Terminator the Second Screening
When: 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
Where: The Belcourt
Remember that “adaptation” of Raiders of the Lost Ark with schoolkids slavishly (even dangerously) re-creating every shot in their backyards? Those of us who saw the original Husky Jackal production of Terminator the Second felt like we were watching something very similar — an obsessive, endearingly geeky spit-and-baling-wire vision whose agonizing effort was more than rewarded by the explosive ovations it got.
The plot, that of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, belongs to James Cameron; the dialogue, assembled painstakingly by Marshall Weber and Cody De Vos from the First Folio, is by William Shakespeare. Frankly, we can’t imagine a video document capturing the electric mood of those standing-room-only live performances — but we’re just glad to have this DVD record, screening tonight as the first of a couple of events promoting the release.
From Del Shores, author of Southern Baptist Sissies, comes another absurdist exposé about white trash folk. While Sordid Lives likewise mines serious ideas about the importance of the acceptance of all individuals here on God’s good earth, this script goes at it with more levity than SBS’s dark plotline. Though it starts with a death — the family matriarch dies after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs during a rendezvous at a local motel — Sordid Lives focuses on the mostly outrageous antics of family members who have convened for the funeral.
ACT 1’s fall season opener hopes to reap the benefits of Shores’ cult following, and director Dave McGinnis has some prior experience with the author’s over-the-top works. He’s gathered an impressive roster of Music City theater vets for his cast, including Rusti Rae, Chuck Long, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Joy Tilley Perryman, Holly Butler, Macon Kimbrough and Tammy Sutherland.
A Wrinkle in Time
When: Through Oct. 6
Where: Nashville Children's Theatre
Nashville Children’s Theatre kicks off its 82nd season with John Glore’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, the 1962 science-fiction classic by Madeleine L’Engle. In it, three youngsters and three unusual associates travel to other worlds to battle aliens who threaten to destroy the Earth.
For the leading roles, NCT taps into Music City’s pool of young up-and-coming performers — Rosemary Fossee, Kristin McCalley and Daniel Collins — with veteran players Aleta Myles, Maurice Ralston and Jamie Farmer enacting the play’s numerous other characters. Several scenes are set in outer space, so it should be interesting to see Patricia Taber’s costumes, Colin Peterson’s rear-screen projections and sound design, and Scott Leathers’ lighting.
After the jump, watch a short video about the production from Nashville Public Television.
Time magazine once named Andrew Delbanco America’s Best Social Critic. But what is Delbanco, director of American studies at Columbia University, doing in a Critic’s Pick on Vanderbilt art? Quite a lot, apparently. Delbanco’s book College: What It Was, Is and Should Be is required reading for all incoming Vanderbilt first-year students, and it’s also the inspiration behind this exhibit of art drawn from the university’s extensive permanent collection.
Delbanco’s thesis — that the role of the liberal arts education is to allow students to test and discover their values and ideas — is matched with the gallery’s selection of “difficult” works from artists such as Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and Kara Walker.
Test the limits of your ability to experience and appreciate art — and be a part of a university-wide conversation — at tonight’s opening.
A former priest, Blase Bonpane was working in Guatemala in the 1960s when he was expelled from the country for subversion. That event presaged a lifetime of activism for the peaceful radical leader, credited as an originator of the Latin American dialogue between Christianity and Marxism. A leading voice in the Latin American conversation for the past half-century, Bonpane is never far from social injustice — his travel itinerary through the years is like a map of human rights hotbeds: Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Peru.
Bonpane will speak about his provocative ideas in a lecture titled “Compassion and Empire” at Watkins. Just prior to that, Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America, a documentary based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzaléz that won the 2013 Imagen Award, will play at 4:30 p.m. The film will also screen as part of Vanderbilt’s International Lens film series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Sarratt Cinema. All the events are free and public, so you have no excuse to miss these important Hispanic Heritage Month activities.
Living for 32 Screening and Panel Discussion
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
Where: The Belcourt
Colin Goddard was one of only seven students in his classroom to survive the Virginia Tech massacre. In total, there were 32 fatalities, and 10 of them were in class with Goddard when the gunman burst in. Goddard was shot three times, but still managed to make the 911 call that brought police to the scene. This documentary by director Kevin Breslin tells the story of what happened in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Wearing a hidden camera and going undercover to gun shows all across America, Goddard investigates how easy it is for anyone to buy a gun, without identification or a background check. Tonight, he’ll be at The Belcourt to speak about the documentary and gun violence, a problem that’s as urgent as ever — so far there have been 14 shooting incidents at schools in 2013.
Susan Gregg Gilmore
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
Where: Parnassus Books
Nashville native Susan Gregg Gilmore came out of the gate strong in 2008 with her debut book, the coming-of-age novel Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. Her second novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, earned rave reviews from Alan Cheuse of NPR’s All Things Considered, who praised her ability to “take the news from the underground life of the modern American South and tell it straight to our face.”
Gregg Gilmore returns to her hometown for the release of her latest work, The Funeral Dress, where she’ll read from and discuss the book — complete with live music and sparkling wine. Read an excerpt from her debut novel Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen after the jump.
Most dance companies don’t have a creative services division that collaborates with bigwig clients like Ford, Procter & Gamble or Google, but Pilobolus is not your average troupe. The legendary Connecticut-based modern dance company, which has been active for more than 40 years, retains an avant-garde spirit, consistently pushing the boundaries of creative expression through the human body. (And they’re not afraid of a little nudity onstage).
Acrobatics are an essential element of the group’s choreography, and they’re known for theatrical, magical performances — their athletic, adventurous choreography has landed them on everything from Sesame Street to Oprah to OK Go’s “All Is Not Lost” video.
Watch a video of Pilobolus from their Ted Talks performance after the jump.
Howlin’ Books, located in Grimey’s Too, kicks off its Emerging Voices series, which features a lineup of local writers curated by store owners Jessica Kimbrough and Gwil Owen and songwriter/author/artist Merrill Farnsworth.
The first gathering — featuring the theme “It’s Personal: Stories Inspired by Life’s Slices, Dices, Vices, Slyness and Kindness” — showcases the works of Phil Madeira, Mark Lemley, Joan Brasher, Joe Pagetta and Kristin Russell, who will read aloud from their works of prose and poetry. The event is BYOB, and refreshments from Frothy Monkey will be available for purchase.
The series continues on the first Friday of each month through December. Future themes look pretty intriguing too: “Blues Haunted” (Oct. 4), “Trying to Say Thank You” (Nov. 1), and “Howlin’ in the Dark” (Dec. 6).
Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s intriguing 2013-14 lineup includes Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, John Logan’s Red and Stephen Sondheim’s Company, all of which will present their singular challenges. But before any of that, the Rep makes a little history by opening its season with the world premiere of an original work by Nashville’s own Nate Eppler — in this case a think-piece that was workshopped through the Rep’s own Ingram New Works Project.
Eppler, of course, has already made a name for himself as a versatile writing talent, with previous Music City mountings of his plays Sextape and Long Way Down, plus various lighter works, including Southern Fried Nuptials, running through Oct. 6 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.
Larries offers a mind-bending exercise: a “multiverse” in which one spouse encounters multiple incarnations of the other. The cast is an impressive mix of accomplished locals, including Amanda Card, David Compton, Geoff Davin, Shannon Hoppe, Tony Morton and Bobby Wyckoff.
Buy your tickets on TPAC's website.
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