fred frith, and upcoming film screenings

January 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment · By

There aren’t that many concerts coming up this week; you can read about the few shows I know about on the right-hand column.

The most noteworthy thing is that Fred Frith‘s visit to the University begins this weekend, and there’s a half-dozen events relating to that stretched over next week. I mostly know Frith as the guitarist for Naked City, but he’s done a dozen different things over his long and eclectic career; he’s a well-respected composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist; was co-founder of the legendary art bands Henry Cow and Art Bears; and has collaborated with tons of notable musicians including Brian Eno, Robert Wyatt, and the Residents, as well as playing in Massacre with Bill Laswell and Charles Hayward. So go check him out while he’s here, it should be pretty interesting.

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Also, I’m excited about the fact that both OffScreen and the Virginia Film Society have just announced their spring schedules, and there are definitely some interesting-looking films coming to town in the next few months.

I’m making an effort to have film events listed more consistently here on Nailgun; it is “media” after all, and for a town this size — much like our healthy music scene — there are tons of worthwhile non-mainstream film events: In addition to OffScreen and the Film Society, warmer weather traditionally brings Bike-In Movies at Community Bikes, and cheap repertory matinees at the Paramount; there’s also occasional one-off screenings at Gravity Lounge, and the year-round Film Series at The Bridge. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I’m the director of the Bridge Film Series).

For those who don’t alread have it bookmarked, my friend Doug does a pretty good job of keeping track of this sort of thing over at Cvillemovies.com, in addition to helpfully listing screening times for the mainstream commercial theatres in town; thanks to his site, I haven’t looked in a newspaper for movie listings in years.

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  • 1 John // Jan 29, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Much thanks to James for stepping up and helping out around here. I’m excited that he’s upping the film content, as he’s an expert on such (and on music, too, mind you).