ALIEN (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St.
Thursday, November 29, $29-$40, 7:00
I recently went on an Aliens binge, watching Alien, Aliens, Alien³, Alien Resurrection, and Alien: Covenant. Afterward, I was exhausted and exhilarated, frustrated and flummoxed. On November 29, Symphony Space will be celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Ridley Scott’s 1979 franchise starter, in which warrant officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), engineering technician Brett (Harry Dean Stanton), executive officer Kane (John Hurt), science officer Ash (Ian Holm), and chief engineer Parker (Yaphet Kotto) are aboard the cargo ship Nostromo, with a special little guest who undergoes a special kind of gestation. The genre-redefining film made a star out of Weaver, who will be at Symphony Space to participate in a conversation with Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers after a screening of the movie, whose marketing campaign coined the phrase “In space no one can hear you scream.”