Attention, Grateful Dead fans! Yes, you, with the VW van and the closet full of bootleg tapes!
Just a few hours from now — 7 p.m. to be exact — Jerry Garcia’s would-be 70th birthday will be recognized at two local theaters with a rare screening of the 1977 concert film The Grateful Dead Movie. This one-night-only event will be shown at Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 N. Martin Luther King, and the Hollywood Spotlight 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman.
Being a presentation of Fathom Events, there’s more to it than just the flick of the classic rock band at work. Bob Weir and other surprise guests join for a “special birthday commemoration” for Garcia, who died in 1995.
For more information, visit fathomevents.com. —Rod Lott
One of summer’s most-anticipated films yet to be released is screening early for charity, and you’re invited! Just don’t expect what to know for sure what you’re seeing until the lights go down.
At 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E. Reno, Citizens Caring for Children hosts “A Night at the Movies.” For a $50 ticket, not only do you gain admission, but get treated to hors d’oevures (or “snacks,” if you don’t speak fancy), drinks, popcorn, swag bags and the opportunity to take part in a silent auction featuring movie memorabilia.
It’s all for a good cause, as CCC is a nonprofit organization that provides shoes, clothes, books, school supplies and more to Oklahoma foster children. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the organization, so call 753-4099 or visit citizenscaringforchildren.org to secure your ticket.
But to play detective, if the “pre-screening of one of this summer's blockbuster hits” claim is legit, my money’s on The Bourne Legacy, for three reasons:
1. The movie opens three days later.
2. There's a press screening of Legacy scheduled at Harkins that night.
3. One of its producers, Frank Marshall, is no stranger to doing good deeds for Oklahoma charities. Remember when he brought Matt Damon to town for the premiere of the last Bourne movie?
Hey, that’s just my guess. I possess no insider knowledge. If I’m wrong, then my alternate pick is ParaNorman, because I can’t picture a charity going gung-ho for The Expendables 2. As cool as that would be. —Rod Lott