Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Alice's Restaurant' at the Fox to Benefit Food Bank

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 6:00 PM

The Fox Tucson Theatre will be screening the 1969 film Alice's Restaurant in conjunction with a benefit for the Community Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is canned goods or a donation to the Food Bank.

Movie Synopsis (from Fandango):

Intrigued by the counterculture tale of Arlo Guthrie's epic 1968 talking-blues record The Alice's Restaurant Massacree, director Arthur Penn, co-scripting with playwright Venable Herndon, adapted the song into the 1969 feature Alice's Restaurant. Hippie outsider Arlo (Guthrie, playing himself) encounters suspicion from the straight world; visits his dying father, renowned leftist activist/singer Woody Guthrie (Joseph Boley), in the hospital along with friend Pete Seeger; and hangs out in the title converted church/commune created by his friends Alice (Pat Quinn) and her husband Ray (James Broderick). After Alice's "Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat," Arlo is arrested for littering by rule-following Officer "Obie" Obanhein (William Obanhein, playing himself). That littering arrest helps Arlo avoid the Vietnam draft, but the commune is threatened after more personal, old-fashioned conflicts over sex and partnerships permeate Alice and Ray's alternative world.

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