What to Do This Week in LA, Miami, and NYC

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All those film award ceremonies are almost done, until the Big Cheesy hits, the Oscars, which should be earnest and weird. Let’s take you back in time this week to the ’60s, with Film Forum’s Verite series in Manhattan. In Los Angeles, let’s keep that time bubble theme going with a rare performance by Michael Nesmith, formerly of The Monkees, at the Troubadour. And in Miami, one terrific photographer who isn’t accused of sexual misconduct, Ms. Taryn Simon, is showing up to showcase her new book of photography and her photo show, too.


This Thursday, go to the indie-iconic Film Forum in SoHo–when was the last time you did?–to see a new documentary about the controversial German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). It’s part of the theater’s series ’60s Verite, which runs through January 30. For Beuys, the filmmaker Andres Veiel has excavated exclusive footage of the conceptual and politically charged mad man and ringmaster of “happenings” in action. You know, like that “happening” when he locked himself in a room with a wild coyote and fluffy stuff ensued. A howl if there ever were. Bio-documentaries on artists are rarely invigorating–too heady and about the filmmaker putting themselves and their voice in the scene instead of being a fly on the wall. Not this one, even if you have never heard of Beuys. And, we like the Forum’s popcorn to boot.


Here we come, walking down the street, this Thursday, when Michael Nesmith, of The Monkees, is, hey-hey, playing Santa Monica Boulevard’s legendary Troubadour. In case you weren’t alive, he was the cool Monkee, a singer-guitarist largely influenced by the Byrds when they did alt-country before anyone. Get this: he wrote Linda Ronstadt’s first hit, “Different Drum.” He is playing with his original band, and this is rare: that is, the First National Band. Dude is 75, but he doesn’t have extensions or a gut. Could be fun. Jangle, slide.


This Thursday, go meet and see the work of Taryn Simon, one talented art photographer, whose work is on permanent display at PAMM. The photographer has a new book, entitled Paperwork and the Will of Capital, and she’ll be signing them after a discussion. Not boring, trust us. Lady knows how to captures florals and female bodies like there is no tomorrow.

Photo courtesy of James Barker

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a culture reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of "A Fitzgerald Companion."