TONIGHT! Friday, January 20 I ABBIE Abbie Hoffman embodies the Sixties like no other activist. As the most outspoken leader of the counter-culture’s revolution, he remains one of the best-known figures from one of America’s most turbulent times. “Abbie” begins as a 1987 lecture delivered by Hoffman, and is based entirely on his speeches and writings. Historical photos and videos accompany Abbie’s telling of candid tales from his youth and education at Brandeis and Berkeley, and from the Chicago 7 and the debilitating experience of living underground–creating a revealing portrait of the man called “the clown prince of the Sixties.” Written with the permission of Hoffman’s wife. Presented straight from the West End Theater in NYC. “You couldn’t ask for a better meeting of subject and performer…Abbie is heartfelt.” Andy Webster, The New York Times.
TONIGHT! Friday, January 20 I The Bath House Brothers Two Russian immigrant brothers host a variety show inside a Russian bathhouse/sauna. Borya (Boris Khaykin) and Dima (David Carl) are excited to take you through a wild variety show with booked comedy acts as well as a reoccurring cast of characters such as odd relatives from their family and a panoply of patrons to their beloved bathhouse. Watch as they handle personal problems, get in sibling quarrels, and of course go through the regular rituals that happen inside a proper Russian bathhouse. In between all of the drama, they welcome some of the best stand up, sketch, and musical comedy NYC has to offer.
Saturday, January 21 I Johnny James Quintet Johnny James will be bringing his quintet to the Triad for the 2nd time. This will be a night of swinging hard bop, original tunes and favorite standards. This set will be featuring his original band, Chris Haney on Bass, Richard Clement on piano, Will Terrelldrums and Randall Haywood on trumpet.
Saturday, January 21 I Roadie (USA, 2011, 95 min., color, 35mm) Some people spend their adulthood living out their childhood dream. Only what happens when the dream ends? After 20 years as a roadie for Blue Öyster Cult, Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) has nowhere to go but home. Reluctantly he returns to his mother’s (Lois Smith) home in Queens, New York, where he pretends he’s only there for a quick visit, and soon realizes that his mother is teetering toward dementia. At the local bar, he runs into his high school crush (Jill Hennessy), now married to his old nemesis (Bobby Cannavale). Building a future for himself means confronting these relationships from the past. Using a minimalist approach, director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., Twelve and Holding, TV’s Homeland, Dexter, True Blood, Blue Bloods) and co-writer Gerald Cuesta explore the crossroads in life where you can’t escape the past but you can’t relive it either. This screening will feature director Michael Cuesta in person.
Monday, January 23 I Puppet Playlist #12: The Beach Boys Break out the boogie boards, flip-flops and complex, sophisticated, drug-fueled experimental rock. Puppet Playlist is taking the show to The Beach (Boys). This month, our intrepid band of puppeteers will bring some much needed sun, surf and good vibrations to this cold, grey, wet, grey, cold city. Puppet Playlist takes brilliant puppeteers and talented musicians and slams them together into an evening of live theater to stir the senses. This Playlist will feature original works of puppetry inspired by the songs of The Beach Boys, mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York’s most exciting young singer-songwriters. Featuring Pieces By: Kari Love, Kerry Gibbons & Liz English, Renata Melillo & Jonathan Shmidt, Toni Schlesinger, and Jessica Simon. With Music By: Matt Singer, The Debutante Hour, Emily Hope Price, and Swear & Shake. For the last two years, Puppet Playlist has played to sold-out audiences, and we are a Time Out New York “Critics Pick!” Reserve your seats early, and avoid waiting in the stand-by line. NEW LOCATION! 85 East 4th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenue). Visit www.puppetplaylist.com for more information.
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