Balboa Theatre's Thursday Night Rock Docs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 14, 2014 07:19pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre continues their run of screenings of the most amazing The Last Waltzrockumentaries of all times this Fall with Thursday Night Rock Docs.

This Thursday, October 16th, don't miss Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, which was shot on Thanksgiving Day of 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Hailed as one of the greatest concert films of all time, this film commemorates The Band’s final performance (as a quintet) after 16 years on the road. Keep and eye out for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, and Neil Diamond. Shot with multiple 35mm cameras by the likes of Vilmos Zsigmond (The Deer Hunter), Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider), and Michael Chapman (Raging Bull).

This series is a must for music fiends. Every week brings a new documentary! Save these dates:

Gimme Shelter
Thur 10/23: 7:30pm
In December of 1969, four months after Woodstock, The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane gave a free concert east of Oakland at Altamont Speedway. About 300,000 people came, and the organizers put Hell’s Angels in charge of security around the stage. Armed with pool cues and knifes, Angels spent the concert beating up spectators, killing at least one.

Trick or Treat (double feature with Halloween at 10:00)
Thur 10/30: 7:30pm
Halloween at 10:00pm
Hard rock idol Sammi Curr burns to death in a hotel fire. His biggest fan, Lakeridge High School student and resident metal head Eddie Weinbauer, is devastated by the news and turns to local radio DJ “Nuke” for emotional support. After a heated discussion about the deceased rock star, Nuke presents Eddie with a rare demo record, the last ever recorded by Sammi and the only copy in existence. Overwhelmed by Nuke’s generosity, Eddie accepts the gift without hesitation, unaware of it’s dark role in things to come.

Finding FelaFinding Fela
Thur 11/6: 7:30pm
Directed by the Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.

The Color of Noise
Thur 11/13: 7:30pm
Chronicling the rise of legendary noise-rock/alternative label Amphetamine Reptile, The Color of Noise is the story of founder/madman Tom Hazelmeyer and the bands that be helped shepherd in the '80s and '90s. Those bands (Helmet, Melvins, Hammerhead, The Cows, Today is the Day, and more) helped define a sound for the era, paving the path for a whole new genre of music and influencing millions in the process.

Alice’s Restaurant
Thur 11/27 (Thanksgiving): 8:00pm
Arlo Guthrie is a vagabond folk singer carrying on in the tradition of his famous father Woody, who Arlo visits on his deathbed in a shabby hospital. Shunned by straights and harassed by lawmen everywhere, Arlo hooks up with his friends Alice and Ray Brock, who have a dream of starring a free-thinking commune in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Arlo narrowly avoids the draft in one bizarre episode, but a series of disappointments, failed relationships and general malaise causes the commune to fall apart.

When You're Strange
Thur 12/4: 7:30pm
Reception from 6-7:30 celebrating the publication of Shaman’s Blues: The Art and Influences Behind Jim Morrison and the Doors, by local author, Denise Sullivan. She will be reading, signing copies, of the book, and introducing When You’re Strange.
The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists – drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Kreiger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and singer Jim Morrison – made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands. When You’re Strange is the first feature documentary to tell their story. Using footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971, it follows the band from the corridors of UCLA’s film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal
Thur 12/11: 7:30pm
This film features rare early concert footage, photos, and interviews with Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt, Snow), Jack Russell (Great White, Dante Fox), Don Dokken (Dokken), and many others in this compelling tale on the golden years of Hollywood hard rock and metal.

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