• Upstairs premiere — 8 p.m., Cafe Istanbul Theatre. The dramatic musical about the fire 40 years ago at the Up Stairs Lounge makes its debut.
• All Hands on Deck open turntable night — 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Ninth Circle and Voodoo Bar.
• Video request night — 9 p.m., Bourbon Pub & Parade.
• BINGA — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Michael's on the Park. Princesse Stephaney hosts the event where prizes will be won and where proceeds will benefit gay Mardi Gras krewes.
• Love Free or Die screening — 6 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The film is a documentary on the first openly gay bishop.
• “True Colors” art exhibit opening reception — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., UNO St. Claude Gallery. The mixed media exhibit features pieces which communicate the values represented by each color in the Pride flag.
• Pride kick-off party — 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Boomtown Casino. With a $20 cover, guests get $20 in casino play, food and the chance to meet the stars of Pride Fest 2013.
• Beer Bust — 7 p.m., Rawhide 2010.
• Dance, Bitches, Dance — 7 p.m., Oz. DJs JRB and Tim Pflueger will provide the soundtrack and the Hot Men of Oz will offer the bar dancing.
• New Meat amateur dance contest — 10 p.m.. The Corner Pocket. The winner of this contest, hosted by Lisa Beaumann, will receive a $100 cash prize.
• All Hands on Deck open turntable night — 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Ninth Circle and Voodoo Bar.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday events are below the jump.
One of the last major silent films produced by Hollywood, The Wind was an outright flop upon its release in 1928. Audiences had just started flocking to movies that had sound. But The WInd's theme's of sex, violence, and existential dread also had something to do with the reaction from unprepared viewers, which was bad enough to inspire the last-minute addition of a happy ending. Today, The Wind has natural appeal for film-savvy audiences. Zeitgeist movies will present a one-time screening of The Wind on Sunday, June 23 at 8 p.m. accompanied by a live original score by The Invincible Czars from Austin, Texas. More info here.
Kenner's Hollywood Cinemas 9 movie theater closed abruptly Friday, according to a NOLA.com report.
"One local moviegoer said he went to the theater to catch the locally shot heist film Now You See Me, only to see employees carrying supplies out of the darkened building."- NOLA.comVishu Mandava, the theater's owner for over a decade, couldn't fund renovations and had trouble passing inspections. The worst thing for Mandava, however, was the impending opening of The Grand, a 2,400-seat, 14-screen movie theater. The Grand is slated to open around August (years after Memorial Day 2009, the opening date authorities originally gave) near The Esplanade, only a seven-minute walk away from where Hollywood Cinemas 9 was.
To say I patronized Hollywood Cinemas 9 often would be a lie. The last time I went there was in 2002 or 2003 to see Brown Sugar with my Aunt Cheryl. It wasn't the best theater, but it wasn't the worst, like The Joy in the '90s. The Joy in the '90s was like the movie scene in Cooley High. To lose Hollywood Cinemas 9 — especially so suddenly — seems to go against what Mandava's idea was in reopening the theater in 2002 — providing Kenner residents with a nearby, inexpensive movie theater.
Loosely based on Henry James’ short novel of the same name, What Maisie Knew is the latest in a recent stream of deeply affecting films told from a child’s point of view. The title can be taken literally, as the film shows exactly what a precocious six-year-old girl sees as her two absent and self-obsessed parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) fight over her custody out of sheer hatred for one another. Some scenes are actually shot from Maisie’s height, with adults cut off at mid-torso. But the technique is used sparingly and helps draw us into Maisie’s uncertain world. Filmmaking partners Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) avoid all the kid-movie clichés, instead developing an engaging character study for adults with a remarkable pint-sized figure (beautifully played by Onata Aprile) at its center. That works from just about any perspective.
What Maisie Knew begins an exclusive one-week run today at Chalmette Movies. More info here.
•Curbing HIV/AIDS transmission NOLA (C.H.A.T. NOLA), an organization that answers anonymous callers' questions about HIV/AIDS, is hosting a grand opening for its lounge, which will serve as a place where young people can display their talents. There will be door prizes, performances, open-mic and refreshments.
•Researching Your New Orleans Property participants will learn how to trace a property's history using primary sources like city directories and the census.
•At the Community Let's Move Family Health and Fun Fest, there will be music, health screenings, food and activities for kids and grown ups. A mountain bike, 32-inch HDTV, $500 and an iPod Touch will be raffled.
•Our Crowning Glory is a natural hair convention where attendees can learn how to style natural hair, participate in discussions about it and buy products to maintain its health.
•Huey P. Long bridge runners will run the entire span of the Huey, starting in Bridge City and ending on Jefferson Highway. This is the inaugural run, celebrating the widening of the bridge.
•What Maisie Knew is a movie about divorce and custody proceedings, told from a child's perspective. It's based upon a Henry James novel of the same name and Chalmette Movies is the only theater in the state showing it.
