|First Friday July 4 @ Maxine's in St. Paul|
WHAT’S GOING ON?
Young African American musicians are united with their roots in Motown R&B in the wonderful documentary about the Funk Brothers backup band, “Standing in the Shadows of Love.” In DTS, this is a real treat.
Some of the artists include Joan Osborne, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan and Montell Jordan with the legendary Martha Reeves providing a historical perspective. It’s available on DVD and D-VHS from Artisan. Like a rich desert, you can’t say no to this treat.
My congregation asked me to do 45 minutes standup on Gene Wilder, but without an audio video presentation this would have been short and deadly. So I bowed out. To get Gene, you need to see a scene with his blanket in “The Producers” or his summation on the ineptitude of adults in “Willy Wonka.”
I lack skills to put together an audio video presentation with film clips. I am sure there is an A&E Bio on Wilder worth a view.
ALL ABOUT GILDA
Film noir historian Eddie Muller makes an interesting observation about the two male characters in the classic 1946 film “Gilda.” So there may not be a femme fatale in what is commonly referred to as a film noir. Check out the Criterion DVD interviews on “Gilda.”
Bocce ball and root beer floats were the headliners Tuesday at the First Friday group picnic hosted by Maxine in suburban St. Paul. I didn’t want to risk injuring anyone including myself by throwing bocce balls, a Minnesota tradition. This BB@ is a tradition with Al, the hamburger chef. Jesse and Sue were back from Arizona and Carol Berg continues to post on Facebook.