My baloney has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R
When Hollywood pats itself on the back via the Academy Awards Feb. 27, the most suspense will come not from the honors themselves, but from the unscripted remarks. Host Chris Rock has already caught fire for calling the program a fashion show and wondering: "What straight black man watches the Oscars?" During the spectacle itself, we wonder: Will he speak out, or just joke about his own outspoken reputation?
We'll also be listening for shout-outs to the snubbed. If Sideways wins anything, how will Best Actor also-ran Paul Giamatti be saluted? If The Passion of the Christ gets any technical awards, will the winner thank God for Mel Gibson? Will any of the documentary winners or Rock himself acknowledge shut-out Michael Moore? If Million Dollar Baby's awards momentum carries the day, will Clint Eastwood acknowledge Best Director rival Martin Scorsese? And will Hilary Swank remind Annette Bening that it's the second time she beat her for Best Actress? Broadcasts at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The French film journal Cahiers du cinéma has been one of the most important voices in contemporary film scholarship, heralding a new way of looking at cinema as an art form and bringing attention to neglected American genre films by the likes of Nicholas Ray, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. Many of the contributors to the journal, like François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jean-Luc Godard, went on to redefine the face of world cinema as renowned directors in their own right. The current director of Cahiers du cinéma, Jean-Michel Frodon, will speak at two Atlanta locations FEB. 24, so there's no excuse for cinephiles to miss him. Emory University: Free. 11:30 a.m. White Hall, Room 206, 301 Dowman Drive. 404-727-0589. Kennesaw State University: Free. 6:30 p.m. 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. University Center, Rooms C, D and E. 770-423-6732. www.kennesaw.edu.
February 24 Thursday
FLOP isn't the most confidence-inspiring name you could choose for a play. However, when we heard that Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company was bringing its story of two sisters who accidentally break the universe with their bedroom clock, our interests were piqued. Told almost entirely without words, the Cirque du Soleil-like production begins its brief Atlanta run tonight. $10 preview performances through Feb. 25. $20-$25. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Call for weekend matinee schedule. Through March 6. 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. (Layla Bellows)
February 25 Friday
Geeks unite! Actually, geeky tribute bands unite! Atlanta has not one, but two Weezer cover bands, WEZZER and EL SCORCHO. Why? Who knows, but tonight they share the bill, playing what we've been told are different sets. $5. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. (Lee Valentine Smith)
The Process Theatre begins rotations of two national premieres: bad Mama by Topher Payne and the suicide manual by Marki Shalloe. The former tells tales of maniacal mothers who lie to get children into preschool and battle over helming a wedding, while the latter groups Aunty Em, Sylvia Plath, Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf in a room to provide instruction to a woman preparing to take her own life. Sound too depressing for words? We've been told these plays are actually humorous. $15-$18. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Through March 26. Whole World's 3rd Space Theater, 1214 Spring St. 404-245-4205. www.processtheatre.com. (LB)
February 26 Saturday
Fernbank Museum of Natural History presents Africa Day, a special family event the includes traditional West African drumming by Alafia, as well as Africa-themed arts and crafts, storytelling and a museum-wide scavenger hunt. And if that hasn't whet your Africa appetite, there's also Africa: The Serengeti, an IMAX film with over 1.5 million animals. $10-$12. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 767 Clifton Road. 404.929.6300. www.fernbank.edu. (Anisa Lewis)
February 27 Sunday
Hand to Hand: Two Grand Masters of Suzhou Embroidery features 32 works by Gu Wenxia, the embroidery grand master of China, and her protégé, Yu Fuzhen, grand master of Jiangsu Province. Known for vivid patterns and exquisite workmanship, the pieces in the exhibit are making their sole American appearance at the Carter Center. $5-$7. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sun., noon-4:45 p.m. Through June 11. 441 Freedom Parkway. 404-865-7100. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org. (AL)
February 28 Monday
It's the final day of black history month, why not celebrate accordingly? Roswell's Bulloch Hall closes both Sharing the Story of Slavery, which explores the slave experience through various objects located in the historic home, and ST. SIMONS AND ST. ANNIE'S SLAVE ROW AND ITS ROSWELL CONNECTION, a special exhibition featuring artifacts from the era. $4-$6. Tours offered every hour. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770-992-1731. www.bullochhall.org. (LB)
March 1 Tuesday
Yearning for the romance of Paris but can't make the trip? European company Teatro Lirico d'Europe presents the celebrated opera La Boheme, a love story surrounding Parisian artists. The opera, performed at the Fox Theatre, takes you back to the 1800s and features colorful sets, period costumes, a 50-piece orchestra and a 40-voice chorus. $35-$65. 8 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. (AL)
March 2 Wednesday
We love her, especially because she's different every time. She keeps us on our feet, happily excited by her brand of R&B. JILL SCOTT is a poet, a soul singer and yes, she's our kind of Big Beautiful - the name of the tour that brings her back to Atlanta. From Philly and her Roots-incited start, two full-lengths later it's hard to deny this lady's Words and Sounds, no matter the volume. See Vibes, p. 76. $44.50-$67.50. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. www.foxtheatre.org. (T. LaGon)