THE BINGE WATCH: WILD WILD COUNTRY

Cults are juicy fodder for documentaries, but this six part Netflix series about the rise and fall of Rajneeshpurum, a New Age city in the remote hills of Oregon, is especially enticing. Scads of period footage mixed with present day interviews blend the Then and Now to tell the tale of some very strange events.

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THE BINGE WATCH: Deutschland 83

If you like your Cold War spy stories thick with betrayal, vivid with acid greens and spiced with a little sex, then you’ll enjoy Deutschland 83, an eight episode series set in the divided Germany of 1983 where no one can be trusted and the honorable seldom survive. This Peabody Award-winning series is a fascinating watch – an eerily relevant history lesson interwoven with familial conflict worthy of a Greek tragedy.

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The Binge Watch: Ozark.com

Gore-spattered and gristle-laced, this ten episode Netflix series is a fun and satisfying watch with surprising plot twists, colorful characters, and performances that push stereotypes towards authenticity. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago investment manager unwittingly embroiled in a money laundering operation for a Mexican drug cartel. His wife Wendy (Laura Linney) enjoys her own secret life until the cartel intervenes and the couple has to pack up their two kids and head south to wash a dirty $8 million – fast.

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RCJBS Is Keeping Jazz and Blues Alive

The Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to promote jazz, blues, and music ranging from Dixieland to Brazilian Jazz and Samba.

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An Entertaining Organization: ArtsRock

ArtsRock heads into its ninth season this fall with another impressive list of programs. After the demise of Riverspace, Elliott Forrest, ArtsRock’s Executive and Artistic Director, and others formed what is now a thriving organization with events from concerts and recitals to celebrity interviews, puppet and magic shows, and theatre and political conversations.

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The Binge Watch

There is a lot to watch out there if you like your diversions intense, provocative, and addictive. Netfliks, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, Showtime, FX, Starz, podcasts, and yes, even network TV, all compete for your ears and eyeballs, and with today’s technology, an entire season of content can be lapped up in a single marathon session known as a binge watch.

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Union Arts Center Events

A Morning with Tao Porchon-Lynch. Join “The World’s Oldest Living Yoga Teacher,” and award-winning author Tao Porchon-Lynch. Tao is a living advertisement for how to tap into our human potential. She has been featured in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Shape, Huffington Post, and numerous others, and has appeared on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, and CNN. She is the author of Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Reserve your spot today. This is sure to sell out.
May 13, 10:00 am
To register go to uacny.com

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LITTLE KNOWN FILMS: O’HORTEN (2009) COMEDY, NORWAY, 90 Minutes

The moment the train leaves the station without engineer Odd Horten aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has been forced to retire after 40 years of traveling a very stable rail, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas. Will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes? Will he survive a nighttime drive with a blindfolded man at the wheel? Proof positive that there is humor to be found in aging, and that we don't have to be elderly Norwegians to identify, laugh and embrace life in all of its idiosyncratic splendor.

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Little Known Films: On Guard

THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY addition of this newsletter is crying out for an epic! And not just any epic. A French swashbuckling epic! Superstars Daniel Auteuil (Après Vous) and Fabrice Luchini (Gemma Bovery) happily return to Palisades in this recently rediscovered and gloriously restored film from the novel Le Bossu (The Hunchback) by Paul Leval.

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TIME AND SPACE IN BOGLIASCO, ITALY

CHARLES BUKOWSKI WROTE A POEM called Air and Light and Time and Space in which he rages against the excuses proffered by people who want to create but are always finding reasons why they cannot. He declares with singular passion that if you’re serious about it you’ll be able to create under any circumstances, such as working in the coal mines 16 hours a day, or ignoring a cluster of (your own) small children weeping in the corner, or howling at cats crawling up your back, or left with only parts of your mind and body while trying to keep upright as the earth shifts under your feet.

