THE BIG SCREEN
New movies out Friday include the quirky Steven Spielberg drama The Terminal, with Tom Hanks, and the over-the-top Ben Stiller comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
An evening of short films, produced by students at Augusta State University, will be presented tonight at the Bee's Knees, 211 10th St. The free screenings, which are scheduled to start at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, feature a focus on special-effects work. Films include: Arijana Sijerci's I Lived in Terror, about the Bosnian War; Daniel Clayton's wrestling movie, Superstar, the before-and-after movie Cover-Girl, directed by Stephanie Brooks; Kay Webster's baking expose, Let Them Eat Cake; and Jerome Manley's stop-motion music video, Summers Day.
THE ALBUM: Alanis Morissette, So Called Chaos (Maverick)
Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette made her mark in 1995 with the 30 million-selling (worldwide) confessional Jagged Little Pill. Now 30, she is still opening some of the same old wounds on So-Called Chaos, though maturity has led her very public journey to self-discovery down turns that have only made matters all the more complicated.
Her harried verses on the opening track, Eight Easy Steps, proclaim the ways she has made a mess of her life, shortcomings she reiterates on the closer, Everything, though here she does so fondly, in the context of a woman with a supportive lover. (She is in a longtime relationship with actor Ryan Reynolds.) And speaking of the mushy stuff, you almost can hear Ms. Morissette chuckling with self-satisfaction at her bon mots on the gooey Knees of My Bees.
Fortunately, her other confessionals crackle with more tension.
Ms. Morissette hasn't changed much stylistically. She's cut back on the yelping, but she still rambles through wordy passages, periodically employing her trademark goofy pronunciations.
- Chuck Campbell, Knoxville News-Sentinel
The eclectic musical trio Raisinhill performs at 10 p.m. Friday at Aiken Brewing Co., 140 Laurens St. S.W.
THE RETURN OF SLOWHAND
Guitar great Eric Clapton, hot off his appearance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, brings his take on the Delta blues to Atlanta on Friday, performing at Philips Arena. Touring behind his Robert Johnson tribute, Me and Mr. Johnson, Mr. Clapton has recently returned to his bluesy musical roots. Tickets to the performance are $59.50-$83.
BRING OUT THE BANDS
AthFest, the annual Athens, Ga., celebration of live music, takes place through Sunday throughout the city. Among the acts slated to play at this year's festival are the reunited Camper Van Beethoven and a special 40th anniversary performance by local music pioneers the Jesters. The event also includes a juried artists market, an art car show, film screenings and even a performance by a circus-style aerial act. AthFest wristbands are $10 a day or $15 for the weekend. Some performances may require an additional ticket purchase. For more information, visit www.athfest.com.
The artist known as Afroman, whose cautionary marijuana tale Because I Got High was a stone-cold summer hit in 2001, will appear at the Soul Bar on Monday. Cover is $5. For more information, call 724-8880.
THE SIMPSONS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (FOX, FOUR-DVD SET, $49.98) If this four-disc box contained only the 22 episodes broadcast in 1992-93, it would be essential. But's there's more. Among the episodes are Last Exit to Springfield, in which Homer goes all union on Mr. Burns; Mr. Plow, an object lesson to anyone considering a side business; A Streetcar Named Marge, in which Marge lands the Blanche role in a community theater production of the Tennessee Williams play only because she is deeply depressed; and the honestly titled So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show, a walk down memory lane precipitated by an unfortunate accident involving a beer can and a paint mixer. There are commentaries for every episode, including one by former writer Conan O'Brien; a nice selection of outtakes, storyboards, etc.; and a hilarious feature titled Bush vs. Simpsons, growing out of the first President Bush's remarks that America should be less like the cartoon family. There also is a look back at the raging Cajun controversy, which occurred after some not-so-nice remarks about New Orleans.
- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
CAN'T YOU SEE
Southern rock stalwarts the Marshall Tucker Band will headline this year's Hot Southern Night concert. The show, which benefits the Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross, takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Opening acts are Gary Allan and Pinmonkey.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the gate. For more information, call (803) 278-4TIX (4849).
Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or email@example.com.