Drafthouse austin – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Mon, 16 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Drafthouse austin – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 Alamo Drafthouse Plans Summer Screening Series https://acotonline.org/alamo-drafthouse-plans-summer-screening-series/ Mon, 16 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/alamo-drafthouse-plans-summer-screening-series/ The Alamo Drafthouse Theater turns 25 and it’s on the road to celebrate. The movie theater chain – who successfully dares to ask “What if multiplexes had personality?” – is planning a Rolling Roadshow tour throughout the summer, with stops in Austin, New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Most events will be […]]]>

The Alamo Drafthouse Theater turns 25 and it’s on the road to celebrate.

The movie theater chain – who successfully dares to ask “What if multiplexes had personality?” – is planning a Rolling Roadshow tour throughout the summer, with stops in Austin, New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Most events will be outdoors and free, with the exception of one immersive premiere of Jordan Peele’s mind-bending thriller “No,” which hits theaters July 22.

Since Tim and Karrie League opened a single-screen movie theater in downtown Austin on May 24, 1997, the company has expanded to 36 locations (and counting) across the country, providing moviegoers with a cinematic experience without phone and filled with snacks. Alamo Drafthouse, known for popularizing in-theatre dining, offers full-service menus with burgers, pizza, buffalo cauliflower, craft beer and cocktails at all of its locations.

Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse is kicking off its 25th anniversary palooza with a free outdoor screening of “Raising Arizona” at Live Oak Brewing Company in Austin. The movie selection is symbolic because “Raising Arizona,” the Coen Brothers crime comedy starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman, was the first movie to play the night the Alamo Drafthouse opened long ago. The free screening, which is scheduled to begin around 8:45 p.m., will be preceded by a performance by Austin band and longtime Alamo Drafthouse collaborators The Octopus Project.

“I vividly remember scrambling to finish everything and put on our very first show 25 years ago. We had a brand new team of 20 people and had never trained or employed anyone before that day, it was tense,” says Tim League, co-founder and executive chairman of Alamo Drafthouse. “We’ve learned so much over the years, but the passion remains the same. We love movies and want to share that love with all of you.

To thank staff members, who have kept the theater chain going after the pandemic threatened its existence, Alamo Drafthouse theater locations will be closed on June 8 for a team appreciation day.

“I feel very fortunate to be part of a team with so much history, passion and dedication to our core mission. This dedication to celebrating cinema and providing a better theatrical experience is why we have existed for so long, and we won’t be stopping anytime soon,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Shelli Taylor.

A 1997 Alamo Drafthouse advertisement

See details from Alamo’s 25th Anniversary Rolling Roadshow, described in the company’s own words:

May

Austin, TX

When: May 20, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Live Oak Brewing Company

Join Alamo Drafthouse for a free outdoor screening of the first movie ever played at an Alamo Drafthouse, “Raising Arizona” by Joel and Ethan Coen. In addition to the screening, guests will enjoy games, food, surprise guests, live music and a proclamation from Austin Mayor Steve Adler. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but guests must RSVP via Eventbrite before arriving. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for a fun and memorable evening under the stars.

June

New York, NY

28 Liberty Summer Movie Series

Every Thursday from June 9 to June 30 at 28 Liberty Plaza

Alamo Drafthouse will host a series of free outdoor screenings in the plaza outside its new Lower Manhattan theater every Thursday from June 9 through June 30. Guests will enjoy an interactive experience where they can crank out their own commemorative Alamo25 poster over a vintage 1938 Vandercook letterpress.

July

Chicago

To be announced.

Los Angeles

In partnership with Universal Pictures and Monkeypaw Productions, Alamo Drafthouse will bring a select group of fans to a Rolling Roadshow screening at a Los Angeles horse ranch where they will be the first to see Oscar-winning writer/director Jordan’s new horror epic. Peele, “No.” The film, in theaters July 22, stars Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Oscar nominee Steven Yeun as residents of a remote interior California ravine witness of a strange and frightening discovery.

Guests can enjoy horseback riding, cowboy lessons and ranch tours before the screening.

More details should be announced shortly.

August

Saint Louis

to be announced

washington d.c.

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One of the best films of the year is from Dallas filmmaker and “Next Linklater” Cooper Raiff https://acotonline.org/one-of-the-best-films-of-the-year-is-from-dallas-filmmaker-and-next-linklater-cooper-raiff/ Mon, 16 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/one-of-the-best-films-of-the-year-is-from-dallas-filmmaker-and-next-linklater-cooper-raiff/ You often hear about young artists who could be the “next Taylor Swift”. There are many “next Leonardo DiCaprios”. Every once in a while you’ll hear rumors about a teenage rapper who might be “the next Kendrick.” However, you probably haven’t heard of a 24-year-old who could be the “next Richard Linklater”. But that would […]]]>

You often hear about young artists who could be the “next Taylor Swift”. There are many “next Leonardo DiCaprios”. Every once in a while you’ll hear rumors about a teenage rapper who might be “the next Kendrick.” However, you probably haven’t heard of a 24-year-old who could be the “next Richard Linklater”.

