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All it took was a broken down car to lead Jamil Jasey back into the open-mic world.After five years performing as a spoken word poet, Jasey had given it up. But when his car faltered, he decided to catch the bus to get home and worry about getting his car the next day. Walking down Second Street, he happened to see that Tuesday Verses, Richmonds longest-running open-mic poetry series, was happening and went in. The year was 2002 and Jasey, a poet himself, was back in the open-mic game.When Jaynell Pittman-Shaw opened Maple Bourbon on Main Street downtown in March, she had a dream that part of her restaurant would be devoted to entertainment. A mutual acquaintance put her in touch with Jasey, who by then was doing regular Friday open-mic nights at Ma Micheles Caf.I consider this a community space, Pittman-Shaw says of her cozy restaurant with its bright blue art-filled walls. I wanted this to be a space for artists in general, where people can come and hang out.The result is a new open-mic series Jasey is curating called Sound-off Saturdays, which debuts on Jan. 26 and runs on the fourth Saturday of every month. A sign-up sheet allows performers to claim one of the 16 to 18 slots that will be available every month.I love the art scene in Richmond because we have become such an art city, Jasey says. A lot of the scene used to be underground, but its come to the surface. I want to showcase that talent because you never know who will walk in these doors to see artists perform.Working with a group of 35 artists called the Divine Soul Collective, Jasey describes the open-mic scene as vibrant and diverse in talent. He should know. A substance abuse counselor by trade, he writes and performs poetry and deejays all over town with a focus on house music. He created Dance Party RVA specifically to highlight Richmonds thriving house music scene. In the past, his open-mic events have played host to poets, singers, comedians and musicians, including memorably he says, an accordion player who performed Michael Jacksons Human Nature.Kim Jones, who performs as Special K, got involved in the scene in 2014, was injured a year later and returned to the open mic scene earlier this year. If youre going through something, this gives you an outlet to speak your mind without anyone saying youre cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, she says laughing. It also gives me a chance to give voice to those who arent able to speak up about things like rape or cancer. We all have a story to tell.Known as the Intimate Poet, Leroy Joseph says he gets joy from what he does because poetry is real, not fictionalized. With my poem I Want to Make Love to Your Mind, Im speaking of building relationships on a solid foundation in a society that looks to other places rather than between the ears, he says of his goal to intellectually seduce his audience. While you can expect to have a good time at Sound-off Saturdays, Jasey says theres more to it than that. You can expect to feel like the person sitting beside you will become like family by the end of the night, he says. Depending on whos performing, youre going to laugh and hear music and poetry that bring out emotions. By the end of the night, youll feel close to whoever youre near.Once the new Sound-off Saturday events get rolling, Jasey will kick off the Lab at Maple Bourbon, spotlighting three artists chosen from the open-mic nights. Each will have a 30- to 45-minute set followed by a 10 minute question-and-answer period. The Lab series is slated to run every second Saturday beginning March 9.I want to help shape the scene by having artists perform so we can showcase their talent, Jasey says. The local artists are what motivate me. You come here, you help build community and we all strengthen our citys scene. Sound-off Saturdays runs every fourth Saturday beginning Jan. 26, 6-9 p.m., at Maple Bourbon, 1116 E. Main St.
