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Topic: contemporary

Not too ‘Much’

Shakespeare’s screwball comedy becomes contemporary with Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s somewhat successful staging of ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’


Performing Arts

Larry Laneer

Much Ado About Nothing
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Through Feb. 20
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker 297-2264
$19, $16 students and seniors

 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bible stories

Judas goes on trial in an effective dramedy that calls a host of characters throughout history to the stand.


Performing Arts

Larry Laneer

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through March 19
Ghostlight Theatre Club, 3110 N. Walker
GhostlightTheatreClub.com, 286-9412
$15, $10 seniors

 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rise and shine

New artists showcase their work at Mainsite Contemporary Art


News

Charles Martin
Emergent Artists 2010
Wed.-Sat., through Feb. 5
Mainsite Contemporary Art
112 E. Main, Norman
Mainsite-art.com 292-8095
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rock it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Contemporary Christian artists Sanctus Real, Sidewalk Prophets and pictured Dara Maclean headline the nationwide Acoustic Christmas Tour, which kicks off in the 405. The concert runs from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, 6789 N.W. 39th. Tickets are $15-$40. Visit acousticchristmastour.com.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Exploring 'The Unexplored'

A new exhibition in Norman introduces Oklahoma to tomorrow’s artists, today.


Visual Arts

Louis Fowler
The Unexplored: Emerging Artists Show
6-10 p.m. Friday
through Jan. 19, 2013
Mainsite Contemporary Art
122 E. Main, Norman
mainsite-art.com
292-8095
free
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
raisinghell

‘The Devils’ made me do it

Read any good books lately? About movies, that is?

When I’m not watching movies, there are few things I like doing more than reading about them. Luckily, the weeks leading up to the holidays brought three brand-spanking-new ones to my desk for my reading and reviewing pleasure.


Should you forgo a few matinees and time from your Netflix Instant Queue to consume the words they hold within? You’ll know in a matter of minutes ...

Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils
Richard Crouse
ECW Press


The sign of a good “making of” book is if it’s compelling even if you’ve never seen the film whose production it documents. Such is the case with Richard Crouse’s Raising Hell, covering the shooting and subsequent public skewering of 1971’s The Devils.

While director Ken Russell (Altered States, Tommy, Lisztomania, Trapped Ashes) had his troubles with oft-blitzed leading man Oliver Reed, the real storm rolled in after the film was released. After all, would you expect a historical horror epic that combines Christianity with sexuality to be controversial? Of course!

With a mix of his own reporting and other sources, Canada-based film critic Crouse paints an intriguing portrait of the events both on-set and off. One actress quips, “Have you ever tried writhing sexually for 10 hours at a time? Try it one day. It’s not easy.” The real tumult arrived once word of its content — particularly a “rape of Christ” sequence — leaked; while branded with the X rating in England, it somehow scored an R in good ol’ America, yet that hardly resulted in big box office.

Today, Warner Bros. still hasn’t released The Devils in any post-VHS format, at least not uncensored. Other than locating a *cough* torrent *cough*, reading Crouse’s book may be the next best thing. While it’s not on the masterful level of Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy, it is a fascinating read that peels back the veil on the Hollywood studio system and those mavericks who, God bless ’em, attempt to shake it up every once in a while.  

Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie
Rob Christopher
Huron Street Press


With tens of thousands of titles available at your fingertips at home, it’s easy to forget that your local libraries are a viable outlet for renting movies. (Hell, these days, they may boast a better selection than dying dog Blockbuster Video.) I think I’ve only rented one there, because back in 2004, my wife and I needed some instructional video to teach our kids about how that bump got in Mommy’s belly. Therefore, one free VHS rental later, animation narrated by Howie Mandel taught our kids about the birds and the bees, but all I remember is him referring to the orgasm as a “really big tickle.”

That’s a roundabout way of getting to Queue Tips, a fun paperback published by an imprint of the American Library Association and edited by Chicago critic Rob Christopher.

Sticking to no particular number, he and his guests tick off recommendations for unusual romances, disaster flicks, Nicolas Cage vehicles, Westerns that aren’t Westerns, unconventional Christmas films, half-good flops and more. Novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) offers his choices for “late-night spooky films,” while Saturday Night Live vet Julia Sweeney simply discusses random titles that were on her mind.

You can build up quite a “to see” list of your own, but even if you’ve seen a majority of the works referenced, the presentation is lively enough for rediscovery. I have one big complaint: It’s too damn short! Lists about movies can be a blast, and the 24 here are just that ... but 24 is not quite enough to satiate my addiction.

Contemporary Erotic Cinema
Douglas Keesey
Kamera Books


SEX! And now that I have your attention, you might want to read an entire book about it, or at least movies that deal directly with "it," and rather frankly at that.

California film/lit professor Douglas Keesey digs through decades upon decades of blue movies and smutty skinema for flick-by-flick examinations of more than 100 examples. Divided into specific fetishes themes like incest, gay, anal or Nazis, he discusses the acts and themes present — often in all their glory — in The Reader, Porky’s, Boogie Nights and even Team America: World Police.

It's certainly not for the prude, and the full-color photo section in the middle should be kept from young, prying eyes. Speaking of eyes, I sure got some strange looks as I read the book while waiting in line to vote in the presidential election. USA! USA!

While his mini-essays can verge on the pretentious, I cannot deny reading every page. I’m just not sure I learned anything beyond what movies I can go without seeing for life, as many entries end with having raised more questions than providing any answers. Often, he literally closes with a question, i.e. “We see them in their all, but do we really know them?” or “Is the man insufficient just because the woman enjoys her own sex?”

You be the judge, I guess. It’s certainly not taxing study. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Horror Films book review     
Lisztomania DVD review   
Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films book review    
Samurai Films book review   
Trapped Ashes DVD review   

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Hoof it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Mainsite Contemporary Art’s current exhibition, Entre Huellas y Arenas, translates to Hoofprints in the Sand. That detail, however, is not as important as that time is running out to view its 37 photographs exploring Peruvian horse culture. The gallery at 122 E. Main will host a closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, but the works remain on display through March 16. Admission is free. Call 360-1162 or visit mainsite-art.com.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Motor skills

The woes of the American auto industry during the Great Recession fuel a Stillwater artist’s sculpture exhibition opening in Norman.


Visual Arts

Molly Evans
Interruptions
6-10 p.m. Friday
through July 13
Mainsite Contemporary Art
122 E. Main, Norman
mainsite-art.com
360-1162
free
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 
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