But that would be a perfect description of Cooper Raiff, a young filmmaker from Dallas who has won national awards and gone up against some of the biggest talents in the industry. Raiff’s second film as writer/director/producer/star, Cha Cha real smooth, screened in early May during the Dallas International Film Festival‘s spring preview at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in the Cedars, earning a warm response from viewers.

Cha Cha real smooth tells a non-traditional story of family ties. Raiff stars as a character whose endearing and relentlessly empathetic personality didn’t require much action on his part. Andrew (Raiff) is going through a tough time. Although he graduated from college, he lives at home in New Jersey in the room of his little brother David (Evan Assante). Andrew’s mother (Leslie Mann) is bipolar and has frequent depressive episodes.

Andrew’s mother pushes him to apply himself and find a real job, but succeeds in a relatively endearing way. However, her stepfather Greg (Brad Garrett) is much tougher. He insists that Andrew is an adult and should start acting like one. He can’t just work behind the counter in their mall’s food court for the rest of his life.

Andrew can barely think of adult responsibilities like finding a job because he’s too busy trying to figure out his love life. Andrew’s girlfriend Macy (Odeya Rush) is studying abroad in Barcelona. He desperately seeks to join her and begins to fear that their relationship will never be rekindled. This gives him at least one goal: to save enough to pay for the expensive flight abroad.

However, a new development emerges in Andrew’s life when he takes his little brother to a bar mitzvah party. After getting a little too drunk, Andrew encourages the kids and adults to start dancing. He shows compassion for a sensitive young girl named Lola (Vanessa Burghardt), whose mother, Domino (Dakota Johnson), is impressed by Andrew’s sensitivity with her daughter. She hires him to watch the house and take care of Lola while she goes out at night.

It’s Andrew’s first real job, and he lands another new job the same night. After seeing how successful he is in hosting the event, the local bar mitzvah organizers hire Andrew as their “professional party starter”.

Raiff has always been interested in storytelling. While studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles during his sophomore year, Raiff borrowed (without permission) the school’s equipment to shoot a semi-autobiographical film titled Madeleine & Cooper with his friends. Raiff dropped the 55-minute film on social media and tagged indie producer Jay Duplass, daring him to watch the film. Less than 24 hours later, Duplass responded and arranged an interview with Raiff.

Duplass helped Raiff develop the concept further, expanding his feature to feature-length premise. It was Shit, Raiff’s first official film. Raiff wrote, directed and starred in the coming-of-age comedy-drama, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in early 2020. audience.

Raiff had suddenly moved into the big leagues, and Shit caused a stir during the year after being picked up by IFC Films. Raiff’s comedic and empathetic style of filmmaking has drawn comparisons with filmmakers like Noah Baumbach, Judd Apatow and of course, fellow Texan Richard Linklater.

It wasn’t just the public that saw Raiff as the next big thing. Fifty shades of Grey Star Dakota Johnson has reached out to Raiff, offering to finance her next film with her new production company TeaTime Pictures. Johnson insisted that Raiff co-star in the film alongside him.

Cha Cha real smooth debuted in January during the virtual edition of the Sundance Film Festival. Although it was not screened for live audiences, the film immediately won over the crowds. It won the audience award from the US Dramatic Competition. Best Picture Winner CODA won the same award last year before its unstoppable awards run.

Raiff’s comedic and empathetic style of filmmaking has drawn comparisons with filmmakers like Noah Baumbach, Judd Apatow and of course, fellow Texan Richard Linklater.

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Apple became the first streaming service to win the best Oscar with CODAand they could watch Cha Cha real smooth renew their success. After losing the historic sum of $25 million for CODAApple paid $15 million for exclusive distribution rights to Cha Cha real smooth.

The Dallas International Film Festival, or DIFF, is one of the most popular events for moviegoers in North Texas each year. Like all other festivals in the film community, it has had a turbulent few years adjusting to the constraints of COVID-19 closures and safety procedures. Although the festival usually takes place in late April and May, in 2021 it was postponed to the fall film season.

As this year’s DIFF will once again take place in the fall, the folks at the Dallas Film Society have whipped up a special treat for moviegoers and decided to preview some of the most exciting projects on their upcoming slate. The “Spring Preview Event” took place in early May and featured an exclusive lineup of films slated to premiere in the coming months.

In addition to Cha Cha real smooththe Spring Preview also organized screenings of Frank Marshall’s musical documentary Jazz Fest: A History of New Orleanswest Corsicahistorical drama Eventand indie bad ax. If you missed the event, you’ll still have the chance to attend the festival later this year. The full Dallas International Film Festival lineup will begin in October.

Of course, if you want to check Cha Cha real smooth, you won’t have to wait very long. The film is set to debut on Apple TV+ on June 17. Unless you’re already a Ted Lasso fan, you should be able to take advantage of a free trial over the summer to check out one of the best films of the year.

