Michael Snow, Dance, Noir, "Still Bill"

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Condensation: A Cove Story

"It can sometimes feel like Toronto is Michael Snow's city, and the rest of us are merely living in it," writes Jason Anderson for Artforum. "And like so many artists who find themselves enshrined in their own time, the ever-industrious eighty-one-year-old has remained better known to the hometown crowd for popular public pieces than for the unrulier work that he continues to make. The fact that most of the seven projected works in Recent Snow - his first exhibition at the Power Plant since The Michael Snow Project - have never before been publicly screened in Toronto may come as a surprise." Snow speaks tonight at the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre; his La Région centrale screens tomorrow evening at the Art Gallery of Ontario's Jackman Hall; and Recent Snow: Projected Works by Michael Snow is on view through March 7 at the Power Plant.

The Dance On Camera Festival opens Monday at the Walter Reade Theater and runs through February 2 (Alistair Macaulay has an overview in the New York Times) - and it's not to be confused with Dance with Camera, an exhibition on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia through March 21 before moving on to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (August 7 through October 17). Brian Sholis has a review for Aperture.

San Francisco remains Noir City through Sunday and Michael Guillén's has notes on Eddie Muller's opening night remarks. And, as Max Goldberg mentions in an entry about, among other things, post-industrial relocation, the San Francisco Cinematheque has unveiled its calendar for February 20 through April 16.

Back to New York and the Times. Mike Hale: "Offstage Bill Withers, the eternal hero of karaoke baritones, exhibits the same gift for aphorism and general soulfulness that informed hit songs like 'Lean on Me' and 'Ain't No Sunshine.' This makes much of the biographical documentary Still Bill pleasant and even moving." More from Nicolas Rapold in the Voice. At IFC Center for a week starting today.

Image: Michael Snow's Condensation: A Cove Story (2008).

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