ALL ARTS Staff Picks: Lillian Hellman’s “Days to Come,” National Sawdust’s Summer Labs, and More

ALL ARTS Staff Picks: Lillian Hellman’s “Days to Come,” National Sawdust’s Summer Labs, and More

“Days to Come”
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, Manhattan
Through September 30
Lillian Hellman’s second play, “Days to Come,” premiered on Broadway in 1936 and closed after just one week. Hellman considered the work a failure, but subsequent revivals have been well received by critics and audiences alike. The play, which is presented in this revival by the Mint Theater Company, is set in a small Ohio town that is facing labor disputes and a workers strike which threaten to tear apart a close knit community. “It’s the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension,” Hellman once said in an interview. “It’s the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop.”    

We Rise: A Celebration of Resistance
Delacorte Theater, Manhattan
August 13; 8 p.m.
Public Forum and the Resistance Revival Chorus are hosting an evening of music and arts to lift spirits and amplify voices of female artists and activists ahead of the midterm elections. The women-centered celebration includes performances by prominent New Yorkers, including Jojo Abot and Shaina Taub.

National Sawdust: Summer Labs
80 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn
August 11; 7 p.m.
As part of its Summer Labs program, nonprofit arts venue National Sawdust selects four emerging Brooklyn artists and provides them with resources to develop music-based works. The surrounding community is invited to attend as two of this year’s artists-in-residence, Alexa Dexa and Jeff Tang, execute their creative concepts in hopes of securing future performances at the venue.

Metrograph, Manhattan
August 11, 1 p.m.
Warren Beatty’s “Reds,” which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, chronicles the life and career of John Reed, an American journalist, activist, socialist and author of “Ten Days That Shook the World.” Marking the recent release of “Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick,” novelist and essayist Darryl Pinckney will introduce the film, which Hardwick called “an expensive, ambitious, romantic celebration of American radicalism, a celebration of love, vitality and bohemianism.”

“MASHUP Stories Into Song”
The Tank, Manhattan
August 11, 2 p.m.
Love stories? Love music? This weekend at the Tank, singer/songwriter Jude Treder-Wolff joins composer Wells Hanley and guests for a unique afternoon of collaborative storytelling and song. Presented as part of the 2018 “Speak Up, Rise Up” festival.

Candlelit Catacomb Tour
263 Mulberry Street, Manhattan
August 11; 11 a.m.
If you’re up for something that veers slightly into spooky territory, opt for a candlelight tour through the only catacombs in Manhattan. Located underneath the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita, the guided tour offers participants a chance to visit the resting places of notable New Yorkers while also learning about the cathedral’s 200-year history.

“Flat is Beautiful: The Strange Case of Pixelvision”
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Through August 16
Initially released as a children’s toy in 1987, Fisher-Price’s plastic camcorder, Pixelvision, or PXL 2000, may have been a flop commercially, but its low-quality, grainy output made it an important tool for boundary-pushing independent filmmakers in the early ’90s. In its honor, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s series, “Flat Is Beautiful: The Strange Case of Pixelvision,” surveys films that experimented with the medium. Highlights include Richard Linklater’s “Slacker,” Michael Almereyda’s “Nadja” and early films by Sadie Benning.

“Miya Ando: Clouds”
Noguchi Museum, Queens
Through August 19
Looking for some peace outdoors? Miya Ando’s site-specific installation, “Clouds,”  is currently on view at the Noguchi Museum’s indoor-outdoor gallery and features two glass clouds suspended over Noguchi’s basalt sculptures. Afterwards, be sure to head over to Socrates Sculpture Park to check out Virginia Overton’s park-wide solo exhibition, “Built.”

Top Image: Mary Bacon and Ted Deasy in Lillian Hellman's "Days to Come," presented by the Mint Theater Company. Courtesy of Todd Cerveris