Thursday 8 June 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. June is Membership Month at NAC
  2. Summer Roof Deck Kick Off Party! > Sat 10 June 8PM
  3. Still Alive by Katie Mazi / Flea Market Gallery
  4. TWO SHOWS : ONE NIGHT > Fri 16 June
    New Work by Ben Ibebe / Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
    +
    DKV Trio / SOUND SOUND / Adam CK Vollick : NAC Roof
  5. This Week at The Film House

M E M B E R S H I P   M O N T H  

It’s membership month at your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre! We concentrate our appeal for membership renewals, and for new members to join, for the whole month of June.

We’ll send you a specific email to let you know if your membership has expired or expires at the end of the month. If you don’t get one, that means you’re in good standing. Stay tuned!

HOW CAN YOU RENEW?

  • Online here
  • In person at NAC: Wed 10AM-5PM / Thurs + Fri 12PM-9PM / Sat 12PM-5PM
  • Give us a call at 905-641-0331
  • Or by mail – who doesn’t like getting mail?
    354 St. Paul Street
    St. Catharines, ON  L2R 3N2

An annual membership starts at $45 [includes HST].

NAC holds our end of the bargain proudly:

  • Members are subscribed to this electronic newsletter to keep you looped in on what’s happening at NAC, with our members, and at other Niagara arts organizations.
  • Artist members get the run of Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery. This space exists so Niagara artists can quickly exhibit work and generate scratch, and it rotates every two weeks.
  • Members receive cut-rates on NAC special events. Our visual art exhibits are always free but then we heap on film screenings, music events, and literary readings. If you made it out to a half-dozen events in the next twelve months your membership’d pay for itself.
  • Looking for something and not sure where to find it? We likely have one or two ’em kicking around in the basement. Only NAC members have access to our tool library of film, video, photo, and audio equipment. There’s too much to list, but whether it’s making it or presenting it, we’ve got what it takes.
  • Members have voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting in November – as a member you get to help our organization make decisions. Attendance at the AGM also entitles you to at least one piece of southern fried chicken (vegan options available!).
  • Then there are our donor categories: Supporter ($100), Patron ($240), and Benefactor ($300+). Want to put something more behind the hardest-working Artist-run-Centre north of the Barnwell South Carolina birthplace of James Brown? NAC’s forty-eight uninterrupted years of bringing it is our testament to making the most of your benevolence. All donors receive a charitable receipt and there are perks like prints, warmth, and fuzziness.

Members are the lifeblood of our little tree-fort with a budget, we’re counting on you!!

Get In!


SUMMER ROOF DECK
KICK-OFF PARTY

Saturday 10 June 8PM
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Only five bucks to get in

WITH DJ MO-TANG + DJ JFM

A line-up of seven great live music shows to be announced!

Musicians from Cayuga to Chicago and from Welland to New Orleans all on one roof.

Limited (and soon to be elusive) passes for these shows will go on sale at the event.

Afraid to commit? Worried you won’t be able to make a show? It’s ok … you can pass your pass on to someone else!

Only sixty passes available!


STILL ALIVE
By NAC Member Katie Mazi

On display at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery
Sundays from 9AM-4:30PM

St. Catharines Factory Outlet Flea Market
46 Turner Cr., St. Catharines

Still life paintings and drawings were commonly created, sold, collected and showcased since the 1300s and continue to be used as source material for artists. The still life is a timeless way to construct a work of art. Common elements include plants, food, flowers, drapery, vases, and jewellery as seen above.

Still Alive is a collection of found, household objects assembled to create a still life scene. The items on display were gathered from second-hand sources including this flea market. They all have gone through a similar cycle beginning at a retail store, to a residence, discarded and then brought together to restore their value. Each item has been through the process of being desired at one time, then unwanted. The intention of including reused imitation plant material along with ceramics was guided by their long lasting and timeless qualities, which are juxtaposed with their fragility and outdatedness. We are reminded of our own fragility, as the things we use, lose, trade, discard and find will often outlive us, as we move in and out of this world. Those who are passing by will view and perhaps document the scene if they choose.

Katie Mazi is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Niagara region. Her installation work immerses viewers into subversive domestic environments, while her photos illustrate vivid and deceptive scenes. She also uses painting and drawing to communicate fluid and immediate ideas. Mazi is most interested in using everyday objects to represent the absurdity of human behaviour, especially in relationship to non-human animals and the natural world.


two shows : one night

Join us Friday 16 June at NAC for the closing reception of Ben Ibebe’s exhibit in the Dennis Tourbn Members Gallery followed by the DKV Trio + SOUND SOUND on NAC’s Thomas Craig Oliver Rooftop Terrace.

