Theater archives

Sunday 5.11




Wajda’s electrifying Katyn highlights festival

MOMA and Anthology Film Archives play host to the fourth annual New York Polish Film Festival, the only annual festival in the city that honors the country’s cinematic arts—new features, classics, shorts, docs, and animation. Among the several movies playing today, be sure to check out the special screening of Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn (2007), about the notorious 1940 slaughter of more than 20,000 Polish POWs by Soviet soldiers. The story of the murdered Polish officers—and of the women and children back home who awaited their return, unaware of their fate—was one of this year’s Oscar contenders for Best Foreign Film. At 7, 11 West 53rd Street, check for full schedule, pricing, and locations, or EUDIE PAK



The Chelsea Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary

During the Chelsea Hotel’s heyday in the ’60s and ’70s, the only question was: Who hadn’t spent the night there? Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Edie Sedgwick, Leonard Cohen, and, of course, Sid and Nancy were just a few of the hotel’s regulars. In honor of its 125th anniversary, current hotel resident and photographer Linda Troeller has put together an exhibit titled Chelsea Hotel Through the Eyes of Photographers, featuring work by more than 50 artists whose photos range from historic images of the residents to atmospheric shots of the hotel itself. Today is the last chance to catch the three-day show, which includes portraits of Dee Dee Ramone, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Ethan Hawke. From noon to 5, Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23rd Street, free ANGELA ASHMAN



Opera, dance, and visual art unhinged

What leads people to madness? For thousands of years, love—or rather the lack of it—has often been to blame. In its daring world premiere, Ariadne Unhinged, Gotham Chamber Opera explores a classic case of psychological breakdown with the tragic Greek myth of Ariadne, who, after helping her lover Theseus kill the odious Minotaur, is abandoned on the island of Naxos—and quickly proceeds to lose it. A multimedia party for the senses, Ariadne Unhinged features Gotham Chamber Opera mixing three musical works from various eras; celebrated artist Vera Lutter providing the visual stimulation; and Armitage Gone! Dance Company offering some entrancing contemporary ballet—all in an attempt to reflect one woman’s torrential mental and emotional states. Through May 11, the Playhouse, Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street, 212-279-4200, $30–$70 KEISHA FRANKLIN