Friday, May 11, 2007

It's Mom's Special Day -- Take Her to a Cannibal Hillbilly Movie

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2007 at 1:18 PM

MOVIES:

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We thought Saturday’s 5 p.m. Gore-B-Que at the Brick (1727 McGee, 816-421-1634) might be an environmental awareness event connecting vice presidential slide-showman Al Gore’s greenhouse outreach with a delicious pit-roasted pig. But the truth, as is often the case with the environmental implications of human industry, is far more terrifying. Gore-B-Que is The Brick’s rechristening of “Dinner and a Movie Night,” and Saturday’s premiere is Redneck Zombies, a fine example of the cannibal-hillbilly genre that has so defined American cinema since the 1970s.

Note to hillbillies: Yes, it is unfair to suggest that hill folk are more likely than other groups to eat human flesh. A reasonable argument could be made for cannibal yacht captains. For instance, you could write a lost-at-sea story in which wealthy schooner skippers eat their passengers. But does it resonate? Deeply? I mean in the Joseph Campbell Hero With a Thousand Faces way that we can’t get George Lucas to shut the fuck up about? The answer is no. At least, it doesn’t resonate quite like cannibal hillbillies – that resonates like a tuning fork. Or, in hillbilly terminology, a dousing rod. Those resonate, right?

We conclude our infrequent movie recommendations with this endorsement.

E-mail from copy editor Scott Wilson:

Add this early screening of the movie Waitress to your weekend round-up. May I suggest:

Those of you with complex feelings about your mother, especially those from broken homes, will want to take your mom to see a comedy (a good comedy, actually) about a woman who loathes the father of her unborn child. The promotion includes pie but does not come with talking points to help tell Mom about the murder last year of the film's writer and director, Adrienne Shelly. Bittersweet, yes, but better than Spider-Man 3.

So, yeah, what Scott said. Use the link above to buy tickets to the 2 p.m. Sunday show.

Art

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The Kansas City Art Institute (4415 Warwick) is having an end-of-semester exhibition and sale – and because you’re a true bro among brosephs and our relationship is solid, we need to be honest: You need some new art on your walls. The Scarface door-poster and the bronze Buddha ashtray are not impressing the ladies. So from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, check out work by students in the KCAI departments of ceramics, fiber, foundation, interdisciplinary arts, new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. And for the love of god, find something to replace the Corona bubbler lamp in the living room.

Weekend Theater Roundup:

Bunk Bed Brothers at the American Heartland Theater (2450 Grand). Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Zanna, Don't! at the Just Off Broadway Theatre (3051 Central) Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.

The Syringa Tree at the Kansas City Repertory Theater's Copaken Stage (13th and Walnut). Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

A Streetcar Named Desire at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (1824 Walnut Street, 816-769-1516). Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Rajah of Saint Louis at Next Space (512 East 18th Street). Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Improvabilities presents Mission: IPROV-able, an improvisational comedy performance, at the Fine Arts Theatre (5909 Johnson Drive in Mission, 913-384-5629), Saturday at 9 p.m.

Lend me a Tenor at the Olathe Community Theater (500 East Loula, 913-782-2990). Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Iron Kisses at the Unicorn Theatre (3828 Main). Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

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