There are three upcoming events at the Buskirk-Chumley that I am interested in attending. I’m posting them here in case people are interested in joining me. I will be attending The Contenders tonight, because it looks really interesting. I may go to see Nobelity on Saturday if there is nothing else going on that night, and I will almost certainly be going to see Transformations the Friday after next. Not only is it free, but how can anyone pass up an English-language opera about Grimms fairy-tales within a framing narrative of a modern psychiatric ward.
MONDAY, APRIL 17
CLASSICS ON KIRKWOOD movie series features
Series 7: The Contenders (Minahan, 2001, 87m)
Series 7: The Contenders is a send-up of the invasive and dehumanizing qualities of reality TV. In fictional reality TV show The Contenders, each contestant is chosen at random, given a gun, and told to hunt and kill the others before being killed. Now in its seventh season, the show features Dawn (Brooke Smith), the reigning champion and pregnant “star” who killed 10 contestants in previous seasons.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Buskirk-Chumley Theater and Ryder Film Series presents
More than a movie, Nobelity is an Earth Day Call to Action. Nine Nobel Laureates discuss how we can personally make an impact on problems as daunting as global warming, global health, hunger and war. “Listening to these minds share their insight upon the problems facing everyone upon every bit of this planet and how to solve them is essentially just stunning.” 50% of the proceeds will be donated to environmental and human rights organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International and the Green Belt Movement.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28
IU OPERA SERIES presents
The IU Opera Series is proud to present Conrad Susa’s opera. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Sexton’s set of poem-stories, this opera reinterprets familiar tales from the brothers Grimm. The opera features just eight singers (two sopranos, one mezzo-soprano, three tenors, and two baritones); the performers do not have character names but play many roles throughout the prologue and nine tales. Requiring great versatility and artistry, Transformations reveals powerful emotions and psychological interpretations of Sexton’s poetry. The setting for the performance is an activities room in a psychiatric ward during the 1970s – one in which Sexton herself might have been admitted.