When Jean-Luc Godard’s name crossed the lips of Mike Myers last night, the comedian and actor known for “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers” earned his place presenting a film at the Museum of Modern Art.
Sam Gold, one of the most in- demand stage directors working today, opens City Center’s new Encores! Off-Center series tomorrow with a five-performance run of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 agitprop pop opera, “The Cradle Will Rock.”
As the sun sets over Jerusalem’s Old City and a performer plays a mystical solo on a curved ram’s horn, Glenn Beck appears before an audience near the southern wall of the Temple Mount, a sacred site for both Jews and Muslims that they have battled over for centuries.
When CBS broadcast fictional reports that an invading army of Martians was slaughtering thousands in the streets of New York, listeners across the country panicked. “New York destroyed; it’s the end of the world,” the New York Times quoted (paywall) an Indianapolis woman screaming as she ran into a church. “You might as well go home to die. I just heard it on the radio.” Orson Welles incited this chaos 74 years ago, when he performed an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds over the air.