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The Fans Behind the Mask: Inside the World of The F13th Fan Film Mixtape: AGFA Archivist Joseph Ziemba Explores the World of Discount Voorhees – Screens https://acotonline.org/the-fans-behind-the-mask-inside-the-world-of-the-f13th-fan-film-mixtape-agfa-archivist-joseph-ziemba-explores-the-world-of-discount-voorhees-screens/ Fri, 13 May 2022 16:02:34 +0000 https://acotonline.org/the-fans-behind-the-mask-inside-the-world-of-the-f13th-fan-film-mixtape-agfa-archivist-joseph-ziemba-explores-the-world-of-discount-voorhees-screens/ Did you know that 13 years have passed since the last official Friday 13 film? Yes, in 2009 director Marcus Nispel came to Austin to film the Platinum Dunes remake of the 1980 OG slasher film. Since then, the rights have been tied up in an incredibly messy lawsuit, and poor Jason Voorhees has had […]]]>

Did you know that 13 years have passed since the last official Friday 13 film?

Yes, in 2009 director Marcus Nispel came to Austin to film the Platinum Dunes remake of the 1980 OG slasher film. Since then, the rights have been tied up in an incredibly messy lawsuit, and poor Jason Voorhees has had to hang up his iconic hockey mask and let his machete rust.

Ah, but those are just the official movies. For four decades, fans have been picking up hockey masks, rubber knives and black Karo syrup (or light stuff mixed with red food coloring) at discount stores, and heading to the woods to make their own Friday 13 fan-films. Three years ago, the American Genre Film Archive (the film nonprofit founded by the Alamo Drafthouse) hosted a one-night special event of the best… well, some of the most memorable of these deranged horrors, where Jason was as likely to be a teenager as he was creatively butchering one.

However, you can’t hold back a good undead slayer and, like Jason himself in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, the mixtape is back as an official part of the AGFA lineup and will screen tonight at the Violet Crown Cinema in Austin. AGFA Creative Director Joseph A. Ziemba, who put together the audacious gallery of ghoulish delights, took a minute from all that hash to explain a bit about the history of these bootleg Voorhees…

Austin Chronicle So, obvious question – where did you find these tapes?

Joseph A. Ziemba The majority of them came from years of trading and buying counterfeit VHS tapes and DVD-Rs. I miss those years! But luckily, the internet made it possible for DIY maniacs to share their untold 1993 epics. So, a small amount of clips came from online sources. I simply recorded them to tape and re-digitized them, so that the quality was consistent throughout the mix.

THAT: From the looks of it, it looks like there was a Golden Age of Friday the 13th fan movies in the VHS era, but there are still a huge number of them, including many feature films. Considering 13 years have passed since the last official release, why do you think Jason still has such a grip?

J.A.Z.: I think Jason’s main appeal to fan filmmakers is his simplicity. It’s a massive killing machine in a hockey mask, and it’s easy to recreate for $10 on Saturday nights. Freddy’s look is very specific – it’s more complicated conceptually. Michael Myers is similar to Jason, but his mask is more expensive to find. Jason is therefore the obvious choice for any budding filmmaker who wants to grab a camera and go wild.

THAT: Philosophical question: Aren’t all remakes, reboots and sequels basically fan movies with bigger budget and better lawyers?

J.A.Z.: Definitively. But Friday the 13th: Halloween night is way more fun than Rob Zombie’s Halloween because he has a mortal combat-style battle between Jason and Michael Myers which is marked by “Sabotage” of the Beastie Boys.

THAT: There’s a lot of crossover fiction here, with appearances from Leatherface, Michael Myers, even Pinhead. Were there any particularly strange ones you saw?

J.A.Z.: My favorite thing about fan movies is that you never know who’s going to show up. It’s not really horror, but Batman: Dead End features Joker getting eaten by a Xenomorph and Batman battling some Predators. Chef’s kiss.

THAT: Did you get any comments from any of the filmmakers about resurrecting their old home movies?

J.A.Z.: Not yet! It would be fascinating to choose their brains.

THAT: And, the horror classic – the best kill in these films?

J.A.Z.: My favorite kill comes from The Resurrection of Michael Myers Part 2 (1989). Jason throws battery acid in someone’s face — multiple times! – and laughs hysterically as his victim melts into a pool of slop.


The F13th fan movie mixtape screens Friday, May 13, 9 p.m., Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second. Tickets at austin.violetcrown.com.

The mixtape, along with other AGFA titles, is available for theatrical reservation through americangenrefilm.com.

