Allow me, please, to wax philosophical.
Just kidding. Allow me to share my experience of watching movies.
Did I say "movies." Maybe I should have said "cinema." That sounds more high-brow.
Except some movies don't feel high-brow. They don't even feel like art.
Isn't all film some sort of art? You've watched Werner Herzog documentaries (or, if you haven't, maybe you should. They're fascinating things). You've watched inspiring sports dramas based on real events. Nora Ephron was an artist. Ever see "Phenomenon" or "Michael"? John Williams still is an artist. He's the film composer behind most, if not all, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas films.
Some films are just fun to watch. They're pure entertainment, even if the CG stuff is dazzling. But "Leave No Trace" feels more like art to me. Manhattan Short Film Festival is pure cinematic art.
Such an experience has brought many of our audiences at the Liberty back to see the same artists, the same performers, and even reprise shows. This is true of the two artists (actually three) we are bringing back in October. The first, Sundae + Mr. Goessl (Kate Voss and Jason Goessl), were last here in April of this year. In a relatively small venue such as the Liberty, the experience is intimate and the performance is a dialogue. No audience is passive here. The second, Dave Stamey, I have not seen in his previous appearance on our stage, but the room was packed then and I believe it will be again. Quite apart from the beer or wine we serve at these special events (which just adds to the enjoyment), listening, watching and taking part are all pieces of the experience. In fact, performers in occasions like this demand the audience be part of the moment. No performer finds energy for the music without an audience to play off of. In a powerful way, music is actually created in the moment. Ever think about that?
Sundae and her amazing husband-guitarist, Mr. Goessl, will be here Friday, October 12 at 7 pm. Dave Stamey will be here a week later, Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm. One will be a jazz experience, the other an American Cowboy experience. Either way, you'll have a chance to help create the music. See you then.