Its a metaphor, claims a poet played by Jeanne Balibar about a song shes written for one of the main characters in Pawe Pawlikowskis beautiful if emotionally discordant film about two lovers in post-World War II Eastern Europe.I wondered, much later, if that bit of metaphor explaining was a hint. The political climate in Poland and often Kafka-esque situations it imposes on the films characters are open targets. The movie doesnt have to be a metaphor for the postwar nation, or communism, or life under the Soviets, but it might help explain the characters actions, which are often baffling. The story opens in rural Poland, where Wiktor Tomasz Kot and colleague Irena Agata Kulesza travel through the snowy countryside auditioning peasant performers for a troupe ostensibly commissioned by the government to become a peoples army of folk song and dance. Wiktor, a pianist, is smitten at the audition of Zula Joanna Kulig. The singing partner we see Zula replace may have better tone, he admits, but Zula has that ineffable it factor. Shes accepted into the troupe and after a few years of hard practice develops into a decent performer. Wiktor and Zula also develop a tempestuous romance that will affect their entire lives. The films marketing plays up this romance in a slightly misleading manner, the official trailers throwing out press quotes like romance epic and dazzling odyssey through the human heart. Many if not most reviews have followed suit. The impression one takes away is that Cold War is something akin to the black-and-white, Soviet bloc version of A Star Is Born. But this story is far from it. Wiktor loves Zula, and so do many men, but for reasons that can seem inscrutable if not obtuse. She is attractive, but not overly so. She can sing and dance, but not in any special way. As Wiktors fateful love she is, to put it mildly, frequently disappointing. He keeps calling her the love of his life, and we wonder why. Zula is mercurial, vexing, even cruel, prone to ruining their relationship and their lives, seemingly at whim, all while promising undying devotion. She inexplicably leaves him in the lurch so many times that one more time might have drawn laughter. And she does so for reasons that are capricious, no more reasonable from a mortals point of view than the actions of an ancient goddess.Which brings us back to the metaphor question. Is Zula a stand-in for postwar Poland, the homeland Pawlikowskis parents fled with their son in tow during the late 1970s For communism For society Or maybe its simply human nature that Pawlikowski is after, and Soviet communism is a worthy selection for critique. In an interview with The New Yorker, the director noted that the characters are even named after his parents.Pawlikowski has returned to these lands and times often in his work, most recently in the Academy Award-winning Ida 2013. It seems telling that Wiktor and Zula meet just as the war has ended, with the people of Eastern Europe getting used to Soviet rule. The story lasts, in fits and spurts, through its long and winding evolution spanning 15-plus years. And the ending, wow. The surprise that awaits viewers hoping for epic romance tops everything that proceeds and negates it all at the same mind-blowing time. Wiktor and Zulas relationship isnt merely difficult its a sad, black comedy.The films stunning look is an excellent counterpoint. Cold War lets down viewers looking for vicarious romance, and it does so with period re-creation so lovely you want to crawl in and live there if not for the dreadful autocracy awaiting there, of course. Pawlikowski shot Cold War in black and white and in the 4:3 aspect ratio of the era. Not only does it impressively re-create the times, but feels of those times, more like a film slyly addressing communism in the late 1950s than in 2018. Maybe this is the rare gratifying instance of box office bait and switch. Audiences may not get what they came for, but they might get a directors greatest work instead. R 88 min.
Getting involved with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay could start as easily as drinking a beer and watching environmental films.The Wild and Scenic Film Festival was founded in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League, a watershed advocacy group in California. Begun as a celebration of achieving wild and scenic status on 39 miles of the South Yuba River, the annual festival is held in Nevada City each winter and features mote than 150 award-winning films, as well as filmmakers, celebrities and activists who bring human faces to the environmental movement. Films chosen illustrate not only the challenges facing the planet, but also the work that communities are doing to protect the environment. Once the curtain closes in Nevada City, the four-day event travels nationwide as a one-night festival. For the first time, it comes to Richmond at the Science Museum of Virginia. The goal of the tour is building a grass-roots network of organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism, says Nissa Dean, Virginia director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the local group sponsoring the festival.It was after two staff members, one from the Washington office and another from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, learned about it through separate events that they launched the project. The timing and mutual interest between the two offices solidified the alliances dedication to the event. The alliance is committed to increasing engagement and awareness around environmental issues, specifically water-related issues and this is a great opportunity to do that, Dean explains.Because the Alliance has offices in four jurisdictions Theres one on Annapolis, Maryland, too theyre hosting the film festival in all four cities on the same night and showing the same films. After representatives of the offices formed teams to watch, rate and choose the movies, they narrowed the screenings to 13 short films about climbing, nature, water and environmental restoration.The film festival kicks off with a happy hour. In addition to the film program, the ticket price also includes one drink ticket and a pint glass to take home. Proceeds support the alliances mission of deploying resources and, as Dean puts it, boots on the ground for cleaner water in Richmond.Goatocado and the Dog Wagon will be on site selling food and beverages from Vasen Brewing and Belle Isle Moonshine also will be available. Events like this bring together the people and partners that we work with and know and love, but also people with interests that dont always directly intersect with our work, Dean says. Were excited about bringing people together from all over Richmond to watch films and introducing them to who we are and what we do. The alliance has been working to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay for almost 50 years and while steady progress has been made, Dean is quick to point out that theres still much to do. One of the most pressing issues facing the bays health is that too many nutrients attached to sediment are being carried into streams and rivers from farms and lawns during rain that eventually make their way to the bay. The excessive nutrients cause harmful algae blooms that deplete oxygen, creating dead zones where aquatic life cant thrive or reproduce. To address the problem, Dean says all of the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working to develop and meet cleanup goals by 2025, in hopes that a thriving ecosystem can be maintained, also crucial because of the benefits to fisheries and tourism. The work that the alliance does here in Richmond is primarily driven by these issues, she says. Their focus is on continuing to engage the public, the business community and their nonprofit partners in restoration work so that they can continue to make local rivers and streams cleaner and meet Bay restoration goals.Dean says more people need to get involved to make a difference.As we learn more about the continued impacts of climate change on the health of the bay and witness extreme weather events like the frequent and heavy rains weve had this year, its crucial to engage the public because our success is dependent upon everyones support and action. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5:30- 9 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St, smv.org.
