Everybody Loves Shorts
Albuquerque’s Desert Rose Playhouse is jumping on the moviemaking bandwagon and will present The Feed, an evening of film shorts by local and international filmmakers, on Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3. Among the shorts to be screened: the 2010 Sundance Jury Prize winner “Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln” (Starring Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle). The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is $7. Desert Rose Playhouse is located at 6921 Montgomery NE.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Documentary about rebellious art is itself rebellious art
OK, so here’s the setup: There’s this crazy French dude living in Los Angeles by the name of Thierry Guetta. He carries a video camera wherever he goes and is seemingly addicted to documenting everything that happens in his life. While on vacation in France, Guetta hooks up with a distant cousin who happens to be an up-and-coming street artist by the pseudonym of Space Invader. By following Space Invader around, Guetta finds himself on the cusp of a growing art movement. Soon, Guetta’s camera is pointed at the likes of Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Buff Monster, Swoon, Borf and others as they practice their quasi-legal mixture of art and vandalism. Graffiti, stenciling, stickering, postering and guerilla art installation are just some of the hallmarks of this edgy genre, and here they are, laid bare for Guetta’s little digital camera.
Playing It Straight
“Scoundrels” on ABC
Summer isn’t known to be the kindest season to scripted drama. People tend to have better things to do in summer. In winter, they’re a captive audience. But in summer, they’re off having picnics or driving across the country in an RV or watching big summer movies. Undaunted, ABC is trying to compete with basic cable stations, who are now in the business of cranking out new content (largely hour-long dramas) year-round. As a result, ABC is now offering not one but two new scripted series on Sunday nights: the crime dramedy “Scoundrels” and the supernatural soaper “The Gates.”
The Week in Sloth
“Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live From the Gulf Coast” (CMT 9 p.m.) Jimmy Buffett and a band of what I’m assuming are drunks join the likes of Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Allen Toussaint, Sonny Landreth and Jesse Winchester for a concert on the Gulf Shores Parkway to promote tourism. You have BP to thank for this one.
“Ace of Cakes: 100 Episodes of Cake” (Food Network 8 p.m.) Honesty, I’m thinking this special, ninth season premiere episode is only succeeding in pointing out the utter tedium of the show’s premise. Are we really clamoring for “101 Episodes of Cake”?