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Five things to get out of France on Friday the 13th: shake off the curse of this mini-Halloween https://acotonline.org/five-things-to-get-out-of-france-on-friday-the-13th-shake-off-the-curse-of-this-mini-halloween/ Thu, 12 May 2022 10:22:51 +0000 https://acotonline.org/five-things-to-get-out-of-france-on-friday-the-13th-shake-off-the-curse-of-this-mini-halloween/ The F13th fan movie mixtape at the Violet Crown cinema Is it because of the 13 guests at the Last Supper? Or Loki the trickster as the 13th uninvited god in Norse mythology? The origin of 13 as an unlucky number is unclear, and how Friday the 13th ended up being the day of the […]]]>

The F13th fan movie mixtape at the Violet Crown cinema

Is it because of the 13 guests at the Last Supper? Or Loki the trickster as the 13th uninvited god in Norse mythology? The origin of 13 as an unlucky number is unclear, and how Friday the 13th ended up being the day of the threat is even more unclear. But with just one such ominous confluence of day and date this year, perhaps this 5/13 should be a time to celebrate the darkness lurking in this hot summer.

Dating Jason Voorhees

Can’t say Friday the 13th without thinking of everyone’s favorite hockey mask-wearing slasher. If you want to see this machete coming straight, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In will be screened Part III in proper 3D (red/blue glasses and all), while the Alamo releases the sequel, which was supposed to put the nail in the franchise’s coffin.

Friday the 13th Part III
May 13-14
3D: Fri, 8:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m.; Sat., 8:20 p.m.
2D: Fri, 10:55 p.m.; Sat, 10:45 p.m.
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, 2015 EM Franklin
bluestarlitedrivein.com

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
Fri, May 13
Village: 9:30 p.m.
Slaughter: 9:50 p.m.
Alamo Village, 2700 W. Anderson #701
Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter
drafthouse.com

Dating the Fake Jason Voorhees

“Mom, can we have Jason Voorhees?” “We have Jason Voorhees at home.” Or maybe you made your own, as American Genre Film Archive and Bleeding Skull show! present The F13th fan movie mixtape. After all, when all you need to make your own horror short is a rubber knife, a hockey mask, and lots of Karo syrup, who wouldn’t want to unleash their own explosion of VHS madness?
Fri. May 13, 9 p.m.
Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second
austin.violetcrown.com

House of Torment (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Get a Halloween first shot

What is this day but a taste of the actual thinning of the veil between our realm and the worlds beyond? So prepare for your Samhain as the House of Torment, Austin’s oldest and most award-winning Halloween attraction, brings a bit of fall terror with its halfway Halloween celebration. Now if only they could organize some of this October weather…
Fri-Sat, May 13-14, 7:30pm-11pm
House of Torment, 2632 Ridgepoint
houseoftorment.com/halfway

adopt a black cat

The black cat bias is real. According to several studies, black cats are more likely to be abandoned in shelters, spent more time there, and ultimately euthanized than any other shade of feline. So why not give the unofficial furry mascot of the day a home? Remember, adopting a pet is a serious, lifelong commitment, so make sure you’re ready to give him the love he wants to give you.
Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop
austintexas.gov/austin-animal-center

To tattoo

What better way to fend off the evils of the day than to have the evil eye ingrained in your skin? Or any of the other 600 Friday the 13th designs designed by the All Saints Crew for their cash-only flash sale.
Fri. May 13, noon-noon
All Saints Tattoo Downtown, 514 E. Sixth
All Saints Tattoo North, 8303 Burnet #2
allsainttattoo.com

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Regal Cinemas plans to spend $14 million to upgrade Cielo Vista and Live Oak Cinemas https://acotonline.org/regal-cinemas-plans-to-spend-14-million-to-upgrade-cielo-vista-and-live-oak-cinemas/ Tue, 10 May 2022 19:30:46 +0000 https://acotonline.org/regal-cinemas-plans-to-spend-14-million-to-upgrade-cielo-vista-and-live-oak-cinemas/ Two Regal Cinemas theaters in the San Antonio area are getting upgrades estimated at $14 million. Fifteen auditoriums at the chain’s Live Oak Theater at 7901 Pat Booker Road will be remodeled for reclining seats and one will feature 4DX film technology, according to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Laser […]]]>

Two Regal Cinemas theaters in the San Antonio area are getting upgrades estimated at $14 million.

Fifteen auditoriums at the chain’s Live Oak Theater at 7901 Pat Booker Road will be remodeled for reclining seats and one will feature 4DX film technology, according to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Laser projection technology, audio system upgrades and LED and digital signage at the entrance are also planned, a spokesperson said. Special effects in the Pepsi 4DX auditorium will include seats synchronized with motion, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubbles, vibrations and scents.

At Regal’s Cielo Vista location at 2828 Cinema Ridge, 17 auditoriums will be converted to premium seating, another filing said. The spokesperson said more information on further improvements will be provided at a later date.

The renovations are expected to be completed by mid-2023.

The chain converted 14 auditoriums at its Huebner Oaks theater to reclining seats in 2016 and updated seating at its Northwoods site in 2018, state documents show.

Other operators have also recently renovated cinemas, including Santikos Entertainment and Cinemark. Their upgrades have included recliners, new lobbies, more food and drink options, and arcade areas.