Details are below the jump.
Just about everyone over a certain age has been there: that moment when you realize your long-term relationship has gradually evolved into something that’s less about romance and more about the practical side of everyday life. Before Midnight, the third in series of conversation-based films about Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), offers what may be the most realistic depiction of a mature love relationship ever committed to film. Simmering resentments, circular arguments, and the nagging sense that a single push in the wrong direction might lead to an eventual breakup — these are the difficult realities found in director Richard Linklater’s movie. It’s not always easy to watch, but it has an air of discovered truth that elevates it to something that looks a lot like art.
In the series’ first film, Before Sunrise (1995), twenty-somethings Jesse and Celine meet on a train and spend a single romantic evening walking and talking in Vienna before their lives require them to part ways. In their thirties, the star-crossed lovers finally meet again and enjoy a day together wandering Paris in Before Sunset (2004) after Jesse writes a best-selling book about that fateful first night and Celine turns up at a reading. In Before Midnight, the fortyish couple brings their young daughters to Greece. The intensely intimate conversation of the first two films has given way to comfortable familiarity. In the first of the film’s three long conversations — presented in slightly condensed real time and mostly without edits — Jesse plants a seed of discontent by hinting that he wants the family to leave Paris and move back to the States so they can be near his adolescent son from his first marriage. Later on, friends watch the kids and give the couple a gift of another romantic evening alone together. But time and circumstance have taken their toll on Jesse and Celine.
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The Prytania Theatre has announced the lineup for its summer series of classic movies. Screenings are held at 10 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays. Tickets are $5.75. Here's the lineup:
The Graduate — June 23 & 26
Yankee Doodle Dandy — June 30 & July 3
Ocean’s 11 — July 7 & 10
Goldfinger — July 14 & 17
The French Connection — July 21 & 24
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner — July 28 & 31
The New Orleans Film Society and Ashé Cultural Arts Center will present a free screening of A Lot Like You tonight, June 10, at 6:30 p.m at Ashé. The documentary is an exploration of family history and mixed-race identity. A community reception will start at 6:00 p.m. Director-producer Eliachi Kimaro will be on hand for a post-screening discussion. More Info here.
Seventy-five-year-old British filmmaker Ken Loach has fashioned a long and fruitful career by focusing his work on the kind of true-to-life working-class characters seldom found in mainstream movies. Often described as “social realist,” Loach’s films feature naturalistic dialogue that sometimes seems improvised but actually sticks pretty closely to carefully crafted scripts. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, The Angels’ Share gradually develops two remarkable qualities not normally associated with Loach’s movies: warmth and humor. No one would confuse The Angels' Share for a full-on comedy in the traditional sense. But with its light tone and uplifting message, the film does constitute a welcome late-career surprise from the director.
The Angels’ Share starts out as harshly realistic as any of Loach’s films. A charismatic kid with a penchant for explosive violence on the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, Robbie (newcomer Paul Brannigan) escapes incarceration only by virtue of his very pregnant girlfriend Leonie (Siobhan Reilly). But Leonie’s uncles want to kill Robbie, and her father tries to bribe him to leave town. While serving his hours of community service, Robbie meets a group of equally wayward miscreants along with work supervisor Harry (John Henshaw), who takes Robbie under his wing. A new world opens up for the ragtag crew when whisky aficionado Harry takes them on a tour of one of Scotland’s great distilleries. The film’s title refers to the 2% that mysteriously evaporates while the precious spirits age in oak barrels. The whisky becomes a metaphor for the possibility of finding something of value and meaning in an era where more than a million young people are hopelessly unemployed in Great Britain alone. Then the whole thing turns into a wonderfully low-tech heist movie.
By giving his typically troubled characters a believable shot at redemption, Loach opens up his politically progressive world-view to a wider potential audience. But The Angels’ Share transcends politics by making its case solely through character and story. It’s hard to imagine anyone objecting to the film on socio-political grounds. Its only overt message is that even the direst circumstances can be transformed by simple acts of kindness and respect. Just about everyone can raise a glass to that.
The Angels' Share begins an exclusive one-week run today at Zeitgeist Movies. More info here.
A weekend full of exciting events starts this evening and continues through Sunday night.
Tonight there will be a birthday party for Prince and a screening of Purple Rain, a screening of Creature From the Black Lagoon in 3-D, a bounce show featuring Katey Red, Miss Tee, Rusty Culotta and DJ Rusty Lazer and the play Next to Normal.
Saturday is even more full with the Gambit Wellness Expo, Creole Tomato and Louisiana Cajun Zydeco festivals, several farmers markets and second showings of Purple Rain, Creature From the Black Lagoon and Next to Normal.
Sunday, Niki Walker Salon hosts a hair drive to benefit sick kids, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival and Next to Normal close out and Creature From the Black Lagoon continues.
More information about these events is below the jump. Contact info and more can be found by clicking the links.
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