The Sinking Suns celebrate a new album, “Yojimbo” screens at the UW Cinematheque, They Are Gutting A Body Of Water plays on the patio, and more.
We partner with the wonderful independent email newsletter Madison Minutes to bring you event recommendations each week. Starting this June, we’re dipping our toes back into some actual articles, some of which will appear in Madison Minutes‘ weekly event email, and all of which will appear here.
A few notes: This overview of events is, as before, selective and not exhaustive. Each week, we’ll focus on a handful of things our editors and writers find compelling, and that’s it. We will write a few and list a few more. It will take us some time to regain our full strength with this part of our coverage, as we have had so many other exciting and challenging things to work on lately. Please contact us with suggestions – and information about your event, as long as you are able to get it to us a few weeks in advance – at [email protected].
Breaking point at Memorial Union Terrace. Screening after dark at 9 p.m. Free.
An excerpt from Ian Adcock’s review: “Kinetic and visceral, Bigelow’s films immerse the viewer in the tense on-screen action using inventive camera methods. While most directors would have shot Breaking pointIconic of the skydiving scene with green screens and wide shots of stunt doubles, Bigelow developed a special camera rig to allow the film crew to jump alongside the actors. Filming Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze falling through the air gives the scene palpable weight, as Johnny and Bodhi respectively take a break from being adversaries to enjoy the sublime thrill of free fall. Similarly, Bigelow modified a light Steadicam for a sequence where Johnny chases Bodhi through narrow alleys, courtyards and houses, giving the viewer a captivating maze-like point of view. The night surf scenes are shot close-up and slowed down to emphasize Johnny’s admission into the surfer world, while the flight and chase scenes use fast editing and constantly moving camera work to disorient and create tension.
Dakha Brakha at Garver Feed Mill. 7:30 p.m. Full.
Yojimbo at the UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., Screening at 7 p.m. Free.
Most know Akira Kurosawa as a master director of jidaigeki, or Japanese period drama during the Edo period, but few in the canon are as purely entertaining as his feudal fable, Yojimbo, from 1961. The improbably charismatic (and Kurosawa regular) Toshiro Mifune portrays Sanjuro, a wandering ronin who stumbles across a village in a dispute over resources. As he settles there, Sanjuro devises several schemes to pit the gangs against each other. The villagers view these schemes as attempts to root out corruption from the town, but in truth, Sanjuro is doing little more than feeding his own ego. If this all sounds a little familiar, Sergio Leone basically recreated the film in his Spaghetti Western A handful of dollars (1964), replacing Mifune with Clint Eastwood. —Grant Phipps
They eviscerated a body of water, marmalade, a prize horse at Memorial Union Terrace. 7 p.m. Free.
Philadelphia band They Are Gutting A Body Of Water are part of a new wave of shoegaze-inspired bands, but also attract slowcore tendencies and a dash of feverish glitch-pop. The group’s 2019 album, Fate XL, is full of whispering guitars, fragmented notes that appear and break on songs like “Eightball”, while diving deep into electronically inspired soundscapes on “I Would Love You”. Minneapolis groups Prize Horse and Marmalade will open this show on the terrace. Prize Horse is a new creation from the ashes of former shoegaze band Greynier. His biting and brooding EP Welder, released earlier this year, plays like a love child to early Hum and Slint, and is produced by Gleemer frontman Corey Coffman. Marmalade leans into more indie-pop, but still creates fuzzy choruses with searing vocals and glistening melodic blips. —John McCracken
Mills Folly Microcinema: Projection Project (local work) at the Arts + Literature Laboratory. 8 p.m. Free.
The experimental Mills Folly Microcinema series highlights locally made films in its Project Projection screenings, and the first of the year promises to be thematically the study of human movement and dance choreography, with at least four short films focused on the subject. The 70 to 75 minute program ranges from stop motion animation (see: Paulina Eguino’s Happy birthday) experimental (see: Elyza Therese Parker’s Selfies), and a pair designed as part of the Arts + Literature Laboratory’s Found Footage And Collage Cinema class last spring. Full disclosure: one is mine, a work in progress titled A floral fire. The other is Meggen Heuss Surface: a covered ephemera. —Grant Phipps
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Fighting spirit at the UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free.
Sinking Suns, Boybrain, Space Tugboat, Roboman at Mickey’s Tavern. 10 p.m. Free.
Madison’s trio Sinking Suns have spent the past 15 years creating a muscular, spooky take on noise-rock. The elements are sparse but effective: the relentless bass and guttural howl of Dennis Ponozzo, the sharp slash of Scott Udee’s guitar, the sinister swing of Gabe Johnson’s drums. The band plays here to celebrate the release of their third album, dark days. Opening track “Cobwebs” begins with an almost unusual explosion of rumbling toms and ringing guitars, as if the band were easing up before reigniting their doomed but determined march. dark days lives up to previous Sinking Suns releases, and if anything increases the band’s embrace for creature atmosphere, especially on “The Artificial Sun” and “Triangles.” —Scott Gordon
Mossmen, Def Sonic, Stacks, The Cult Of Lip at Dark Horse Art Bar. 9 p.m. $5.