March 3, 2013

Arts Around Ithaca (Week of Mar 4)

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Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction: A Flicstart Special Event, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Cinemapolis. The two hits that made a star out of writer-director Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) will play back-to-back this week at Cinemapolis, thanks to Flicstart. Launched by Cornell alumni, Flicstart allows any movie lover with an Internet connection to “demand” their favorite movies to play at their local theater, provided they drum up enough support. This worked for cult sleazefest The Room last September, and it’s no surprise the violent Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction have followed suit. Bloody they may be, Tarantino’s films are bona fide classics, with characters debating the true meaning of “Like a Virgin” or translating McDonald’s quarter-pounder with cheese into the metric system. — Zachary Zahos ’15

CUPB Presents: The W. Kamau Bell Curve — Ending Racism in About an Hour, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Statler Auditorium.W. Kamau Bell, the star of FX’s newest (and only) socially conscious late night show, Totally Biased,  will bring his unique blend of cultural commentary and socio-political comedy to Cornell Wednesday. Bell, who dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a comedy career in San Francisco, is renowned for his ability to dissect issues of race, gender, class and politics comedically without missing a beat. If that doesn’t tempt you, tickets are free! — Sam Bromer ’16

My Architect: A Son’s Journey, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Cornell Cinema. When renowned architect Louis Kahn died in 1974, his obituaries only indicated that he was survived by a wife and daughter. Later it was revealed that Kahn had three families, one of which resulted in a son, Nathaniel Kahn. Nathaniel was only 11 when Louis died, and in an attempt to know his father he embarked on a trip to see his father’s buildings. This journey resulted in an Oscar-nominated documentary that is a graceful and intimate portrait of the professional achievements and personal life of one of the 20th century’s most influential architects. — Laura Boland ’15

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday at Cornell Cinema. Brief Encounters is an inspiring documentary film by Ben Shapiro on the life and work of acclaimed contemporary American photographer and Yale faculty member, Gregory Crewdson. The film is part of a great Cornell Cinema film series called “Art Docs Downtown,” which brings documentary films about contemporary art to Ithaca. If you’re looking to be creatively inspired, don’t miss Brief Encounters and other films in this series. — Rehan Dadi ’15

Original Author: Sun Staff