A brief guide to the art shows and films to catch on ALL ARTS this November

A brief guide to the art shows and films to catch on ALL ARTS this November
Swan and Franz enjoying milkshakes in "Great Performances: Coppelia." Photo credit: Urban Distribution Intl.

Welcome to November. If you’re on the hunt for a new art film to watch, we have some suggestions. Below is a sampling of what’s new on the lineup for the ALL ARTS broadcast and streaming platforms this month. This page will be updated as programs become available on the site.

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Nov. 1

POV: North by Current

Filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown after the death of his young niece. Decades of home movies and ethereal narration reflect on struggles with grief and addiction as the filmmaker examines family, faith and trans identity. “North by Current” asks more questions than it answers, and like the relentless Michigan seasons, the only sure things are time and change.

[Debuts on PBS Nov. 1 (check local listings).]


Nov. 5

The Oratorio: A Documentary with Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese reveals the story of a single performance in 1826 that forever changed America’s cultural landscape with the introduction of Italian opera to New York City — an event Mozart’s great librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte helped orchestrate.

[Debuts on PBS Nov. 5 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]

Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert for New York

An Italian opera company restages an oratorio last performed in 1826. Organized by Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, the 1826 event changed America’s cultural landscape with the introduction of Italian opera to New York City.

[Debuts on PBS Nov. 5 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 6

Austin City Limits: Leon Bridges and Khruangbin

“Austin City Limits” continues its season with performances from Grammy-winning Fort Worth R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges and the Houston eclectic groove trio Khruangbin.

[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 6  at 9 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 9

The First Twenty: 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting

In “20 Years of Asian American Playwriting,” presented as part of the ALL ARTS initiative “The First Twenty,” theater luminaries explore the evolution of Asian American playwriting. Created by Ralph B. Peña of Ma-Yi Theater Company, the film features David Henry Hwang, Young Jean Lee, Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, Lauren Yee, Chay Yew, Qui Nguyen and Lloyd Suh.

[Debuts on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 10

Myths and Hymns

Spanning opera, gospel, anime and more, “Myths and Hymns” is a multi-genre song cycle about faith and longing. Composed by Tony Award winner Adam Guettel, the work features Kelli O’Hara, Norm Lewis, Renée Fleming, Joshua Henry, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Julia Bullock.

[Streams on the ALL ARTS site and app starting Nov. 10.]


Nov. 12

Great Performances: A John Williams Premiere at Tanglewood

Experience a concert of works by legendary composer John Williams from Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood. Pieces include Williams’ new violin concerto performed by virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter and other works conducted by Andris Nelsons.

[Debuts on PBS Nov. 12 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 13

Austin City Limits: Jackson Browne

“Austin City Limits” continues its season with a performance from singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, who joins the program for the first time in nearly 20 years.

[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 19

Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night

Celebrate opening night of San Francisco Symphony’s 109th season as it welcomes its new Grammy-winning music director Esa-Pekka Salonen. The episode features music by John Adams, Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter, along with performances by Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

[Debuts on PBS Nov. 19 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 20

Austin City Limits: Brittany Howard

“Austin City Limits” presents a concert from Grammy-winner Brittany Howard, who performs songs from “Jaime.”

[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]


Nov. 26

Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized – Star Thieves

A young priest living on Earth is pulled into an adventure a thousand years in the making as he discovers he is a member of a tribe of nomadic aliens caught in an intergalactic dilemma. The short film continues the “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized” festival.

[Debuts on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. Eastern.]

Great Performances: Coppelia

Presented by “Great Performances,” this contemporary reboot of the 1870 classical ballet favorite blends live action ballet with CGI and features ballet stars Michaela DePrince and Daniel Camargo.

[Debuts on PBS Nov. 26 (check local listings).]

Featured episode descriptions have been slightly modified for ALL ARTS.

Top Image: Swan and Franz enjoying milkshakes in "Great Performances: Coppelia." Photo credit: Urban Distribution Intl.