Charles Lloyd Healdsburg Jazz Festival Livestream Review

Noble Horvath

A funny thing happened on the way to jazz vet Charles Lloyd’s first live streaming concert in the pandemic era on Saturday, linked to the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. An unexpected glut of interest resulted in a technical glitch, and the intended audience, eager to catch this elder jazz statesman (and longtime Santa Barbara resident) overloaded the circuits, suffering through the dreaded “Internal Server Error” slap down. The show, from the Paul Mauder Gallery, was delayed by a half hour—as outgoing festival honcho Jessica Felix declared, a “happy problem.”

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 The end result was a felicitous cultural happening, as Lloyd teamed up with longtime ally, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and newly-minted ally, young guitar wizard Julian Lage, launching a special new east-meets-west-meets-Eastern European trio entity. Lage, who played with Lloyd at a milestone 80th-birthday

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FILM REVIEW: Kajillionaire -The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

Writer and Director: Miranda July

The hustler movie has been undergoing some changes in recent years, broadening its perspective to include female protagonists and even the wider consequences of their crimes. Miranda July’s latest comedy Kajillionaire showing as part of the London Film Festival adds a family dynamic as the Dynes attempt a series of small-scale frauds.

Theresa, John and their adult daughter Old Dolio subsist on petty larcenies such as intercepting mail, acting as proxy for others and forging cheques while living in a rundown LA office block. When they can’t make rent, the family plan to generate the $1500 they need with a travel insurance fraud, meeting Melanie on the way. Soon Old Dolio realises her dissatisfaction and, as she tries to break away, a battle of the hustlers begins.

Its off-kilter tone and heightened oddness will make July’s film an acquired taste, and while it sits in

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FILM REVIEW: Bloody Nose Empty Pockets -The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

 Directors: Bill Ross and Turner Ross

When we think of modern America and particularly Las Vegas we see corporate influence, and a country fractured by its political system. But what we rarely see is that for ordinary citizens barely anything has changed for the better in decades. Bill and Turner Ross’ new documentary Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets explores this in their stark but hopeful presentation of a day in the life of one local community centred around its bar.

The Roaring 20s bar has reached its final day after being a neighbourhood focal point for decades. For the customers and staff, one last hurrah as they gather where the TV is always on to mourn the end of an era and celebrate the connections they have formed. As the night draws on and everyone gets drunker, the mood shifts many times as the group share truths, provide support and pay

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Virtual Tacoma Film Festival tickets and passes now on sale

Noble Horvath

The 15th Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) is going virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The festival will take place Nov. 6-15 with a variety of shorts packages and feature-length films available for audiences to view from the comfort of their homes.

Tickets and passes go on sale Thursday with free festival passes being offered to Tacoma and Pierce County students from primary school to college. Tickets can be purchased through the TFF website.

David Dinnell is the director and programmer for the festival, which he anticipates will be enriching even though it will be in a remote format.

“It’s very exciting even though it’s taking on a much different form this year,” Dinnell said. “I think that people who have been to TFF will still be able to experience the range of cinema that we always offer.

“The commitment to showing independent film, especially by up-and-coming filmmakers, remains consistent.”


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FILM REVIEW:Mangrove -The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

 Writers Steve McQueen and Alastair Siddons

Director: Steve McQueen

Opening the London Film Festival for the second time in two years is a rare achievement, especially for a director with only four previous full-length features to his name. But Steve McQueen is no ordinary filmmaker. Part of the Small Axe series created for the BBC to be shown later in the year, Mangrove is the culmination of everything he has achieved to date, asking just who is justice for?

Frank Critchlow opens the Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill in 1968, as a place for the West Indian community to meet, share stories and eat meals prepared by the Critchlow family. After nine unfounded police raids in six weeks led by the insidious Frank Pulley, the community led by Frank, Darcus Howe and Altheia Jones-Lecointe decide to fight back with a protest that pits them against the Establishment and the Mangrove

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FILM REVIEW: Shirley – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

Writer: Sarah Gubbins (based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel)

Director: Josephine Decker

The life of Gothic novelist Shirley Jackson is reimagined as a slice of the Gothic itself in this sumptuous looking film starring Elisabeth Moss in the lead role. Looking just like Jackson, this must be the best role Moss has had since starring in The Handmaid’s Tale and it seems, thankfully, a million miles from The Invisible Man, her film that sneaked in just before lockdown. But Shirley is not just her film; it also features an excellent performance by Odessa Young and she nearly steals the show.

Despite the exceptional performances, director Josephine Decker struggles to maintain the creepiness and intrigue of the first half. Although set in leafy Vermont in 1950s the film borrows a lot from the Southern Gothic with its big houses, sultry evenings and barely repressed same-sex desire. The camera takes time

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FILM REVIEW: The Relic – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

Writer: Natalie Erika James and Christian White

Director: Natalie Erika James

This new Australian horror begins with one of the genre’s most familiar trope: the overflowing bath tub. It’s such a common scene that it’s a wonder that any woman runs a bath in a house that has signs of eerie goings-on. One of the best examples of the scary bath is in the underrated What Lies Beneath, Robert Zemeckis’s creepy movie starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfieffer. That was twenty years ago, but since then every horror film must reimagine this scene.

Edna lives in a rambling house a few hours out of Melbourne. She’s in her 80’s but she keeps herself busy by sculpting weird shapes out of candles. One day she goes missing causing her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam to come and look for her in the forest behind the house. A few days later

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FILM REVIEW: Siberia- The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

 Writers: Abel Ferrara and Christ Zois

Director: Abel Ferrara

As one gets older, the search for the meaning of life becomes more poignant. But this quest has nothing to do with being wise as wisdom comes when one accepts that one will never understand it. Being wise would also mean that one wouldn’t have to try to understand Abel Ferrara’s new film, which stars Willem Dafoe as man in search of the truth.

Back together after last year’s Tommasso, Ferrara and Dafoe work well together, and in Siberia there are plenty of close ups of the actor’s weathered face looking quizzical but beneficent. While the audience doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, Dafoe is a grounding presence.

And he needs to be in a film that crosses continents and genres. Dafoe plays Clint, a man who runs a bar in the middle of the mountains. It’s where he

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FILM REVIEW: I Am Samuel -The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Noble Horvath

Writer: Peter Murimi and Ricardo Acosta

Director: Peter Murimi

This documentary about gay life in Kenya begins with scenes of a brutal and real homophobic beating of a man, one of Samuel’s friends, who has been exposed for being gay. Coming right at the start, it serves as a painful reminder of how brave everyone involved in Peter Murimi’s groundbreaking film is, especially its main subjects Samuel and his partner Alex.

Samuel lives in Nairobi, and has to work two jobs to get by. In the daytime he works on a construction site while in the evening, he teaches netball, a sport he is good at if the trophies on his shelves are to be believed. The Kenyan capital doesn’t just give him wages, it also gives him a community and he seems happy, if not quite so keen to party like his friends. He misses his parents, who live

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Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Announces Redevelopment of Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & Playzone as Community Park

Noble Horvath

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, today announced a major capital revitalization project for the Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & Playzone, which has been in place at Henry Maier Festival Park since 2006. 

A premiere destination for families within the region, the new Northwestern Mutual Community Park will continue to be a featured area at Summerfest, as well as the cultural and ethnic festivals.  In addition, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. will make the Northwestern Mutual Community Park available to the public during non-event days, encouraging the broader community to access this new amenity throughout the summer.  

Priorities of the redevelopment project include updating the area with accessible playground surfaces and completely new play equipment, as well as reconfiguring the area for adaptable activation areas and exhibit spaces.  As the expectations of families have changed over time, the project intends

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