Hailed by critics in the U.S. and Europe as “one of the best jazz guitarists,” Wolfgang Schalk delivers hard-swinging and emotive compositions in the vein of the patriarchal jazz-guitarist lineage while highlighting his membership in the elite club of today’s creative voices. A guitarist with impeccable chops, Schalk's musicianship is illuminated on both electric and nylon-string guitar. Recalling the sounds of esteemed fret-board masters Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino, and Pat Metheny, Schalk expands on the tradition by playing dynamic music expressing thoughtfulness and original artistic abilities as one of today's authentic jazz guitarists.
Before Sunrise: Richard Linklater’s romantic comedy about the intoxicating power of talk is also the first in the series of films featuring Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) tentatively but volubly making their way towards love. Linklater began his collaboration with fellow Texan Hawke on Sunrise—a relationship that would yield two additional installments in the Before trilogy, not to mention a cameo by Jesse and Céline in the animated feature Waking Life, and other Linklater features starring Hawk, such as The Newton Boys and Tape. Working with co-writer Kim Krizan—who turned up in the director’s epochal 1991 film Slacker and had a small part in his equally potent Dazed and Confused—Linklater brings the swagger of verbal confidence to the story of this pair of young people who meet as they’re traveling by train from Budapest en route to their final destinations: back to the States for Jesse, Paris for Céline. The ability to express a thought, whether philosophical or primal, minor or evanescent, is what draws the Texan and the Parisienne towards each other.
Before Sunset: In this 2004 sequel to Before Sunrise, Céline (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) reunite. Spoiler alert—though they didn’t end up together, their first encounter impacted both of their lives, and both are stil recovering from (and savoring) that impact. Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is now a successful writer, touring in support of his bestselling novel, This Time, inspired by his tryst with Céline. As he sits being interviewed by a group of journalists in Paris—who debate the origin of the novel before him—Jesse looks up and sees Céline (Julie Delpy). Sunset is about opportunities—and love—lost. Céline and Jesse are now older, wiser, and a little sadder. Linklater plays the film for rueful laughs, and as he slowly turns up the heat, the glamour of onscreen romance returns, as does the light in the star-crossed lovers’ eyes.
With powerful imagery and captivating movement, the Shakti Dance Company's Devadasi: The Eternal Dancer transports the audience into the world of ancient Indian temple tradition. This classical Bharata Natyam production created by master choreographer Viji Prakash and accompanied by live music brings to the American stage for the first time the story of the devadasis, dancers to the gods.
1931/b&w/91 min. | Scr: Josef von Sternberg, Daniel Nathan Rubin; dir: Josef von Sternberg; w/ Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz
During World War I, a lady spy betrays enemy officers, until she falls in love with one.
2013/color/108 min. | Scr: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; dir: Richard Linklater; w/ Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Co-Presented by the New York Times Film Club
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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater revisit their roles as Jesse and Céline, the couple we first met in 1995’s Before Sunrise. In the previous films—Before Sunrise and its sequel, 2004’s Before Sunset—Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy) were circling each other at different points in their lives. In each of the films, the possibility of commitment loomed, as imminent and out of reach as the states of the sun mentioned in the titles. In Midnight, they’re a married couple living in France, tending to their twin daughters and trying to keep a bond intact with Jesse’s son, Hank, who spends most of his time in the United States with his mom. It’s the departure of Hank for the States that sets this latest installment into motion. Linklater, who wrote the script with Delpy and Hawke, continues with the series’ tradition of being one of the most present-tense comedies ever made. Like its predecessors, Midnight has the couple laboring to concentrate on the moment at hand, though they can’t help theorizing about the immediate future—endangering their enjoyment of life even as it happens.
Bing Theater | Includes a conversation with co-writer/director Richard Linklater, co-writer/cast member Julie Delpy and co-writer/cast member Ethan Hawke.
Winners of the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award, CJS Quintet is recognized for its hard-driving soulful swing, laden with the blues. The quintet, led by saxophonist Chuck Johnson and trumpeter James Smith, pays homage to Los Angeles-born sax legend Dexter Gordon in recognition of his 90th birth-year.
BombaChante is an explosive ensemble of nine that features some of the finest musicians in the Los Angeles area. Their tight rhythm section sets the foundation for the band’s screaming horn section. BombaChante features Gabriel Gonzalez on lead vocals, whose credits include performing with Stevie Wonder, Los Lonely Boys, Juan Gabriel, Francisco Aguabella, and Los Van Van. Directed by bassist/producer Ernesto Molina, BombaChante continues to make its presence felt in the L.A. scene while spreading its reach to Northern and Southern California.