Outlaw cool never looked sexier than it does on Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard’s revolutionary 1959 debut, an homage to cheap American gangster flicks that altered the grammar of movies. Belmondo plays the existential Parisian hood who worships Humphrey Bogart; Seberg, in a severe blond haircut, is the American tootsie who proves more dangerous than even the cops. For all Godard’s playful allusions to other movies, he directed his first feature as if it were the first feature ever made, blithely cutting away dead wood like establishing shots and conveying his characters’ rootless abandon with jump cuts and jittery location shooting on the streets of Paris. The movie screens this Tuesday and Wednesday at Sarratt in the new print that played theaters last yearsomething that should accelerate the breathing of any self-respecting movie nut.
All Star United With hooks that stick and energy to burn, this peppy five-piece pens instantly likable pop songs and delivers them with authority. Think Duran Duran glam crossed with Oasis’ infectious, guitar-driven rock, and you’ll have a rough sketch of this entertaining Nashville-based Christian group, which flashes a wickedly sarcastic side to skewer everything from the commercialization of Jesus to the shallowness of socialites. Currently finishing up their third full-length album at various studios around town, ASU will be unveiling the new material live at an 18-and-over show at the Exit/In. Bleach and The Issues open.
Jeff “Obafemi” Carr Carr is a multi-talented actor, performer, writer, radio talk-show host, and journalist. If you’ve never heard his Wednesday-night show on WFSK-88.1 FM, you’re missing critical information, analysis, and discussion on events and attitudes from an African American perspective. Carr will be appearing at 7 p.m. at the Abstract Cafe in his monthly “Third Thursday” performance series.
Jack The band once banned from The Boro for life has been working in the studio with producer Mark Nevers, a pairing that will probably trigger seismic destruction around the world when it sees the light of day. Fresh from their triumph on What’s Your Favorite Bird?, Andrew Conley and company play The End with Lifeboy.
Monsters Of Sludge 12th & Porter hosts a gathering of well-spoken, musically expressive local rockers, including Mack Starks, the Canebrake Quartet, Sarah Siskind, and the fabulous Matthew Ryan. Headliner Ryan presents some of the most complex songwriting this town has ever seen, in arrangements that are usually bigger than the room.
Kill Devil Hills/Serotonin The emotive hardcore styles of Kill Devil Hills and Serotonin match riffs this weekend at the Red Rose Cafe. The bands are releasing a split 7-inch at the show; it’s on swanky red vinyl and is released by Soul Is Cheap Records. The show is all-ages.
Bobby Shew Trumpeter Shew has been a superb lead player in big bands and a successful contributor to small combos. He made his initial mark contributing to orchestras led by Woody Herman and Buddy Rich during the ’60s, then became a prolific session player and member of the Akiyoshi-Tabackan big band. Over the last two decades, Shew has also become a major figure in jazz education circles, and it is in this capacity that he comes to Middle Tennessee State University this Saturday. He’ll be appearing along with the MTSU Jazz Ensemble in a concert at the Wagner Building. Things get under way at 7:30 p.m.
Yngwie Malmsteen Guitarist Malmsteen will always hold a special place in my music-lovin’ heart. As a voice-cracked teen, I would pedal to the music shop to purchase a pair of Carl Palmer signature drumsticks and then to a friend’s house, where we would attempt to cover songs that were, and continue to be, far beyond our technical abilities. That did not deter us from lovingly butchering his classic “Disciples of Hell.” Drawing equal inspiration from J.S. Bach, Nicolo Paganini, and lots of bland ’70s rock (Kansas, Rush, Rainbow), Malmsteen sincerely crafts songs that pay tribute to Viking traditions while acting as foils for his dazzling technical displays. Pilot your longships to 328 Performance Hall for an evening of neoclassical Swedish fuguin’ metal and (hopefully) some green mead.
Sterling Rutledge Benefit In times of crisis, we learn what kind of impact we have had on the lives of other people; judging from the outpouring of support from the local music industry for Sterling Rutledge, a popular local massage therapist and all-around good soul, her influence is enormous. To aid in Rutledge’s fight against cancer, a second benefit performance takes place at 12th & Porter, and the lineup is just as strong as last week’s: Fleming & John, Radney Foster, Jim Lauderdale, Patience Moore & Van Manakas, and John Bettis. Donations to the Sterling Rutledge Fund may be made at any local Bank of America.
