Friday Freebies

February 27, 2009
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Recipe for a cheap date tonight:

Start off at FringeFriday, held in the new Fringe Building at 719 E. St. Clair. Complementary hors d'oeuvres start at 5:30 followed by a 6:15 showcase including sketch comedy group Three Dollar Bill Comedy Co. and excerpts from the Butler U. student production of "Dear Katrina, I Saw You on TV," and Theatre Within's production of David Mamet's "Oleanna." Plus a performance by slam poet Matthew Davis.

For more Fringe Friday info, click here.

Next, shoot across town for a 9:30 screening of "Royal Wedding."

Georgetown Stadium 14 Cinemas--an underappreciated Lafayette Square spot noted for mixing Bollywood movies with its more traditional Hollywood fare--is celebrating its fourth anniversary with an ecclectic group of free film offerings. Today these are:

1:00 PM “The Crawling Eye” (1958) 84 min (Forrest Tucker)
3:00 PM “The Cars That Ate Paris” (1976) 74 min
5:00 PM “Mysterious Island” (1961 111 min.
7:30 PM “Brain Dead” (2008) (R) 95 min (This one is a premiere.)
9:30 PM “Royal Wedding” (1951) 93 min (Fred Astaire/Jane Powell)

How's that for range?

The rest of the week brings the likes of 1959's "House on Haunted Hill," 1960's "Little Shop of Horrors," and 1947's "The Angel and the Badman." Call 291-3456 for more information.

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  • The Butler Jazz Ensembles will perform a variety of jazz selections extending from the early days of big band jazz to selected works from some of the finest jazz composers of the 21st century. Friday Feb. 27, 2009 8:00 PM Clowes Hall Free

    Clowes Gallery Walk with artist Glenn Walker at 7:15 PM
  • Wish I could have made it out for the 3 pm showing of The Cars That Ate Paris... if I were a Netflix guy, I suppose I'd order it up. Instead I wandered over for Royal Wedding which I have seen before. Heck, who doesn't know about Fred dancing on the walls in this one.

    Great to see it on the big screen!

    Fred Astaire's over-the-top moves definitely need the room of a full cinema screen. I'm telling you that even your 50 Vizio that you snagged at Best Buy after Thanksgiving simply won't do, no matter if it is 1080i/p/whatever.

    Technical question -- I was wondering how they got the reels of these old films to show on the screen. Then I thought, maybe they have a machine that pops in the DVD and can project the image digitally. Still not sure on the answer, but I did learn that Royal Wedding is in the public domain (no royalties need to be paid to the studio / producers / actors / songwriters / etc). So I'm guessing maybe someone has a biz that transfer the VHS / DVD to cinema reels. Curious.

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