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  1. The Music of Strangers

    August 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and the critically-hailed BEST OF ENEMIES, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind. PG-13 / 96 min.

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  2. Batman: The Killing Joke- The Friday Night Late Show

    August 26, 10:30 PM - August 27, 12:00 AM

    The newest film entry in the DC Animated Universe, adapted from the controversial graphic novel by Alan Moore. To prove that one bad day can make any man as insane as he is, the Joker wages a psychological war on Batman that catches Commissioner Gordon and his daughter in the crippling crossfire and leaves scars on the Dark Knight that even time won't heal. R / 77 min.

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  3. Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story

    August 27, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Destined to be among the great virtuosos of jazz, Thomas Chapin, an alto sax and flute master, was nearing the pinnacle of his meteoric rise when leukemia took him at the age of 40 in 1998. Though fame and world recognition have eluded him despite the mark he left on jazz n the '80s and '90s, his passionate life and incandescent music remain unforgettable to fans who knew him and musicians who played with him. And today, his music is inspiring a new generation of artists and musicians who have discovered him. The new documentary THOMAS CHAPIN, NIGHT BIRD SONG draws an intimate portrait of this musical explorer who pushed and transcended the boundaries of jazz and dissolved the distinctions between sound and music. Join us before the film for a live concert featuring Glenn Wilson & Frends, celebrating the music of Thomas Chapin. The concert begins at 6:00pm, and the film will start at 7:00. This event is free to attend, and is supported by a Harmon Arts Grant.

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  4. Only Yesterday (English Dub)

    August 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Having lived her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko (Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface and after meeting young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire), she wonders if she’s been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Deftly switching between past and present, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by Studio Ghibli, one of the world’s most revered animation studios. From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and General Producer Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), this critically acclaimed fi lm has never before been released in North America until now–in celebration of its 25th anniversary. English language version. PG / 119 min. This film will also be presented on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00pm in Japeanese w/ English subtitles.

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  5. The Music of Strangers

    August 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and the critically-hailed BEST OF ENEMIES, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind. PG-13 / 96 min.

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  6. The Normal Humor Comedy Hour

    August 29, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    It's back! The best open-mic style comedy event you'll find happening in Uptown Normal on a Monday Night at the Normal Theater. Now with a shiny new 8:00pm start time. The sign up sheet will be posted on the Normal Theater's Event Page & on the Normal Theater's facebook page one week out from the event, so make sure to check back around noon that Monday to get yourself on the list. And it's still free, so we're happy to continue to offer a money-back guarantee if you don't have a great time. A note on content: we don't consider any topics off-limts, but do ask everyone to consider how they talk about those topics. Which means every Monday is its own unique ride that can range anywhere from "Squeaky Clean" to "Lenny Bruce is Blushing".

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  7. A Letter to Momo (Japanese with English Subtitles)

    August 31, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo,” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. In Japanese w/ English subtitles. PG / 120 min. This film will also be presented on Sunday, September 4th at 1:00pm with an English language track.

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