Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Movie and Opera this weekend

Saturday, May 13 at 7



The Strand is comemmoratiing the recent passing of director Jonathan Demme with his landmark filmed record of the Talking Heads,

“One of the greatest rock movies ever made” – Leonard Maltin​

New York, NY – The big white suit that seemed to dance on its own is back. Palm Pictures proudly brings back STOP MAKING SENSE, the extraordinary concert film presenting the Talking Heads at their phenomenal peak – a true piece of pop-culture history.

Talking Heads emerged from New York’s punk rock scene in the late 1970s with a thrilling new sound combining art rock, funk, world music and the droll vocals of sensationally cerebral frontman David Byrne. By 1984, Talking Heads – comprising Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison -- were one of the world’s leading bands, creating records that were artistically innovative and challenging but also hugely popular. Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the greatest rock albums of all time includes four by the Talking Heads; the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

STOP MAKING SENSE captures Talking Heads at their best in concert footage shot at the famed Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by the late Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winner for “The Silence of the Lambs,” the film contains 16 songs, including such favorites as “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” “Life During Wartime,” “Once in a Lifetime” and the hit cover of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River.” David Byrne doing his art-nerd dance wearing an oversized, broad-shouldered white suit became the film’s signature image -- and one of the most iconic of the 1980s.

The film also made technical history as the first made entirely utilizing digital audio techniques. STOP MAKING SENSE has been remastered in high definition from a 35mm interpositive.

$5 discount tickets available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door


Sunday, May 14 at 2 PM
Join us Mother's Day for:

Giuseppe Verdi
An opera in three acts
Sung in Italian

From the Teatro Regio di Parma

129 minutes,

Conductor | Massimo Zanetti
Directed | Stefano Vizioli
Sets and Costumes | Pierluigi Samaritani
Libretto | Francesco Maria Piave (from the drama Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo)

Il Duca di Mantova | Francesco Demuro
Rigoletto | Leo Nucci
Gilda | Nino Machaidze
Sparafucile | Marco Spotti

Program Note
Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest accomplishments, Rigoletto continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with its tragic plot and famous arias. One of the most popular arias of all time, “La donna e’ mobile,” is so catchy that prior to Rigoletto’s premiere in Venice of 1851, Verdi swore the tenor to secrecy, forbidding him to sing, hum, or whistle it anywhere except in his private rehearsals. Verdi knew that if someone heard the melody on the street, they could copy it down and claim to have written it themselves, before the opera’s debut!

This production is conducted by Massimo Zanetti, who was voted Best Young Conductor in 1997 by “Opernwelt” and also by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. In January 2008, Leo Nucci sang his 400th performance of the title role in Piacenza; the audience was so enthusiastic that Nucci gave three encores of Rigoletto’s aria “Si Vendetta, Tremenda Vendetta.”

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

$18 at the door

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