The people who used to brag about not owning a TV set are the same ones who now complain that there are too many shows– or so it was observed on a recent episode of Difficult People. Obviously, orange is the new black and the small screen is the new big screen, but up until a few years ago, New York City didn’t have a festival dedicated to what used to be called the idiot box. That changed in 2013, when we finally got a version of Los Angeles’s PaleyFest. That returns next month with some free screenings of shows like The Mindy Project and Fuller House. And now the folks behind the Tribeca Film Festival have announced a Tribeca TV Festival, also coming next month.
Somehow Amy Sedaris always seems to be around when paintings have to come down off the walls. Remember the Mondrian that Jacqueline was forced to part with in the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? And how Sedaris’s character, spazzy socialite Mimi Kanasis, was taken aback when Kimmy approached her in Jacqueline’s empty apartment: “I thought you were a Jeff Koons sculpture of Ronald McDonald!”
The New York City Ballet drew a decidedly downtown crowd to Thursday’s performance of The Most Incredible Thing, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story featuring a score by Bryce Dessner (guitarist for The National) and costumes and sets by cult artist Marcel Dzama. And boy did the NYCB do everything it could to extend a valentine to that crowd: before the latest installment in its Art Series, it was announced that there’d be a surprise after-party with an unlimited flow of free beer and a DJ set by Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean.
Comedian David Cross, a disillusioned East Villager turned DUMBO dweller, is making his directorial debut with Hits, and he’ll be at the comedy’s New York premiere Feb. 12 at Nitehawk. The best part: the price of the ticket is up to you, so if you want to be a cheapass a la Todd Margaret you can save a few bucks and treat yourself to a beer while you watch. More →
For this Wednesday night’s episode of Broad City, the script called for a belligerent realtor with a neck brace and a penchant for creepy crafts. Comedy Central did fans old and young a favor by bringing back Amy Sedaris, who 15 years ago starred in her own series on the network, Strangers with Candy.