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Thursday, September 1

September on Screen

As SummerFilm ends Labor Day weekend with the film, Super 8, the Music Hall’s year round Extraordinary Cinema program (with evening films starting at 7pm) is bringing back to the screen four SummerFilm hits: Woody Allen’s love letter to the city of lights with Midnight in Paris; Bill Cunningham New York, the documentary about the beloved New York Times fashion photographer (paired with Portsmouth’s celebration of Fashion’s Night Out – see below); Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams; and I Am, Tom Shadyac’s (Ace Ventura) 21st century quest for enlightenment. Signature series on screen offerings include Rio, the KidsRULE! feature for the month, and the National Theatre of London HD broadcast series kicks off its 2011-2012 season with the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s update of Goldoni’s comedy classic, The Servant of Two Masters. Rounding out the month is of course the godfather of signature series at The Music Hall, Telluride by the Sea (9/23-25), the weekend festival of new cinema fresh from their debuts at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. (Telluride titles announced/tickets on sale Friday September 2.)
 

Fashion’s Night Out – Bill Cunningham New York documentary

The Music Hall celebrates Fashion’s Night Out (Thursday September 8 5-9pm) evening of shopping fun with two screenings of Bill Cunningham New York, the charming documentary about the New York Times fashion photographer, that was a sold-out hit at SummerFilm. The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce is approved as an official participant in the 2011 Fashion’s Night Out Celebration on September 8, 2011 – an international fashion party that runs from Milan to Manhattan, From Paris to Portsmouth. Valerie Rochon, Tourism Manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, reports that member retailers are planning events to take place that night. “Fashion’s Night Out began in New York City in 2009 as an after-hours shopping extravaganza with special events and entertainment.  We are delighted Portsmouth is joining in the fashion fun this September 8, 2011.”  The message is clear - for all Greater Portsmouth Fashionistas - plan on shopping in Portsmouth on September 8, 2011 as part of Fashion’s Night Out, the international Fashion Party! For more information www.fashionsnightoutportsmouth.com
 

Live on stage

Four live on stage shows will be mixed into the on-screen schedule: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (9/3) touring behind their on the road masterpiece CD, Bride of the Noisemakers; Life in a Marital Institution (9/9-11) – 20 years of monogamy in one terrifying hour; fresh from New Orleans and HBO’s hit series, Treme, is Big Sam’s Funky Nation (9/18), and Stephen Greenblatt (9/27), the New York Times bestselling author talking about his new book on the Renaissance.
 
According to Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis, “There’s literally something for everyone this month. Comedies, kids’ movie, documentaries, true stories, award winners, you name it: it’s all here for everyone to enjoy!”

September 2011 On-Screen at The Music Hall:
(Films in bold. All films at 7pm unless otherwise specified. (H) signifies Historic Theater; (L) signifies Loft)
 

On Screen:

Sept. 1 & 2 @ 7:30pm (Historic Theater):
Super 8
PG 13, 112 mins, US, 2011
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Director J.J. Abrams teams up with producer Stephen Spielberg.
 
“Super 8 is a wonderful film.”  ~Roger Ebert
 
“The year’s most thrilling, feeling mainstream movie.” ~Time
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpzUCA5i6zY
 
Sept. 4, 6, 7 & 8 @ 7pm (Historic Theater):
Midnight in Paris
PG 13, 94mins, US, 2011
Woody Allen’s latest. A romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there on business, and two young people have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, and the illusion that a life different from one’s own would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni.
 
“Woody Allen has made a wonderful new picture.” ~Los Angeles Times
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRWfS2s2v4
 
Sept. 7 & 8 @ 7pm & 9pm (Loft):
Bill Cunningham New York
NR, 84 mins, US, 2011
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ year old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns, “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller-who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
 
“A movie about a happy and nice man.” ~Roger Ebert
 
“No passion for fashion is required to enjoy this absorbing portrait of the legendary New York Times ‘On the Street’ photographer.” ~Village Voice
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqiLJBXbss
 
Sept. 9, 10& 11 @ 7pm (Historic Theater):
Beginners
R, 105 mins, US, 2010
Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who - following 44 years of marriage - came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him. From acclaimed director Mike Mills.
 
