Our run of Academy Award-winning films concludes this week with, so he says, the final screen performance by the great three-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day-Lewis. And, oh — those clothes!
National Theatre Live: ‘Julius Caesar’ (2 hours 15 minutes)
Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, respectively; David Calder plays Caesar; and David Morrissey is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, “Julius Caesar” plays Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. (live) and 7 p.m. (rebroadcast). Tickets: $15/$13/$5.
Commonwealth Club of California presents ‘Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power and Networks’ (2 hours, including post-screening audience discussion.)
Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author of “The Square and the Tower: Networks, Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.” He participates in a conversation filmed on Jan. 24 with Quentin Hardy, head of editorial at Google Cloud Playing.
From his views of Islam in the West to his assertion that the United States should once again become a colonial power, conservative historian Ferguson has never shied away from challenging established views or offering provocative opinions.
Now, Ferguson is posing a new challenge to the traditional orthodoxy of history. Many historians subscribe to the idea that history is driven by leaders and political elites, but in his new book, “The Square and the Tower,” Ferguson argues that networks of people, not individuals, are responsible for producing and promoting the great political, economic, and philosophic ideas that have guided Western society from its humble origins to its present greatness. From ancient Roman cults and the Sons of Liberty to Facebook and Twitter, Ferguson explores what other historians have overlooked: the critical networks that drove change and molded Western society into what it is today.
Ferguson will even offer bold predictions on which networks currently in their infancy will come to shape the future.
Screens Friday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Free.
‘Phantom Thread’ (R; 2 hours, 10 minutes)
Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey and of the women who keep his world running. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Costumes.
Plays Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Upcoming special events
The Met presents Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
LCCT presents, live on stage, Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical,” opening Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Talking Music in Maine: Intimate Conversations with guest Cidny Bullens, Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
Y-Arts’ “Young Mark Twain” world premiere takes to the stage Friday, April 13, 6 p.m.
“Discover Arts: Hitler vs. Picasso and the Others” plays Wednesday, April 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.
“Faces Places” (PG-13) opens Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m.
“A Fantastic Woman” (R) opens Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
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