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“Warhol on the Mall”
Sept. 25 to Jan. 11
The National Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn Museum are launching complementary Warhol exhibits Sept. 25. Of course, no Warhol retrospective is worth its weight in Brillo pads without moving pictures, and the NGA’s exhibit, “Warhol: Headlines” comes with a library of biopics about Warhol, fellow artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Superstars like Brigid Berlin and Candy Darling. A library of Warhol’s 16-millimeter titles, including Soap Opera, Velvet Underground and Nico, and The Chelsea Girls, plays throughout the exhibit’s run.
Downtown 81 at the Corcoran
Oct. 9, 4 p.m.
Shot in 1980 but not finished until 1999 when the French artist Maripol supplied the finishing touches, this distillation of New York’s post-punk art and club scenes stars Jean-Michel Basquiat, essentially as himself, living and working in lower Manhattan. More than Basquiat, Downtown 81 is about the encounters with musicians Arto Lindsay and Kid Creole, artists Lee Quinones and Fab Five Freddy, and Debbie Harry as a bag lady-cum-fairy princess.
His Mother’s Eyes at La Maison Francaise
Even as her roles become more matriarchal (as in the farce Potiche earlier this year), Catherine Deneuve will always be intoxicating. So she is as a veteran television anchor alienated from her daughter and dying husband, while a guileless tabloid reporter skulks his way into the rifted family in search of his next tawdry bestseller.
Leaving at Avalon Theatre
When Vaclav Havel’s first play in nearly two decades had its U.S. premiere last year, the reviews were mixed for the work by the former Czech president, which features notes of King Lear and The Cherry Orchard. Now Havel has directed the film adaptation of his work. It’s about a European chancellor forced into retirement by his political rival, a story he denies was inspired by his own frayed relationship with successor Vaclav Klaus. Then again, how many legitimate films can boast of having a former head of state as director?