But one person has come along to remind us of what rock once was and what it could be. John Cameron Mitchell wrote the off-Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch almost 10 years ago, but its resonance and subsequent popularity have continued to this day. Something about Mitchell's tale, of an aging semi-transsexual (his sex change operation is terribly botched), Hedwig, fuses together several dialectics, centering around the ideas of gender and love. Oh yeah, and rock. Mitchell and his musical cohort Stephen Trask wrote shockingly amazing songs, pulling inspiration from Bowie, Reed, Pop and others. Hedwig is best witnessed in live form, but the film version of the play, showing at midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane, is still a delight; you'll leave believing once again in the transformative power of rock 'n' roll. Admission is $8. Call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Fri., Jan. 5; Sat., Jan. 6