Rumor Has It
Happy Days Are Here Again
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Things are happening, folks. All kinds of things, all over the place.
It does the heart good.
Before I get into the happenings at hand, I wish to be clear about where I’m at with events re: COVID. I feel very strongly that venues and event planners are free to get down to business as they adhere to state mandates. Because nearly everyone reading this is an adult with the ability to make decisions in their own interest, if you feel safe attending events, please do so. If you do not feel safe, please opt out until such time as you do feel safe. Please do not come down on or call out those venues or events that are respecting the rules and guidelines simply because those guidelines are not in sync with your own. Let’s extend each other all the grace we can.
That said, let’s get down to the business of having a good time.
In my role as part-time projectionist (who hasn’t worked a shift since March 2020) and full-time advocate (my real 24/7 position) for the Pickford Film Center, it is my duty to tell you that we’re once again up to our old shenanigans of turning any and every space we can into an impromptu, temporary movie theater. This time the space in question is outside our building at 1318 Bay Street, the date is Fri., July 23 (movie begins at dusk) and the event is “Unstreamable.” If you think that name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the name of a regular column in the Stranger covering those films that are inexplicably not to be found on streaming services. This event is that column come to cinematic life, complete with its writers-turned-hosts-for-the-evening, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns. The film in question is Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and I can think of no better film to resurrect the Pickford’s two-decade-long tradition of showing outdoor movies.
Near the end of the movie, I’m going to ride a flying pig over the crowd before taking a battering ram to the exterior wall of the PFC. Just kidding. They won’t let me ride the flying pig until I work at least 20 shift hours. I am disappointed, but like the song says, all in all, it’s just another brick in the wall.
In other news of al fresco entertainment happening on Bay Street, the Downtown Sounds lineup has been announced and it looks a little something like this: Nite Wave (Aug. 4), Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme (Aug. 11), High Step Society (Aug. 18), and my mom’s favorite band, the Dusty 45s (Aug. 25). See you on Bay Street.