It all starts at 7pm:

New Work by
Nigerian artist Ben Ibebe
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
On display from 3-16 June 2017

Closing Reception Friday 16 June 7PM

Ben Ibebe is an internationally known African artist based in Nigeria. Ben focuses on images of West Africa using vibrant, captivating and very tactile paintings in oil and mixed media. Featuring every day scenes of Nigerian life, Ben’s unique impasto technique give each art work an almost three dimensional surface adding additional character to bright colors and geometric composition. His work has broad appeal, with particular appear to the growing interest in Sub-Saharan and West African art.

benibebe.com

followed by:

IMPROVISED MUSIC ON THE ROOF

DKV TRIO / SOUND SOUND
Visuals by Adam CK Vollick

Friday 16 June 2017 8PM
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
$17 / Advance tickets available at NAC / Mindbomb Records
DKV Trio (Chicago)
The DKV Trio is one of the most exciting ensembles working in contemporary improvised music. Featuring Hamid Drake (drums), Kent Kessler (bass), and Ken Vandermark, the band has been active since the mid 1990s and has released eleven recordings, including their most recent album, which came out in the autumn of 2016: Collider (that features the trio paired with the Scandinavian group, The Thing).

Their 2014 five CD box set, Sound in Motion in Sound, was reviewed by the Free Jazz Collective as follows, “They are tighter, more explosive, and ingenious than ever. Imagine every DKV Trio’s signature element coming together in a remarkably dazzling, fiery display of musical prowess. There’s an almost palpable quality to the way that the musicians meld their ideas and approaches together. There’s groove propelled by Drake’s funky, loose drumming, there’s melody in the bass lines, there’s dissonance and conflict in Vandermark’s fluid, mercurial playing.

This is a great recording by an unmistakable, intense group of musicians with a sound and feeling of their own. That much is clear now. I would even dare to call this album their best to date. Inspired, full of energy, harmonically, rhythmically, and even melodically rich, capable of wonderfully recreating the joy of listening to DKV Trio live.” 5 stars

2017 promises to be an exceptional year for the band: they will be releasing a new album on the label Not Two, have concerts scheduled in Canada during June, and will tour in Europe with Joe McPhee as a guest for the first time in their career.

SOUND SOUND (Niagara)
SOUND SOUND is an improvised music series created and run by St. Catharines based musicians Jeff Luciani and Joe Lapinski. It aims at bringing together local and non-local musicians and artists in the spontaneous creation of sound. Both random and thematic inspirations are used to propagate a unique experience for both musician and audience member. In other words, everyone in the room can participate! SOUND SOUND currently has a monthly residency at Mahtay Cafe in lovely downtown St. Catharines.

Adam CK Vollick (Niagara)
I am a Niagara native who grew up close to the breeze of Lake Erie. My early love of Photography and Light has allowed me to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of my heros. I am currently working on several film projects for Neil Young; I am co-producing a short film with Daryl Hannah; and recently my work can be seen in the Timberlake/Demme film that premiered at TIFF 2016 and is now streaming on Netflix. As well, I continue to be a Daniel Lanois film collaborator for over a decade. My works both still and moving pictures are internationally collected and appear on stages and in theaters across the globe. Niagara is where I return to meditate, and find peace in my own life while preparing for the next sojourn.

 

Wednesday 31 May 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Bowling > Fun(d)raiser for NAC / Thurs 1 June 7PM
  2. Summer Roof Deck Kick Off Party! / Sat 10  June 8PM
  3. New Work by Ben Ibebe / Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery / Fri 16 June 7PM
  4. DKV Trio / SOUND SOUND / Adam CK Vollick / NAC Roof / Fri 16 June 8PM
  5. This Week at The Film House
  6. NEW and IMPROVED Gallery hours!

BOWLING
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NAC

Thurs 1 June 7pm-9pm
Get shoed at 6:45!
Fairview Lanes / Fairview Mall

     Strikes and gutters, 
     ups and downs, 
     the Dude abides

It’s ten pin (the one with the holes in the balls)

Enter a team of five (save $25) or come on your own and we’ll gang you up.

There will be PRIZES and TROPHIES — the kind of stuff you put on the mantle and people come over and say what the heck is that? 

Sign-up in advance at NAC or email Tina at tinajones.nac@gmail.com

You can also sign up the night of by coming by the lanes!

$25 per bowler or groups of 5 for $100
>> includes shoes! <<

FUN(D)RAISE FOR NAC / COMPETE FOR TROPHIES!


SUMMER ROOF DECK
KICK-OFF PARTY

Saturday 10 June 8PM
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC

Only five bucks to get in

A line-up of seven great live music shows to be announced!

Musicians from Cayuga to Chicago and from Welland to New Orleans all on one roof.

Limited (and soon to be elusive) passes for these shows will go on sale at the event.

Afraid to commit? Worried you won’t be able to make a show? It’s ok … you can pass your pass on to someone else!

Only sixty passes available!


New Work by
Nigerian artist Ben Ibebe
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
On display from 3-16 June 2017

Closing Reception Friday 16 June 7PM
Followed by DKV Trio + Sound Sound on NAC’s Rooftop!

