THIS WEEK'S FILM EVENTS

All times are subject to change!! Please check them beforehand!
 

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY SCREENINGS:

AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
Thursday at 7:30pm
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
Saturday at 7pm
Millenium Youth Complex
1156 Hargrave St.
 
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
The North Door
502 Brushy Creek

 
 
 
 

WEIRD WEDNESDAY:
Wednesday at 10:15am
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

Wednesday at 7:25am
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
 
M150 FUNDRAISER
Wednesday at 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
 
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fri. & Sat. at 7pm & 10:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
2KPOP SING-ALONG:
It's Getting Hot In Here
Friday at 10:10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Saturday at 5:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

 

Once Roars Into Austin Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:20

By Katie Stotts

Once hits the stage at Bass concert this week with the loud thump of stomping feet and the amplified roar of beautiful folk music.

Actress and pianist Dani De Waal plays the character "Girl" seen above. Fitting, because her charisma is so enthralling, you don't need to know her name. Girl walks into a bar, hears the song of a broken man ("Guy" played by Stuart Ward), and decides that his music is worth something. He is jaded from a past broken heart and wants nothing to do with her. But when the tables turn and he is drawn into her spell, it's she who must decide if she's ready to let go of the past and move forward with him.

Once takes you all places at once. You're in a dive bar listening to folk music, transported back to popular songs you've heard on the radio (made all the more beautiful live), and simultaneously in the midst of a love quadrangle that's full of passion. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, whom you may recognize from the popular song "Falling Slowly", provide the enchanting musical score which is full of traditional folk and sometimes more rock/pop sounds.
 
The name is fitting. All it takes is hearing the first song - once - and you're hooked.
 
 
Weekdays at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm through March 1st

For more information, call (512) 471-4454 or to buy tickets, click here!

 

Photo from ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

 
Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles In Austin Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 February 2015 12:42

By J.J. Pollack

Close your eyes and imagine yourself crammed around the sound stage of Studio 50. A chorus of screaming teenagers explode with uncontrollable emotion as Ed Sullivan finishes his now famous introduction, "Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!" A wave of raw power rips through the air as John, Paul, George, and Ringo change the course of popular music forever.

Most of us never had the chance to witness moments like this. Moments in Beatles history that Beatlemaniacs, like myself, wish they could have been a part of and seen. This experience is exactly what Rain aims to give the audience; a visual and audible taste of The Beatles evolving sound from the monumental first Ed Sullivan performance to the final rooftop performance of Let It Be. All phases of the fab fours' style and sound are touched upon in the Rain set list, and each Beatle takes their turn singing lead vocals.

The mannerisms, expressions and playing style of all four mop tops is exceptional. The instrumentation is a note for note match to the recorded songs. These are not simply actors fumbling their way through the music, they are in fact fantastic musicians with a great understanding of The Beatles and the ways their performances can impact an audience.

The most exciting moments of the show come when the band dives into the psychedelic and intricately layered songs from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. The Beatles masterpiece, A Day in the Life soars to an epic crescendo, and Strawberry Fields Forever perfectly rides along mellotronic waves. Watching Rain re-create sounds in a live setting that required multi-track studio tricks in the 60s might have gone unnoticed to many in the audience, but was a major highlight of the evening for me. Squint your eyes, turn off your brain, and listen to the show. This is the closest you can get to enjoying all four of The Beatles performing some the greatest moments in musical history.

For more information, call (512) 471-4454 or to buy tickets, click here!

 

Photo from Cyllavon Tiedemann

 

 
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