In the gray cold of January, when we are spiritually and physically fatigued from the excess of the holidays, its affirming to look forward to the pleasures that we hope are ahead. In that spirit, with local theaters still playing last years Oscar bait and superhero entries, as well as the low-rent horror films and comedies that are typical of the season, I offer the films that Im most impatient to see later in the year. Release dates for many of these productions have yet to be determined, but Ive noted the projected month of release when applicable.If youre looking to see something right now, I suggest Clint Eastwoods poignant, surprisingly playful The Mule.The Irishman Martin ScorseseNetflix greenlit a project that Scorsese has been developing for ages, a Jimmy Hoffa saga that reunites the filmmaker with Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and the long-retired Joe Pesci. Also in the mix is Al Pacino in his first Scorsese film, as well as Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Too good to be true, right Scorsese is taking a risk that might render The Irishman more than a high school reunion for gangster junkies: utilizing experimental special effects, his aging legends will play themselves over 30 years. Sounds uncomfortably similar to a modern Robert Zemeckis film, but Scorsese has been on fire recently, and that cast is impossible to dismiss. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin TarantinoI have a rule about Tarantino films: When the self-conscious bad boy needs to prove himself, he hits the ball out of the park. With the success of Pulp Fiction looming over him, Tarantino settled in and made Jackie Brown, his best film. After the financial failure of Grindhouse, Tarantino finished the long in-development Inglourious Basterds, his second-best film. With audiences indifferent to Tarantinos occasionally beautiful, jarringly nasty The Hateful Eight, one has high hopes for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in which Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio navigate a city thats about to be hit hard by the murder of Sharon Tate, whos played by Margot Robbie in what sounds like eerily spot-on casting. Also features Al Pacino, whos scratching a number of A-list directors off his bucket list this year. JulyThe Dead Dont Die Jim JarmuschLittle is known about this project, except that its a horror comedy directed by Jim Jarmusch with the following cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Caleb Landry Jones and Selena Gomez, among others. Sold.Uncut Gems Benny and Josh Safdie With the astonishing Heaven Knows What and Good Time under their belts, siblings Benny and Josh Safdie are two of the best contemporary filmmakers whom you probably havent heard of. The Safdies are fashioning hallucinatory crime films with a distinct sense of empathy for the working classes, and Uncut Gems presumably continues this tradition, following Adam Sandler as he searches for stolen jewels. Her Smell Alex Ross PerryIm cheating a little with Her Smell, as Ive already seen it. The film is a breakthrough for Perry, a tender and terrifying melodrama that follows a Courtney Love-like singer Elisabeth Moss as she navigates the madness of narcissism and addiction. On the face of it, this narrative features a redemption arc that might not be so different from the recent Vox Lux except that Perry eschews narrative for much of the films 135 minutes, diving head-first into the singers free fall, illustrating how talent, alienation and self-loathing spring from the same troubled well. Just as weve accustomed ourselves to hell, Perry springs forward a year, dramatizing how sobriety can yield not only grace but a differing sense of loss. You wont ever think of Bryan Adamss Heaven the same way again. AprilShirley Josephine DeckerAs Butter on the Latch and Madelines Madeline attest, Decker is a poet of the subjective state who can coax actors into navigating daringly unruly emotional terrain. Pairing with Elisabeth Moss, already extraordinary in Her Smell, Decker adapts a novel in which Shirley Jackson entertains a couple who comes to influence one of the legendary authors narratives.The Truth Hirokazu Kore-edaThe Palme dOr-winning Shoplifters expanded the terrific Japanese filmmaker Kore-edas American base, and this year he returns with another family drama that tantalizingly features three titans of French acting: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ludivine Sagnier. Ethan Hawke, coming off his superb performance in First Reformed, also appears. Prisoners of the Ghostland Sion SonoNicolas Cage, a master of gonzo insanity, may have met his match in Sono, the Japanese director of Suicide Club and Antiporno, among other outr hybrids of every genre imaginable. In Prisoners of the Ghostland, which Cage reportedly called the wildest movie hes ever made, the actor wears a leather jumpsuit and bombs his way through a land of ghosts while carrying out a rescue mission. With the often brilliant Mom and Dad and Mandy still in recent memory, Cage has been on a roll lately.High Flying Bird/ The Laundromat Steven SoderberghA yearly cinematic diet isnt complete without a couple of Soderbergh films. Formally audacious and willing to tackle every genre and any kind of subject matter, Soderbergh is our most vital and consistently surprising connection to the 1990s, when mainstream audiences occasionally saw independent or independent-minded films. In High Flying Bird, a sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on what the Internet Movie Database calls a controversial business opportunity. In The Laundromat, Soderbergh re-teams with his Informant writer Scott Z. Burns, following journalists as they uncover the hidden global money of rich politicians. High Flying Bird debuts in February on Netflix and the release date of The Laundromat has yet to be announced.
