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Special Supplement : Goings on out of town
THe BACKyArd 13101 Highway 71 W. (512-263-4146)---The singer and slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt has crossed the half-century mark, but she still has power to spare. She recently released a live DVD and CD and is here Oct. 5 with the blues guitarist Keb' Mo'. Oct. 21: The Pet Shop Boys. Long before electronica became the next big thing that wasn't, this London duo had found a cu- riously original sound by mixing click-clack programming with languid soul. Some two de- cades later, the group continues to nd inspi- ration in this formula. sTuBB’s BAr-B-Q 801 Red River St. (512-480-8341)---Oct. 14: The cheeky British piano player and singer Jamie Cullum infuses jazzy pop with a rock sensibil- ity, causing rock purists and strident jazz fans to recoil in horror. The popular reaction, how- ever, has been much sweeter. Oct. 18: The whip- smart acoustic warrior Ani DiFranco. Oct. 21: Ladytron specializes in au-courant synth pop. AusTin filM fesTiVAl And ConferenCe The Austin Film Festival and Conference, held Oct. 19-26 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin and elsewhere in town, is unique among American festivals in that it cele- brates the art of the screenwriter. The festival sponsors an annual screenplay competition, the screenwriters' conference allows aspirants to min- gle with professionals, and the festival honors a batch of screenwriters each year. This year's hon- orees are Sydney Pollack, David Milch, and Shane Black; among the panelists at the conference will be John August ("Charlie and the Chocolate Fac- tory"), Jessica Bendinger ("Bring It On"), and Russell Gewirtz ("Inside Man"). (For further in- formation, go to www.austin lmfestival.com, or call 512-478-4795.) boston, massachusetts “BoBrAusCHenBergAMeriCA” American Repertory Theatre presents Charles L. Mee's series of vignettes inspired by the work of the postmodernist American painter. Anne Bogart directs. Sept. 9-Oct. 7. (Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.) “HigH fideliTy” The world première of the musical based on Nick Hornby's best-seller, which was also a lm star- ring John Cusack and Jack Black, about a thirty- something music snob and record-store owner who is obsessed with pondering his failed rela- tionships. This is a tryout run preceding the show's Broadway début. Sept. 26-Oct. 22. (Colonial The- atre, 106 Boylston St. 617-931-2787.) “THe 25TH AnnuAl PuTnAM CounTy sPelling Bee” In William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's musical comedy, in which each of half a dozen actors hams up the role of a different grade-school stereotype, the wracking tension of spelling-bee competition is turned into rollicking ironic fun. Sept. 26-Nov. 12. (Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. 617-931-2787.) THe BrATTle THeATre In the nineteen- fties, the Brattle, in Harvard Square, started a tradition of showing Hum- phrey Bogart lms during exam week; it was there that the Bogart cult enshrined in Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" was launched. The Brattle is still in business, though just barely--- it nearly closed for nancial reasons earlier this year, and is in the midst of a major fund-raising campaign to keep it a oat. The fall schedule suggests the cinematic patrimony that is at stake: a centennial tribute to John Huston begins on Sept. 29 with "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Asphalt Jungle," and will also include such less familiar works as "The List of Adrian Messen- ger" and "Fat City." From Oct. 25 through Nov. 23, a collection of international classics distrib- uted by Janus Films---founded in 1956 by the same pair, Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey, Jr., who turned the Brattle into an art house--- will include such masterworks as "Day of Wrath," by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Bergman's "Monika," Mizoguchi's "Sansho the Bailiff," and Jean Renoir's "Rules of the Game." (40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. For program in- formation, go to www.brattlefilm.org or call 617-876-6837.) BeAnTown JAzz fesTiVAl Earlier this year, the Berklee College of Music took the reins of the Beantown Jazz Festival, a South End gathering that started in 2000. Last fall some forty thousand fans turned out; more McCoy Tyner, in Boston. goings on: fAll 2006
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