Yeah, sure, you can stay home under the air conditioner, pop some corn, and watch whatever you rented from your couch, but you really should make it out to the season kickoff of the American Visionary Art Museum's second annual Thursday night outdoor movie series. What more convivial way to catch a film than spread out on Federal Hill alongside your fellow Baltimoreans as the story unspools on AVAM's mondo al fresco screen? (The show moves inside the sculpture barn if it rains.) Plus, tonight's feature is Hairspray, the John Waters Baltimore valentine that nobody doesn't love. Plus plus, the museum's current exhibit is on view tonight for the same low price as the flick: free.
And if you missed it back in the Reagan administration when it was first released (or even if you didn't), it might just be time to see next week's feature, The Gods Must Be Crazy, writer/director Jamie Uys' comic masterpiece of modern culture clash. The film screens under AVAM's Golden Hand as part of its free summer outdoor movie series celebrating All Faiths Beautiful, AVAM's current exhibition. The movie, South Africa-born Uys' most famous, made Namibian bushman N!xau an international celebrity and minor film star (he appeared in several kung fu flicks and 1989's The Gods Must Be Crazy II) before he returned to his life as a herdsman. He died in 2003 while gathering firewood. So spread out a blanket and raise a cup of cheer to the late Uys, who knew from funny, N!xau, who knew from community, and those crazy gods.
So you wore a sundress to see Sex and the City and support your girls' opening weekend (almost $56 million, and now Indy is our bitch), but one of the best places to escape the heat with a movie distraction isn't a theater but the grassy hill behind AVAM. Its Thursday night summer film series will continue with The Sound of Music and with other film choices inspired by the All Faiths Beautiful exhibit. Now you might not be chilling if you dress up like Capt. Von Trapp (costumes encouraged!), but a Julie Andrews frock or lederhosen will let the air in.
Baltimore City Paper: http://www.citypaper.com/calendar/event.asp?whatID=109900