Ben Ibebe is an internationally known African artist based in Nigeria. Ben focuses on images of West Africa using vibrant, captivating and very tactile paintings in oil and mixed media. Featuring every day scenes of Nigerian life, Ben’s unique impasto technique give each art work an almost three dimensional surface adding additional character to bright colors and geometric composition. His work has broad appeal, with particular appear to the growing interest in Sub-Saharan and West African art.

benibebe.com


IMPROVISED MUSIC ON THE ROOF

DKV TRIO / SOUND SOUND
Visuals by Adam CK Vollick
Friday 16 June 2017
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC

Doors at 8:30PM / Show at 9PM
$15 / Advance tickets available at NAC
DKV Trio (Chicago)
The DKV Trio is one of the most exciting ensembles working in contemporary improvised music. Featuring Hamid Drake (drums), Kent Kessler (bass), and Ken Vandermark, the band has been active since the mid 1990s and has released eleven recordings, including their most recent album, which came out in the autumn of 2016: Collider (that features the trio paired with theScandinavian group, The Thing).

Their 2014 five CD box set, Sound in Motion in Sound, was reviewed by the Free Jazz Collective as follows, “They are tighter, more explosive, and ingenious than ever. Imagine every DKV Trio’s signature element coming together in a remarkably dazzling, fiery display of musical prowess. There’s an almost palpable quality to the way that the musicians meld their ideas and approaches together. There’s groove propelled by Drake’s funky, loose drumming, there’s melody in the bass lines, there’s dissonance and conflict in Vandermark’s fluid, mercurial playing.

This is a great recording by an unmistakable, intense group of musicians with a sound and feeling of their own. That much is clear now. I would even dare to call this album their best to date. Inspired, full of energy, harmonically, rhythmically, and even melodically rich, capable of wonderfully recreating the joy of listening to DKV Trio live.” 5 stars

2017 promises to be an exceptional year for the band: they will be releasing a new album on thelabel Not Two, have concerts scheduled in Canada during June, and will tour in Europe with Joe McPhee as a guest for the first time in their career.

SOUND SOUND (Niagara)
SOUND SOUND is an improvised music series created and run by St. Catharines based musicians Jeff Luciani and Joe Lapinski. It aims at bringing together local and non-local musicians and artists in the spontaneous creation of sound. Both random and thematic inspirations are used to propagate a unique experience for both musician and audience member. In other words, everyone in the room can participate! SOUND SOUND currently has a monthly residency at Mahtay Cafe in lovely downtown St. Catharines.

Adam CK Vollick (Niagara)
I am a Niagara native who grew up close to the breeze of Lake Erie. My early love of Photography and Light has allowed me to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of my heros. I am currently working on several film projects for Neil Young; I am co-producing a short film with Daryl Hannah; and recently my work can be seen in theTimberlake/Demme film that premiered at TIFF 2016 and is now streaming on Netflix. As well, I continue to be a Daniel Lanois film collaborator for over a decade. My works both still and moving pictures are internationally collected and appear on stages and in theaters across theglobe. Niagara is where I return to meditate, and find peace in my own life while preparing for thenext sojourn.


 

THIS WEEK AT THE FILM HOUSE

BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED
USA 2016. Directed by Lonny Price. 97 min. PG

Wed 31 May 8pm – TONIGHT ONLY!

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after 16 performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show’s creation – and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices — through success and failure.

 

MALIGLUTIT (SEARCHERS)
Canada 2016. Directed by Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq.

94 min. 14A

Thu 1 Jun 8pm / Fri 2 Jun 7pm

CELEBRATION OF NATIONS  FEATURED PROGRAMMING 

Maliglutit (Searchers) is a 2016 Inuktitut-language Canadian drama film based in part on the 1956 John Ford film The Searchers. Nunavut, circa 1913. Kuanana returns from a caribou hunt to discover his wife and daughter kidnapped, and the rest of his family slaughtered. His father’s spirit helper, the loon Kallulik, sets him on course to overturn fate and reunite his family.

Read the review by Stephen Remus here

 

I, DANIEL BLAKE
UK, France, Belgium 2016. Directed by Ken Loach.

100 min. 14A

Fri 2 Jun 9:30pm, Sat 3 Jun 7pm, Sun 4 Jun 7pm, Thurs 8 Jun 7pm, Fri 9 Jun 6:30pm

British master Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes for this timely drama about Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor’s diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake’s benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who’s struggling to take care of her two children.

 

BABE
Australia, America 1995, Chris Noonan. 90 min. G

Sat  3 Jun 4pm

Presented as part of Niagara VegFest! Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly (Miriam Margolyes) and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly’s jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy?

 

EATING YOU ALIVE
USA 2016. Directed by Paul David Kennamer Jr  92 min. NR

Sat 3 Jun 9:30pm

Presented as part of Niagara VegFest! A feature-length documentary revealing the truth behind why Americans are so sick and what we can do about it. Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and erectile dysfunction. Despite countless dollars spent on medical research, new drugs and innovative technology to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before. Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.

 

MAUDIE – back by popular demand!
Ireland, Canada 2017. Directed by Aisling Walsh. 115 min. PG

Sun 4 Jun 4pm, Sat 10 June 7pm, Sun 11 June 4pm

Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. Based on the real-life story of Nova Scotian folk Artist Maud Lewis.