“A beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie.” ~New York Daily News
 
“Deeply poignant and disarmingly personal.” ~Variety
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXUFUp6vsxg
 
Sept. 10 @ 2pm (Historic Theater):
KidsRULE!: Rio
G, 96 mins, US, 2011
From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes Rio, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend, Linda, in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he’s the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu’s female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. With the help of street smart Jewel, and a group of wise-cracking and smooth-talking city birds, Blu escapes. Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had. Presented in 2D.
 
“Rio brings a lot to the party.” ~New York Times
 
“A refreshing adventure worth taking.” ~USA Today
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf6zeRwk5LE
 
 
Sept. 17 @ 1pm (Historic Theater)
National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Series: One Man, Two Guvnors

Having moved Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters, to 1963 Brighton, UK, playwright Richard Bean and the National Theater of London has garnered rave reviews for this season opening farce, directed by Nicholas Hytner (NT’s Artistic Director) and starring James Corden (The History Boys), in which sex, food and money are high on the agenda. “One of the funniest productions in the National’s history” says the Daily Telegraph. Watch for announcements throughout the year of the additional broadcasts in the National’s third season!
 
Sept. 16 & 17 @ 7pm (Historic Theater):
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
G, 90 mins, Ca, 2010
Cave of Forgotten Dreams follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. It’s an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of the pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago - almost twice as old as any previous discovery. From Werner Herzog. Presented in 2D.
 
“To call it a great movie isn’t just an understatement…in its immersive sensory pleasures and climactic journey of discovery, it more closely resembles an ecstatic trance.”  ~Washington Post
 
“Herzog’s latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.” ~New York Daily News
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZFP5HfJPTY
 
Sept. 28, 29 & 30 @ 7pm (Loft):
I Am
NR, 76 mins, US, 2011
Tom Shadyac produced and directed many successful Hollywood comedies, including Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty. After a serious accident, he emerged a changed man. A probing documentary exploring our world and what we can do to make it better. Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Shadyac set out on a 21st century quest for enlightenment.  Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers–remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith–including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch.
 
 “An optimistic exploration of what’s right and wrong with the world.” ~Hollywood Reporter
 
“I Am is looking for a little bit of hope in this world. Happily, it finds some. A great deal actually.” ~Detroit News
 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeqB8JwpdE4
 

About Show & Tell

Professional film enthusiast Paul Goodwin puts the “talk” in talkies, encouraging audiences to speak their minds and hear all about the movies, their backgrounds, and even trivia and the latest gossip about the stars. Free to the public and held in our stately auditorium immediately after the end credits roll. Complimentary popcorn, tea and coffee courtesy of Carpe Diem. Paul will be hosting Show & Tell after the screening of Midnight in Paris September 6.
 

Extraordinary Cinema: Tickets

Tickets for Extraordinary Cinema are $8.50 and can be purchased at the box office  at the Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603.436.2400, or online.
 

National Theatre of London HD: About/Sponsors/Tickets

About: The National Theatre of London, one of the world’s leading theater producers of Shakespeare, international classic drama and contemporary playwrights. No need to go to London – just sit back, enjoy high tea and scones and watch six top plays in High Definition on our enormous screen!
Sponsor: Seatrade International, Inc.
Tickets: are $27.50 per broadcast, 18 & under: $15. Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), on the phone at 603.436.2400, or online.
 

KidsRULE! About/Sponsors

About: It all adds up. Each year, our KidsRULE! series brings to The Music Hall stage three top live shows, 12 movies (one each month), and 16 matinees in the School Days Series. Do the math – over 30 events each year for kids. New Hampshire has once again been named by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as the best place to raise kids. The Music Hall is the best place to bring them for great family entertainment!”
Sponsors: Clear Channel; Seacoast Media Group
 

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is a performing arts powerhouse featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners.  Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
 
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe