September's Special Events
From vegetarian fare to horror, we've got something for all tastes
It's a busy month at The Revue. We’ve got special events for all kinds of interests–soccer, horror, film scores, art house, graphic novels, healthy eating, skateboarding, literacy, social media and social change. Plus the regularly scheduled films include two exceptional docs, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Page One: Inside the New York Times.
Social Media, Social Change, Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.: Vancouver filmmakers Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne screen their feature documentary With Glowing Hearts: The #van2010 Social Media Story, about the use of social media to spur social change in the lead-up to the Vancouver Olympics. Also planned: an “unconference” in which the public participate in a mediated discussion around how citizens can better exploit social media and citizen journalism to strengthen their community. $10. For more information, click here.
Book Revue, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:45 p.m. Critic Geoff Pevere returns this month to introduce and lead a discussion about Persepolis, the animatd adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel, about growing up in Iran and trying to make sense of life, rebellion,customs, politics, history, her family, her country and Europe, where she moves. We are now partnering with the Word on the Street Toronto, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 25 at Queen’s Park.
Literacy, Thursday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.: The Metropolitan Movement for Literacy presents an evening with Lesra Martin, lawyer, motivational speaker, and one of the people who helped free boxer Hurricane Carter. Martin’s childhood in Queens and Brooklyn was troubled; he had to go to work at 10 years old, and by 16 could not yet read or write. That changed when a group of Canadian entrepreneurs brought him to Ontario. A complimentary screening of the NFB documentary, The Journey of Lesra Martin, follows the session.
Camp Classic, Friday, Sept. 30, 11 p.m.: The month wraps up with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and simultaneous performance by the sometimes over-the-top shadow cast Excited Mental State.
The Healthy Epicure, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Our food and film program goes vegetarian and vegan on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. with a return screening of the doc Forks Over Knives. We’re lining up interesting guestsand some great free samples, including extraordinary and delectable raw food recipes from some talented chefs. $10/$12. For more information, click here and here.
Celebrating Polish Culture, Sept. 16-18, 7 p.m.: The glorious French-language trilogy (1993-4) from legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski is on screen, one a day during the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, offered with the support of the BIA and Ekran, the Toronto Polish Film Festival. Using the three national colours of France, representing Equality, Liberty and Fraternity, Kieślowski created a thematically complex yet accessible series that’s essential viewing for international cinema lovers. (A show of posters for Kieślowski’s films runs at the Steamwhistle Gallery and at Metro Hall.)
Soccer Strife, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: The Dizzy Gastro Sports Bar (home of devoted football fans) sponsors a screening of The Damned United, the film by Tom (The King’s Speech) Hooper about coach Brian Clough’s confrontation with Leeds United. Globe and Mail critic John Doyle, author of The World is a Ball, introduces. Wear your colours and get in at members’ prices. $10/$12.
Horror Film Music Icon, Thursday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m. Chris Alexander has a great program lined up for his Film School Confidential this month. Legendary composer Carl Zittrer introduces a special 35mm screening of the Canadian slasher classic Prom Night (35mm), starring Jamie Lee Curtis. After the film, he’s on hand for a career spanning Q&A. Click here for more about Chris and the program.