In celebration of Ladyfest Pittsburgh, an annual three-day festival featuring all-female and female-fronted bands and acts, Row House Cinema will present a benefit screening of Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits, a documentary about the world’s first all-girl punk band.
Formed in London in 1976, The Slits are considered the pioneering godmothers of the musical movement known as “Punky Reggae.” The film tells the story of the band and the lives of the women involved, from the band’s inception to its end in 2010 coinciding with the death of lead vocalist Ari Up. The documentary – originally a project started by Ari and Slits tour manager and friend Jennifer Shagawat – includes previously unseen footage of the band and interviews from Slits members Viv Albertine, Ari, Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt, Bruce Smith, and Hollie Cook, fellow musicians like Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and Raincoats bass played Gina Birch, and much more.
Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits screens at 6:30 p.m. on May 15 at Row House Cinema. The event includes an introduction from the film’s director, William Badgely, and a performance by Brazilian Wax. Tickets cost $13, $11 for Row House Film Club members. $3 from every ticket sold goes directly to Ladyfest Pittsburgh 2018, which will take place from June 15-17 at various venues.
In 1993, Philadelphia became one of the first mainstream films to depict the struggles of people living with HIV/AIDS. On March 13 and 15, Row House Cinema hosts two fundraiser screenings of the drama for the Pittsburgh-based LGBTQ+ organization Proud Haven.
Hailed as a landmark film, Philadelphia stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington as two competing lawyers who join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries. Hanks went on to win the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance.
The Philadelphia benefit screenings take place on March 13 at 7 p.m. and March 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $11. $3 of each ticket sold will go towards Proud Haven, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless and unstably housed LGBTQ+ youth in the Pittsburgh region find resources and housing options. The screenings are presented as part of Row House’s Denzel Washingon week.
The holidays are over, which means it’s time to get back to business – horror business. On January 7, the Mr. Roboto Project will present Halloween In January, a night of frights, fun and food for a good cause. See the complete screening schedule and details below:
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director George A. Romero created a cultural phenomenon with this Pittsburgh original about a group of survivors trapped in abandoned farmhouse by undead hordes hungry for human flesh.
Last Man on Earth (1964)
This early film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend stars Vincent Price as a doctor living in a world where an epidemic has transformed the human race into zombie vampires. This screening will feature the colorized version of the film.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
Christopher Lee plays Count Dracula one last time in this Hammer horror selection about the dark prince’s plans to unleash a deadly plague on 1970s London. Peter Cushing also stars as a descendent of Dr. Van Helsing.
Doors for Halloween In January open at 5 p.m. The event includes free popcorn and drinks. Admission is a $5-10 rolling donation. All proceeds benefit the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Over the years, the Hollywood Theater has been an important fixture in Dormont and the Pittsburgh region (and in this blog, quite frankly). Founded in 1926, the single-screen theater saw the transition from silents to talkies and entertained generations of movie goers, opening and closing multiple times before Friends of the Hollywood Theater (FOHT) finally moved in and designated it as a historic landmark. Since then, it’s served as a nonprofit community theater catering to families, serious cinephiles and fans of the weird and offbeat. It’s become known for showing documentaries covering some of the most important and underrepresented eras in 20th-century music, for its monthly Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast, and for its regular programming dedicated to silent classics. The staff also strive to present new, limited release films that local audiences may not otherwise get a chance to see on the big screen.
Now the Hollywood Theater needs help.
Over the past eight months, the theater has been affected by $17,000 in unforeseen HVAC costs, rising electric bills, and a drop in attendance due in part to the ongoing construction on its home street, Potomac Avenue. To cover these sudden expenses, and keep the theater operating for decades to come, FOHT launched a 90 for 90 Campaign in order to raise $90,000.
The campaign requires 90 donors at the $50, $100, $250 and $500 levels. They also need nine donors to give $1,000 each. Donations at any level are also appreciated. The campaign will continue through August 31st.
Seven years ago, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing company launched the Clips Beer and Film Tour, an annual event featuring a selection of short films and small-batch beers. On April 22nd, the tour will stop at Row House Cinema to help raise money for a local nonprofit.
