Saturday, September 22, 2007

Market Value Competition

Everyone should head downtown to the Charlottesville Community Design Center TONIGHT to view the submissions for the Charlottesville Market Value Competition and to cast your vote for "People's Choice."

Market Value Competition is a open call for design submissions for a re-design of the location of the Charlottesville weekly city market between Water and South Streets downtown. This is an awesome competition, so go check out the results and cast your vote for which you would like to see implemented downtown.

Check out the Charlottesville Community Design center site here.
Click here to check out the website for the Market Value Competition.

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The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

Dir. Sophie Fiennes - UK/Austria/Netherlands, 2006 - 150 min.

Sunday, September 16th
7:00 & 9:45 PM
Newcomb Hall Theatre
Tickets $3

Slavoj Zizek returns to illuminate the audience with his unique world view through his chosen medium of film. The Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst preaches that �cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn�t give you what you desire--it tells you how to desire.� In a three part series, Zizek explores this concept, and what cinema has to offer in uncovering the mysteries of fantasy, sexuality, and subjectivity. Using clips from over 40 films, including works by Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers, Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Michael Haneke, and Stanley Kubrick, Zizek delves into the collective unconscious of cinema and its audience. "Above all, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema ponders a crucial question for all film-goers: why do we continue to be emotionally affected by movies, even when we know they're fake?" (Tom Dawson, BBC)

Click here for the official site and to check out the trailers.

ALSO this film is being shown with the help of The Declaration, UVa's alternative weekly newspaper.
Check them out online here OR attend one of their production meetings every Tuesday night at 8pm in the Coup, located in the basement of Newcomb hall.

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Friday, September 14, 2007


Dir. Christoffer Boe - Denmark, 2005 - 88 min.

Sunday, September 16th
7:00 & 9:30 PM
Newcomb Hall Theatre
Tickets $3

Zetterstrom is a Danish concert pianist who has left his home in Copenhagen to pursue his career. When a performance brings him back to his homeland, the memories of his past begin to reveal themselves as being shrouded in forgetfulness. He receives an invitation to return to a particular number of blocks in central Copenhagen referred to as “The Zone.” He enters the rabbit hole armed only with a rigid list of instructions on how to maneuver. His memories are slowly revealed to him and a passion is returned to his life unlike any he has felt in years. He is left missing only one thing: his ability to play the piano. Allegro is a vibrant mix of emotional uncovery, visual effects, and storybook animated sequences. “Had Tarkovsky ever felt the urge to shoot a perfume commercial, it would probably look a lot like Allegro.” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian)

Click here to check out the official film site.

Click here to read Xan Brooks's complete albeit short review.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

2007 Fall Film Series at the Bridge

The Fall Film Series schedule has been released, and covers everything from sinister and spooky shorts and animation to a night with local filmmaker and cinematography professor Kevin Everson.

Here's the basic rundown:

Thursday, September 27

Thursday, October 18

Thursday, November 15

Thursday, December 6

To check out more details about each film see the Fall Film Series site here.

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FUZZ: Drawing Party & Zine-Making Workshop

If you like making zines or just doodling, you should try to attend this particular workshop at the Bridge on Thursday. Considering the wide variety of zines available for sale at the show opening on Friday, it should be a really great workshop.

Thursday, September 13th
Drawing Party & Zine-Making Workshop
7 to 10 pm

A friendly drawing party. Paper and markers will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own, too! Because sometimes it is just nice to sit with other people and draw. Also, they will be sharing zine-making skills and advice.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Wristcutters: A Love Story
Dir. Goran Dukic - USA, 2007 - 91 min.


Sunday, September 9th
7:00 & 9:30 PM
Newcomb Hall Theatre
Tickets $3

From the moment Zia cuts his wrists and enters a bizarre afterlife reserved for suicides, Wristcutters becomes a strangely uplifting, darkly comic tale about a journey through the hereafter. This is a world where everyone still bears the scars earned from the manner in which they “offed” themselves, while everyday reality is a twisted mirror image of our own mortal world. Zia (Patrick Fugit), along with characters played by Shannyn Sossaman, Shea Whigham, and Tom Waits, tries to uncover what they had missed in their previous lives. Adapted from the novella “Kneller’s Happy Campers” by Etgar Keret, Dukic’s interpretation turns the diverse landscapes and buildings of California into strange and otherworldy locales within a unique parallel world. Wristcutters is “a delightfully mordant, wryly funny look at an alternate reality”. (Todd McCarthy, Variety)

Click here to check out the official film site.