Spout This five-man posse has been together only a short timesinger/songwriter Stacy Hogan found his bandmates last September, and they started gigging just a few weeks laterbut they’re covering a lot of ground fast. The typical Spout song layers accusatory lyrics over fuzzed-out modern-rock riffage, kept from becoming completely generic by a gut instinct for when to leave some sonic elbowroom between the group’s three guitars. You can sample the group two ways this week: plugged in and amped up Sunday at the Outer Limit, with Inertia Crew and The Obscure; or unplugged Wednesday at Abstract Cafe. For ticket info, check out their Web site at www.spoutmusic.com.
Lloyd Cole On his 1984 debut Rattlesnakes, Cole emerged from the Glaswegian music scene with a voice like Lou Reed’s crooner cousin and a set of spiky tunes like “Charlotte Street” and the U.K. hit “Perfect Skin,” whose velvety melodies barely concealed the sharp edges within. Cole long ago traded his backing band The Commotions for a solo career and stints with some of Cousin Lou’s sidemen, but his delectable new LP The Negatives marks a return to playing with a steady group. And the improvement is startling: The record’s impeccably crafted pop songs are at once expansive and bracingly straightforward, and his new band The Negatives (which includes Jill Sobule on guitar) gives the tracks an urgency Cole’s records have never had. With the ever-engaging Sobule opening, his show at 12th & Porter is a must-see.
DC Bellamy Gregory “DC” Bellamy spent the first part of his professional life behind the scenes within the blues world. He was an arranger, a director for road and house bands, even sometimes a background vocalist. He decided in the early ’90s to step out front, and has since become a solid exponent of blending traditional instrumentation and contemporary lyrics. A capable vocalist and underrated guitarist, Bellamy highlights his attributes on his recent Rooster disc Water to Wine. He performs at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar.
Red Meat These San Francisco neo-honky-tonkers are more tradmore shuffles, more twangthan most alt-country bands, and they can actually swing. In principal songwriter Scott Young, they’ve also got a tunesmith steeped enough in the country canon to ring a few wry changes on time-honored themes (drinking, heartache, white-line fever) without coming off like a winking smart-ass. Touring in support of their fine new, Dave Alvin-produced album, Red Meat will appear as part of The Sutler’s first-rate Tuesday Night Music Club.
Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise Bradleyan irrepressible, raspy-voiced shouteris an heir to the legacies of Curtis Mayfield and the Staple Singers: He makes music to elevate the human spirit. Most of the time, that means loose-limbed blues-rock with funked-up rhythms and plenty of riffing, wah-wah guitar. Yet Bradley and his Motor City crew also throw gospel, disco, Philly soul, and a shot or two of hip-hop into the mix as well. Sure, it’s a jumble of styles, yet it’s one that not only hangs together, but manages to echo Bradley’s all-encompassing vision of community in the process. Bradley and his band play at 328 Performance Hall.
Samiam One of a multitude of California punk-pop bands that flirted with major-label success in the wake of Green Day, this Berkeley quintet has outlasted its contemporaries, delivering over a decade’s worth of power chords, rocket rhythms, and impassioned howls about the drudgery of everyday life. They’ll be preaching to the converted at Indienet Record Shop.
Benjamin Smoke Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen directed this haunting, frequently funny, and utterly unique documentary portrait of Robert Benjamin, a.k.a. Benjamin Smoke, who fronted the Atlanta band Smoke before succumbing to AIDS-related illness in 1999. The movie opens Friday for a week’s run at the Belcourt, which also holds over the Iranian film A Time for Drunken Horses; see the review on p. 41.
Pollock Ed Harris picked up a Best Actor nomination for his performance as the bad boy of abstract expressionism, Jackson Pollock, in this biopic that Harris also directed. Marcia Gay Harden also received a nomination for her performance as Pollock’s wife and fellow artist Lee Krasner; the supporting cast includes Val Kilmer, Amy Madigan, and Jeffrey Tambor. The film starts Friday at Green Hills.
Enemy at the Gates Ed Harris’ other splatter movie this week concerns a Nazi sharpshooter who stalks his Russian opponent through the rubble-strewn streets of Stalingrad during World War II. The psychological action thriller stars Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Joseph Fiennes; it opens Friday at local theaters.