In celebration of the brewery’s 25th anniversary, Row House will present 20 films about a panda with an attitude about craft beer, a mano-a-mano mountain bike brawl, a whimsical human-powered surf rig and more. Next door in Atlas Bottle Works, guests can enjoy specials on New Belgium drafts in the Bierport Tap Room.
The Clips Beer and Film Tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Bierport tasting followed by films at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at the Row House website. A portion of ticket sales and all beer sale proceeds will go toward Bike Pittsburgh.
A Better Life – Carnegie Mellon University
The Carnegie Mellon University Humanist League will host a screening of the documentary A Better Life. Directed by Chris Johnson, the film presents subjects from around the globe and from all walks of life who challenge the false stereotypes of atheists as immoral and evil. Johnson will introduce the film and stick around for a post-screening Q&A and discussion. Guests can also enjoy free pizza. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will take place in Room 1212 of CMU’s Doherty Hall.
Brew Cinema: Groundhog Day – Hollywood Theater
The monthly Cinema 412 fundraiser screening, Brew Cinema, returns with a special presentation of the comedy Groundhog Day. Directed by the late Harold Ramis, the 1993 film stars Bill Murray as a cynical weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the film starting at 7 p.m. The event includes an original poster reveal by artist Matt Ryan Tobin and beverages from Dancing Gnome Brewery. All proceeds benefit the theater and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Tickets cost between $10 and $50 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
2016 Oscar-Nominated Shorts – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater will present two programs of Oscar-nominated short films. The animated shorts program will include Pixar’s Sanjay’s Super Team, Don Hertzfeldt‘s World of Tomorrow, the Chilean Bear Story, the graphic UK selection Prologue, and others. The live-action shorts will include Ava Maria, Shok, Everything Will Be Okay, Stutterer, and Day One. Both programs will continue through February 11th. Check the theater’s website for showtimes.
Brooklyn – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will screen the acclaimed period drama Brooklyn. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Showtimes will continue through February 3rd.
David Lynch Week – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will kick off a week of films from offbeat auteur David Lynch. The selections include his disturbing 1977 debut Eraserhead, as well as Lost Highway, Wild At Heart, and Mulholland Drive. Showtimes will continue through February 4th. Additional details and ticket prices are available on the Row House website.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hollywood Theater
The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players return for another Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast screening at the Hollywood Theater. The event will include a coat and blanket drive to help homeless LGBTQ+ youth. The show begins at 11:45 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Psycho – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater will conclude its January Sunday Night Hitchcock Classics Series with the director’s celebrated 1960 film Psycho. The masterful thriller, which is known for its iconic shower scene, became a major influence on modern horror with its tale of a woman on the run (Janet Leigh), a fateful motel vacancy, and an innkeeper (Anthony Perkins) with major mommy issues. The screening begins at 8 p.m.
Directed by Fredrik Gertten, Bikes vs Cars depicts a “global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car,” and the bicycle’s potential role as a tool for positive change. The film includes interviews with activists and thinkers from all over the world who are fighting for better cities, and who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number of cyclists killed in traffic.
Bike vs Cars will screen at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Row House Cinema (note: the 7:30 p.m. show is currently sold out). Guests are invited to enjoy a drink with BikePGH representatives at Atlas Bottle Works before and after each show. Tickets cost $12 and are available for purchase at the Row House website. All ticket sale proceeds will benefit BikePGH.
Since its formation in 1987, the Pittsburgh-based rock group Damaged Pies has toured the country for decades, playing such venues as CBGB and the Whisky a Go Go, going through numerous lineup changes along the way. In 2011, the band returned to its hometown for a 25th anniversary concert. On January 23rd, the Hollywood Theater will revisit that performance, and look at the band’s legacy, with a concert documentary from director Justin Rainier.
Same Circus, Different Town commemorates the 25th anniversary concert at Club Cafe, which included Damaged Pies founder Stephen Bodner, and brought back past members Mark Pintea, Billy Laspin, Margie Michel Pintea, Jim “Shag” McCabe, and Dave Warren. The film also features opening act Heidi Jacobs.
