Friday the 13th is this week, and no fewer than three separate venues are showing the classic slasher film to celebrate. If your name is Jason or Alice, you'll want to see it at The Loft. If you want to indulge in some spooky drink specials, try the Music Box Lounge. And if bad luck keeps you from getting to a theater on Friday the 13th itself, head over to Harkins Theatres on Tuesday. In other news, the Harry Dean Stanton film Lucky also begins showing at the Loft on Friday the 13th, Shrekfest begins at the Transportation Museum and the Hanson Film Institute hosts the world premiere of a film made back in the '60s.
Music Box Lounge.
Friday the 13th. The Music Box Lounge is showing the Jason-tastic classic at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 (obviously). There will be plenty of drink and shot specials, including jello syringe shots, if you're in the mood to get especially spooky. Dress up as one of the characters, or in your Halloween costume, and be automatically entered in a raffle to win prizes. Friday the 13th is a dangerous day, so take shelter inside the Music Box. See the Facebook Event page for more information.
Harkins Theatres Tuesday Night Classics
If you missed the Music Box screening that took place on the infamous Friday the 13th's namesake, then catch it on the following Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Harkins Theatres. It's classic example of "teenagers who have sex are gonna get it," but the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake are going to learn that the hard way. They should have just watched Halloween, which came out two years earlier and teaches the same lesson. Check out harkinstheatres.com/tnc.aspx for more info
Shrekfest. The Shreks start comin' and they don't stop comin'. You don't want to miss it, so hit the ground runnin'. It's hard not to quote Smashmouth once the subject turns to Shrek, but I digress. Shrek, the inspiring tale of true love's first kiss, noble steeds and Pinocchio wearing ladies underwear, is playing at the Transportation Museum at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, and the sequels will follow in the coming months. Get Shrekt, it'll be a real shrektacle, everyone ought to be Shrekcited, and I could go all day, so I'll just stop.
Casa Video and Film Bar
Maleficent & Sleeping Beauty Party. Ooooo-hoo-hoo, witchy woman, see her cheekbones so hi-igh-igh. Who wore that crazy looking hat (or was it a set of horns?) better? The Maleficent in 1959's Sleeping Beauty or Angelina Jolie in 2014's Maleficent? You be the judge–and it's your call whether or not to be a malevolent one. Casa Video hosts this very witchy double feature, showing Sleeping Beauty at 5 p.m. and Maleficent at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Cult Classic. Set it Off, starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise and Vivica A. Fox, is showing at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14. It's sort of like Robin Hood, but with a bunch of kick-ass black women rising up against oppression instead of a group of dopey white men in tights. When, after a series of injustices and and and tragedies, the four women end up working together in a janitorial service, they gather up some guns and grit and start robbing banks all around the neighborhood. It's intense, full of social commentary and not to be missed.
Mondo Mondays. If you couldn't tell from the title of Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-in-Law, then let me just make sure you understand: this movie is an absolute gem. Petey Wheatstraw (the incomparable Rudy Ray Moore), pops out of the womb as a spry six-year-old and grows up to be a successful comedian. Long story short, a duo of jealous comedy rivals set their henchmen on Petey, he dies, and the devil promises to undo his death if Petey agrees to marry the devil's daughter (who is literally ugly as hell) and father the devil's grandson. It's a blaxploitation celebration that will leave you equal parts humbled by the craftsmanship, annoyed with Rudy Ray Moore speaking in verse and flabbergasted in general.
Can't get enough of Lightning McQueen? Well, someone can't, because they keep making Cars movies. In Cars 3, screening outdoors on the UA Mall at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, watch everyone's favorite animated-red-car-voiced-by-Owen Wilson deal with being overshadowed by Jackson Storm, a new car on the scene who has the latest and greatest technology. McQueen will face feelings of inadequacy, shame and fear. He will face foes in the form of product endorsement deals, demolition derbies and dramatic flashback scenes. Will he rise above it all to remain the champion of Radiator Springs? Or will he be left in the dust? (Also, free popcorn for CatCard holders!)