Click here to check out the trailer on youtube.

Click here to watch a Q&A session with Goran Dukic and Patrick Fugit at Sundance.

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First Fridays: FUZZ

A new art exhibition entitled FUZZ will be opening at the bridge this Friday with an emphasis on handcrafted work by local artists, DIY literature, clothing, and crafts, and followed up with a series of workshops through the exhibition's run. Also featured will be the first screening of the Bridge's fall film series with films by Lotte Reiniger on Thursday, Sept. 27th.

Here's a break down of the exhibition w/ dates and details:
Friday, September 7th
Opening Reception
6 to 10pm
Music at 7:30

The opening reception for Fuzz will be colorful and social. There will be cupcakes and an intriguing musical performance by GULL (Nate from Ultra Dolphins!). In addition to the displayed works, there will be a DIY merchandise table with handmade zines, clothing, and frills!

Sunday, September 9th
Musical Performance by Corndawg & friends
7 pm
$3 (for touring performers)

Jonny Fritz also known as The Corndawg will perform his unique blend of humorous and heartfelt songs. We are not sure how to describe a Corndawg performance except to say that you will find yourself laughing and then be unexpectedly moved. How about this? The man is a skilled airbrush artist with an Appalachian falsetto. We are honored to have him play at the Fuzz show.

Thursday, September 13th
Drawing Party & Zine-Making Workshop
7 to 10 pm

A friendly drawing party. Paper and markers will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own, too! Because sometimes it is just nice to sit with other people and draw. Also, we will be sharing zine-making skills and advice.

Sunday, September 16th
Musical Performance by Big Bear
8 pm
$5 (for the touring band)

Big Bear is a female-fronted band that plays jagged, screamy spazzy music full of fractured, dissonant melodies. They are on Monitor Records, home to Battles, the Oxes and Video Hippos.

Wednesday, September 19th
Sewing Workshop
5 to 8 pm

Bring fabric or clothing to alter and sewing materials if you any (even a sewing machine). Sewing machines will be on hand if you don’t have your own. Together we’ll learn how to make some simple things. This workshop will be led by Becca Mccharen, who has made been making her own unique clothing for years.

Saturday, September 22nd
Pinata-making Workshop
3 to 6 pm

The piñata is a brightly-colored paper-mache container, often shaped as an animal and filled with treats. Kristin Smith, who has made piñatas representing endangered animals for Fuzz, will lead this workshop. Come as you are, leave with a wealth of sweet knowledge.

Sunday, September 23rd
Circuit-Bending Workshop

Sonic Fuzz! Circuit bending is the creative short-circuiting of battery-powered audio devices like children's toys and small synthesizers to create new musical instruments and sound generators. You don’t need any experience to participate, just bring your toy/lo-fi instruments. If you don't have something to work on, bring one of the following: 4 AA batteries, one 9V AC adaptor, or 5 bucks. Electronics geniuses & engineers strongly encouraged to attend and help out. This workshop will be led by Adam Rogers and Josh Van Horne, both of whom have experimented with electronic music.

Thursday, September 27th
Fall Film Series: Films by Lotte Reiniger
8 pm

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s Fall Film Series proudly presents short films by Lotte Reiniger. Reiniger was a pioneer of shadow puppet animation starting in the early 20th century. Inspired by Chinese silhouette puppetry as a child, Reiniger went on to make dream-like, ornately handcrafted shadow puppet films. Her work is astounding for its attention to detail and because she devised the first multi-plane camera for certain effects at least a decade before Walt Disney.
Saturday, September 29th
Closing Reception & Potluck

Bring a dish to share and leave with a handmade recipe zine.

Sunday, September 30th
Last Day of Fuzz show
12 to 3 pm

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