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 11, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
Berkeley Ballet Theater presents an evening of dance inspired by our exhibition Get Dancin': Selections from the Collection, featuring new works by guest choreographers Raymond Ejiofor and Kylie Woodward-Sollesnes. Performances will fill our Crane Forum space and spill over into the galleries.
Performance sponsored by Fremont Bank
In Situ, choreography by Robert Dekkers with contributions from the BBT Youth Company dancers
New Work #1 (premiere), choreography by Kylie Woodward-Sollesnes, original score performed live by Sharmi Basu
This Kind of Love (premiere), choreography by Robert Dekkers, score by Majel Connery
New Work #2 (premiere), choreography by Raymond Ejiofor, original score performed live by Daniel Berkman
Jan 11, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Berkeley Chamber Opera
Alone, Lost, Abandoned:Can a desperate passion save her?
Brown Paper Tickets: (800) 838-3006
General: $37 advance, $42 at the door
Students/Seniors: $25 in advance, $28 at the door
12 and under: free
Jan 11, 7pm to 10pm, Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar St. (at Arch)
For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berkeley-balkan-bacchanal-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-54507248648
Jan 11, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley
To celebrate what would be iconic folksinger Pete Seeger's 100th birthday, singer-songwriter John McCutcheon
has recorded an exquisite tribute to the late artist. To Everyone in All the World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger is due from his own Appalseed Records on January 11, 2019.
In many ways, this album has been a long time coming.
McCutcheon was eleven years old when his mother insisted he watch with her the news reports from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom-the historic event during which Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, and during which Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter Paul and Mary helped to cement the relationship between mainstream folksingers and the civil rights movement. What McCutcheon saw that day would be seared into his memory forever. It wasn't only the historical images and inspiring rhetoric that moved the young boy, but also the music. "That's where I discovered folk music," he says. "I'd never heard of it but there was Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Pete was the next logical thing [to discover] but I didn't know anything about him until I got that album." The album he's referring to was Seeger's We Shall Overcome album, recorded live at Carnegie Hall that same year (1963). It presented the folksinger in his natural habitat, in front of an audience that was at once profoundly moved by his stirring, empathic performance, and eager to participate with him.
"He gave us songs to fill our throats and our hearts. May the many lessons he left us help us put our own hands on the plow. He did it well for 94 years. It's our turn now."
Jan 11, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
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 11, 8pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley