1990. USA. Dir: Jennie Livingston. With Dorian Corey. Documentary. 71 min.
This iconic celebration of queerness chronicles the underground Harlem ball culture of the late 80s, showcasing the vibrant personalities of its predominantly Black and Latinx participants. The historical aesthetics of drag and the minority origins of cultural concepts such as voguing and throwing shade are brought to light in potent critique of oppression.
It’s that time of year again: time to start spending time with the ones you love. It doesn’t have to be family. Doesn’t have to be what everyone else thinks is traditional. Every day is your life and you deserve it. It’s also time to be thankful for those who have helped you, all of us, get to where you are today. Spend time with some of your fellow folks on break and celebrate with a dinner of gratitude and thankfulness with Haven Hall and Questbridge/First Class.
1954. Japan. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. With Toshiro? Mifune. 207 min. 35mm print.
Kurosawa’s enduring classic depicts the methodical last stand of the masterless ronin hired to defend a village from a horde of robbers. The brisk, multifaceted narrative works a mix of tones, ranging from lighthearted gags to bitter cynicism to intense choreographed swordplay. Print courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
1975. India. Dir: Ramesh Sippy. With Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra. 204 min.
A retired police chief enlists the help of two bandits to defeat a murderous crime lord, unleashing a campy current of action, melodrama, and – of course – musical numbers. At first considered a flop, Sholay has gained so much of a following that it may now be the highest grossing Hindi-language film of all time.
1997. Japan. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. With Yoji Matsuda. Animation. 134 min.
After a prince is poisoned in a wild boar attack, he goes in search of a forest god to heal him. En route he encounters an ongoing war between a mining town and an army of spirits, among them a mysterious wolfgirl. Miyazaki utilizes breathtaking animation and a fantastical story to level commentary at industrialization and environmental destruction.
Come by Movement House on Saturday night for an audiovisual show featuring some top notch visiting electronic artists. Live sets will be accompanied by programmed + projected visuals.
Kodomo is the electronic music project of Emmy Award-winning composer Chris Child. His work falls into the genres of ambient techno and IDM, sometimes veering into the experimental. His performance will focus on his most recent EP, Divider. https://kodomo.bandcamp.com
Kodacrome is Elissa (vocals/synth) and Ryan (synth/drum machine). The pair crafts fragmented pop with a warm electronic pulse, featuring swells and lead lines which ring from synths and throats alike. https://kodacrome.bandcamp.com
THE PURPLE WINDSOUNDS
Wesleyan’s own apocalyptic noise pop band performing what may be one of their last shows ever
2017. United States. Dir: Martin McDonagh. With Francis McDormand 115 min.
“Wielding righteous anger, fiery emotion, biting humor and an ornery manner right out of a Clint Eastwood Western, Frances McDormand unleashes 2017’s most indelible movie mom in the darkly comic crime drama.”
– Brian Truitt, USA Today
“Every performance in this movie acknowledges that while tragedy is what prompted the film’s events, its contours, characters, and conversations are pure, inky black comedy.”
– Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
“Not every speedbump given us by life teaches us tolerance. A daughter shouldn’t die at all, much less brutally. But what do we do with that knowledge? How do we channel our anger at an unjust world? “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is one of those truly rare films that feels both profound and grounded; inspirational without ever manipulatively trying to be so.”
– Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
Join Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, activist/organizer, and poet for a discussion of the connection between personal and societal liberation. Owens writes and teaches about the intersection of Buddhism, identity, and social change, and he is considered to be one of the leaders of the next generation of Dharma teachers. The evening will begin with a guided meditation practice, and after a brief break for dinner (food will be provided), Owens will lecture and answer questions. All are welcome and encouraged to join, regardless of previous experience with meditation.
Date: Wednesday, November 8 Time: 5:30 PM Place: Downey House Lounge