Festivals

Published on September 8th, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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New Yorker Festival turns serious-ish

The New Yorker Festival is culture for cool people (according to those of us who think our new Banana Republic v-neck sweater is “cool”). In the past, it has served up some mouth-watering comedy content. I was prepared to cringe while looking over the newly released schedule – via an email to their “exclusive” mailing list full of people who are just going to turn around and blog it) since I’m unable to attend this year.

How will the New Yorker Festival top itself from last year’s offering of the amazing Political Humor panel with Jim Downey, Allison Silverman, and Todd Hanson (which I wrote about here on The Apiary, and Stephen Colbert interviewed by Ariel Levy (which I wrote about here on this very blog)? The short answer, at least in comedy-nerd terms, is that it isn’t.

While I’d kill to see Rachael Maddow interviewed by Levy this year, and would jump at the chance to see a couple of Wainrights Wainwrights (Rufus and Loudon III), most of the purely comedic discussions are likely to be lost within talks about film and acting.

Of note:

-Tyler Perry interviewed by Henry Finder

-Character Actors
With Christine Baranski, Joan Cusack, Luis Guzmán, Richard Kind, and John Turturro.
Moderated by Nancy Franklin.

-Jason Schwartzman talks with Richard Brody

-Shouts & Murmurs Live
With Jenny Allen, Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, Yoni Brenner, Ian Frazier,
Patricia Marx, David Owen, Amy Ozols, Simon Rich, Paul Rudnick, George Saunders, Paul Simms, and Calvin Trillin. Hosted by David Remnick.

If you live in New York, by all means jump at these and the Festival’s other offerings. Everything the New Yorker puts on is top-notch. But as someone who is forced to miss it, for my particular tastes, there is thankfully no dagger currently piercing my heart.

More info will be posted on newyorker.com/festival. The schedule gets “released” (ha) September 14, and tickets go on sale September 18. I can’t help with tickets, but my wicked copy & paste skills have taken care of the former, after the jump.

Friday | October 16

Fiction Night | Paired Readings by New Yorker Writers

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Yiyun Li
7 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($25)

David Bezmozgis and Jonathan Franzen
7 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($25)

T. Coraghessan Boyle and Mary Gaitskill
7 P.M. Angel Orensanz Foundation ($25)

Daniyal Mueenuddin and Salman Rushdie
7 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($25)

Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz
9:30 P.M. Angel Orensanz Foundation ($25)

Joshua Ferris and Aleksander Hemon
9:30 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($25)

Jonathan Lethem and Colson Whitehead
9:30 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($25)

George Saunders and Gary Shteyngart
9:30 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($25)

Brooklyn Playlist | A Special Concert Featuring Bands from the County of Kings

With Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy.
Curated by the New Yorker staff writers Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh.
8 P.M. The Bell House ($25)

Take Out of School | New Yorker Writers on The New Yorker

The Moth and The New Yorker present an evening of stories about life at the magazine.
With Roger Angell, Adam Gopnik, Ariel Levy, Mark Singer, and Judith Thurman.
Hosted by Andy Borowitz.
8 P.M. City Winery ($40)

Saturday | October 17

Writers and Their Subjects

Ricky Jay and Mark Singer
1 P.M. City Winery ($27)

In Conversation With

Annie Proulx interviewed by Deborah Treisman
10 A.M. Florence Gould Hall ($27)

Rachel Maddow interviewed by Ariel Levy
10 A.M. Acura at Stage37 ($27)

Tyler Perry interviewed by Henry Finder
4 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($27)

New Yorker Talks

Malcolm Gladwell | The Curious Case of Michael Vick
1 P.M. Florence Gould Hall ($27)

Simon Schama | Obama and History
4 P.M. Florence Gould Hall ($27)

Screen Gems | New Yorker Film Critics Present Overlooked Masterpieces

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt”
With David Denby.
10 A.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($20)

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “Quai des Orfèvres”
With Anthony Lane.
1:30 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($20)

Jean-Luc Godard’s “King Lear”
With Richard Brody.
5 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($20)

Panels

New Math
With Nancy Flournoy, Bill James, Nate Silver, and Sudhir Venkatesh.
Moderated by Ben McGrath.
10 A.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($27)

Mad Men
With Lee Clow, Steve Stoute, and Matthew Weiner. Moderated by Ken Auletta.
10 A.M. City Winery ($27)

The Music Biz
With Jace Clayton, Josh Deutsch, Melvin Gibbs, Danny Goldberg, and Livia Tortella.
Moderated by Sasha Frere-Jones.
1 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($27)

The Political Scene
With Hendrik Hertzberg, Ryan Lizza, and Jane Mayer. Moderated by Dorothy Wickenden.
4 P.M. City Winery ($27)

Character Actors
With Christine Baranski, Joan Cusack, Luis Guzmán, Richard Kind, and John Turturro.
Moderated by Nancy Franklin.
4 P.M. Acura at Stage37 ($27)

Early Shift

Loudon Wainwright III talks with Susan Morrison | A Conversation with Music
7:30 P.M. The Bell House ($35)

Wallace Shawn talks with John Lahr
7:30 P.M. City Winery ($35)

Ian Hunter and Graham Parker talk with Ben Greenman | A Conversation with Music
7:30 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($35)

Neko Case talks with Sasha Frere-Jones | A Conversation with Music
7:30 P.M. Acura at Stage37 ($25)

Saturday Night Sneak Preview

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
After the screening, Kelefa Sanneh will talk with Sapphire and the film’s director,
Lee Daniels.
8 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($27)

Late Shift

Jason Schwartzman talks with Richard Brody
10 P.M. The Bell House ($35)

James Franco talks with Lauren Collins
10 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($35)

Tilda Swinton talks with Hilton Als
10 P.M. City Winery ($35)

Steve Earle talks with John Seabrook | A Conversation with Music
10 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($35)

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver talks with Sasha-Frere Jones | A Conversation with Music
10 P.M. Acura at Stage37 ($25)

Sunday | October 18

About Town

Tailing Tilley
A live, interactive game drawing on eighty-four years of New Yorker history.
11 A.M. Galway Hooker ($15)

Morning at the Frick
Peter Schjeldahl will lead a tour of the museum before public hours begin, followed by coffee and conversation.
11 A.M. Frick Collection ($60)

Come Hungry
Calvin Trillin will lead a tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown, concluding with a dim-sum feast.
11 A.M. Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the starting point. ($100)

Strings Attached
Basil Twist will lead a tour of his studio and talk about the puppeteer’s art with
Joan Acocella. Drinks will be served.
12 noon. Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the location. ($60)

Inside the Artist’s Studio
Chuck Close will show his work and talk with Adam Gopnik at his studio. Drinks will be served.
12 noon. Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the location. ($60)

Bottoms Up
Sam Calagione will demonstrate the beer-brewing process and discuss his work with Burkhard Bilger. Tastings, paired with meats and cheeses, will be served.
12 noon. The Gate ($50)

New Yorker Talks

James Surowiecki | Tomorrow Never Comes: Why We Procrastinate and How It Matters
11 A.M. City Winery ($27)

Atul Gawande | The Death of the Master Builder: A Story of Risk, Medicine, and Skyscrapers
1 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($27)

Kaffeeklatsch | New Yorker Writers and Artists Up Close

Heroes and Antiheroes
With Donald Antrim, A. M. Homes, George Saunders, and Gary Shteyngart.
Moderated by Cressida Leyshon.
10 A.M. Condé Nast Executive Dining Room ($15)

George Booth interviewed by David Owen
12 noon. Condé Nast Executive Dining Room ($15)

Our Far-Flung Correspondents
With David Grann, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Ian Parker. Moderated by Daniel Zalewski.
2 P.M. Condé Nast Executive Dining Room ($15)

Master Classes

Master Class: Cartooning
With Robert Mankoff.
10 A.M. Condé Nast Auditorium ($35)

Master Class: Photography
With Platon.
12 noon. Condé Nast Auditorium ($35)

Master Class: Copy Editing
With Ann Goldstein, Mary Norris, and Elizabeth Pearson-Griffiths.
2 P.M. Condé Nast Auditorium ($35)

Panels

Radical Opera
With Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, Peter Sellars, and Rufus Wainwright. Moderated by
Alex Ross.
3 P.M. City Winery ($35)

A Humor Revue

Shouts & Murmurs Live
With Jenny Allen, Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, Yoni Brenner, Ian Frazier,
Patricia Marx, David Owen, Amy Ozols, Simon Rich, Paul Rudnick, George Saunders, Paul Simms, and Calvin Trillin. Hosted by David Remnick.
4 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($35)

Book Signings at McNally Jackson Books

SATURDAY | OCTOBER 17

12 noon
T. Coraghessan Boyle – “The Women”
Aleksandar Hemon – “Love and Obstacles”

1 P.M.
Junot Díaz – “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”
Mary Gaitskill – “Don’t Cry”

2 P.M.
Annie Proulx – “Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3”

3 P.M.
Malcolm Gladwell – “Outliers: The Story of Success”
Bill James – “The Bill James Gold Mine 2009”

4 P.M.
Paul Rudnick – “I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey”
Wallace Shawn – “Essays”

5 P.M.
Robert Mankoff – “On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons, 1925-2009”

SUNDAY | OCTOBER 18

12 noon
Tad Friend – “Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor”
David Grann – “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon”

1 P.M.
John Cassidy – “How Markets Fail: The Economics of Rational Irrationality”
Paul Goldberger – “Why Architecture Matters” and “Building Up and Tearing Down:
Reflections on the Age of Architecture”

2 P.M.
Daniyal Mueenuddin – “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”
Colson Whitehead – “Sag Harbor”

3 P.M.
Adam Gopnik – “Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life”
Hendrik Hertzberg – “One Million”

4 P.M.
George Booth – “About Dogs”
Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly – “The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics”

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About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.



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