You could say that puppets are enjoying a theatrical revival. Puppetry is an artform cherished by many cultures. But in America, puppets were long associated with children’s television and programming.
While never taking his eyes off what made the original work of art so enduring, director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann delivers a film for today. In his new The Great Gatsby, the visually alert Australian director understands he is dealing with an American treasure, while also recognizing its cinematic appeal for a modern audience.
Cenobio Hernandez left Mexico at the end of the Mexican Revolution. He came to Texas. He arrived in San Antonio with some family and the music within him. Hernandez would write more than 100 compositions, many of them in the style of the orquestra tipica — a sort of musical hybrid in which composers took folk music of Mexico and set it to the higher style of a chamber orchestra. Cenobio died eight years before the birth of his grandson, two-time Grammy Award-winning Denton musician Cenobio “Bubba” Hernandez.
Jazz musicians Jiri Levicek on piano, Denton artist Jeffry Eckels on double bass and drummer Matt Young will join forces Friday for the final concert of the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s 2012-13 International Chamber Series. The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morriss Road in Flower Mound, and is presented in cooperation with the University of North Texas College of Music. For more information, visit www.lewisvillesymphony.org .
Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed film Alien will be screened Wednesday with two separate show times at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Denton’s Cinemark, 2528 Wind River Lane. Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film that finds Sigourney Weaver (pictured), Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto as the crew of a commercial deep-space mining ship, investigating a suspected S.O.S. Then they learn it was a warning — not a cry for help. For a full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and more information, visit www.cinemark.com.
Billionaire industrialist and inventor Tony Stark takes a beating in Iron Man 3. Unfortunately, so does the audience. In this third feature based on the Marvel Comics character, director Shane Black treats his viewers as if they were attention-starved adolescents. And while that may indeed mark the targeted demographic, those not in that select grouping might find this Iron Man 3 a loud, garish, brainless assault on the senses. And it will probably gross a couple billion dollars.
It’s just what college kids dreading dead week need and everything work-whipped grown-ups in Denton look forward to: Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. It unfolds on Friday — and it doesn’t matter that, as of Wednesday, there was rain in the opening-day forecast. The festival happens rain or shine. Bring a poncho and some old shoes.
It’s too bad that Pain & Gain comes out at a time when drive-in theaters are all but extinct. Michael Bay’s comedic drama wouldn’t be negatively affected by tinny speakers, scenes missed during make-out sessions or long walks to the nacho stand. Distractions are actually a plus when watching this film. Is there a cineplex that allows patrons to bring in a lawn chair?