Following a performance where hed filled in as a last-minute replacement in the role of Othello, Ira Aldridge was met with unanimous applause, waving of hats, handkerchiefs and the like at a theater in Londons Covent Garden district.Though audiences loved Aldridge by all accounts, the critics savaged him. The problem It was 1833, and it was the first time a black actor had ever played Othello or any other major role on an English stage.Aldridge would never play Covent Garden again. Instead, he pounded the floorboards of stages all over Europe and Russia, earning accolades and honors wherever he went.Its Aldridges life that Lolita Chakrabartis play Red Velvet aims to explore, opening this weekend at Dominion Energy Centers Gottwald Playhouse. Presented by Quill Theatre, the play jumps between Aldridge taking the stage as Shakespeares famous Moorish general and 30 years later.Born free in New York, Aldridge left for England at the age of 17 after becoming fed up with the constant discrimination he faced as a black actor. After landing in Liverpool, Aldridge rapidly achieved success, touring and managing a small theater. In his mid-20s, he was approached to play the lead in Othello after famed stage actor Edmund Kean became fatally ill and couldnt perform.Prior to this performance, this role had been played by white men in blackface, says James Ricks, Quills artistic director and director of the show. As developments in the abolition of slavery played out in England in the same years that this occurred, the manager of the theater thought that it would be relevant to bring him in and have him play this role.Jamar Jones, who previously starred in Richmond Triangle Players Choir Boy and Heritage Ensemble Theatres Free Man of Color, plays Aldridge in Quills production. Jones says its remarkable to learn about what Aldridge achieved in his time.What surprised me about him is his ability to stay the course, Jones says. It really was the beginning of black performers taking on roles.Even before Aldridge took the stage as Othello, Jones notes, people in London protested his casting, saying he wasnt qualified for the role. The critics werent kind either.They really honed in on his blackness. Some reviews honed in on the size of his lips, Jones says. Anything that he did, they would tie into his supposed inability to understand the text.Playing opposite Jones in many scenes is Rachel Dilliplane, who portrays three characters in the show, including a young Polish reporter who interviews Aldridge decades after the Covent Garden performance.The opportunity to interview him is a make or break career move for her, so she makes a lot of risky choices just trying to get the opportunity to speak with him and prove herself, Dilliplane says. We find at the end of the play how much she can identify with many of the experiences hes struggled with.Effectively eliminated from official histories of Shakespeare for a century, Aldridge is today the lone actor of African-American descent honored at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, the playwrights hometown. It would be a shame for anybody to miss this one, mainly because its an unknown story for so many people, Dilliplane says. While touching on subjects that are relevant to today, Ricks says Red Velvet stays focused on Aldridge and his story.Chakrabarti asks a lot of questions that dont ever really get answered, Ricks says. I like that, because the play doesnt become a message piece. It doesnt become to preachy, and resembles the conversations we have in life.In its highlighting of representation and the importance of having people of color on stage, Jones says theres plenty that audiences will relate to in Red Velvet. Theres a lot of heart in the journey of being about your art, being about your passion, he says. Quill Theatres Red Velvet plays Jan. 18-Feb. 9 at Dominion Energy Centers Gottwald Playhouse, 600 E. Grace St. For information, visit quilltheatre.org or call 340-0115.
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