The First Monday in May was the opening night film at Tribeca 2016. I did not see it until last Friday at the Paris Theatre (Our last full time single screen theater in Manhattan). Anyway, this documentary about the making of last year's China exhibit is a must see for all lovers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and those (most notably on Trip Advisor) who refer to themselves as "not museum people".
The film shows off the museum after hours and way beyond the public spaces. The backstory includes the creation of the infamous McQueen exhibit. There are scenes from exhibit related trips to China, Paris, and London. Gorgeous Fashion. There are A-list people and museum goers like you and me. At some level it provides the backstory to The Devil Wears Prada.
One favorite part for me was when Andrew Bolton, the curator, said that when he was a teenager he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up he said something like "curator of the costume department at the Met". I knew 2 people who knew Joe Papp right after he left the army. They each told of hearing Joe say that his dream was to manage a Free Shakespeare Company in NY. My life has certainly been enriched because these people lived their dreams.
The actual Opening is a party for the one percent. The money raised helps make exhibits available for all of us. Still pictures do not do this film justice. See it and visit The Met!
A Guide Named Sue crossed the East River (on the C train to Lafayette Avenue) to get in shape for the ongoing Shakespeare season in NYC by seeing 1599 at Irondale in Brooklyn. Imagine binge watching 4 Shakespeare plays live up close and personal (the 4th wall is broken on several occasions). The cast moves. The audience moves. But, by Hamlet, cast crew and audience are one under the set lighting. It is quite an experience. A young girl in the audience was mesmerized by it. It was her first meeting with the Bard.
This mega production was inspired by a book called A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599. The book, by James S. Shapiro, explores Shakespeare's life and the history happening around him during the year in which the 4 plays were written. I will read it some day. (Pic is one tiny piece of the production space before the event.
Tickets for this absorbing Shakespeare experience are easier to obtain than tickets for Shakespeare in the Park. (See 1599 link above). The Naturally Delicious dinner box is tasty and worth the investment if you buy your tickets enough time in advance. If you decide to go at the last minute bring food and buy wine or soda at the theater. You will not have enough time to leave and return during the break.
Irondale is a hidden theater gem in Brooklyn. For those of you who never leave the Island of Manhattan, the C train journey is easy. One warning: the production definition of 4 hours is really NOT 5 hours. Take a nap in the afternoon if you are not a night owl. You might also want to review the plots of plays beforehand. ENJOY the show.
If you love the Met Museum and you (like me) missed the opening night film The First Monday in May, the film starts an extended run at The Paris Theatre on April 15th.
I will be seeing All This Panic, The Tenth Man, For the Love of Spock, Betting on Zero, Bugs, and Untouchable. I am unable to attend Shorts: Learning Curve and Check It so I will be giving away those tickets.
What are you seeing...?
On the last day of the festival, I intend to be way Uptown seeing Singin' in the Rain at the United Palace.
Come explore NYC on the way to your film with public tours on April 20, and 21st.
I'm also leading early morning custom and one public tour to places of interest for film buffs.
For way more information about the Tribeca Film Festival, visit the site here.
You can search this blog for Tribeca Film Festival. My posts and reviews started in 2010.
Come join A Guide Named Sue (That's Me) at this great NYC event! (Would love to see some TA visitors. Sorry I can't post this at the NYC Forum)
Tribeca film events start in the afternoon. There are plenty film related possibilities in NYC that can be explored in the morning. There will be a public tour from Apple to the Cooper Hewitt (home of a Pixar exhibit) on April 22nd.
April 15-18 or 23-24, A Guide Named Sue can be hired for customized tours to MOMA member hour where you can pick up same day FREE tickets to MOMA films. Or, she can customize an early morning Central Park tour to any of the nearby iconic cultural institutions. Or, Sue can create a custom tour to the Museum of the Moving Image April 23rd.
If you are in the film industry and still moaning about the loss of the (replacement) Ziegfeld Theater, come here, support this cultural center and start scheduling film premieres here!
Take the A train to the Cloisters for a morning jaunt and then head to the United Palace via the M4 bus. Get off at 175th Street. Eat in the neighborhood. Enjoy!!
A Guide Named Sue thinks it is great to Explore NYC before sitting down in a dark theater to see great films so...On days that she already has tickets, she has posted 4 public (inexpensive) tours. Each of these tours will start from the Transit Museum Annex (great exhibit, retail therapy, and MetroCards without the dollar surcharge) in Grand Central Terminal (where many scenes have been filmed).
You can read more about the tours and sign up at the AnyGuide links below. Public tours will happen if there is at least 1 sign up through AnyGuide.
April 14 (1:30 PM) and 18th (10:30 AM) - destination Regal Cinemas Battery Park City. The 14th has a sign up and will definitely take place. We will be using the select bus route downtown. NOTE: The 18th has been canceled as a public tour but, Sue is available for an early morning customized tour on the day.
April 20 (2:00 PM) and April 21st (11:00 AM) destination Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea. April 20th will be via the Highline.
On April 15 and 16 Sue will be returning to Regal Cinemas. A late afternoon customized tour on either day can be arranged. Tour will end by 5 at Regal Cinemas.
One of the greatest routes in NYC is the 26.2 mile NYC Marathon. It spends a bit of time in all 5 boroughs. 50,000 people run the course yearly. I finished the Marathon slowly 3 times and I volunteered on race day and at the Expo for many years. What struck me at the EXPO were questions like...is it safe to go to Brooklyn or Queens NOT on marathon day? This was years ago and it was safe then and safe now. What's more is...there are places to go and things to see on or just beyond the course that runners and spectators never get to see so....
This year A Guide Named Sue is creating tours that cover slices of the Marathon course. The first two will take place on Sunday March 20th. The first goes from Apple to the Cooper Hewitt. The second goes from Glaser's Bakery on first Avenue to the Studio Museum of Harlem (just slightly off course).
Come along. The tours will take place if anyone signs up in advance. (You must sign up by Friday). If there is no advance sign up Sue will not be at the start.
Hope you all got to see The Great Race Exhibit at The Museum of the City of New York.
A Guide Named Sue missed this event last year because I was just returning from a CAARI volunteers trip to Israel and my apartment was being renovated. Every attendee I heard from said the ceremony was great. This year I am going as audience. I went to the Thalia/Symphony Space box office to buy my ticket but you can buy tickets online here.
Buy a ticket and come to the pre ceremony reception. It will be a great way to meet many off duty Tourist Guides like me.
You can book a custom tour or an upcoming public tour with me at AnyGuide dot com slash SusanK.
Short notice I know...A Guide Named Sue is headed to a lecture at the Museum of American Finance this Friday.
For Sue, the journey IS the tour. This time, we'll meet at Grand Central Terminal. After a short look around, we'll subway to SOHO. The walk will add many steps to your fitbit.
We will wander through SOHO, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Brooklyn Bridge area and Wall Street en route to our destination. Highlights will include short stops at the Hall of Records exhibit about LOMEX, CityStore, and the great exhibit about Harlem at Federal Hall.
We will be near but beyond the downtown Double Decker Bus route.
For registration at AnyGuide.Com click here.