Delay, Deny, Hope You Die. This documentary, showing at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, tells the story of U.S. soldiers who were exposed to smoke from burn pits–areas where the military burned trash, chemicals, human waste and sometimes even bodies–in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many returned home to face severe health problems, including respiratory diseases, thyroid problems and rare cancers. The event is sponsored by Concerned Veterans For America, so email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free ticket.
Equal Means Equal. "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less." So said Susan B. Anthony about 100 years ago. No doubt she would be proud, in many ways, of how far women have come in the fight for equality. And yet, there are still so many disturbing areas in which women are treated as second-class citizens: the workplace, the healthcare system, the judicial system, the foster care system and in cases of domestic violence. The first step to addressing these inadequate protections for women is getting to the root of the inadequacies by getting educated, and director Kamala Lopez works to do just that in her film, showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Rep. Pamela Powers-Hannley, Rep. Randy Friese, Sen. Steve Farley, Montserrat Caballero and Chris Love.
In the Americas Patronato San Xavier Fundraiser. Help support Mission San Xavier, a National Historic Landmark that has been around for over 130 years, at this special screening at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. An episode of Patronado board member David Yetman's HDTV series, In the Americas–about the lands of the Western hemisphere—will be screening. In this episode, explore the journey of Father Kino, a priest, humanitarian and explorer in the 17th century. Kino traveled mostly on a path known to the Jesuits, but then dipped into Tohono O'odham territory, where he stopped in the town of San Ignacio and had a small chapel built.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World). Need a little bit more 1920s Russian film in your life? Even if you don't know it, you probably do. The University of Arizona Department of Russian and Slavic Studies is hosting this free screening at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. Directed by Soviet directors Sergei Eisenstein and Vsevolod Pudovkin, the film is a dramatic retelling of the 1917 Russian Revolution in St. Petersburg (then Petrograd). It's been 100 years since the revolution, and almost as many since the the film's dramatic montage techniques and documentary-like styles came out. The screening will be followed a discussion with UA history professor and Russian specialist Douglas Weiner.
Bruising for Besos. A whole slew of programs and centers are presenting this free screening at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, including the Department of Mexican American Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies and the Department of Gender and Women's studies. It tells the story of a young Xicana lesbian named Yoli who is trying to make a place for herself in the Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) scene in Los Angeles. Her life is fine, but unremarkable, until she decides to pursue a vibrant and seductive Puerto Rican woman who changes everything.
Friday the 13th Double Feature. So you want to celebrate Friday the 13th, but you already got a tattoo, and you're worried that just watching the movie won't scare you enough. The Loft has got you covered with a double feature of the original Friday the 13th and the 1981 sequel, Friday the 13th Part II, in which another group of teenagers, unfazed by the events that took place in the first movie, head out to Crystal Lake to get trashed... and slashed. Enter raffles to win movie-related prizes, and get a free popcorn if your name is Jason or Alice (ID required). It all goes down at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Sure, Harry was pretty surprised when he found out he was not only a wizard, but one of the most legendary of all time. But you'll probably be even more surprised that this screening of the first film, at noon on Sunday, Oct. 15, is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book in the series. That's 20 years of kids sitting down and discovering the magic of The Hogwarts Express, the wingardium leviosa (leviooosa, not leviosaaa) spell, portraits that have a life of their own and–best of all–friendship! The Loft is throwing a party with costumed characters, a Potter craft hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store and golden snitch cake pops and butterbeer cupcakes from Cakes for Causes. Butterbeer and Bertie Botts. Every Flavor Beans will be available for purchase at the snack bar, and a prize will be available for the best costume.
Lina Wertmüller film series. Love and Anarchy, a pre-WWII period piece showing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, is unequal parts drama, comedy, romance and tragedy. When Tunin (played by Giancarlo Giannini, who was named best actor at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival for his performance) learns that his friend was killed in his quest to kill Benito Mussolini, Tunin decides to take up the cause himself. He finds himself staying at a brothel, scoping out assassination tactics, falling in love and generally finding himself in over his head. In Italian with English subtitles.
