January 14, 2014, 2:03 pm
Last Saturday’s movie Copying Beethoven was a SRO affair and even with that, we had several people that couldn’t find standing room. All who were able to see it found the movie to be somewhere between “wonderful” and “extremely wonderful” So, in order to accommodate the ones who graciously sat out the performance in the other room, we promised to replay Copying Beethoven this Saturday at 4:00 PM without interruption in time to finish the movie before the evening showing of In Search of Beethoven at 6:30 PM. We’ll conclude the re-showing with Ed Harris’ commentary of the making of the film afterwards as a bridge between the two movies. This way, if you attended last week’s showing and want to arrive early, you can re-connect toCopying Beethoven with Ed Harris’ fantastic portrayal of Ludwig van Beethoven through his very interesting commentary about his convincing performance in Copying Beethoven (he knew practically nothing about Beethoven prior to attaining the role).
I must admit that I was unsure of how Copying Beethoven would be received by our “regulars”. I loved it, as I’m a complete Beethoven nutcase, but I just wasn’t sure if anyone else shared my connection to him and his music. I’m kind of in the same boat with this week’s movie, In Search of Beethoven, a documentary of interviews and performances by contemporary musical artists who are not only performers of a wide variety of Beethoven’s works but interesting musical educators as well. Come and be entertained, enlightened, and educated while enjoying some of the best music ever written—and most likely that, unfortunately, ever WILL be written.
Now, you know.
October 24, 2013, 5:39 pm
Oct 26 Farewell My Concubine
Synopsis: Critically acclaimed as one of the best films of 1993, this seductive, award-winning triumph captivated moviegoers the world over. A seemingly unshakable friendship between two Chinese opera stars gets put to the test in the face of war, a communist takeover, the Cultural Revolution and the intrusion of a woman who tempts both of them. In a plot that captures 50 years of Chinese history, the once-inseparable Duan Xiaolou (Zhang Fengyi) and Cheng Dieyi (Leslie Cheung) find themselves increasingly at odds after Xiaolou weds a lovely courtesan (Li Gong).
Nov 02 Bottle Shock
Nov 09 Sideways
Nov 16 Together
Nov 23 A Place at the Table
Nov 30 The Dinner Game
Dec 07 John Rabe
BTW, check out our new logo stoneware mugs for sale in the coffee house. Awesome!
And lastly, I don’t usually pass on emails but I though this one was pretty appropriate about Holiday giving this year. Here it is and I didn’t write it:
Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Oh.... Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a gazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.
Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.
And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.
If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US (We the People), encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we could not imagine.
September 3, 2013, 7:37 pm
MUSIC AND ‘OTHER’ EVENTS
· Every Friday @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM: Open Mic with Tradd Tidwell hosting. We’re going to be changing this a bit in the coming weeks to try out some new things in preparation for the new location so, stand by.
SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIES @ 6:30 PM
September 7th: Sunshine Cleaning
Synopsis: Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt, and Academy Award winner Alan Arkin find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in this colorful and quirky comic drama. Desperate to get her son into a better school, single mom Rose (Amy Adams) persuades her slacker sister Norah (Emily Blunt) to join her in the crime scene cleanup business to make some quick cash. With the help of their ill-fated salesman father (Alan Arkin), they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, finding themselves up to their elbows in murders, suicides, and… specialized situations. Film was made and is set in Albuquerque.
September 14th: Off The Map
Synopsis: Amy Brenneman, Valentina de Angelis, Joan Allen, and Sam Elliott star in another New Mexico-made movie that probably won’t be the most exciting movie you’ve ever watched, but it is a film that shows you just how good the movies can be. Campbell Scott directs this coming-of-age “dramedy” that follows an 11-year-old girl, Bo (Valentina de Angelis), as she spends the summer of 1974 watching her father (Sam Elliott) battle a bout of crippling depression. Bo’s parents (Joan Allen plays her mother) moved to New Mexico to escape the stresses of the big city and now find they’re being investigated by the government for tax evasion.
September 21st: It Happened One Night
Synopsis: Can it get better than this one? Seldom, we think. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes to parlay the inside story of their misadventures into a job. But complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, It Happened One Night was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
September 28th: Blood Simple
Synopsis: For Will’s xx birthday, we’re showing Ethan and Joel Cohen’s first feature film. It’s not for the squeamish but it’s a classic art-house movie of the 80s so stay with us on this one-of-a-kind movie experience. The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance), and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client, and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. Definitely not a movie for all tastes nor for all ages but, you won’t soon forget it.
July 31, 2013, 12:32 pm
MUSIC AND ‘OTHER’ EVENTS
· Every Friday @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM: Open Mic with Tradd Tidwell hosting.
SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIES @ 6:30 PM
August 3rd: The Soloist
Synopsis: Based on a true story. In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, eventhrough his half-broken instruments. Inspired by Ayers, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez’s good intentions run headlong into the hard realities of the strength of Ayers’ personal demons and the social injustices facing the homeless.
August 10th: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Synopsis: This is an amazing film about an amazing individual. Even so, it is difficult to watch. It is the true story of French magazine “Elle” editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed. After the movie, we’ll show the interview with the film’s director Julian Schnabel, which is a very interesting story itself. This is NOT a tear-jerker, but it may leave you ashamed to complain of your ailments, debilitating though they may be.
August 17th: First Position
Synopsis: First Position is a very compelling documentary that follows six talented young dancers (ages 9-19) from five continents as they prepare for a worldwide ballet competition that could transform their lives overnight. Thoroughly enjoyable even if you don’t like ballet. If you do, you’ll love it.
August 24th: From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China
Synopsis: Murray Lerner’s Oscar-winning film chronicles with affection and intelligence the great violinist’s 1979 visit to China. Stern had accepted the government’s invitation to attend a rehearsal and give one recital but instead wound up playing a formal concert, touring two cities, and teaching many master classes due to his overwhelming love for music and even more so for the musicians he met, some as young as 10. Communicating his instructions less through the translator than his energetically gleeful gestures and plosive vocalizations, Stern offers a wealth of technical tips, bowing techniques, and motivational nuggets that all boil down to one theme: don’t play the music, live it.
August 31st: Women on the Sixth Floor
Synopsis: For our annual Labor Day weekend “Movie with a Labor Message” theme, we chose a fun French film that entertains while it also provides insight into several modern-day problems: immigration, class distinction, rich controlling poor, and the polar extremes between the wealthy and the working class. The story, as written by Jérôme Tonnerre and writer/director Philippe Le Guay, takes place in the 1960s, offering us a glance back at a period when social reforms were in the gestational phase and in doing so the film allows the comedy to reign—a fact that makes the reality of the situation even more poignant. All-in-all, a great way to cap the summer in our great town.
Will & Rebecca