The Pageant Theatre

LOST DOGS, NO REWARD

  • A live music and film presentation!
  • May 20

    A very special in-person evening with musician RALPH WHITE and filmmaker BILL DANIEL! All seats $10 at the door

    One of our foremost music instrumentalists and a true hidden American treasure, RALPH WHITE has taken the back roads in his inspired pursuit of the ancient roots of music.  The "folk/noise/avant-whatever genius" has made many strange travels as an itinerant musician and laborer.  Thus his intimate, nuanced musical language has slowly revealed itself, along a path that meanders from the apple orchards of British Columbia to the villages of Zimbabwe and Namibia, from the lonesome moors of Ireland to Australia, Brittany, Peru, Louisiana and beyond.  There is also the influence of White's hometown of Austin, Texas, a rich musical crossroads in and of itself. White was a member of well-loved punk bluegrass outfit Bad Livers, but his solo work is possessed of a much more lonesome spark. White plays wooden six-string banjo, violin, button accordion and kalimba in a singular blend of ancient rural folk music and original songwriting.

    Followed by a filmmaker-in-person screening of BILL DANIEL’S legendary WHO IS BOZO TEXINO?

    The subterranean and uniquely American folkloric practice of hobo and rail worker graffiti is explored in this gritty and picaresque artist-made film, uncovering a little-known and almost-extinct subculture. In both content and form, this rough-hewn, black-and-white film explores how storytelling and written graffiti practices express the yearnings of wanderlust, the ethical code of tramps, refusal and resignation to daily labor, and the creation of outsider identity. The film resonates with social misfit themes that have seen rich expression in American art and literature from Jack London to the Beats, through graffiti art and punk subculture. Shooting over 16 years on freight riding trips across the West, Daniel and his trusty Bolex 16mm camera interviews some of the last remaining old timers who have kept the folk art of “monikers” alive. Bill will be on hand to present his film and tell stories with copies of his classic zines for sale.

    Thursday May 20 --- doors 6:30pm / music 7pm followed by film

    WILDCAT

    Ethan Hawke

    • 108 minutes
    • 2024
    • English
    • May 24 - 26

      Directed and co-written by four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, WILDCAT invites the audience to weave in and out of celebrated Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor's mind as she ponders the great questions of her writing: Can scandalous art still serve God? Does suffering precede all greatness? Can illness be a blessing? In 1950, Flannery (Maya Hawke) visits her mother Regina (Laura Linney) in Georgia when she is diagnosed with lupus at twenty-four years old. Struggling with the same disease that took her father’s life when she was a child and desperate to make her mark as a great writer, this crisis pitches her imagination into a feverish exploration of belief. As she dives deeper into her craft, the lines between reality, imagination, and faith begin to blur, allowing Flannery to ultimately come to peace with her situation and heal a strained relationship with her mother.

      Friday May 24 --- 5pm and 7:30pm

      Saturday May 25 --- 2:30pm, 5pm and 7:30pm

      Sunday May 26 --- 2:30pm, 5pm and 7:30pm

    EVIL DOES NOT EXIST

    Ryusuke Hamaguchi

    • 106 minutes
    • 2024
    • Japanese with English subtitles
    • May 31 - June 2

      In the rural alpine hamlet of Mizubiki, not far from Tokyo, Takumi and his daughter, Hana, lead a modest life gathering water, wood, and wild wasabi for the local udon restaurant. Increasingly, the townsfolk become aware of a talent agency’s plan to build an opulent glamping site nearby, offering city residents a comfortable “escape” to the snowy wilderness. When two company representatives arrive and ask for local guidance, Takumi becomes conflicted in his involvement, as it becomes clear that the project will have a pernicious impact on the community. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow up to his Academy Award winning DRIVE MY CAR is a foreboding fable on humanity's mysterious, mystical relationship with nature. As sinister gunshots echo from the forest, both the locals and representatives confront their life choices and the haunting consequences they have.

      Showtimes TBA

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