Today At The Clinton Street Theater
THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN
Got grandkids or other young family members visiting over Thanksgiving weekend? Give them a treat they'll never forget--The Amazing Bubble Man!
Doors open at 1:30pm
Photo by Patrick Stull.
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed eight years of sell-out success.
Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. These shows will also feature accordionist and singer Jet Black Pearl accompanying Louis with bubbly music to double your pleasure.
"Greatest bubble show on Earth." - SFGate.com
"It's a fantastic show. Louis Pearl playfully forms bubbles beyond imagination, and engages the audience with his easygoing nonverbal slapstick."
"Louis Pearl - aka The Amazing Bubble Man - truly deserves his title. Most of the show is accompanied by gasps and awes...and that's just the adults. Kids can be heard giggling with excitement."
"This show captivated its young audience and the adults loved it as well. Highly recommended."
–British Theater Guide.
Food Chains impressively reveals the modern-day slavery in the agricultural industry. -- Jörg Thadeusz, RBB
FOOD CHAINS casts a searing glance not only on the horrific conditions for harvest workers, but especially on those who create their plight: food companies and supermarket giants. [...] An important film that will hopefully raise your awareness of the worth of food. -- Reiner Veit, RBB Inforadio
The illuminating film FOOD CHAINS reveals the price that some workers pay for providing others with staple foods. -- Jürgen Kiontke, Gegenblende
There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nation's most vulnerable people. While the legal restrictions which kept people bound to farms, like slavery, have been abolished, exploitation still exists, ranging from wage theft to modern-day slavery. These days, this exploitation is perpetuated by the corporations at the top of the food chain: supermarkets. Their buying power has kept wages pitifully low and has created a scenario where desperately poor people are willing to put up with anything to keep their jobs.
BROKEN HEART LAND
A compelling new documentary is bringing a platform to an important and heartbreaking story that took place in the American heartland.
Coinciding with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, "Broken Heart Land" aims to bring awareness to HIV/AIDs awareness, the dangers of schools lacking comprehensive sex education programs and the struggle for rights for the LGBT community in the conservative American Heartland. The film follows the story of Zack Harrington, a gay teen who committed suicide one week after attending a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month in his small town.
"Even though we live in a slightly more progressive world where gay rights issues and HIV/AIDS education have made notable strides in many large cities, Zack's tragic story is representative of hundreds of young gay teens all over Bible Belt, conservative small towns across America who are still wrestling with feelings of shame," Directors Jeremy and Randy Stulberg said in a statement. "We hope that through the film we will be able to start a dialogue across the country in the same way that the Harringtons have done in Norman, Oklahoma and hopefully prevent future suicides from teens in smaller towns who may feel hopeless."
On an early autumn afternoon, in his parent’s ranch in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. One week earlier, Zack allegedly attended a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month in his bible-belt town. When the floor was opened up for public comment, some community members made highly controversial statements equating being gay with the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
Against the backdrop of a town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, Zack’s grief-stricken parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son’s death. Determined to understand Zack, they discover a private diary, which paints a gripping portrait of a boy in crisis. Ultimately, they discover a chilling secret that Zack kept hidden for almost two years, which leads them to some painful conclusions about their son’s life and death.
When an outspoken conservative citizen runs for City Council, the Harringtons decide to join a politically active group called “MOMS: Mothers of Many” (mainly comprised of local mothers of LGBTQ youth). Over the course of the local election season, we witness Zack’s family, once private and politically conservative, come out of their own closet, moving from private denial to a climactic and very public acceptance of their son’s legacy.