Highbrow music, meet your highbrow cousin from another world. In a performance commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, and conceived by Antony himself, Antony and the Johnsons will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall Thursday with a 60-piece orchestra backing them. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, "Swanlight" takes from all four Antony and the Johnsons' albums and sets them to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston.
This modern-day retelling of Jane Eyre is set in Scotland in the 60s, with a young heroine named Gemma Hardy going from orphan to au pair. For those of you currently raising a brow, the critical reaction has been mostly warm: the Wall Street Journal said "its story is absorbing on its own terms and does not rely on a close knowledge of the original." The New York Times Book Review praised the "careful dovetailing of the two novels." "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" is out Tuesday.
Marking the year anniversary of the Egypt revolution, HBO will premiere their documentary, "In Tahrir Square," on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The documentary takes the viewer through 18 days of Egypt's revolution, using interviews with Egyptians, footage from the protests, and Mubarak's speeches to his people.
The Met Opera's presentation of Wagner's Ring Cycle reaches its final installment with Robert Lepage's "Gotterdammerung," conducted by Fabio Luisi. The production, starring Deborah Voigt and Jay Hunter Morris, opens Friday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. The opera will be aired live in movie theaters for one day only on Feb. 11, if you're ready to settle in for an epic six-hour-plus performance.
Tis the season for survival films, and our first up is "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson as one among a group of men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash. Not only do they have to survive, but they have the more pressing concern of a pack of wolves on their tails (it's nothing Katniss Everdeen couldn't handle). "The Grey" opens in theaters Friday, Jan. 27.
Culture Forecast: Jan. 22 - Jan.28