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Intown Rundown: Stormy weather
April 14, 2011 - April Diodato
In the wake of tragedy, it feels very trivial to be writing about movies, music and television.
Last week, I wrote about a fellow Fredonia High School graduate who was beginning her movie career; this week, my graduating class lost another member much too soon. My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to all of the family and friends affected.
Inspired by a bit of sun-induced delirium on Sunday, I thought my days of being cooped up inside watching more movies than any one person should see within a six-month period were over. How wrong I was.
WHAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS
Why is it necessary to remake every movie that was ever successful? Some movies do not need to be remade, especially perfectly good films that were released within the last 20 years. This rant comes fresh off of reading an article on Bradley Cooper being in talks to star in Brandon Lee's role in “The Crow.” The movie was made in 1994 and while it may seem a little dated, that doesn't mean that we need to make an updated version for those who may have missed the original one 17 years ago. What is the point?
It seems like royal wedding fever hasn’t exactly swept across America but I, for one, am excited. Those who are similarly intrigued by the upcoming union of Prince William and soon-to-be princess Kate Middleton should tune in Monday for the Lifetime movie “William and Kate,” premiering at 9 p.m. It’s pure fluff and liberties are certainly taken with the material, which is to be expected for a made-for-TV movie slapped together within a couple of months in order for it to air just before the nuptials take place on April 29. Complete with a completely fabricated “Bridget Jones”-style scene featuring Kate crying in the bathtub with a glass of wine and, judging by the trailer, devoid of British accents, it’s the stuff Lifetime movies are made of: romance and melodrama.
- Rookie's will open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday for the Sabres playoff game at 5. Rinky Dink will play that night from 8 p.m. to midnight.
- The Beaver Club is having live music by Trio on Friday night.
- 41 West will feature the Dixieland Band on Friday at 9 p.m. and a mechanical bull on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- All Of Them Witches will be at BJ's tonight. This Buffalo based math rock duo consists of Cameron Rogers on drums and Phillip Freedenberg on guitars. Freedenberg actually plays two guitars simultaneously live. He even manages to find a free hand to work a synthesizer from time to time. Their mostly instrumental songs would appeal to fans of Battles, Hella and Lightning Bolt. Arctic Death is also playing. The show starts at 10 p.m. It's free for the over 21 crowd and costs $3 for 18 and up.
- Saturday is the annual Record Store Day, an event to celebrate independent music stores everywhere. Many bands, such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Deerhoof are releasing special limited edition records for the occasion. Townhouse Records in Jamestown is participating in the fun with contests, specials deals on vinyl and a screening of the band Deerhunter's 3D music video. Local indie rockers Thee Audience will be playing at the neighboring Labyrinth Press Company at 3 p.m. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Townhouse is located at 10 E. Fourth St.
- Bflo Pnk 1.0, the video history of the early years of Buffalo's punk rock scene, will be shown on the SUNY Fredonia campus on April 19. It will be screened in Room 202, McEwen Hall, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The film, produced by Elmer Ploetz, an assistant professor in the SUNY Fredonia Communication Department, was shown Wednesday at the Market Arcade theaters in Buffalo during the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. The project is an oral history of Buffalo punk's early years, when bands like the Enemies, Jumpers, Electroman, Secrets, the Good, Pauline & the Perils, the Fems, the George and Paper Faces were making a noise that far exceeded any commercial success the bands enjoyed. Bflo Pnk 1.0 includes interviews with over 40 of the era's icons, plus live footage, posters and photos.
April Diodato is the OBSERVER Lifestyles editor. Send comments to email@example.com
Submitted Photo - Your last chance to see a screening of “Bflo Pnk 1.0” will be April 19 at SUNY Fredonia.