Thursday 4 May: Expression of Interest / Public Art Project

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The City of St. Catharines is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Carlisle StreetPublic Art Project.

The City is looking to commission an original, site-specific, permanent work of public art on Carlisle St. alongside the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines. This competition is open to professional, Canadian and/or Indigenous artists. Proposals will be accepted from individual artists and artist-led creative teams who are at any stage in their career.

An artwork proposal is not requested at this time. 

Through this Expression of Interest, the City will identify up to six artists and/or creative teams who will then receive a Request for Proposal and a stipend (between $1,000.00 and $1,500.00) to produce a detailed design concept. An artist or creative team will then be selected to work with a budget of $75,000.00 to design, fabricate and install the artwork.

Specifications are available for download free of charge at https://stcatharines.bidsandtenders.ca. In order to be eligible to submit an Expression of Interest bidders must create an account in order to download, receive and/or print bid documents.

DEADLINE: Wednesday May 31, 2017 as outlined in the EOI document.

For further information, contact Justin Kelly, Purchasing Agent phone number 905-688-5600, extension 1451jkelly@stcatharines.ca

Wednesday 3 May 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin:

1. NAC Gallery Hours
2. Rob Elliott & Melanie MacDonald in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
3. Pile On by Steve Debruyn in the Show Room Gallery at NAC
4. FREE Performance of Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures – TONIGHT
5. This Week at The Film House
6. NAC Member Sandy Middleton at AKASHA Art Projects


NAC Gallery Hours
Wed 3 May – Thurs 11 May

In preparation for Steve Debruyn’s exhibit in the Show Room Gallery Friday 12 May 7PM (see item 3), NAC Gallery hours will be as follows:

     Wednesday 10AM-5PM
     Thursday + Friday 10AM-5PM
     Saturday 12NN-4PM

If you need to get in to NAC after hours please email Natasha at natasha@nac.org


Recent Work by
Rob Elliott & Melanie MacDonald
On display in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Until Saturday 13 May 2017Fellow artist and friend Rob Elliott and I will be displaying some recent paintings in the members gallery at NAC. We won’t be having a reception, but we encourage you to come check our work out over the next couple of weeks.

– Melanie MacDonald

swizzle.ca
melaniemacdonald.ca


Pile On > Steve Debruyn

Showroom Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception / Friday 12 May 2017 at 7PM

On display until Saturday 22 July.

An installation of large proportions, rooted in the abandonment of traditional approaches to art making.

stevedebruyn.com


BOYS, GIRLS, AND OTHER MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES
Carousel Players

Free Performance TONIGHT at 7PM
Pre-show discussion at 6:30PM

Carousel Players invites you to a free performance of Boys, Girls, And Other Mythological Creatures by Mark Crawford at Silver Spire Church in downtown St. Catharines TONIGHT.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us for a pre show discussion at 6:30 pm. The show will commence at 7 pm, followed by an extended Question & Answer session immediately following the performance.

Recommended for ages 5+.

All are welcome.


THIS WEEK AT THE FILM HOUSE

KEDI

Turkey, USA 2016. Directed by Ceyda Torun. 80 min. G

Wed 3 May 8pm – FINAL SCREENING TONIGHT!

 

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

 

 

COLOSSAL

Canada, Spain 2016. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo. 110 min. R

Thu 4 May 7pm, Fri 5 May 9:30pm, Sat 6 May 7pm, Sun 7 May 4pm

 

After Gloria (Anne Hathaway) loses her job and is kicked out of her boyfriend’s apartment, she leaves her life in New York and moves back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

 

 

MAUDIE

Ireland, Canada 2017. Directed by Aisling Walsh. 115 min. PG

Fri 5 May 7PM, Thurs 11 May 8PM, Sat 13 May 7PM, Sun 14 May 4PM, Mon 15 May 8PM

Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Based on the real-life story of Nova Scotian folk Artist Maud Lewis.

 

 

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

Switzerland, France 2016. Directed by Claude Barras. 68 min. G

Sat 6 May 4pm

 

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first, he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

 

 

IT MIGHT GET LOUD

USA 2008. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 98 min

Sat 6 May 9:30pm

 

Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos – The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favourite instruments, guitars both found and invented. The movie revolves around a day when Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play.

 

 

ALIENS

USA, UK 1986. Directed by James Cameron. 136 min. R

Sun 7 May 7pm

 

After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine-year-old girl named Newt (Carrie Henn). But even these battle-hardened marines with all the latest weaponry are no match for the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony.

Thursday 20 April 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Samantha Cline’s I knew a fellow, he worked in Zurich > Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
  2. Bruce McCulloch is coming back to town!
  3. This week at The Film House
  4. More square foot opportunities

I knew a fellow, he worked in Zurich
Samantha Cline

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception Saturday 22 April 2PM-5PM
On display from Friday 21 April – Wednesday 26 April

This exhibition is a culmination of studio work completed during Brock Visual Arts 3F99 course and presents a selection of alternative process photographic works. 


