October 30, 2008

Catch It: Oct. 30 – Nov. 6

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Can you kick it? Filmmaker Charlie Ahearn sure can: He was there for the early days of hip-hop in New York, and he’s coming to Cornell Cinema tonight at 7 p.m. to present his documentary Wild Style, featuring the likes of Grand Master Flash and the Fantastic Five. Student tickets are $4.
Need something to lift your spirits from the wintry doldrums? Stop by Bailey Hall at 8 p.m. for a concert by the world-renowned ensemble Philharmonia Brasileira. The Brazilian group will be aided by the services of Brandford Marsalis, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and featured soloist. Cornell students get in for $15, all others $18-36.
As if it wasn’t obvious that we’re the center of the Hip-Hop universe, Cornell will prove its rap credentials this weekend when it hosts the “Born in the Bronx “conference, bringing together a who’s who of hip-hop scholars and back-in-the-day MCs: Jeff Chang, Grandmaster Caz and Grandwizzard Theodore, to name a few. The festivities start today at 3 p.m. in Bailey Hall with lectures and shows.
Nothing says Halloween like a low-budget slasher flick. And what better name for a cheap horror movie than Baghead? The Duplass brothers’ kitschy homage to the golden days of gore follows four actors stumbling through the woods as they try to make a horror film of their own. The results are scary. Playing at Uris Hall, 9:30 p.m. Student tickets are $4.
Soulful songbird Sharon Jones has made a name for herself at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, and she’ll be bringing her funk-soaked Afrosoul joy to the State Theatre tonight for a show with the Dap-Kings and the Menahan Street Band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 at the door.
After over two years and hundreds of millions of dollars, the campaign for president is finally nearing its end. And with a beat-up old white guy facing off against a smoother, younger black man, the finale promises to be as exciting as Rocky III. Come by Alice Cook House at 6 p.m. to watch election returns on the big screen and cheer on your favorite talking heads.