Ooh, Rock Me Amadeus

In his heyday, Mozart was a rock star. His talent often rivaled by his own petulance, he could recreate masterpieces effortlessly after hearing them played only once. Those who wished to pass him off as a parrot where quickly shot down as the composer aged and created musical legacies in opera, royal courts and brilliant symphonic masterworks. But that’s the shiny side of things, and Wolfgang had enemies. Amadeus, the 1984 film, tapped into that blouse-ripping, gold-flipping, madness-inducing period with such immersive grandeur that it snatched up eight Academy Awards. It’s a classic, according to everyone, and Saturday evening it gets the royal treatment from Texas Theatre with a pre-show classical concert performed by a live baroque ensemble. They’ll use era-specific instruments to lure you onto the fainting couch. (Warning: You must bring your own fainting couch.) When that 35mm screening of the director’s cut ends, you get even more as experimental DJs loosen up your corset during the costumed afterparty. (If you don’t feel like going in full-on get up, you can just wear a mask, but do know that it’s a cop out.) It’ll be one hell of a night, and somehow tickets are only $12. Get them, or forever regret it, at thetexastheatre.com. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 29, 2012


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