San Antonio-based Santikos recently closed its Bijou Cinema and said it plans to show independent and foreign films at its other locations under a program dubbed the “Bijou Series,” which begins this summer.

Last year, the company took over and remodeled two former Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, in New Braunfels and Westlakes near the 410 loop and Highway 151. It plans to announce more theater renovations later this year, a spokesperson said.

Flix Brewhouse opened a dinner theater on the Far West Side last year.

EVO Entertainment last week announced plans to open a movie theater, bowling alley and arcade complex in a former Sears store in the South Park Mall in December.

The Austin-based company said the location will feature 12 screens, recliners, a scratch kitchen and bar, an arcade, 14 bowling lanes, virtual reality experiences and bumper cars.

madison.iszler@express-news.net

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OMD at Fillmore, Minneapolis (May 07, 2022) https://acotonline.org/omd-at-fillmore-minneapolis-may-07-2022/ Sun, 08 May 2022 21:09:50 +0000 https://acotonline.org/omd-at-fillmore-minneapolis-may-07-2022/ english group Orchestral maneuvers in the dark (or commonly called MDGs) is currently enjoying their 40th anniversary tour. Technically, it’s their 43rd anniversary, as the COVID pandemic has delayed their tour until now. The band stopped by the Fillmore in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 7. Group “Family Affair” In the valley below opened the show. […]]]>

english group Orchestral maneuvers in the dark (or commonly called MDGs) is currently enjoying their 40th anniversary tour. Technically, it’s their 43rd anniversary, as the COVID pandemic has delayed their tour until now. The band stopped by the Fillmore in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 7.

Group “Family Affair” In the valley below opened the show. We previously saw them at the Alamo Drafthouse in April 2019 and wrote, “Married couple Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob make up the innovative band, which played for just over an hour under dim red lights in a corner front of the cinema, singing face-to-face straight into the wireless headphones everyone in the theater wore for a sensory experience like few others, something from a start pink floyd could have done, when they were known as The Pink Floyd.”

Of the four songs we heard, they all sounded really good…my favorite being “Hold On Tight”. Unfortunately, the band had to cut their set short because Jeffrey Jacob was having problems with his guitar amp. Angela Gail joked that the ghost in the machine is probably Prince watch over them. As two other tech engineers took to the stage to figure things out, Gail introduced their next song “Lie With Me” (which they didn’t get a chance to play), telling us the song is about “l he story of how Jeff and I fell in love in Austin. They had a love child called Griffin (?), who was also traveling with them on this tour.

MDGs (singer/bassist Andy McCluskey, keyboards/vocals Paul Humphreys, bass/sax/various Martin Cooper and drummer Stuart Kershaw) were looking forward to celebrating their 40th anniversary. It’s basically a greatest hits tour, and they even confessed that their set consisted of songs they just wanted to play… which meant there were “deep cuts”, like sides B like “Almost”. “Almost” is an important song, because it was one of the songs that inspired a young Vince Clarke to start his band Depeche Mode.

The last time the band was in town was at First Avenue in March 2018…but that show took many years to arrive. It was a catch-up date, as their drummer Stuart Kershaw, had a heart attack (quote “he tried to die”) which forced the cancellation of their entire 2013 tour. is being produced, as the band tried to hold their 40th anniversary in 2019/2020, but this has been postponed until now.

After two “new” songs, singer Andy McCluskey puts on his bass guitar. “I have my bass guitar, do you know what that means?” as McCluskey asks Paul Humphreys. He replied, “We’re going to play old songs.”

Without a beat, McCluskey asks, “You brought your dancing shoes, didn’t you?” to the public. With that, they embarked on “Isotype”.

After the song, McCluskey, feeling extremely talkative, answered someone’s question on his bass guitar. Apparently, when he was younger, he couldn’t afford a “straight bass”, so he bought a cheaper left-handed one. He basically had to play it backwards. That’s the kind of information you wouldn’t know unless you went to a live broadcast and heard that kind of chatter.

Of course, the band held onto their biggest hit song(s) until the encore, starting with “If You Leave.” They joked that they weren’t going to play it at first. “We already played that one for John Hughes,” they said. They’re referring to the Hughes movie Pretty in pink, which required a different song at the end of the film. Hughes asked the band to write a new song, and just two days before OMD’s tour started, they quickly wrote and recorded “If You Leave” for Hughes. As history would have it, the song was a hit and became one of OMD’s signature songs.

Then they performed “Secrets”, which was a big hit for them. They said they actually had to release this single, so they could promote another song.

Finally, they ended their encore with the first single, 1979’s “Electricity.” Technically, the song wasn’t actually OMD, it was written under the band identity (which had McCluskey and Humphreys in the band)…but by then the band had broken up. They ended up re-recording the song and releasing it on Factory Records.

The song was an important part of the story. Mojo recognized the song as “the dawn of British synth-pop”, and it inspired many other musicians to start their own bands or copy that sound. Indeed, after hearing “Electricity”, Steve Lamacq decides to become a DJ.

