Druthers and Exit Strategy

    Druthers

    "War/Dance"

    Ken Cinema
    / Opens Friday

    Nowadays, documentaries set in war-torn regions of Africa
    are a dime a dozen. With the increasing attention on the continent (albeit
    very, very slowly), you might look at “War/Dance” with a “here’s another one”
    mentality. What you’ll be missing — and what sets this story of musical hope
    apart from its counterparts — is the brilliant choice by directors Sean Fine
    and Andrea Nix to focus not solely on the violence in Northern
    Uganda
    . Rather, they close in on the hope its displaced and
    orphaned kids find in music and dance as a vehicle for personal and, by proxy,
    national peace, as they journey to their nation’s capital to compete in its
    annual festival. The film, an Oscar nominee and winner of Best Documentary at
    Sundance, will open at the Ken Cinema
    for one week. (CM)

    Yeasayer/MGMT/Calico Horse

    The Casbah / Jan. 25 / $12

    Two highlights from Brooklyn’s glut
    of buzz-rockers bring their own kind of party to the Casbah this Friday.
    Yeasayer celebrates a post-apocalyptic rave fueled by tribal jam sessions, and
    MGMT makes an arena-sized tribute to pop history that transcends the group’s
    ultra-modern sheen. The former’s single “2080” details the awful truths of the
    present day through a soaring chorus and sidestepping guitar arpeggios; it
    reaches its peak when the vocal hollers and rumbling drums beg for people’s
    attention. MGMT just wants to take pop craft to its next logical step, not
    reinvent the song, and “Weekend Wars” polishes classic glam-rock themes ‘til
    they glow. Local up-and-comers Calico Horse introduce the night with a
    confessional indie ambience, an organic and reverberating take on traditional
    guitar-bass-drum instrumentation. (CK)

    Exit Strategy

    Battle of the
    Bands

    Price Center
    Plaza

    Jan. 24, 12 p.m.

    FREE

    “Dan In Real life”

    Price Center Theater

    Jan. 24, 6 & 9 p.m.

    $3

    Spirit Night Dance

    Geisel Library

    Jan. 25, 9:30 p.m.

    FREE

    Scarlet Symphony

    Che Cafe

    Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m.

    $5

    Jed Sheldon

    Espresso Roma

    Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

    FREE

    “Gracie”

    Price Center Theater

    Jan. 29, 6 & 9 p.m.

    FREE

    Matt Jenkins

    Mandeville Recital Hall

    Jan. 29, 8 p.m.

    FREE

    Ross Karre

    Mandeville Recital Hall

    Jan. 30, 8 p.m.

    FREE

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