Starting this month, the polish on the Big Apple will be a little brighter for a while: the Noël Coward in New York festival is getting under way. The debonair playwright, composer, actor, director, poet, and singer will be celebrated in a cavalcade of events across a city he loved, anchored by the exhibition Star Quality: The World of Noël Coward at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (March 12 to August 18), which features photographs, posters, programs, scripts, costumes, and even paintings by Coward himself. Other events around the city will include lectures and panels; a musical revue; a screening at the Academy Theater of Cavalcade, the best-picture Oscar winner based on Coward’s play (March 12); selected readings of Coward’s work at the Drama Book Shop; and a weekend of Coward-related screenings the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 11–13)—the titles haven’t been announced yet, but we’re hoping the films in our soon-to-be-released box set David Lean Directs Noël Coward will be among them. Check out the complete list of events here.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.