Rocky’s Review
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Music rules the Rose this week. Our free member-only screening of Bruce Springsteen's WESTERN STARS was so well received last weekend that I've decided to bring it back this Friday for a week-long engagement. You'll find The Boss both in the Starlight Room and in the Rosebud Cinema. "It's a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen's life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with his latest, most introspective phase of his career." -TheWrap

     And at long last, The Band receives its due in the new documentary ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND. "An engaging, well-traveled music journey." -Hollywood Reporter

     The music continues Saturday with the Metropolitan Opera's live simulcast of George Frideric Handel's AGRIPPINA, starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina. "A vivid new production yanks this story of political power grabbing from Ancient Rome into the present day." -The New York Times

     If you've never had the pleasure of listening to a live concert by TANGOHEART, then stop reading right now and buy one of the few remaining tickets for Sunday's concert at the Rose. Their music is beautiful and passionate. Bertram Levy, the group's leader, has spent the last quarter century immersed in the Argentine tango. This concert is dedicated to the music of the iconic Astor Piazzolla and two of his greatest contemporaries, Osvaldo Pugliese and Anibal "Pichuco" Troilo, Piazzolla's first boss.

     Also opening this Friday, WEATHERING WITH YOU, the new animated film from director Makoto Shinkai. "It's thrillingly beautiful." -Guardian. And the Community Arts Film Series continues this Saturday and Sunday with JAY MYSELF, a fascinating portrait of photographer Jay Maisel. "One of the most esteemed, influential photographers of his generation. [He] suggests a comical amalgamation of William Friedkin and Marlon Brando." -Slant

     Tickets and passes for the third PORT TOWNSEND DANCE FILM FESTIVAL go on sale this Monday, March 2nd. The three-day festival (April 3-5) is the strongest line-up of the three years. There are great feature-length and short films from all over the world. I curated this festival from the nine-day, 2019 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Individual tickets ($12) will be available online and at the box office. Series passes ($120), and Rose member passes ($100) available only at the box office. PTDFF trailer.

--Rocky