The Eagle Huntress. In a plot that sounds almost too fantastical to be real, 13-year-old Aisholpan of Mongolia trains to become the first female in a dozen generations of her family to become an eagle hunter. The free 7 p.m. screening on Friday, Oct. 13, will be at the Jacome Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Watch an inspiring young woman decimate gender roles, a remote and traditional culture finding their balance in a modern world and a whole lot of amazing footage of enormous, majestic eagles taking flight against a backdrop of enormous majestic mountains.
Loft Jr. Series. Even if you've already seen it, thank you, and found it quite lovely, you can never have too much Hocus Pocus in your life. At this 10 a.m. screening on Saturday, Oct. 14, follow the hijinks of Sanderson sisters, Thackery Binx and three kids who might just save the whole town. If you're not the type of person who says "Oh, another glorious morning! Makes me sick!" you might consider showing up at 9:15 for some pre-show festivities hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store.
New Film. Award-winning documentary Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, an activist for race, class and gender equality who co-founded the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, fought for racial, gender and class equality and raised eleven children. And yet, her name and work is largely unrecognized. Hear her story during five different showings on its final day at the Loft, Thursday, Oct. 12.
New Film. A total of 65,000 oil-painted frames, 125 specially-trained painters more than six years of work and 800 personal letters sent to and from Vincent van Gogh have come together to bring us Loving Vincent, the world's first fully oil painted feature film. Painted in van Gogh's signature style, the story begins a year after his death, when a man charged with delivering the artist's last letter finds himself interviewing all of the people who know van Gogh at the end of his life and trying to piece together what happened. Starts showing Friday, Oct. 13.
New Film. Moviegoers can count themselves lucky that Harry Dean Stanton gave us one last remarkable feature-length performance before his death last month. In Lucky, a film that borders on autobiographical, the legendary Stanton stars as a 90-year-old desert dwelling, chain smoking, yoga-practicing atheist who finds himself not so much staring mortality in the face as he does feel it peeking at him from around corners. His self-reflection on his purpose and is past is dusty, funny, heart wrenching and not to be missed. Begins showing Friday, Oct. 13. See loftcinema.org for more information.
Tucson Modernism Week
Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, is showing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Center for Creative Photography (1030 N. Olive Road). It chronicles the life and work of Finnish-American modern architect Eero Saarinen, who designed St. Louis' Gateway Arch, as well as buildings at JFK airport, Yale University and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, and who died suddenly at age 51. His son, Eric, is an award-winning and commercially admired director and cinematographer, and will be a special guest at the screening. Check out preservetucson.org/modernism-week/ for more details.
Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Hang onto those summer nights by heading to a drive-in screening at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet in the north lot. Cactus is hosting events like this one to raise money for a full-sized screen and other equipment needed for a permanent drive-in. Suggested donations are $15 per vehicle, or $20 for front row parking. Tune in to FM103.1 to listen along to the adventures of Star-Lord, Gamora and Baby Groot. Visit cactusdrivein-101217.eventbrite.com/ to learn more.
Hanson Film Institute
Off the Street. In the tumultuous period of civil unrest following Martin Luther King's assassination, a group of talented kids from inner-city New York are sent off to art camp. Today, one of the youngest participants, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, is a world-renowned artist. The 16mm film was made almost 50 years ago, but makes its world premiere in this special screening at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Filmmaker Jere Michael and Hoyes himself will both be in attendance, and the film will be followed by a conversation about art education and race relations led by UA associate professor Dr. Bryan Carter. See http://hansonfilm.org/ for more info.
Hercules vs. Vampires. The Arizona Opera is coming to Tucson for this almost-indescribable event at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Live operatic music and cheesy '60s cinematography come together as the 1961 film Hercules in the Haunted World is screened above an orchestra pit, where new and original music to accompany the film will be performed live. There will also be popcorn, a costume contest, a Hercules Photo Booth, a DJ and specialty cocktails. Visit azopera.org/performances/hercules-vs-vampires to learn more. ■