Why did so many jazz great young men die? Asked this question, singer Billy Holiday replied, “We try to live 100 days a day.” In his 44 years, Holiday – whose restrained, passionate vocal style left a lasting impression on American popular music – suffered from a full but famously knotty life, an addiction.
“Billy” A new documentary coming to iTunes, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video on Friday, sees Holiday as the victim of more than personal monsters. Driven by journalist Linda Lipack Kuehl – drawing on an hour of audio interview with Holiday Inner Circle, who died in 1978 before she could complete a planned biography of the holiday – the film featured racism, sexual harassment, financial exploitation and The singer’s experiences with harassment are investigated by law enforcement.
With this darkness, director James Erskine captures Holiday’s vibrancy and spunk. His masterful talent is also seen in newly colorized restorations of essential performance footage.
Hanuka, The Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day holiday caused by a miracle that occurred in 164 BCE when the Jewish Maccabees rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem, a quantity of oil that burned surprisingly well for only one day Was given eight.
This virtual program, free of charge with RSVP, invites participants to participate in the Hanukkah concert presented by musicians Dafna More and Saskia Lane. Beineinu, A Jewish initiative. Viewers can travel around the world digitally by drawing Hanukkah objects from the museum’s global collection and engaging in an animated adventure with the illustrator Jeff hopkins. Art projects include pinhole painting, shadow puppet theater and Menora collages. Everyone should entertain children ages 3 and up, which is no small miracle by itself.
Got a soul? Well, get in line
As the day gets colder and darker, the Abrons Arts Center is buzzing with the much-needed December pick-me-up. In partnership with the Health and Welfare Committee for Henry Street Settlement, the Lower East Side Arts Center will close its season Virtual soul line-dance party – Part Class, Part and End-of-Year Celebration – Saturday at 7 pm (The Arts Center moved most of its programming online to this fall.)
hosted by Dolores BrunerThe founders of the New York group Empire Line Dancers will present participants of new and classic line dances for free party hip-hop and R&B music. While commonly practiced in person, soul line dancing – which incorporates popular routines such as the electric slide, wobble and cupid shuffle – lends itself naturally to an era of social disturbances, including any partner or Physical contact is not required.
People of all ages and levels are welcome. Zoom registration has been sold out, but the event will also be streamed live vimeo.com/abronsartsctr.
Ok and lift steam
Karen Jenkins-Johnson has spent nearly 25 years championing the black art – even when people won’t be around to see it twice. Since April, she has continued the quest through online programming, leading a virtual discussion series with Black artists and cultural producers called “Conversation on culture. “
3pm on Friday via Zoom (you can) Register On the Jenkins Johnson Gallery website), Johnson will speak with artists Enrico Riley, Blessing Ngobeni and Lisa Corinne Davis to see how this past year has impacted their work and communities, along with the hope that they will both have a future Huh. Despite past personal miseries, the South African painter Nobbeni – whose work references the country’s history of political persecution, eclipses a violent, dreamy quality that has drawn comparisons to surrealist Joan Miró – still aesthetic hints at her faith Is that someday things will get better. Riley’s latest paintings examine the potential of African-American music, in particular to empower jazz. Adopting a more pithy approach, Davis’s work exposes our society to treatment of the complexities of race.