Cobra Verde Director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski collaborated for the last time on this 1988 adventure, which concerns the megalomaniacal exploits of a 19th-century Brazilian bandit turned slave trader. The film gets a rare video screening Friday night at the Watkins Film School, which showed Herzog’s Kinski tribute My Best Fiend last week; it’s free and open to the public.
Wonder Boys Unfairly snubbed by Oscar voters in the major categories, Curtis Hanson’s keenly observed black comedy of academic life features Michael Douglas in one of his best roles, as a scruffy pothead of a professor whose life unravels during a disastrous weekend. The movie shows this week at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema, along with the deathless Charlie’s Angels. See our Film Listings and Movie Clock for more information.
The Best of Alfred Hitchcock, Volumes 1 & 2 The master of suspense comes to DVD in a big way, with attentively packaged collections of some of his greatest films (also available individually). Volume 1 contains Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Psycho, Topaz, Family Plot, and a disc of TV episodes directed by Hitch. Volume 2 contains Saboteur, The Trouble With Harry, Vertigo, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Frenzy, and another disc of Hitchcock-directed episodes of his TV series. The films that were previously available on DVD include the same special features as they did beforemostly short behind-the-scenes featurettes, some production stills and storyboards, and a good commentary track for Vertigobut all of the first-timers have been packaged with specially produced “looking back” docs, each anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour in length. And the keep-cases now have uniform cover art, which is bad news for those who didn’t pick up the bright-orange Vertigo while it was still on the shelves.
Ben-Hur It takes two sides of a DVD to contain this religious-themed “sword-and-sandal” epic, which garnered a record-breaking number of Oscar nominations over 40 years ago. In addition to a cleaned-up print of the film, the super-sized disc includes a making-of documentary, screen-test footage, and a commentary track by star Charlton Heston, who will explain that chariots don’t overturn and kill people, people overturn chariots and kill people.
Wonder Boys Director Curtis Hanson maintains the “no commentary track” policy that marred the DVD of L.A. Confidential, but as with that previous disc, he does include a guided tour of the locations used in the picture. Also included are interviews with the cast, direct access to the songs used in the acclaimed comedy-drama (with explanations by Hanson as to the reasons behind their selection for the film), and the movie itselfa shaggy campus slice-of-life that features the best ensemble performance of last year.
Gray’s Anatomy & The Ice Storm Just in time for Steven Soderbergh and Ang Lee to battle it out for Best Director at the Academy Awards, two of their earlier filmsSoderbergh’s crisp film of a Spaulding Gray performance, and Lee’s brilliant portrait of ’70s suburbiacan battle it out on the DVD sales charts. Unfortunately, neither features any extras to speak of, beyond the quality of the films themselves.
Mona Lisa & The Rock To finance the release of small masterpieces like the Neil Jordan-directed, Bob Hoskins-starring mob drama Mona Lisaand the recording of a commentary track by the above-mentioned actor and directorThe Criterion Collection continues to dabble in giving their deluxe treatment to massively profitable blockbusters like Michael Bay’s offensively overwrought prison-break extravaganza. Oh well...fans of bombast deserve their commentary tracks, outtakes, special effects demos, and other good stuff as much as fans of the more artful branches of cinema.
Fisk University Richard Powell, head of Duke University’s art department and co-curator of the “To Conserve a Legacy: American Art From Historically Black Colleges and Universities” exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum and Fisk’s Carl Van Vechten Gallery, presents two talks on art by African Americans. First up is Powell’s take on recurring themes in the works of contemporary black women artists, including Kara Walker, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones, Renee Cox, Edmonia Lewis, Alma Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Howardina Pindell. While each of these women works in a distinctive style and from unique personal histories, Powell proposes that they have far more in common than one might think. This talk takes place 2 p.m. Mar. 16 in the Aaron Douglas Gallery in the Fisk library. Powell also conducts a gallery tour of the portion of the “To Conserve a Legacy” exhibit displayed at the Van Vechten Gallery at 1:30 p.m. Mar. 17. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Arts Company The subjects of Ben Stroud’s paintings run the gamut from religion to football to gun violence among children. His life experience is also wide-ranging, with the Memphis native graduating from Memphis State University and serving as Chief of Graphic Arts for NATO, the Southern European Division, from 1977-1981. Stroud went on to live in Italy for a decade, working and studying to create a large body of oil paintings before returning to Tennessee. Stroud’s current crop of works is labor-intensive, surrounded as they all are by intricate oak frames the artist carves by hand. A case in point is “The Passengers,” a gigantic 7-foot-by-6-foot romantic vision of an elegant woman on a train with a young sailor lounging on her lap. “Stroud’s work will not match every taste,” notes gallery owner Anne Brown. “It is bold, daring, and challenging. It’s also great fun and exciting to see a body of work so original.” Judge for yourself and meet the artist at the opening reception during the Third Saturday Arts Matinee, 2-6 p.m. Mar. 17. Stroud will take guests on a tour of the exhibit at 4 p.m.
