Friday, November 14, 2008

Weekend Events

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)
Film screening: 8pm, Friday, November 14
Dinnerware Artspace
264 E. Congress
Suggested donation $2

Part love story, part fantasy, part documentary, part musical, the 1959 Brazilian film Black Orpheus is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set during Carnaval in a Rio de Janeiro favela, with a score/soundtrack so sublime, it's billed as "the film that introduced Bossa Nova to the world." The surreal art direction makes for a movie that's surprisingly complex, like taste of certain Mexican candies: your brain tells you it should be sweet, but the real flavor is curiously bitter.

The Invisible City
Film footage screening: 7-9pm, Saturday, November 15
Parking lot at corner of Toole and 6th Ave.
Suggested donation $5

Final performance: 5:30pm, Sunday, November 16
Top of the parking garage at Pennington and 6th Ave.
Tickets $10

One of my favorite books has been realized as an experimental, multidisciplinary, total art experience. "We had a desire to inspire wonder," says Kimi Eisele [via], one of the founders of The Invisible City, a site-specific artist laboratory in Downtown Tucson is a collaboration between NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre and Kore Press. The project has been bringing dancers, writers, visual artists, and musicians together for the last for 4 weeks to create work that investigates public space through process-based explorations and performance. Given the lack of literal pathways for human contact and communication in the current downtown area, The Invisible City asks women artists to imagine what a more humanist city might look like and how it might function. Saturday's film screening will show footage filmmaker Jamie Lee has shot at all the labs over the past few weeks. Sunday's event promises to be an exciting, envelope-pushing collage of simultaneous performances.

Culture Craft Saturday
1-4pm, Saturday, November 15
Arizona State Museum
University Blvd. and Park Ave.

Enjoy new family-friendly short (12 minutes or less) films by young Native American film makers, and make visual/storytelling objects inspired by the stories at the Native Eyes Film Festival. Kids can create a flipbook, write and illustrate a storyboard, learn to tell stories with Navajo string figures, make an animated Phenakistoscope, and design a skateboard deck like the ones shown in 4 Wheel War Pony . Cool, huh?

Wil Taylor: The Tarot of Eden
Opening: 7-10pm, Saturday, November 15
2920 E. Broadway Blvd. (Country Club & Broadway)
Hours: T-Sa 10am-5pm, Su-M 11am-4pm

I'm so glad I found Bohemia! It's a fun boutique in a retro shopping center featuring affordable art, artisan housewares, and handmade clothing and accessories in a laid-back atmosphere. From what I could find online, Wil Taylor's work looks to have a unique, Art Nouveau style. And while you're at it, invest in something you know is worthwhile by supporting local artists and business and get your holiday shopping done early.

Still updating the Google Calendar too!

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