Sunday, September 23rd

Two Johns? Finally, a musical event for people born before 1980! Middle Collegiate Church, an ambitious house of worship that was built in the East Village long before the place became a repository of glassy $1.5 mil condos, stages a birthday tribute concert to the late John Coltrane, likely featuring underwhelming reprisals of “A Love Supreme.” But no matter—jazz in a church still better than church in a church! If you’re still awake after this, head downtown to Tropfest@Tribeca, a new outdoor short-film festival that we already like better than its big brother, the Tribeca Film Festival, because it lasts one day instead of 11. (But bring your cardis, girls!) Modeled on the wildly popular and horribly titled Australian Tropfest, started by Aussie director John Polson, the festival will feature 16 films, several bands with names we’ve never heard of, and the lush greenery of the World Financial Center Plaza. (Really, who needs a vacation home anymore?). Actress Rose Byrne and directors Griffin Dunne and Bennett Miller will judge things, and the winner gets a trip to Australia. Ooh, Mummy, just what we’ve always wanted!

[The Music of John Coltrane: A Memorial Concert, at Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East Seventh Street, 6 and 8 p.m., www.middlechurch.org; Tropfest@Tribeca, World Financial Center Plaza, 8 p.m.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 23rd