Bruce Campbell, Vote, PW Election party, Tis a Pity She’s a
Whore, Jewish Film Festival.
Wed., Nov. 5, 7pm, 9:30pm and midnight. $6. Ritz at the Bourse Theater, 400 Ranstead
St. 215.925.7900. www.landmarktheatres.com
For one night only, Bruce Campbell is in town to personally promote his new film
My Name Is Bruce. In the film, Campbell, who plays himself, is
kidnapped by a group of hillbillies desperate to save their tiny community after
they accidentally unleash Guan-di, the Chinese god of war and protector of the dead.
Mistaken for his character Ash in the Evil Dead series, Campbell is
taken from his trailer-park home and forced to save the citizens of Gold Lick, get
the free liquor and win the babe. Fans of low-budget, high-camp horror flicks and
those familiar with Campbell’s work should feel right at home with the cheesy
one-liners and laughable special effects. Stick around for a Q&A with
Campbell after the movie ends.
On Nov. 4, 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill. On Nov. 4,
1854, a lighthouse was founded on Alcatraz Island. On Nov. 4, 1939, the first
air-conditioned automobile was exhibited in Chicago. These dates are inconsequential and
unmemorable. But Nov. 4, 2008, may go down in history. So vote. Whether you support
McCain (eek!) or Obama, your vote grants you the license to complain for the next four
The signs all say Obama is going to win this election, but Democrats can get
complacent and pundits are often miraculously off-key. This election could be close, in
which case it’s more fun to watch the returns with other people—sort of the World Series
of politics. Join us at the Loews Hotel where we’ll be partying with DJs, free food and
drink, and a live raffle for stuff like a hotel stay in D.C., where you can march on the
White House if your candidate doesn’t win.
’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Fri., Oct. 31, 8pm. $9-$18. Through Nov. 8. Arts Bank, 250 S. Broad St. 215.717.6450.
Say you’ve already done the haunted hayride, binged on sugary candies and tried on all
of the synthetic costumes your skin can handle. If you’re still not feeling Halloween,
but can’t shake your craving for something gruesome and controversial, check out
University of the Art’s presentation of John Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a
Whore. Set in Parma, Italy, this unconventional tale of incestuous romance
between a brother and sister isn’t your everyday Romeo and Juliet love story. Condemned
since 1633 for its provocative title and grisly plot, this scandalous story will give
you Halloween chills while avoiding those annoying trick-or-treaters.
Opening Night of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
As the opener of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, this weekend pays tribute to
Israel, a country whose cinematic output is underappreciated in the U.S. The
funny-sad-happy Noodle, by Ayelet Menahemi, is about a flight
attendant, Miri (based on a real person), who’s lost two husbands in the Israeli wars.
Miri now lives with her sarcastic sister Gila (Anat Waxman), who’s separated from her
husband Izzy, who lives next door. Miri plays marriage counselor to keep her feelings
for Izzy at bay. Into this expertly realized domestic scene comes “Noodle,” the
Chinese-speaking son of Miri’s maid. The maid asks if Noodle can stay while she does an
errand, but never returns. Miri—defiantly childless—has to figure out what to do with
this devastated 6-year-old who doesn’t speak Hebrew. What happens next takes the whole
family—including Gila’s pouty adolescent daughter—on a trip through seedy parts of
Israel and the knotty world of Israeli illegal immigration.