CABARET CINEMA: CABARET (Bob Fosse, 1972)
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St. at Seventh Ave.
Friday, October 4, free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30
There’s nothing ignorant about this presentation from the Rubin Museum. In conjunction with the Rubin’s impressive “Ignorance” series of talks, films, live music, and more, the museum will be screening Bob Fosse’s Cabaret as part of, well, its weekly Cabaret Cinema program. And to up the ante, the one and only Joel Grey, who won a Tony for playing the Emcee in the original Broadway production, followed by an Oscar for the 1972 film, will “Willkommen” everyone, serving as emcee at the Rubin, introducing the film. Winner of more Academy Awards (eight) than any other non-Best Picture honoree, Cabaret is set in 1930s Berlin, where American singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) is trying to establish a career and a relationship with a British writer (Michael York) while Germany is preparing for major changes. The film includes such classic Kander and Ebb tunes as “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” and “Money, Money.” You actually won’t need much money, money on Friday night, as admission to the museum is free starting at 6:00, and a seven-dollar bar tab gets you into the film as well. The “I Don’t Know” series — “about what we don’t know, or choose not to know” — continues October 11 with Pam MacKinnon introducing Sidney Lumet’s Network, October 18 with the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple, and October 25 with Michael Mayer introducing Otto Preminger’s Laura.