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February 24, 2017, 10:00 PM - February 25, 2017, 12:00 AM
Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry in Toshiya Fujita’s stunning LADY SNOWBLOOD. A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late nineteenth-century Japan, charts the single-minded path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the unfortunate victims of a gang of brutal criminals. Fujita creates a wildly entertaining action film of remarkable craft, an effortless balancing act between beauty and violence. NR / 97 min. In Japanese w/ subtitles.
February 25, 2017, 10:00 PM - February 26, 2017, 12:00 AM
February 24, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. Directed by Pablo Larraín (JACKIE). R / 107 min. In Spanish w/ English subtitles.
February 25, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Normal Theater is the new home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you're interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We're looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles.
When asked about the focus of this series, Marcos offered the following:
"I believe that we have a community full of extremely talented artists that have very limited opportunities to play live and hone their craft. If we can foster this talent and provide opportunities for local (and traveling) singer-songwriters the local music culture will thrive."
February 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. PG-13 / 95 min.