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KRISHA

Trey Edward Shults

  • 83 minutes
  • 2016

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  • Friday April 29
  • 6pm
  • Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1
  • 2pm and 6pm
  • Monday May 2 and Wednesday May 4
  • 6pm

Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South-by-Southwest Film Festival, and official selection of Critics’ Week at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Krisha is the story of a woman’s return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving.

When Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air, one which only grows in force as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time by catching up with her various relatives, chief among them her nephew, Trey. As Krisha’s attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning.

MILES AHEAD

Don Cheadle

  • 100 minutes
  • 2016

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  • Friday April 29
  • 8pm
  • Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1
  • 3:50pm and 8pm
  • Monday May 2 and Wednesday May 4
  • 8pm

MILES AHEAD, inspired by events in his life, is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle makes his bravura directorial debut.

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Davis' mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis' muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking "Sketches of Spain" and "Someday My Prince Will Come."

The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles' mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late '70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

RESPONDING TO ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE: An Evening with Dr. Guy R. McPherson

  • Tuesday May 3
  • 7pm

RESPONDING TO ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE - Chico Presentation by Dr. Guy R. McPherson

Dr. McPherson will be speaking about our collective response to Earth’s newest phase of accelerated warming. Dr. Guy McPherson (as seen on National Geographic) is an award-winning Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources & Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona. He is internationally known for his synthesis of research on abrupt climate change, as fueled by irreversible, self-reinforcing feedback loops in the climate system. These phenomena are not being addressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments, causing the panel to underestimate the rapidity of the global warming trend. Dr. McPherson has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books on the environment, including his joint effort with psychologist Carolyn Baker “Extinction Dialogs.”

This is a donation funded event.

PURPLE RAIN

Albert Magnoli

  • 111 minutes
  • 1984

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  • Thursday May 5
  • 7pm and 9:30pm

Join us as The Pageant Theater presents a special screening celebrating the life and music of PRINCE. Advance tickets available beginning Tuesday April 26 after 1pm at MELODY RECORDS located at 4th and Main Downtown Chico and the PAGEANT THEATER box office. All seats general admission $8.00

PRINCE makes his film debut as “The Kid”, a talented but troubled frontman of his Minneapolis-based band, The Revolution. To escape his difficult home life – his father is verbally and physically abusive, and his mother is emotionally abusive – he spends his days rehearsing and his nights performing at the First Avenue nightclub. First Avenue’s three house band slots are held by The Revolution, the flashy Morris Day and his group The Time, and Dez Dickerson and The Modernaires. Morris knows that the Kid’s guitarist, Wendy, and keyboardist, Lisa, are growing disgruntled with the Kid’s leadership of the band, especially his refusal to play any of the music they have composed. Taking advantage of the situation, Morris lobbies Billy Sparks, the nightclub’s owner, to back a more commercial girl group (which Morris is already forming) to replace the Revolution. He targets the Kid’s girlfriend Apollonia – an aspiring singer, newly-arrived in Minneapolis – for his girl group, and tries to persuade her that the Kid will never help her establish herself because he can’t even establish himself. Apollonia eventually relents and joins Morris’ group, which Morris names Apollonia 6. When she reveals her partnership with his rival to the Kid, he becomes furious, mirroring his abusive father’s actions. The now classic music is lively, loud, powerful, sometimes raunchy, yet full of unexpected subtleties and nuances. The staging is frenetic but as perfect as the machines of the art can produce in this mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama. Not to be missed!

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