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The Four-Day Festival Will Screen More Than 40 Films and Feature Forums, Performances, and Lively Parties How do traditions help cultures survive and thrive? The 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival, themed “Past Forward,” explores how cultural touchstones can serve as important guides for modern life. This year, more than 40 films from 28 countries will focus on how tradition moves cultural values forward while seizing relevance to support contemporary life issues.
2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival—the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural media and conversation in the unique setting of the American Museum of Natural History—will screen 43 outstanding films from more than 50 countries and host special events and performances. This year, the festival’s selections— including 14 U.S. premieres— will focus on the tension between tradition and its relevance in a contemporary context. With the theme “Past Forward,” the Mead explores how cultural touch stones needn’t be trapped in amber but can serve as important guides for modern life. The festival offerings include subjects spanning communities coping with water shortages and climate change, the power of rhythm and music to revive the human spirit, and the pull of globalization versus staying faithful to traditional ways. $15 Opening and closing night screenings $12 General Admission $10 Members, seniors, students
Most of the female Biblical figures function as changers of the world, disrupters of the masculine status quo, requiring the insight and courage to defy even God. The positive dimension of the feminine in the human psyche remains for us to explore and benefit from. We will examine these ideas through Biblical accounts, including those of Eve, Lilith, Sarah, Rebecca and Mary. Instructor: Rise Kaufmann, PhD
White Witch, a new contemporary American opera, will have its world premiere in October 2014 in New York City. A one-act monodrama for voice and percussion, it is set in Jamaica, 1831. There will be a Q&A after the performance with the artists and members of the creative team. The opera — a tale of voodoo, murder and revenge — is based on the 19th century legend of Annie Palmer, a white English plantation owner notoriously known as The White Witch of Rose Hall. Annie had an overblown ego, an insatiable sexual appetite and a knowledge of voodoo gleaned from her childhood Haitian nanny. With extreme hubris, she used the black arts to kill three husbands and a series of lovers and rivals — including plantation slaves — in cold blood. Her remorse came too little, too late. Ultimately, one of her former slave lovers used the same voodoo power to seal her fate. The score, a perfect symbiosis of libretto and music, is suggestively evocative and exotic, at different times delicately ethereal, dramatically angular, deeply psychological — always captivating
Mort Gerberg is a longtime cartoonist and author best known for his work in “The New Yorker,” “Playboy” and numerous other publications. A founding member and president of The Cartoonists Guild, he has written, edited and/or illustrated 43 books for adults and children. For other fun, Mort plays the piano, second base, tennis, ping pong, skis, dances, and sings in a choir. Chat with Mort at our Fall Art Party on Thursday October 23. He will also bring his work to life, with a presentation and stories. Mort Gerberg's cartoons -- prized originals and prints -- will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Complimentary beer, beverages, ballpark snacks, and laughs.
Story by Story® Fifth annual stair climb to end domestic violence Thursday evening, October 23, 2014 245 Park Avenue at 46th Street, NYC Every day, free legal services provided by Her Justice make happy endings and new beginnings possible for battered women and their children—story by story, case by case. Join the 1,000 Her Justice supporters and their friends who will come together to climb 43 stories of the 245 Park Avenue skyscraper, located one block from Grand Central Terminal. Your participation will raise vital financial support and awareness for Her Justice. Be a part of a critical chapter in the life of an abused family. Step up and register today!