YOUNG DRUNK PUNK
Bruce McCulloch
In the Soil Arts Festival

Saturday 29 April at 5pm / Sunday 30 April at 1:30pm
Robertson Theatre / FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

$35 or Festival Pass

Bruce’s solo show chronicles his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 90s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills. From scowling teenager to father of two, this evening of comedy, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact.

“McCulloch was solid. He alternated between telling stories and tossing about absurdisms… he pulled no punches …he proved that he still “has it.” ….There were even a few personal, serious moments that almost caught you off guard…McCulloch was in probably the finest form of his career.” ~ Dakin Hardwick, SpinningPlatters.com

“… a definitive image of McCulloch, at once the silliest and most cynical of the Kids, and that sensibility is reflected in his new solo show” ~ John Semley, NOW Magazine

Running Time: Approx. 70 minutes, No Intermission


In the Soil Arts Festival nurtures the creation of new work and provides intimate and uncommon platforms for audiences to experience work by contemporary performing and literary artists, musicians and media artists.

Get your Festival Pass today!

 


THIS WEEK AT THE FILM HOUSE

 

WEIRDOS
Canada 2016. Dir. by Bruce McDonald. 84 min. 14A

Thurs 20 April at 8PM – FINAL SCREENING TONIGHT!

Nova Scotia, 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his very core – his sexuality, his sense of place and self – in an attempt to find a place to call home. Nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Awards for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Molly Parker

 

Operation Avalanche
USA 2016. Dir. by Matt Johnson. 94 min. 14A

Fri 21 April 7PM / Sat 22 April 7PM / Sun 23 April 4PM

1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA’s race to the moon. The real mission – use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies… Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it.

 

XX
Canada, USA 2017. Dir. by Roxanne Benjamin,  Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Jovanka Vuckovic. 81 min. 14A

Fri 21 April 9:30PM / Sun 23 7PM / Thurs 27 April 8PM / Fri 28 April 9:30PM

XX is a female-driven horror anthology with each director given full creative license to tell any story they choose revolving around a female protagonist. Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) dares to open The Box; Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with The Birthday Party; Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) screams Don’t Fall; Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) exorcises Her Only Living Son; and Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (La Casa Triste) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror.

 

Winged Migration
France, Germany, Switzerland 2001. Dir. by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud. 90 min. G

Sat 22 April 4PM

Winner of the César Award for Best Editing, this documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that’s uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. Rather than concentrating on statistics and facts, the film near-wordlessly portrays the sheer physical effort demanded of the birds on their disparate routes. Along the way, we see the many dangers they face, from man-made waste to a group of hungry crabs.

 

KOYAANISQATSI
USA 1982. Dir. by Godfrey Reggio. 96 min. G

Sat 22 April 9:30PM / Sat 29 April 9:30PM

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through dramatic imagery and musical score composed by Philip Glass.

 

SLAP SHOT > MEMBERS CHOICE!
USA 1977. Directed by George Roy Hill 102 min. 14A

Mon 24 April 8PM

In the small New England town of Charlestown, the local mill is about to lay off 10,000 workers. The town’s minor league hockey team, the Charlestown Chiefs, is doing no better. After years of failure, this will be the team’s last season. Exasperated player and coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) lets the club’s recent acquisitions, the Hanson Brothers, play. The brothers’ actively violent and thuggish style of play excites the fans. Dunlop retools the team, using violence to draw big crowds.


There’s Magic A Foot Fundraiser
Saturday 1 July 2017
Viewing 9AM to 7PM / Sale and Reception 7PM to 10PM

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Confederation, Niagara Arts Showcase will present 150 one foot by one foot pieces of art crafted by local artists.   All pieces will be on display from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at The Hub on Queen, 4333 Queen Street (across from City Hall).  The pieces will be up for sale at 7:00 pm at a cost of $150 each.  A portion of the proceeds goes to Niagara Arts Showcase.   Refreshments and snacks will be served after 7:00 pm.
Call to Artists:
Would you like to show and sell your 1 foot by 1 foot art?  – Deadline May 1, 2017

Application info can be found here

Niagara Arts Showcase, Lori Lococo  905 357 5902info@niagaraartsshowcase.com

Thursday 13 April 2017 Feats Wrapping Up – Bite the Head Off that Bunny

FEATS WRAPPING UP – BITE THE HEAD OFF THAT BUNNY

SMALL FEATS was another doozey – straight ahead and grins all around.

Thanks to our sponsors Oast House Brewers and Henry of Pelham Family Estates for their support.

Thanks to the many patrons for cracking their wallets to snag locally made wonders and to theartists for making the donation of their work.

104 art works walked out the door!

Congratulations to the winning bidder on John Moffat’s donation of the silk screen print of theMansion House—Adrian Palmieri.

Now that the till has stopped ringing and the debit/credit machine has cooled off (ours is a bit of a beater) we know that $10K is going into the pockets of NAC artists and over $10K was raised for NAC.

