Monday, September 25, 2017

Terrace Theater and Volvo Car Open host Battle of the Sexes premiere Fri. Sept. 29

Match point

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 3:56 PM

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The year is 1973. The sartorial trappings range from mustard yellow corduroy to wider than a table bell bottoms. Hairstyles are all fringe, frizz, and insane bangs, sideburns are sexy, and eyeglasses swallow any and every face shape. But beneath the questionable fashion choices, a battle for gender equality rages.

As a result of such inequities in the home and work place, feminist icons rise to power. One such icon was Billie Jean King, a superstar tennis player who at only 29 was one of the top female tennis players in the world, and the first female athlete to win more than $100,000 in a year.

In Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks) Battle of the Sexes, we see Bille Jean King (Emma Stone) turn down aged out sorta chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell) as he pleads with her to play in a gimmicky battle of the sexes face-off. Eventually she gives in, and the whole world watches.

The Terrace Theater and Volvo Car Open have teamed up to screen the Charleston premiere of Battle of the Sexes Fri. Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. In addition to the film, there will be a Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King costume contest (see trailer for inspiration); four 'enter to win' prize packages from Volvo Car open; a special gift in all movie seats; and a free Volvo Car Open ticket for the tournament's opening weekend.

If you cannot attend the Friday premiere, your ticket stub can be used at any Battle of the Sexes showings and will be redeemed for a free ticket to the Volvo Car opening weekend. Purchase tickets online or by calling (843) 762-4247.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Charleston Music Hall hosts International Ocean Film Tour Nov. 5

Surf's up

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 12:59 PM

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I believe it was a handsome sailor (and the 35th President of the United States) who so eloquently said, "And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came."

Get back to your own watery roots at the International Ocean Film Tour Volume 4, stopping by the Music Hall Sun. Nov 5 at 6 p.m. Six to seven films will be screened, and four are already on the docket.

The Weekend Sailor is a 40-minute documentary featuring 17 yachts, seven nations, and 27,000 miles at sea. The year is 1973 and the Whitbread Round The World Race sets off from Portsmouth, England, with some of the world's finest sailors competing. The docudrama focuses on the race's dark horse, Ramón Carlín, a.k.a. the "Weekend Sailor," a 50 year old Mexican with little to no sailing experience who becomes a hot contender in the race.

Shorebreak — The Clark Little Story follows Hawaiian surfer turned photographer Clark Little as he chases shore breaks and attempts to capture the perfect wave — behind the camera.

Short film The Legacy shows how can endangered ocean species can recover if we give them a chance.

A Plastic Ocean explores how microplastics — plastic so tiny it's almost invisible — are a danger to our oceans, and to the food chains that make up the sea.

Tickets for the film fest are $15/adults and $12/students. There is a dinner and a show option for $32, with special dinner menus available at Vincent Chicco's and Virginia's. Purchase tickets online or by calling (843) 853-2252.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'Stronger' director David Gordon Green speaks at the Terrace this Thursday

Boston strong

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 9:31 AM

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Charleston resident David Gordon Green is a man of many talents. He's the creator of HBO's Vice Principals and director of stoner flick Pineapple Express, among other like-minded creations. He is also the director of the new film, Stronger, a biographical drama about Jeff Bauman, a man who lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack. The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, screens at the Terrace this Thurs. Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Green.

Stronger is based on the memoir of the same name by Bauman, and originally screened earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival. In a Variety review of the film, Andrew Barker praises Gyllenhaal's performance. He writes, "The film also resists the temptation to make Jeff into a hero or a martyr: He may have more right to be selfish, sullen, and self-destructive than most, but that doesn’t make those impulses any less toxic. If he’s a martyr for anything, it’s the insatiable need of the public to have an easily identifiable symbol in the wake of a tragedy, and Gyllenhaal lets us feel Jeff’s sour uneasiness with being wheeled out to wave a flag at Bruins games and asked to pose for picture and picture."

You can buy tickets for the screening online at

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Terrace Theater reopens this afternoon after a power outage from Irma

New dates for documentary screenings

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 9:38 AM

Damn you, Irma. You had to go and postpone all of our favorite film-related events. No matter — the Terrace Theater reopens today after Irma-related power outages earlier this week. The full schedule of screenings starts back this afternoon, but a few events have been postponed. Read on for details.

David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii, a concert film about, yep, David Gilmour, now screens on Tues. Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, a documentary about the band's making of their most recent album, True Sadness, will now screen on Tues. Sept. 26 at 7:15 p.m.
Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates of both of the aforementioned screenings.

The Terrace continues to screen music-related docs later this year, too. Head to the Terrace on Tues. Oct. 3 for Pearl Jam - Let's Play Two, a documentary that chronicles  Pearl Jam's performances at Wrigley Field, for two screenings at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Charleston Music Hall screens The Exorcist with a live score from White/Bogan Duo

May the power of film compel you

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:05 PM

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Was anyone else tricked into watching The Exorcist in the rec room of your best friend Erica's house as a pre-teen? Anyone still have nightmares in yoga when you get into a backbend and can only picture a little girl in a pink nightgown crawling down steps upside down with her tongue flitting in and out?

Ok, so maybe the 1973 horror movie is kind of hilariously ridiculous in 2017, but at one time it made all of us shriek in terror. And, thanks to the Music Hall, we can all shriek (or laugh hysterically) in unison at a perfectly timed pre-Halloween screening of The Exorcist on Sun. Oct. 29.

This isn't any ol' screening, though. The White/Bogan Duo will be performing an original score they composed, utilizing everything from a piano to children's toys as instruments. Eerily on the nose, no? Take in the experimental score as you watch The Exorcist attempt to rid young Regan of the demon inside her. Tickets are $12, and a cool $6.66 for students (freshmen, beware).

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