At 7 PM Wednesday night, Taylor Books brings you their monthly free movie night. From their event page, “This month we will be screening Elena a movie from Russia with English subtitles. We wanted to get our share of Russian culture, with the Olympics happening this month, and share that experience with you. Come enjoy a $1 off beer, wine or one of our specialty hot drinks and a snack.”
Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment—he’s a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she’s his dowdy former nurse who has clearly “married up.” Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan…. Masterfully crafted by award-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Golden Globe nominee The Return) and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass, Elena is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature.–Zietgeist Films
If you prefer card games to Russian cinema, then you’ll want to be at Rival Cards and Games at 5206 1/2 MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City for a YuGiOh Tournament. If any of this makes sense to you, “$10 Entry normal Swiss rounds and format with winner getting the special battle city playmat and packs based on attendance! Also giving away 4 special battle city exclusive tokens to random players,” you won’t want to miss it!
Charlie and The Foxtrots
Nashville-based Americana band, Charlie and The Foxtrots will play at The Empty Glass tonight at 10 PM. I’m guessing with a seven-dollar cover.
Nashville-born Charlie and the Foxtrots is a meeting of seven musical minds. Starting in January 2013, Chas Wilson (vocals/guitar) recruited each of the ‘foxtrots’ one by one into the current line up: James Varner (drums/vocals), Matt McClure (bass), Jeremy Webster (piano/vocals), Andrew Mcpheters (banjo/mandolin/trumpet , Josh Ramos (guitar/harmonica/banjo/mandolin), and Rob Hutchison (fiddle). The folk/pop group worked at a galloping pace to record their first EP in March 2013 after the support of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, officially launching the band in June 2013.
A melting pot of sounds, Charlie and the Foxtrots draw on its members influences to create poppy, energetic writing intertwined with country/folk instrumentation reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Local Natives. Blending their unique styles to create a dynamic alliance, the band is slated to release their first full-length album in 2014.