Just a heads up, NAC’ll be shuttering the cultural tree-fort on Friday so we can gorge ourselves on cheap, waxy chocolate. We’ll be open again on Saturday, noon until 5PM.

There’s still a good crop of art works hanging around the place if you missed the event.

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Stephen Remus
Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources

Tuesday 4 April 2017 > SMALL FEATS PREVIEW ONLINE

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Saturday 8 April 2017
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It’s a win-win for the fortunate secondary school coop student who was given the assignment to make this. Sara learned how they titled films in the antiquated pre-computer age and at the same grasped the meaning of a seldom heard Ottawa Valley idiomatic expression.

NAC is preparing the minds of tomorrow’s business and civic leaders to meet whatever challenges they might face!

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Stephen Remus
Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources
Niagara Artists Centre

Wednesday 22 March 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. Small Feats: Largest Art Exhibit + Sale / Sat 8 April 8PM at NAC
  2. This Week at The Film House
  3. In the Soil Arts Festival / Early Bird Festival Passes / Volunteer!
  4. New Visions Incubator / DOC Institute

SMALL FEATS
Saturday 8 April 2017
Doors at 8PM / VIP Preview at 7:40PM*

Largest Art Exhibit + Sale in Niagara

We’re gearing up for the biggest art-buying frenzy and party of the year!

We put the call out to the artist members of NAC to create remarkable works of art and they responded!  We’ve got more submissions than ever.

While we’re still offering up sweet square foot works of art for $200, we’ve added an even smaller option to this year’s wall. Pick up 6”x 8” original artwork for $100.

BELIEVE THE HYPE!

Stay tuned for a preview of the show!

* VIP Preview for NAC Supporters, Patrons, Champions.
Renew or upgrade your membership today!


THIS WEEK AT THE FILM HOUSE

I am Not Your Negro
USA 2016. Directed by Raoul Peck. 95 min. 14A
Wed 22 Mar 8pm, Wed 5 Apr 8pmWed 12 Apr 8pm

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.

Toni Erdmann
Germany, Austria 2016. Directed by Maren Ade. 162 min. 14A
Thu 23 Mar 8pm, Fri 24 Mar 9:30pm, Sun 26 Mar 4pm, Mon 27 Mar 8pm

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

“By a wide margin the funniest almost-three-hour German comedy you will ever see.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

La La Land
USA 2016. Directed by Damien Chazelle. 128 min. PG
FINAL SCREENING! Fri 24 Mar 7pm

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

USA 2016. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. 72 min. G
Sat 25 Mar 4pm*, Sat 1 Apr 4pm

This gorgeously animated fable from Academy Award–winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit marks the first international co-production from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a lone man struggles to construct a raft, but his every attempt to leave the island is thwarted by an enormous sea turtle who seems intent on having him stay. What transpires will instead open a new chapter in his life, one that will instruct him in the ways of companionship and lead him to understand that nature must take its course.

Special screening of The Red Turtle in support of Start Me Up Niagara on Sat 25 Mar at 4PM

Come down to The Film House for a screening of The Red Turtle at 4pm in support of Start Me Up Niagara. For every donation of $20 to Start Me Up Niagara, you will receive 2 free tickets for the screening of The Red Turtle!

Visit or contact the Box Office to reserve your tickets and make your donation: 905-688-0722.

Start Me Up Niagara works with individuals facing significant life challenges such as addiction, mental illness, poverty, homelessness and unemployment. Find out more, startmeupniagara.ca

Movie Night: Three Rare Comedies: Charlie Chaplin 
Presented by the Gallery Players of Niagara & the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
SPECIAL PRESENTATION / Sat 25 Mar 7pm

ONE A.M. (26mins): Chaplin’s tipsy man-about-town maneuvers around furniture and stairs like a stranger navigating the layout of someone else’s home.
THE PAWNSHOP (26mins): The owner’s assistant, Charlie creates chaos as a fixer of things, including a client’s clock in one of Chaplin’s most memorable scenes.
THE RINK (26mins): A restaurant employee, Charlie makes mischief in the kitchen, roller-skates like a champion, and gets the girl in this smartly structured narrative.

Awesome; I Fucking Shot That
USA 2006. Directed by Adam Yauch. 89 min. PG
Sat 25 Mar 9:30pm

Sure, the Beastie Boys could have hired D.A. Pennebaker or Jonathan Demme to film their Madison Square Garden concert on October 9th, 2004 — or they could just give 50 attendees digital cameras, let them shoot the show and then see what comes back. Subtitled “an authorized bootleg,” this crowd-sourced performance movie technically lists Nathaniel Hornblower (a.k.a. the lederhosen-wearing alter ego of baritoned Beastie Adam Yauch) as the director — but it really is a fans-eye view of a great show and the ultimate testament of the trio’s belief in D.I.Y. empowerment. Plus you get to see the Beastie Boys at the Garden, cold-kickin’ it live. Rest in peace, MCA.

