Now in its third year, Doc NYC is an omnibus fest: Its 115 shorts and features mark an effort to create a populist documentary summit that plays strongly to specific constituencies within the ever-expanding culture that non-fiction filmmaking has become. As such, there is a distinct focus on beloved musical acts (Big Star, Kate McGarrigle) and profiles of pop culture phenomena (George Plimpton, Bettie Page), as well as the usual documentary forte: social issues. Those are most powerfully represented by The Central Park Five, in which Ken Burns (in league with daughter Sarah and David McMahon, her husband and longtime Burns associate) prowls Errol Morris/Werner Herzog turf to explore how five teenaged black and Hispanic boys spent a collective 33 ½ years in jail, falsely convicted in the infamous 1989 Central Park Jogger case.
Anyone curious what a Ken Burns movie would be like without Keith David's baritone or
Wainwright and Weisbrodt have been dating since 2007; the couple became engaged in late 2010. In February 2011, Wainwright announced that he and Lorca Cohen (daughter of famed musician Leonard Cohen) had welcomed a baby girl, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen; Wainwright, Weisbrodt and Cohen share custody over the baby girl.
Wainwright hails from a legendary family of musicians that includes sister Martha Wainwright, mother Kate McGarrigle and father Loudon Wainwright III.
This marvelous album will resonate with sons, daughters, parents, spouses or those mindful of their mortality.
In other words: everyone.
Few make the personal universal better than Loudon Wainwright III, and on "Older Than My Old Man Now," he sings for us all on the topics of decline, death and family dysfunction.
These have been recurring subjects in the Wainwright oeuvre, but now that he's 65 – and well aware his dad passed away at 63 – nearly every song touches on death. Even the novelty tunes fit with the album's theme – "Date Line" looks at the passage of time from the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and the hilarious "My Meds" is a druggy tune for the Medicare crowd.
Inventive musical arrangements keep things from becoming too grim, and a large supporting cast helps, too. Among those contributing are all
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The Guardian's Deborah Orr is one of a team conducting the interviews with journalists for this timely site-specific verbatim piece about the media. Andrew O'Hagan co-edits a project directed and edited by Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany. The Hub, Glasgow (0141-429 0022), 19 April to 13 May.
A History of Everything
The controversial Ghent-based company Ontroerend Goed returns to the UK with a show that offers a history of everything, from now back to the Big Bang. No small undertaking from a company that has delighted and challenged spectators with previous shows including the outrageous Audience. Drum, Plymouth (01752 267222), until 28 April.
The Cabin in the Woods (dir. Drew Goddard)
A bunch of great-looking teens take a
Part of the proceeds from each book go to charity with Wainwright picking the Kate McGarrigle Fund and Shears donating his proceeds to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
We've got some of the pics here for you to check out, but you can buy any of the books over at OneDayintheLife.org. While most of the pics are safe for work, there is one of Shears on page three that isn't so proceed with caution! And for a bonus, we threw in some from the first book with Radcliffe.
How lucky can you get? Harris - songwriter, coveted vocalist, legend - took the stage with producer and guitarist Jay Joyce, and multi-instrumentalist Giles Reeves, her collaborators on a soon-to-be-released album of warm, spacious, country-tinged songs. Her first solo studio release since 2008, the album is called "Hard Bargain" after a Ron Sexsmith song and the record's title track. The show marked Harris and crew's second time attempting to recreate the album in a live setting (the first was in a showcase at Antone's the evening before), and Harris embraced the inevitable hiccups and false starts with humor and good spirit. "This is our spring training," she said.
The intimate event took
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