1 November 2001
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The A-Z of Life
Browsing through LondonNet's excellent film pages the other day, I was struck by the preponderance of films starting with the letter 'A' riding high in the charts.
Admittedly most of them seem to begin with the word 'American', but that isn't the whole story. Currently in the top ten, we also have Amelie, AI: Artificial Intelligence and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
It seems obvious that our friends in film marketing have discovered that movies near the front of the alphabet do better than those near the back. You don't get many films titled Zimbabwe Sweethearts, for instance. If such a tale existed it would presumably be re-tagged An American in Haraare or something.
Alphabetism is a prejudice that affects not only those who work in films, but real people too. Studies have demonstrated that the Atkins of this world do better in class than the Zills, maybe because teacher can't be bothered to read down to the bottom of the register the whole time. It is no accident, I probably believe, that famous people like Shakespeare and Socrates existed at a time when most people were illiterate, while nowadays Bush, Blair and Bin Laden rule the roost.
Now that I have convinced everyone
of this all-pervading alphabetism, can we please have no more
wobbly talk to the effect that the Allies don't have a coherent
plan for the war on terrorism? Of course they do. Al Qa'ida get
it first, but don't worry, they haven't forgotten about those
letter-wise lot in the Zanzibarian Front for the Liberation of
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Country music doesn't just stop at Nashville you know. Hence the Barbican's tribute to a thriving roots scene, from country rock veterans to the modern generation of alt-country heroes from across the US. Judging by the plethora of talented musicians peddling their own flavour of twisted country -sometimes dubbed Americana- roots music is home to some of the most exciting music around today.
The much touted Handsome Family, a husband and wife duo from Chicago perform this Friday (2 November) alongside Jim White and Texan Alejandro Escovedo.
Not to be missed is the appropriately titled Down Home evening on Saturday 3 November. Featuring alt-country legend Howe Gelb, Calexico's John Convertino, Evan Dando, Sparklehorse's Mark Linous, guitarist and PJ Harvey producer John Parish, Lamchop's Kurt Wagner and one-time Throwing Muses singer Kristen Hersh.
Forerunner of the modern alt-country movement, Steve Earle has led a troubled life, from broken marriages, chronic drug addiction, a stint in jail - but it has all contributed to achingly honest soul-baring songwriting. Earle performs on Thursday November 8.
The following week (November 9) plays host to the incredible Blind Boys of Alabama who make the Rolling Stones look like young pups. Formed way back in 1939, the Blind Boys have over 60 years of making music under their belt. Their first record was made in 1948 and most recently they released a contemporary covers album, injecting a funky groove into songs by the likes of Tom Waits and Ben Harper. Soul-inspiring to say the least.
The festival closes on November 12 with the Jayhawks, who survived the departure of one half of their songwriting team and other setbacks to release a irresistibly melodic album Smile.
In the spotlight
'In times of crisis, pull together,' 'the show must go on' - these are the voices in my head, and I don't think they'll stop until Nov 9 when my show is up and running. I don't mean to go on about this.
'In times of crisis ' you see, I'm trying not to panic. Ophelia is a strong, simple story, and Time Out liked my last play at Jackson's Lane theatre - so Martin reminds me. Martin Hampton comes fresh from the Octoberfest of Visual theatre, and I'm glad he's not worried about how to coordinate a revolving set, an on stage moat and three separate films.
'Pull together ' - so says Adem, and he should know. Adem Ihlan's just got back from touring his latest FRIDGE album, and he's psyching himself up for performing music during Ophelia. So at least I'm not alone.
'In times of crisis
collaborations are in fact all the rage. West End theatres may
be empty following September 11, but multimedia events are thriving
and theatre is cheaper than ever. Even Kenneth Branagh's ditched
his Shakespearean image to work with comic duo The Right Size,
and ballet boy Michael Clarke's teemed up with visual artist
Sarah Lucas for a dance extravaganza.
Up and Coming
LondonNet's Top Five
Club Night of the week:
New club nights spring up all over the place in the West End, but when do we get to hear of new nights further out of the centre of town? West London has just been blessed with a brand new monthly night due to kick of this Thursday, and it's all happening down at the Paradise Bar in Kensal Green.
Promising quality music in an excellent venue with a good ambience, the promoters of Flow aim to create a laid-back friendly vibe with the focus being on meeting people and enjoying good music.
Ah, the music. DJs on rotation include Ireland's John D, former Jazz FM DJ David Moove together with Sam Parkes (Science Function) and The Nasty Brothers, who are set on course for a electronic musical journey.
Get into the flow of things - get down to Flow this Thursday. Oh, and it's only UKP3 on the door. Bargain.
Sat November 3, New York
Calling, Turnmills 10pm-5am
Film of the Week:
Osmosis Jones ****
Other top films out this
News from London
LondonNet Home: The big kahuna
Bars and Pubs Competition:
Qu: Name the trendy east London area which is home to Trams?
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RULES and INFO: First correct answer out of the Editor's hat win a prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 5 November 2001.
Bar and Pubs Guide:
Qu: Just tell us which Radio DJ is headlining at
Turmills this Saturday is!
HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email
with your answer and the subject header "New York Calling
RULES and INFO: First correct answers out of the Editor's hat win a prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: Noon, 2 November November 2001.
Last Issues Competition
Kingpin and Enjoy Music Compies
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