Braid Electric Building The Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville (VAAN) gets a jump on “Leaves of Gold,” an exhibition of illuminated medieval books that opens in September at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, with its own show. “Art by the Book,” designed to complement the Frist show, explores books as contemporary visual art. Join the artists at the opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. Mar. 16.
Jonathan Holden On March 20, at 8 p.m., Vanderbilt will host a reading by poet and critic Jonathan Holden. Best known for his books on the prosodies of contemporary poetry, most recently The Old Formalism: Character in Contemporary American Poetry, Holden has also published a volume of new and selected poems, Knowing, and has been winner of the Devins Award, the AWP Award, the Juniper Prize, and the Vassar Miller Prize. One of the most spookily titled memoirs in recent years, Guns and Boyhood in America, Holden’s account of growing up during the ’50s, was published in the University of Michigan’s Poets on Poetry series and should be required reading for those who are or have ever been boys, armed or not.
Tim Parrish Adjectives harking back to Whitman’s “barbaric yawp”“raw,” “edgy,” “gritty,” etc.have become such marketing clichés that The Great Gatsby would probably be eligible today for pitching as “A Savagely Ironic Portrait of Working Class America” because among its key but minor characters are a rich man’s mistress and her deranged husband, both of whom live alongside Long Island’s ash heaps. The characters in Tim Parrish’s highly praised debut collection of stories, Red Stick Men (Univ. of Mississippi Press, $22), live not among ash but among the oozing damp and flaming chemical plants of Baton Rouge, La. Parrish doesn’t foster a codependency between his subject matter and his tasks as an author. Instead, the 27-year resident of Baton Rouge transforms his material through a lyrical structure not unlike Gatsby’s and also through the magical alchemy that occurs when descriptive power meets topographical surrealism. Don’t miss Parrish’s reading at Davis-Kidd at 6 p.m. March 21.
Taking Control of Your Diabetes 2001 As many other illnesses decline, cases of diabetes continue to skyrocket, exacerbated by obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. To combat the disease, the second annual Taking Control of Your Diabetes convention brings in expert practitioners to address most every facet of living with the disease. In addition, there will be a luncheon with actress Gloria Loring, a health fair, screenings for cholesterol and foot ailments, and individual sessions with dietitians and exercise specialists. The convention runs 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. March 17 at the Nashville Convention Center; walk-up registration is $30 per person or $50 for two. For more information, consult the Web site at www.tcoyd.org.
Ruby Green Second Birthday Bash Nashville’s most consistently interesting contemporary arts space, ruby green celebrates its second anniversary with a party built around the luscious abstract paintings of Angela Willcocks, an Australian artist transplanted to Atlanta. Complementing Willcocks’ works in the main space are Peggy Snow’s architectural paintings hanging in the rear gallery. The evening also includes live music by the Beatlicks and the Cherry Blossoms, with whom Snow performs. Improvisational comedy and performance poetry are also on tap, as is a catered spread from area restaurants. The free artists’ reception starts at 6 p.m. and segues into the birthday party at 8 p.m., after which a $10 donation is requested.
Super Saturday Forget green beer and corned beef and cabbage, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a free afternoon of family-oriented arts activities 4-7 p.m. Mar. 17 at The Renaissance Center in Dickson. Parents can choose to catch a science-fiction movie with the kids or join them in an interactive music demonstration. Then everyone gets into the act with a drama workshop that brings African folktales to life. Next there’s an interactive demonstration on creating science projects with common household objects, and the event wraps with a hands-on art project that calls for participants to create a work of art while learning about artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
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