>> Read the review by Stephen Remus here

Pretty in Pink
USA 1986. Directed by Howard Deutch. 96 min. 14A
Sun 26 Mar 7pm

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy film about love and social cliques in American high schools in the 1980s. It is commonly identified as a “Brat Pack” film. The film was directed by Howard Deutch, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, and written by John Hughes, who also served as co-executive producer. It has become a cult favorite.


In the Soil Arts Festival 2017
Early Bird Festival Passes / ON SALE NOW!

A growing celebration, brought to you with a lot of heart, In the Soil Arts Festival is back for the 9th annual showcase of original music, theatre, dance, spoken word, film, media art, street art and one-time performance experiences from 28 April – 30 April 2017.

SAVE $15! Early bird festival passes are ON SALE NOW for only $35 (until 12midnight on 31 March) and provide first-come, first-serve access to over 150 acts and installations. Festival passes are $50 as of 1 April 2017.

Snatch up your Early Bird Festival Passes HERE

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL!
Wanna get involved? Super! Check out our VOLUNTEER opportunities HERE.


NEW VISIONS INCUBATOR / DOC Institute

DOC Institute’s New Visions Incubator, a documentary-focused mentorship program for young filmmakers across Ontario, is now accepting applications.

This Ontario-wide 8-month program is a unique blend of creative mentorship, story development, practical resources, & networking opportunities that will guide filmmakers through the development stage of their documentary projects.

Filmmakers must be located near one of the Incubator’s hubs in Toronto, Belleville, or Sudbury in order to participate. 10 filmmakers will be selected from each hub, for a total of 30 participants in the program. Ages 20-29.

Applications are due 26 March 2017:
http://docinstitute.com/doc-institute-new-visions-incubator/

Tuesday 7 March 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. Small Feats: Largest Art Exhibit + Sale / Sat 8 April 8PM at NAC
  2. Call for Artists / Kitsch 4 Canada / Deadline Monday 13 March
  3. Speed Sisters / Wednesday 8PM at The Film House
  4. This Week at The Film House
  5. In the Soil Arts Festival / Early Bird Festival Passes

SMALL FEATS
Saturday 8 April 2017
Doors at 8PM / VIP Preview at 7:40PM*

Largest Art Exhibit + Sale in Niagara

We’re gearing up for the biggest art-buying frenzy and party of the year!

We put the call out to the artist members of NAC to create remarkable works of art and they responded!  We’ve got more submissions than ever.

While we’re still offering up sweet square foot works of art for $200, we’ve added an even smaller option to this year’s wall. Pick up 6”x 8” original artwork for $100.

BELIEVE THE HYPE!

Stay tuned for a preview of the show!

* VIP Preview for NAC Supporters, Patrons, Champions.
Renew or upgrade your membership today!


Kitsch 4 Canada
2017 City of St. Catharines Annual Juried Exhibition

1 May to 4 Nov 2017

To many, kitsch is the opposite of art. With our proximity to the souvenir hotbed of Niagara Falls, and in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the City of St. Catharines’ Public Art Advisory Committee wants to celebrate the souvenir.

Niagara artists are invited to make kitsch that can be passed off as art. The kitsch can be real or imagined: all successful entries will cast an examining eye on the prevalence of the kitsch object in our society.

Submissions of original artwork created within the past three (3) years will be considered from professional, student and amateur artists. Artists will be paid an exhibition fee and their work will be considered for acquisition for the City of St. Catharines’ Civic Art Collection.

Deadline: Monday 13 March 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
View the Kitsch 4 Canada Call to Artists
Download the Entry Form to complete in Word


SPEED SISTERS
Wednesday 8 March 2017 8PM
The Film House / FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

USA 2015. Directed by Amber Fares. 78 min. 14A 
In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Film House is screening Speed Sisters, a documentary about the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene.

Read the review by NAC Member and Film House Programming Committee Member Joan Nicks HERE


THIS WEEK AT THE FILM HOUSE

La La Land
USA 2016. Directed by Damien Chazelle. 128min. PG
Thur 9 Mar 8pm, Fri 17 Mar 9:30pm, Sat 18 Mar 7pm, Sun 19 Mar 4pm, Fri 24 Mar 7pmWritten and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.Old Stone
USA 2016. Directed by Johnny Ma. 80 min. 14A
Fri 10 Mar 7pm, Mon 13 Mar 8pmIn Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.

A Man Called Ove
Sweden 2016. Directed by Hannes Holm. 116 min. PG
Fri 10 Mar 9:30pm, Sat 11 Mar 7pm, Sun 12 Mar 4pm, Thur 16 Mar 8pm

Fifty nine year old Ove is the blocks grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Oves mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship.

The Red Turtle
USA 2016. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. 72 min. G
Sat 11 Mar 4pm, Sat 25 Mar 4pm

This gorgeously animated fable from Academy Award–winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit marks the first international co-production from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a lone man struggles to construct a raft, but his every attempt to leave the island is thwarted by an enormous sea turtle who seems intent on having him stay. Enraged, he attempts to kill the creature that is blocking his escape — but what transpires will instead open a new chapter in his life, one that will instruct him in the ways of companionship and lead him to understand that nature must take its course.

