Cutting Room for April 17

Monty Python and the sexual awakening for Pitch Perfect 2


You know how your friends walked around for a solid year of their lives speaking only in dialogue from Monty Python and the Holy Grail? You entertained it as long as possible but finally were like, “You do the Knights Who Say Ni noise one more time and your nuts will say hi to my knee.” No? Just me? Okay, well Film Streams knows people like my friends, as they are hosting a one-night only Quote-Along Screening of The Holy Grail. There will be members of the cast of the Omaha Community Playhouse production of “Spamalot” in person at the Ruth Sokolof Theater for the event, which is at 7 pm on Saturday May 16. Be sure to ask them things like “How do you know she’s a witch?” Dammit, how do I still remember this dialogue?

If the quote-along of Monty Python shows the silly side of Film Streams, this next one shows its awesome advocacy. Together with PFLAG Omaha, the theater will hold a free screening of The Way He Looks at the Ruth Sokolof Theater on Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm. The film is about a blind boy who struggles with his dependence on others when he realizes certain things about his sexuality. I can’t imagine dealing with the emotional complexity of understanding one’s sexuality while simultaneously handling a disability. I’m a healthy straight dude and I barely made it out of puberty alive. PFLAG will lead a discussion along with representatives from Queer Nebraska Youth Network. One of those reps, Anthony Hughes, is a super cool dude I had the pleasure of meeting. You can watch his talk from TEDxUNO here. It’s a really moving speech, I highly recommend watching it and attending this screening!

The level of my excitement for Pitch Pefect 2 is probably best described as “mildly inappropriate.” Thus, it is with great pleasure I tell you that Aksarben Cinema is about to drop the mic on us. The event is $20 (includes a $5 concession voucher) begins at 6 pm on May 14. It features DJ Shif-D and A Cappella Omaha. You’ll get an awesome cocktail and get to taste Justin Timberlake’s tequila, which I’m just going to guess tastes charming and knows it. You can get all dolled up by Beauty First and then get your picture taken by Pixel Box Photo Booth. Noted Boutique will be there for you to do some browsing and shopping. Did I mention there is a lip sync challenge? Because there is. But don’t bother entering. My rendition of “My Humps” is unstoppable. I mean that, as they have legally tried to stop me but couldn’t.

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