Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC
It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC
In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.
Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC
Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.
Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC
Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.
November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR
Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.
Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR
Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?
Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR
Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.
Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving
SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN APPRECIATION OF NATIVE AMERICANS
Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13
Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.
Jan 4, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
A time of change. A time of discovery. One night, at a New Years Eve party in the beginning of 1963, three young people at the start of their academic careers find themselves asking questions that become unexpectedly personal. What is the nature of Time? What do we really know about the world around us? Is it possible to really know the laws of physics, or the laws of the human heart? Cosmology and Poetry, East and West, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, all collide. And with a little bit of champagne and some dancing, maybe the answers will come out. But without doubt, nothing will ever be the same again, for any of them.
"Astonishing.....Excellent writing and emotionally acute acting keep us engaged, moved and educated during this extraordinary evening of theatre.
Charles Kruger, Theatrestorm
In "A Time for Hawking," Coughran rises to lyrical heights of physics and language-invoking mystical Indian parables to evoke moving planets and stars. From a male-driven game of croquet to a slowly, unfolding explanation of Einstein's theories, the intimate three person scene opens up our imaginations, too.
Barry Horowitz, Theatrius
Alan Coyne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking is riveting and powerful - a wonderful fit of actor to role. Tirumari Jothi as Jayant is unassuming and unflappable, But Stephen's alluring nemesis is Jane, played with stunning authority by a wonderful Adrian Deane. Proper and imperious, she is the immovable object that challenges Stephen's beliefs. As a Spanish literature student, intellectually strong and undaunted by the scientists, she represents the perspective of the humanities. She asserts her own world view with confidence and questions what Stephen and Jayant accept as the truth and beauty of cosmology. Victor Cordell, For All Events You needn't be frightened, though. In fact, physics are the best parts... abstract definitions and explanations become concrete... you might come closer to grokking why time speeds up and slows down, or what exactly theoretical physicists spend their time pursuing, than you ever have before. Deane does exquisite work... elevating Jane to a character of molten complexity.
Lily Janiack, SF Chronicle
Alan Coyne as Stephen Hawking
Adrian Deane as Jane Wilde
and Tirumari Jothi as Jayant Narliker
$30 General; $25 Students & Seniors (over 62) www.indrasnettheater.com or call our box office at (415) 613-9210 All performances include a pre-show talk which will begin a half hour before the show starts.
Jan 4, 8pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley
Traditional Cuban Music Meet Latin Jazz!
Pellejo Seco is sometimes described as a world fusion band, because you can hear a hint of flamenco there, a smidge of hip-hop there. "I've tried to stay outside of jazz," composer and tresero Ivan Camblor says, "to conserve the son tradition. As a composer I want to concentrate on that. I do use some jazz and some other elements, but I use them in the service of traditional cuban son. We're really a traditional son septet. I play mostly my own compositions, I don't have to play standards. When people hear my songs they recognize the sound, they feel the accent of the son septet. On Facebook they say things like "Cuidado, Â¡esa gente tiene un gran sonido cubano!"
The name Pellejo Seco is partly a tribute to the hard lives of farmworkers and their sun-scorched skin, and it's also Havana street slang with multiple sexual allusions. "I wanted to leave behind traditional Cuban band names and have something happier - I don't want everything to be serious, I want people to laugh," says Camblor.
Enganchate was their first album, an independent production distributed by CD Baby, in 2006. "We're the only Cuban septet in California that maintains the tradition of writing new music in the son style," Camblor says.
Pellejo Seco's second album is Despierta, with Chuchito Valdés on piano (CD Baby 2008). Their third is called Cuba Canta Pellejo Seco, a compilation of songs written by Ivan Camblor played by bands that revolutionized Cuban music in the 20th century, including Orchestra Aragon, El Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Pineiro, La Sonora Matanzera and Conjunto Chapotin. Their latest album is comprised of boleros sung by Sulkary Valverde Chibas, called Mood of the Bay.
Band Members and Instrumentation
Julio de la Cruz- Bass.
Carlos Caros- Congas
Evelio Roque- Clarinete
Fidel Hernandez- Guitar and Vocal
Sulkary Valverde- Vocal
Jan 4, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley