The beauty of having thoughtful, community-minded movie houses in our midst? They can use their programming to bring people together for a common purpose. Take the death of David Bowie, which still has music fans shaken up after Monday's day of mourning. We've all spent too much time behind computer screens watching old videos, pulling up favorite songs and reading all the tribute pieces. Oak Cliff's Texas Theatre and Richardson's Alamo Drafthouse (UPDATE: and the Granada Theater) know that the next move this week is to meet up and celebrate Bowie with others who loved him. Here's a look at what the theaters have planned:
'The Man Who Fell to Earth' at the Texas Theatre
On Friday, Oak Cliff's repertory film destination will show the 1976 cult classic that gave Bowie his first big role, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth. As the theater points out on its event page, there's probably no more appropriate film to capture the strange magic of the late legend. And since his music isn't part of the Roeg movie's soundtrack, there'll be a Bowie listening party of sorts after the credits roll Friday. DJ Gabriel Mendoza will work the needle.
'Remembering Bowie' at the Granada
This just-announced tribute night is tomorrow (Wednesday, January 13), and it starts with live music courtesy of the local Bowie tribute act Thin White Dukes (video below). The band plays at 8, and at 10 the Granada will screen my favorite Bowie movie, Labyrinth. Part of the evening's proceeds will benefit Young Texans Against Cancer.
The David Bowie Music Video Celebration at Alamo Drafthouse
If you're farther north and want to take in some of the Thin White Duke's most iconic clips on a screen worthy of their enormity, try Alamo's popup Bowie event on Saturday. The staff at the theater is already working on curating a list of videos that will be played. Guests should feel free to sing along, get a few emotions out among friends. Any guesses as to which videos will make the cut on Saturday? We'll throw a few of our favorites below in case the Alamo folks are looking for suggestions. It all goes down at 9:30 p.m. Saturday — here's more info.