Rocky’s Review
A Star is Born

"A STAR IS BORN is such a great Hollywood myth that it's no wonder that Hollywood keeps telling it. Whatever the era, the director or the headliners, it relates the story of two lovers on dramatically differing paths: a famous man who's furiously racing to the bottom (Bradley Cooper) and a woman (Lady Gaga) who's soaring to the top. This latest and fourth version is a gorgeous heartbreaker(bring tissues). Like its finest antecedents, it rings tears from its romance and thrills from a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema. That it's also a perverse fantasy about men, women, love and sacrifice makes it all the better...Yet one of the pleasures of A STAR IS BORN in all its renditions is that it is also about a woman whose ambitions are equal to those of any man and who steadily rises as she weeps and sings toward fabulous self and sovereignty." -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

     Upon hearing that Michael Moore's FAHRENHEIT 11/9 was opening at the Rose this Friday, a friend remarked, "No one loves Michael Moore more than Michael Moore." I get it. Moore is always a character in his own films, and his confrontational filmmaking approach is sometimes more entertaining than revealing, but the activist filmmaker is sincere in truth-seeking, and his message this time is, care about what's going on in the world, and vote.

     THE WIFE is holding over in the Starlight for another week, and nearly every show is selling out, so advance tickets are advised. And PICK OF THE LITTERmoves up to the Starlight for Friday for just two more shows: Friday at 4:45 and Sunday at 1:30.

     Sunday is also the last day for JULIE from the National Theatre of London. Our new season of live simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York begins this Saturday at 9:55 a.m. with AIDA, starring soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili.

     Late Night @ the Starlight this Saturday is WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, the timeless comedy written by the great Nora Ephron.

     Season three of our popular COMMUNITY ARTS FILM SERIES begins next Sunday, October 14th, not with a film, but with a lecture by the esteemed Estelle Lingo, Associate Professor, Art History at the University of Washington. Her lecture is entitled DRAPING MICHELANGELO: FRANCESCO MOCHI, GIANLORENZO BENINI, AND THE BIRTH OF BAROQUE SCULPTURE. I am honored that she will be with us, and am grateful to Northwind Arts Center for their continued support of this series.

--Rocky