The Last Waltz
USA 1978. Directed by Martin Scorcese. 129 min. PG
Sat 11 Mar 9:30pm

Long before he shined the light on the antics of Henry Hill and Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas, before he guided Robert De Niro to an Oscar-winning performance in Raging Bull, and before he helmed such fantastic films as The Last Temptation of Christ, Cape Fear, Casino, and The King of Comedy, Martin Scorcese directed a documentary on the music group The Band. Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history, as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars — including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison — take the stage for “The Band’s” 1976 farewell concert. Considered among one of, if not the best music documentaries ever made, The Last Waltz is a revealing, electrifying view of The Band’s famous last show-and presents some of the finest musicians of the 1970s.

Lion
USA 2016. Directed by Garth Davis. 118 min. PG
Sun 12 Mar 7pm, Fri 17 Mar 7pm, Mon 20 Mar 8pm

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.


In the Soil Arts Festival 2017
Early Bird Festival Passes / ON SALE NOW!

A growing celebration, brought to you with a lot of heart, In the Soil Arts Festival is back for the 9th annual showcase of original music, theatre, dance, spoken word, film, media art, street art and one-time performance experiences from 28 April – 30 April 2017.

SAVE $15! Early bird festival passes are ON SALE NOW for only $35 (until 12midnight on 31 March) and provide first-come, first-serve access to over 150 acts and installations. Festival passes are $50 as of 1 April 2017.

Snatch up your Early Bird Festival Passes HERE

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL!
Wanna get involved? Super! Check out our VOLUNTEER opportunities HERE.

Thursday 2 March 2017

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. STANDOFF: Brock Art Collective / Fri 3 March 7PM at NAC
  2. Small Feats: Largest Art Exhibit + Sale / Sat 8 April 8PM at NAC
  3. This Week at The Film House

STANDOFF
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Closing Reception Friday 3 March 2017 7PM-9PM

Standoff is Brock University’s Fifth Annual Juried Art Exhibition hosted by the Brock Art Collective (BAC).  This year, 14 students’ artworks were selected by jurors Amy Friend and Scott Sawtell. There is a range in media including: photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking.

There will be a closing reception on Friday 3 March 3rd from 7-9pm. Around 8:30PM that night BAC will be announcing the top prizes along with honourable mentions.  This is a free community event well equipped with refreshments and snacks.

brockartcollective@gmail.com


SMALL FEATS
Saturday 8 April 2017
Doors at 8PM
VIP Preview at 7:40PM

Largest Art Exhibit + Sale in Niagara

We’re gearing up for the biggest art-buying frenzy and party of the year!

We put the call out to the artist members of NAC to create remarkable works of art and they responded!  We’ve got more submissions than ever.

While we’re still offering up sweet square foot works of art for $200, we’ve added an even smaller option to this year’s wall. Pick up 6”x 8” original artwork for $100.

BELIEVE THE HYPE!

Stay tuned for a preview of the show!


This week at The Film House
First Ontario Performing Arts Centre

20th Century Women
USA 2016, Directed by Mike Mills. 119 min. 14A
Thur 2 Mar 8pm, Fri 3 Mar 7pm, Sat 4 Mar 7pm, Sun 5 Mar 4pm, Mon 6 Mar 8pm
 
With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award-winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.

Old Stone
USA 2016. Directed by Johnny Ma. 80 min. 14A
Fri 3 Mar 9:30pm, Sun 5 Mar 7pm, Fri 10 Mar 7pm, Mon 13 Mar 8pm
 
Johnny Ma Wins Best First Feature Film Award For OLD STONE – Canadian Screen Awards!

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.

The Red Turtle
USA 2016. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. 72 min. G
Sat 4 Mar 4pm, Sat 11 Mar 4pm, Sat 25 Mar 4pm

This gorgeously animated fable from Academy Award–winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit marks the first international co-production from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a lone man struggles to construct a raft, but his every attempt to leave the island is thwarted by an enormous sea turtle who seems intent on having him stay. Enraged, he attempts to kill the creature that is blocking his escape — but what transpires will instead open a new chapter in his life, one that will instruct him in the ways of companionship and lead him to understand that nature must take its course.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
USA 2005. Directed by Michel Gondry. 103 min. 14A
Sat 4 Mar 9:30pm

Celebrate with Dave Chappelle in this uncensored, unforgettable and unbelievably hilarious full-length movie about throwing the ultimate block party. Join Dave as he travels through the heartland and makes a special stop in his hometown to pass out invitations to attend the event of the decade. Be a part of what Dave Chappelle calls ” the best single day of my career!” Featuring performances by Kanye West, Black Star’s Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Black Thought and The Roots crew, Common, Big Daddy Kane, Dead Prez, John Legend, and—a miracle—The Fugees, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is a love letter to East Coast hip hop.