OMD is currently on tour for its 40th anniversary. The band is playing at Truman, Kansas City tonight. The band asked the public to accompany them to Kansas City, even offering free admission if you had a ticket stub from tonight. We don’t know if McCluskey was joking, but the last thing he said, as he left the stage, gesturing to the fans in front, “We’ll see you in Kansas City!”

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Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a special LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS event on May 10 with a preview of Volume 3 https://acotonline.org/alamo-drafthouse-is-hosting-a-special-love-death-robots-event-on-may-10-with-a-preview-of-volume-3/ Sat, 07 May 2022 01:34:33 +0000 https://acotonline.org/alamo-drafthouse-is-hosting-a-special-love-death-robots-event-on-may-10-with-a-preview-of-volume-3/ See you at Alamo Drafthouse next week for a “best of” Love, Death + Robots big-screen event with a preview of Volume 3 and a live Q&A with David Fincher and Tim Miller. Dead Love + Robots will return to Netflix with its third volume of episodes later this month, but Alamo Drafthouse will first […]]]>

See you at Alamo Drafthouse next week for a “best of” Love, Death + Robots big-screen event with a preview of Volume 3 and a live Q&A with David Fincher and Tim Miller.

Dead Love + Robots will return to Netflix with its third volume of episodes later this month, but Alamo Drafthouse will first bring the animated series to its big screens next week. The Austin-based movie chain is hosting a special “best of” event dedicated to the series on May 10 where attendees will be treated to a screening of greatest hits from the first two volumes as well as a preview of the upcoming Volume 3.

In addition to seeing some of your favorite sci-fi shorts on the big screen, attendees are also invited to stay after the show for a live Q&A with executive producer David Fincher (spirit hunter), executive producer Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator: Dark Fate) and supervising director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3).

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 10 in 19 cities across the United States. Here is the list of participating Alamo branches:

  • Ashburn, Virginia – One Loudoun
  • Austin, TX—Lakeline
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Cedars (Dallas), Texas
  • Denver, Colorado – Lake Sloans
  • Westminster (Denver), Colorado
  • Katy (Houston), Texas – La Centarra
  • Downtown Los Angeles, California
  • Lower Manhattan, New York
  • La Vista (Omaha), Nebraska
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • San Antonio, Texas – North Park
  • San Francisco, California – New Mission
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Washington D.C.–Bryant Street
  • Winchester, Virginia
  • Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Woodbury, MN
  • Yonkers, New York

Love, Death + Robots is an animated anthology series made up of short stories that span genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comedy. Each short is unique in its approach to storytelling and animation style, but all come together around themes of love, death, and robots.

Season 1 featured 18 shorts, while Season 2 was considerably shorter with just 8. It’s unclear how many will be selected for this theatrical experience. Volume 3 is also expected to have eight episodes, which means there isn’t much content for a long preview.

Admission to this special event is free, although you can reserve your spot in advance with a food and drink voucher. For those of us not near an Alamo location, we have to wait until Love, Death + Robots debuts on Netflix on May 20.

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Austinians toast, taste and crown the best culinary talents at Tastemakers https://acotonline.org/austinians-toast-taste-and-crown-the-best-culinary-talents-at-tastemakers/ Mon, 02 May 2022 21:18:01 +0000 https://acotonline.org/austinians-toast-taste-and-crown-the-best-culinary-talents-at-tastemakers/ On April 28, over 800 Austinites gathered with CultureMap for a night of celebrations, cocktails and delicious food at our 2022 Tastemaker Awards, hosted at Fair Market. During an exclusive VIP hour, guests toasted the nominees and our nonprofit beneficiary, the Central Texas Food Bank, while sipping specialty drinks from Maestro Dobel Tequila and Stranahan’s […]]]>

On April 28, over 800 Austinites gathered with CultureMap for a night of celebrations, cocktails and delicious food at our 2022 Tastemaker Awards, hosted at Fair Market.

During an exclusive VIP hour, guests toasted the nominees and our nonprofit beneficiary, the Central Texas Food Bank, while sipping specialty drinks from Maestro Dobel Tequila and Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey. .

When the doors officially opened, Austin foodies flooded the market, eager to sample the bites prepared by this year’s participating nominees and representing the city’s top culinary talents. The long list of stalls was understandably overwhelming, including Uncle Nicky’s famous pork meatballs, mango and chili ceviche from Trudy’s Del Mar, and Sour Duck’s aptly named “Mommy Packed Ya A Big Ol’ Sando Today! ” – a meat lover’s dream that necessitated a pit stop at Topo Chico for a sip of Texas’ favorite fizzy palate cleanser.

Some smart guests opted for dessert first, picking up sweet bites and handmade chocolates from Intero and pastries from Paper Route Bakery.

Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League resumed his role as emcee for the evening and revealed all of the deserving Tastemaker winners – see them all here.

