MONET CHANGES EVERYTHING! Sarah Polley, our favorite Canadian actress ever, has now gone the directorial route with the weepy and wonderful Away From Her, based on the Alice Munro short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Ms. Polley will be at the Museum of the Moving Image tonight for a sneak peak at the movie, which stars the ever-lovely, still-smokin’-hot Julie Christie, followed by a chat with Ms. Polley, who’s pretty yet serious—sort of like Sofia Coppola, but Canadian. There will also be a screening of the Julie Christie classic Darling, which our Big-Cheese Editor says “will make you go home and take three baths before you’ve taken off your espadrilles!” Meanwhile, everyone who ever had that Claude Monet poster up in their dorm room will be able to see the new retrospective running through mid-June at Wildenstein & Co. This will be the largest exhibition in 30 years and will feature over 60 paintings. Tonight’s party will send proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. More folks with money and time show up at the black tie gala at New-York Historical Society to kick off their Weekend With History (but we just met!). Amongst the boldface names, expect the Law & Order stalwart, Sam Waterston.
[Sarah Polley at the Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria, www.movingimage.us; Claude Monet kick-off party, Wildenstein & Co., 19 East 64th Street. www.wildenstein.com; Weekend with History gala, for more info, www.nyhistory.org.]