The Busy World Is Hushed continues at Pacific Theatre. Move fast: it's a short run, closing Oct 16, and people are loving it. Everyone talks about the strong performances by Adam Bergquist, Gina Chiarelli (PT regulars) and Sebastian Kroon. The set and lighting are exquisite (Michael Schaldemose), transforming our theatre into the cosy, book-cluttered Upper West Side apartment on a seminary campus. My artistic director notes are on the blog.
Miracle In Rwanda, featured in our "fringe of the Fringe" a couple weeks back, is held over at the Arts Club until Oct 10... Craig Erickson and David MacKay are onstage in Tear The Curtain, a tribute to the movies by Vancouver's often-Brilliant Electric Company... Gina Chiarelli's husband Timothy Clayton has a show of his paintings at the Havana Gallery through Oct 16, and the Lookout Gallery at Regent College is showing the multimedia acrylic paintings of James Nesbitt until Oct 29... Nelson Boschman's Mennonite Jazz Committee headlines a LifeBridge benefit concert Oct 2... Richard Osler's hosting a poetry retreat Nov 4-7 And Spencer Capier has a whole new album of Christmas Instrumentals, that'll be ready to go in time for Christmas Presence!
Soul Food Movies is busy as heck these days, with the Vancouver International Film Festival opening Thursday. Don't miss Rejoice And Shout (Friday 2:30, plus two more showings), a history of gospel music featuring The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Soul Stirrers, Mahalia Jackson and The Blind Boys. Or Of Gods And Men (Oct 10, 12, 14), the Cannes Festival Grand Jury Prize winner about Cistercian monks threatened by Islamic extremists during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990's. My other VIFF picks are listed here...
Other possible Soul Food films
Other Cannes Festival standouts, including the new Abbas Kiarostami
Notable films by acclaimed directors, including the new Mike Leigh
Other films of interest, including a documentary about a staging of Twelve Angry Men in a Lebanese prison
Soul Food Movies has also just launched a new series - "What's In My Queue?" - with a look at the videos Vancouver filmmaker Jason Goode is eager to see... Also noted, a new play at the Havana Theatre by Kenneth Lonergan, screenwriter for such notable films as You Can Count On Me, Analyze This and Gangs Of New York... And don't let VIFF distract you from other Soul Food fare: there's more going on than you might expect in George Clooney's The American, ongoing at the Fifth Avenue and elsewhere.