Those who accepted their awards included Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria, Austin’s Chef of the Year; Luis Robledo of Cuantos Tacos, Restaurant of the Year; Cory Starr of Tiki-Tatsu-Ya, honored for both Bar of the Year and Bartender of the Year; the Wax Myrtle’s team, crowned Best New Restaurant in Austin; the team at the Pendante brewery, named the city’s brewery of the year.

The Tastemaker Awards once again proved to be a party night filled with unforgettable bites from the city’s favorite restaurants – we’re already looking forward to celebrating with you at next year’s party.

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Rams buy CB Troy Hill, draft UCLA CB Quentin Lake – San Gabriel Valley Tribune https://acotonline.org/rams-buy-cb-troy-hill-draft-ucla-cb-quentin-lake-san-gabriel-valley-tribune/ Sun, 01 May 2022 01:18:45 +0000 https://acotonline.org/rams-buy-cb-troy-hill-draft-ucla-cb-quentin-lake-san-gabriel-valley-tribune/ It only took a few minutes on Saturday for the Rams’ defensive body to go from kind of shallow to downright deep. And it was just the start of a day at the NFL Draft when Rams general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay made the secondary their primary focus. The Rams bought out […]]]>

It only took a few minutes on Saturday for the Rams’ defensive body to go from kind of shallow to downright deep.

And it was just the start of a day at the NFL Draft when Rams general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay made the secondary their primary focus.

The Rams bought out cornerback Troy Hill in a trade, sending the Cleveland Browns a fifth-round pick in the 2023 draft.

Not long before, they had begun to cement their position by picking South Carolina State cornerback Decobie Durant in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

In the end, they had added former Mater Dei High (Santa Ana) and UCLA safety Quentin Lake and Georgia cornerback Derion Kendrick in the sixth round with the 211th and 212th picks overall, and safety Kansas State’s Russ Yeast in seventh with 253rd.

“DB was definitely something we were going to target strategically,” Snead said as the sun set on the deck of the Rams’ draft house headquarters in the Hollywood Hills. “There was a time when players we liked were still on the roster, and (we said) doubled, tripled.

“It becomes a very competitive room and obviously deeper (defensive backs).”

Hill, 30, of St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura and Oregon, was a Ram for six seasons, leading the NFL in nonoffensive touchdowns in 2020 stopping two interceptions and a fumble.

The Rams missed out on Hill after he left as a free agent on a two-year contract with the Browns.

“As they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder,” McVay said.

Hill will replace Darious Williams, who left the Rams in March for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and will reunite with All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Durant is another cornerback with a nose for the ball.

Listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Durant can play inside and outside and was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after intercepting three passes and breaking 12 as a senior.

“Anytime the ball is in the air, it’s mine,” Durant said on Zoom when asked to describe his style of play. “Just being a ball hawk.”

He will compete for shots with David Long and Robert Rochell.

Lake, son of former UCLA and NFL linebacker Carnell Lake, said he was “super excited to stay in Los Angeles” after being named to the All-Pac-12 second team as a Bruins senior with three interceptions.

At 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds, Lake thinks he can play either of the safeties, where the Rams’ starting starters are Jordan Fuller and Taylor Rapp — and maybe do more than that.

“If you need a guy who can play linebacker, cover tight ends, cover running backs out of the backfield, I can do that too,” Lake said. “Whatever the coaches want me to do, I’m ready to do.”

Yeast, like Lake, is a second-generation professional football player, his father Craig having been a catcher in the NFL and CFL.

The two rookie safeties will compete with backup safeties Nick Scott and Terrell Burgess.

Something all Rams defensive rookies have in common is versatility.

“It definitely helped with every pick we talked about where you line them up,” Snead said. “The versatility definitely helped.”

In all, the Rams drafted five players for defense and three for offense.

They took Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams to the fifth round with the 164th pick after trading sending the 175th and 238th picks to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Williams, a St. Louis native, grew up a fan of running back Steven Jackson when the Rams played there.

“I’m super excited,” Williams said after the Rams drafted him. “It’s literally a dream come true.”

Listed at 5-foot-9 and 194 pounds, Williams rushed for 1,002 yards and 14 scores and caught 42 passes for 359 yards as a senior. It adds to his ability to play third down with blocking skills. He could be the third running back behind Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson.

Later in the draft, the Rams traded the 218th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to acquire the 235th and 261st, giving them three selections in the seventh and final round.

They picked Montana State outside linebacker Daniel Hardy, a willing special teams participant, with the 235th, and Michigan State tackle AJ Arcuri, who started on the left and right ends of the line at the university, with the 261st.

For the Rams, Saturday was by far the busiest of three days of what Snead summed up as a “productive” draft.

The Rams didn’t have their first-round pick for the sixth straight draft after trading him to the Detroit Lions as part of the 2021 deal for quarterback Matthew Stafford, and didn’t have their pick of original second- or third-rounder after sending to the Denver Broncos in last November’s trade for outside linebacker Von Miller.

They started by signing Wisconsin offensive lineman Logan Bruss in the third round (104th overall pick) on Friday, and see him as a possible starter at right guard after Austin Corbett left as a free agent.

