Arts

Raoul Peck’s rousing, provocative documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” opening Feb. 3 at the Ritz Theatre, is a tone poem and a clarion call. This urgent, cogent film about James Baldwin is based on his unfinished work “Remember This House.” Peck uses interviews, archival footage, film and television clips, as well as striking photographs, to reflect on the way African-Americans are oppressed in America. Baldwin considers school integration, the teachers and “heroes” he had in his youth, playwright Lorraine Hansberry (“A Raisin in the Sun”) and the lives and murders of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X to show how they impacted his own intellectual development and activism.

The irrepressible Lady Bunny will perform her hit show “Trans-Jester!” one night only, Jan. 28, at the Rrazz Room at the Raven in New Hope. The act is a mix of cabaret and comedy — “a dirty, raunchy, twisted romp with songs,” the chanteuse said in a recent phone interview, that asks, “What can we still laugh at?”

“Julieta,” opening Jan. 13 at Ritz Theatres, has the often-outrageous gay filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar working in a more restrained mode. This drama, based on three short stories by Alice Munro — “Chance,” “Soon” and “Silence” — features the title character played by two different women: Adriana Ugarte is the young Julieta and Emma Suárez is the older Julieta. The conceit works well as this story crosses time and plays with issues of identity. However, some of the connections Almodóvar wants to make require viewers to fill in the blanks.

In the last year, you might have seen out comedian, writer and actor Judy Gold on popular TV shows like “Two Broke Girls,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Louie,” The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Difficult People” and “Search Party.”

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