It was , and Harry Belafonte was about to usher in the era of the megaselling record. Belafonte would build his career — indeed, his very life — upon the lessons learned at the New School he would go on to work alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Yet while Belafonte has enjoyed an illustrious acting career — he belongs to an exclusive club of multifaceted entertainers who have earned an Emmy, Oscar and Tony, along with three Grammys — his greatest impact has been in music. His skill for dramatic narration — not to mention his thespianlike gift for inhabiting the characters in his songs — partially explains why he had success with tunes other singers such as Dinah Shore had previously failed to chart. Testimonials from younger artists like these is perhaps the best birthday gift an elder statesman like Belafonte could ever receive.
What about the children who suffered in Iraq? A professor who teaches a controversial class on activism has invited animal-rights advocate PETA to lecture more students in the hallowed halls of the prestigious university. Who knows?
Sure, you can watch Quentin Tarantino walk the red carpet at River East, but there are two other upcoming events that even cooler. It's one of our very favorites in the genre. Not only does it star Belafonte looking ubercool in slacks and turtleneck with Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame , two outstanding and severely underappreciated actors, it also features a killer score by the Modern Jazz Quartet. It's a tale of a planned robbery gone bad, thanks to greed and racism. The event is part of the Film Noir Foundation's week long festival of hidden noir treasures.