Despite losing a few starters after winning the Super Bowl, the Rams seemed to have few glaring holes and were happy, as usual, to stockpile mid-to-low picks.

They met some position group needs – the secondary in a big way.

“Eight choices,” Snead said, checking his calculations against a list of choices. “Plus Troy Hill, the bonus.”

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Now NFL Draft gets ‘exciting’ for Rams’ Sean McVay, Les Snead – Orange County Register https://acotonline.org/now-nfl-draft-gets-exciting-for-rams-sean-mcvay-les-snead-orange-county-register/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 04:30:42 +0000 https://acotonline.org/now-nfl-draft-gets-exciting-for-rams-sean-mcvay-les-snead-orange-county-register/ Rams coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead were talking with reporters near the end of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday when the final pick appeared on a screen across the room. “Cole Strange just went!” McVay exclaimed when the guard/center from a second-tier school in Tennessee was taken by […]]]>

Rams coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead were talking with reporters near the end of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday when the final pick appeared on a screen across the room.

“Cole Strange just went!” McVay exclaimed when the guard/center from a second-tier school in Tennessee was taken by the New England Patriots with the 29th pick.

“Oh my! UT Chattanooga in the first round!” Snead said.

” And that ? McVay said. “And to think we wasted our time watching it, thinking it would be (available) at (choose number) 104.”

So went the first night of the NFL Draft for the Rams, who had no first-round pick for the sixth straight draft and weren’t expected to make a selection until the 104th, near the end of the third round on Friday. .

Coaches, executives and staff socialized at the Rams’ headquarters in the Hollywood Hills, with a view of Los Angeles at their feet.

With the exception of the Pats grabbing Strange earlier than expected, the other teams’ decisions on Thursday had little effect on the Rams’ plans for their projected eight picks in Rounds 3-7.

“I think we have time to sort things out,” McVay said.

Snead and McVay said they would start paying close attention in round three. That’s when it might become clear if any teams want to trade two or three lower-round picks for the Rams’ lone third-round pick. If the Rams don’t trade, they won’t enter the draft until the final day Saturday.

Then we’ll see if the Rams start drafting to add punch to their offense, like they usually do, or to increase the depth of their defense. It could come down to the prospects that are still available. Strange things – or even strange things – could happen.

A year ago, the Rams had to start by strengthening the defense, which had said goodbye to several leaders there, unless they choose an offensive lineman, to compensate for the loss of a starting center .

Naturally, they did neither with their first pick, instead picking a stranded wide receiver, Tutu Atwell, in the second round with the 57th overall pick, then focused on defensive prospects without never approach the offensive line.

This time, cases can be made to prioritize the offensive line, after the departures of starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard Austin Corbett, or the defense, now minus outside linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Darious Williams.

Earlier in the week, McVay called the pass rush “a big thing,” as the Rams showed by sacking Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals a Super Bowl-record seven times.

“But there are definitely needs that we have on both sides of football,” McVay said on Tuesday. “There are a lot of players we’ve identified who we think will be there at 104, 142, and some of our other picks who we think can help this team.”

If the Rams make big offensive line choices, it won’t be to immediately replace Whitworth, who retired, or Corbett, who signed with the Carolina Panthers. They re-signed Joe Noteboom to replace Whitworth. Coleman Shelton, Tremayne Anchrum and Bobby Evans are up for custody.

“I think we have guys that we’ve invested in that we think have a huge upside that we can’t wait to see compete,” McVay said Tuesday. “But those are still important positions to develop depth because you’ll probably have to rely on them at some point in the season to be able to win key and critical games.”

Offense? Defense?

Since 2017, when the offensive-focused McVay became head coach and the Rams began their first-round pick trading streak, they’ve used their first pick on an offensive player for four out of five years. getting tight end Gerald Everett (third round, 2017), tackle Joe Noteboom (third, 2018), running back Cam Akers (second, 2020) and Atwell.

But it’s not just a McVay affair. The first five years after Snead became general manager in 2012, the Rams’ first pick has also been on offense four times, with first-round picks including running back Todd Gurley (2015) and quarterback Jared Goff ( 2016).

The top defensive picks have been well spent: defensive end Michael Brockers (second round, 2012) and safety Taylor Rapp (second, 2019).

The Rams love versatile offensive linemen, which is why they might have been attracted to Cole Strange, a college guard whose future in the NFL could be at the center.

“The next few days are going to be exciting for sure,” McVay said Thursday. “But there are a lot of guys we like, and we’re going to find players who are going to help us this year.”

DRAFT RAMS CHOICE

The Rams have eight NFL draft picks. Round one was Thursday, rounds two and three are Friday, and rounds 4-7 are Saturday.

1st round: No choice

2nd round: No choice

3rd round: 104th pick overall

4th round: 142nd overall pick

5th round: 175th overall pick

6th round: 211th, 212th and 218th picks overall

7th round: 238th and 253rd picks overall

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