Bijou staying busy with special events Oct. 12–15

The Bijou Cinema, the student-run theater in the Iowa Memorial Union, will hold special events Wednesday–Saturday, Oct. 12–15.

In conjunction with Hancher, the Bijou will hold screenings of Passing Strange: The Movie at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday–Thursday, Oct. 12–13. Admission is $7 (free for UI students).

In this film, Spike Lee captures the highly acclaimed Broadway musical show written by singer/songwriter Stew (with music co-written by his creative partner, Heidi Rodewald). The original show, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, was universally applauded for its originality, its deep emotional resonance, and its powerful, often high-octane, music—which doesn’t just comment on the action like a typical rock musical, but actually tells the story and advances the narrative through its lyrics.

After the Oct. 12 screening, a Q&A will be hosted by Stew, who will again visit Iowa City in February 2012 to perform Stew & the Negro Problem.

A free screening of the movie One Million Yen Girl will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. The screening is part of the 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series: Young Starlets of Japanese Cinemas, presented by the Center for Asian Pacific Studies, the Institute of Cinema and Culture, UI International Programs, and the Japan Foundation.

The film is the exile story of ne’er-do-well 21-year-old Suzuko, an impossibly endearing type who is herself somewhat hopeless, but also wise to the ways of the world and by no means dumb enough to be happy with her lot. After a bad pick of roommate lands her a brief stay at the police station, Suzuko decides that enough is enough: she hits the road alone with a tiny suitcase, a determined but restless heart, and a mission: save ¥1 million ($10,000), go away…repeat. Hopping from place to place, she ekes out a living taking on different temp jobs. As she crosses paths with various people whose lives she changes, will love finally come her way?

And on Saturday, Oct. 15, the Bijou will hold Home Movie Day from 7 to 10 p.m. This event is free. Attendees are allotted up to 15 minutes to share home videos (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and computer files are acceptable formats) with the Iowa City community.

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