Thursday, July 5th

Before Brangelina, there was Clark Gable and Carole Lombard—Caroleark? Gablelom?—the latter of whom met an untimely end in a plane crash, but not before starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith (which had absolutely nothing to do with the 2005 film that changed! The world!). It plays tonight at MoMA, followed by, in unwitting tastelessness, Airplane!, a film about an almost plane crash starring the beautifully subtle Leslie Nielsen. Elsewhere in cultural news, jazz cat Hank Jones is still doing his sweet thing at the age of 88. The last of the renowned and doubtless hound-doggy Jones brothers (Thad led the house band at the Village Vanguard for eons; Elvin was the rhythmic force behind the John Coltrane Quartet), Mr. Jones plays the piano at Birdland tonight. One sidecar, please—and make it snappy!

[MoMA Laffs, Mr. and Mrs. Smith at 6:30 p.m., Airplane! at 8 p.m., the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, www.moma.org; Hank Jones Trio, sets at 8:30 and 11:00 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 5th