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Bulletin Board: December 2016

Grace Knowlton recently exhibited her work in three venues. In November, the Outside In had a show of her drawings and the Pomona Cultural Arts Center exhibited some of her sculptures. The Union Arts Center is currently exhibiting her work through Friday, January 6, 2017 in a mixed-media show titled Full Circle.

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Little Known Films: Après Vous

Altruism breeds nothing but trouble for Antoine (Daniel Auteuil), the generous soul at the heart of Pierre Salvadori’s romantic comedy Après Vous. Late for dinner with his girlfriend Christine because he’s stayed after hours lending a helping hand at his brasserie job, Antoine takes a shortcut through the park and stumbles upon Louis (Jose Garcia), a lovelorn sap whose misery over the loss of his girlfriend Blanche has driven him to suicide. Antoine prevents Louis from hanging himself, yet this compassionate act sets in motion a farcical chain of entangled events in which he, Louis, Blanche, and neglected, unhappy Christine — who rightfully resents how much attention her beau lavishes on strangers — all learn about the true nature of friendship and love.

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Little Known Films: Troubled Waters (De USYNLIGE) 2008 NORWAY 115 mins.

This film has haunted me since I first saw it in 2010, so I felt the October issue would be the perfect time to write about it. Troubled Water sets out on a formidable task: to examine the nature of human loss and reconciliation in the wake of a Dostoevsky type tragedy. Profoundly sad and thought provoking, this meditative work is a clear triumph for humanist cinema; a true genre film that meets and exceeds the highest of expectations and is virtually guaranteed to move its audience like no other.

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Little Known Films: Listen to Me Marlon (2015) Documentary, 103 Mins

Despite his towering public profile, Marlon Brando was a deeply private man. Yet in the documentary Listen to Me Marlon, the actor lowers his defenses to reveal his innermost thoughts. Director Steven Riley’s film is a fascinating collage probing its subject’s psyche and is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

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Little Known Films: 3 Idiots (2009) India 171 minutes.

Bollywood has finally come to Palisades but don’t let the title mislead you - yes, the film is about three people, but idiots stands for ‘I’ll do it on my terms.’ With a wicked twist at the end, it charts the journey of three engineering students with a perfect balance of pathos and gags. Told in retrospect, it features constant clashes with their college dean and concludes with the three friends meeting up as adults.

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Little Known Films: Gemma Bovery

Oh, to be beautiful and bored. It has been over 150 years since Gustave Flaubert shocked the world with “Madame Bovary,” his groundbreaking book about a provincial doctor’s wife who embarks on a tragic affair to escape her dull, routine life. And ever since, the character of Emma Bovary has become both a literary and cinematic archetype, fueling an entire subgenre of stories about women looking to escape their circumstances, only to find hard consequences following dalliances outside their marriage and home. It’s a story that still resonates today.

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Little Known Films: I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) United Kingdom, 91 minutes.

From Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the writing and directing team who brought you The Red Shoes, comes their personal favorite and least known work. I Know Where Im Going! is a dizzyingly delirious blend of romance, comedy, adventure, mythology, mysticism and folklore.

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Little Known Films: Tim’s Vermeer (2013) Documentary 80 Mins.

Everyone at one time has stood before a painting in an art museum and thought, I wish I could have done that. Frequently the work prompting the awe is by an Old Master, maybe a Rembrandt selfportrait, a winter scene by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a Rubens nude. Most of us, of course, never act on the wish, claiming either various lacks (of talent, time, ambition) or simple humility in the presence of unattainable genius.

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Tidal Memories and Other Photographs

Palisades resident David Wolk’s haunting photographs were presented in a show titled, Tidal Memories and Other Photographs at the Flywheel Gallery in Piermont during the month of February.

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Little Known Films: Jodorowsky’s Dune A 2013 Documentary, 90 minutes.

This little known film is about a film that was never made at all. In fact, it remains one of the great ‘what ifs’ in movie history. What if Alejandro Jodorowsky, the eccentric Chilean- French auteur behind such psychedelic midnight movies as El Topo and The Holy Mountain, had adapted Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel Dune?

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