The Same Circus, Different Town screening will take pace at 12 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A live set by the Damaged Pies will follow. All proceeds will benefit the East End crisis nursery Jeremiah’s Place. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.
The Letters – Waterworks Cinema
From December 14th through December 17th, the Waterworks Cinema will screen the Mother Teresa biopic The Letters. Juliet Stevenson portrays the humanitarian with a transformational performance that spans over 50 years. Written and directed by William Riead, the film, as told through personal letters the subject wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveals a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. Told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death, the biopic recounts her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit. Tickets are available for purchase at the Waterworks Cinema website or at the theater.
North Way Christmas Movie Night– Kelly Strayhorn Theater
North Way Christian Community will present a screening of The Santa Clause at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The 1994 Disney holiday comedy stars Tim Allen as a divorced father who, after an unfortunate Christmas Eve accident, gradually transforms into Santa. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Beforehand, guests are invited to the North Way East End Church next door from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy games, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Admission for the movie is pay-what-you-can.
Brew Cinema Part X: Mouse Hunt – Hollywood Theater
Cinema 412 returns to the Hollywood Theater for a Brew Cinema charity screening of Mouse Hunt. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the 1997 comedy stars Nathan Lane and Lee Evans as two brothers whose struggle to restore a decrepit mansion is complicated by a mischievous rodent. The event will include a screenprinted poster reveal by artist Brian Holderman and beverages from Spoonwood Brewing Co. Brew Cinema Part X: Mouse Hunt will take place at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit Jameson’s Army and the Hollywood Theater.
Breakfast and a Movie: White Christmas – Hollywood Theater
Enjoy a holiday tradition at the Hollywood Theater with their Breakfast and a Movie screening of White Christmas. The event includes breakfast catered by Eliza’s Oven followed by the classic 1954 film, which stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a song-and-dance team that becomes romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and then team up to save a failing Vermont inn. Tickets for Breakfast and a Movie: White Christmas are $13 to $15 and are available for purchase at Showclix. Breakfast guests must reserve their tickets by December 17th. Movie-only tickets are $8 at the door.
Recently, filmmaker and multi-hyphenate David Bernabo and Eat That, Read This creator Adam Shuck launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Glassblock, “a forthcoming web magazine of Pittsburgh that aims to inform, entertain, and showcase the breadth of cultural work taking place in our city.” On December 15th, the collaborators will raise awareness about their project with a movie-related fundraising event at the newly opened Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.
The event will focus around a half-hour sneak preview of the feature-length film, Food Systems, Chapter 3: The Ecosystem, the latest installment in Bernabo’s acclaimed documentary series about Pittsburgh’s relationship to food as a marker of cultural identity and change, as a sensory, celebratory experience, and as part of a larger system of regional economy and environment. Using interviews and stop-motion animation, the follow-up to Dinner on the Farm and A Night Out explores the concept of the city’s regional “food system” as told through the life of a local farmer, touching on issues of food access and environmental considerations.
The evening will also include a post-screening panel discussion, and the option for a prix-fixe three-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Whitfield. The panel will cover issues of regional food production and distribution with local experts such as Chatham University associate professor and Food Studies program director, Alice Julier, food writer, Leah Lizarondo, chef and e2 owner, Kate Romane, One Woman Farm founder, Margaret Schlass, and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh executive chef, Bethany Zozula. Ticketholders can also purchase Whitfield-crafted movie snacks and participate in a raffle for a free one-night stay at the hotel.
The Food Systems, Chapter 3: The Ecosystem preview screening will take place at 7 p.m. in the hotel’s ballroom, followed by the discussion panel. Tickets are $10 general admission or $65 for a Dinner and a Movie ticket, which includes the three-course meal, with reservations available either before the program at 5:30 p.m. or afterwards at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at The Glassblock website. All proceeds go toward the fundraising campaign for The Glassblock. The Kickstarter campaign will continue through December 16th.