If you think Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia was the first film to use frogs as a sign of the end of times, think again. Raining frogs can be seen as early as Peter Weir’s 1977 apocalypse drama, The Last Wave, which will be screened this weekend as part of The Palm’s Take Two Live series. Starring Richard Chamberlain, the film follows an Australian lawyer whose life is utterly upturned when he agrees to represent a group of Aborigines accused of murder. As the lawyer becomes increasingly entangled in the tribe’s practices and attitudes, his world unravels as his mind becomes plagued by mysterious dreams and his surrounding reality is shocked by signs of cataclysmic doom (see above: frogs). Upon its release, Weir’s strange tale of culture clash and spiritual uncertainty was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute awards and won two, including Best Achievement in Sound and Best Achievement in Cinematography.
If supernatural events or raining frogs tickle your fancy, The Last Wave plays on Sunday, June 29, at The Palm. The screening will begin at 12:30 p.m., with an introduction and Q&A to follow with hosts Jim Dee and Bob Whiteford. Tickets are $10—a worthy price for Richard Chamberlain’s cheekbones.
What does the fox say?
The Ghost Fox that is. His name is Billy Gruffington, and he is the protector of Poetry Church—an alternative art show/poetry slam/live music/Lucha Libro competition that will be haunting San Luis Obispo this weekend. Hosted by SLO resident and local bird-named bohemian, Denz Ray Falcon-Powell Junyor, the event, titled “prison radio, pure land” promises three nights of various performances and displays from artists such as Neal Breton, Timo Beckwith, and Jennie Belle and poetry from the likes of Youssef Alaoui, Leslie St. John, and Mr. Falcon-Powell Junyor himself. The music will be live, the wrestling will be Mexican, and the mood will be a mix of dazed and confused, surely.
“prison radio, pure land” will be held across three nights, beginning at SLO Grange Hall on Thursday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m., then over to Smiling Dog Yoga Studio on Friday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m., and finally at Bliss Café on Saturday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. Go forth, be merry, and discover just what exactly a Ghost Fox is.