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What’s Happening This Week (April 10 – 16)

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 by | 0 comments


200 Motels
Saturday, Apr. 11 at midnight
Uptown Theater

Music legend Frank Zappa leaped to film screens in 1971 with 200 Motels, which screens this weekend as part of Midnight Madness at the Uptown Theater. Shot and edited in just 18 days and featuring the Mothers of Invention, 200 Motels is a film only Frank Zappa could make. Wild, weird and provocative, it promises to be a Midnight Madness like no other.

27th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Starts April 16

146 films. 15 days. It could only be the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. This year the Kerasotes Block E, the Oak Street Cinema and the St. Anthony Main theatre will host the festival, which will showcase some of the finest new cinema from around the world. Featuring films from Palestine to Sweden to right here in Minnesota, it’s sure to have something for everyone. The festival kicks off Thursday, Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. at Block E, followed by an opening night gala at Bellanotte in downtown Minneapolis. For more information, including a full schedule and ticket information, visit

Handel’s Messiah
Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Lagoon Cinema

Handel’s 250th anniversary is celebrated with a stunning performance of one of his most popular works: the Messiah. Stephen Cleobury directs the King’s College choir as part of their Easter celebration. Performed in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge – their venue for the past five centuries – this performance of Handel’s Messiah is sure to delight fans of film and music alike. Shot in high definition and full surround sound. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Starts Friday, Apr. 10
Lagoon Cinema

Michael Chabon’s coming-of-age story follows Art Bechstein (Jon Foster), who’s drifting through post-college life while he prepares for a job chosen for him by his father (Nick Nolte.) But he’s thrown for a loop after he meets the beautiful Jane (Sienna Miller) after a party. But as they begin to connect, Art realizes Jane’s boyfriend Cleveland (Peter Sarsgaard) has other plans for him. Co-stars Mena Suvari and Omid Abtahi.

North By Northwest
Thursday, Apr. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Heights Theater

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic case of mistaken identity celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the Heights Theater and Jazz88 will make it one to remember with a special one-night-only screening. Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason star in one of Hitch’s most popular films. After an ordinary ad executive is mistaken for a secret agent, he’s thrust into a complex web that will have him running across the country in a fight for his very survival. There are plenty of other surprises to be found at the screening, including prize drawings, giveaways and maybe an appearance by the master of suspense himself. All tickets are $8.00. For more information, visit

Starts Friday, Apr. 10
Lagoon Cinema

Brillante Mendoza directs the story of the Pineda family, who lives and works in a run-down Filipino movie house. They go day to day, dealing with the jobs of running the movie house and dealing with each other. But in dealing with their own problems, they are unaware of the dealings of their audiences – particularly the serbis boys (prostitutes) and the gay customers. Serbis begins a one-week run at the Lagoon Cinema on Friday, Apr. 10.

Shall We Kiss?
Starts Friday, Apr. 10
Uptown Theatre

Julie Gayet and Michaël Cohen star as would-be lovers in this sexy French romantic comedy. Emilie and Gabriel are attracted to each other, but both are committed and will probably only spend one night together. They want to kiss, but Emilie thinks of a story about a married woman (Virginie Ledoyen) and a friend (Emmanuel Mouret) who took a chance and shared a kiss.

Andrew Newman
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