Why? Because Turkey is turning out some of the most interesting and acclaimed films of recent years, with several awards and nominations at international festivals to their credit—if you haven’t yet seen 2011’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, that should seal the deal. This weekend-long festival includes a new documentary by one of the leading lights of Turkish cinema, Fatih Akin (Polluting Paradise) and Our Grand Despair, the last film by the acclaimed young director Seyfi Teoman, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in May. All screenings are free.
Why? Because we couldn’t resisthttp: a shout out to TLC’s Long Island Medium. For it is certainly serendipitous that she appears shortly after the Hurricane Sandy altered her native landscape. Or is it??!! Judging from the two nearly sold out Riverside shows, folks are eager to glimpse the future through Theresa’s clairvoyant eyes. And she’ll certainly talk about that “funny feeling” she got a few months ago when she was looking out into the Atlantic: “Oh my Gawwdd. I think something is going to happen.”
Why? Oy! Need you ask? This New York-based sextet has been bringing Klezmer music to the masses for over 25 years. And in the process, it has blended the music’s singular sound with everything from jazz to funk to the heartland folk of Woody Guthrie (the 2006 Guthrie album, Wonder Wheel, won the Grammy for Contemporary World Music). The group’s recordings are celebrated, its imagination is wide-ranging, but there is nothing like a Klezmatics concert, which will certainly have the usually reserved audiences at the Zelazo Center dancing the Hora in the aisles. One of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School’s “Year of the Arts” events that celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary.
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