the globe, documentaries and special panel discussions, this year schedule reaffirms it’s status as the country’s premier film festival. The New York Film Festival runs September 27th through October 13th. You can also go to www.filmlinc.org for tickets, a complete rundown of films and all other information.
New York City: Henry Chalfant: Art Vs Transit 1977-1987. Even as New York City fell into financial and structural disrepair in the 1970s, a wave of artists took over the city’s subway system to display their artistic and creative talents. Only those who were within their orbit witnessed their genius, but photographer Henry Chalfant – who arrived in New York in 1973 after graduating from Stanford – made a point to document these incredible works of art. Now some of his best shots are part of Henry Chalfant: Art vs Transit 1977-1987, a new exhibit at The Bronx Museum Of Arts. It covers photos of such street art legends such as Dondi, Futura, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones, along with Bronx legends Blade, Crash, DAZE, Dez, and much more. It’s a stunning look back at a time when the greatest city in the world was the world’s largest canvas. Henry Chalfant: Art Vs Transit 1977-1987 will be at The Bronx Museum Of Arts September 25th through March 8, 2020. You can also go to www.bronxmuseum.org for more information.