Quiet Riot

Imagine: In a bold, albeit necessary backlash against one-too-many mind-numbing "blockbuster" summer cinema seasons, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Magnolia Theatre join forces to present a series of films that don't receive widespread release otherwise...and a revolution of substance over style is sparked. It's a situation that's fun to think about, but it's also not without elitist pitfalls, considering we've seen a small British zombie flick and an actually entertaining pirate movie ride some buzz this year, while a fair share of "indie" efforts amounted to nothing but indulgent drivel. In a continuing exhibition, The Magnolia at the Modern is indeed showing limited-run films from Friday through Sunday regardless of artistic uprising, and the feature this weekend is a stark, surrealistic little gem titled Northfork. The last in a thematic trilogy (don't call it a sequel) written and executed by Michael and Mark Polish, the film tells the mid-20th-century story of a small town in Montana preparing for evacuation because of flooding. Sounds conventional enough, no? The Polish brothers aren't content to kill us simply with Big Sky Trouble and Strife, however, as the narrative skews perspective and even planes of existence throughout. A solid cast colors the bleak proceedings, while the deliberate pacing somehow manages to leave a fantastical, lingering catharsis. The only realistic "revolution" is an internal one. This is an indie film that redeems this summer's self-obsessed indies. And that's enough. Join us at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Call 817-738-9215. --Matt Hursh


So you think Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just a TV show? You've seen The Matrix, and thought it was just an impenetrable blend of chop-socky and mundo-weird sci-fi? For your information, Buffy is a staggering work of artistic genius, and The Matrix is chock-full of deep philosophical and religious meaning. If you don't believe us, stop by the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, at 7 p.m. Friday to meet two authors who have plumbed these pop-culture icons to find depths beyond a simple TV program and movie. Call 214-739-1124. --Patrick Williams

Dream a Little Dream

Regularly in June and July, I used to have recurring dreams about big scary tornadoes. Why? Two possible explanations: 1) The dreams bubbled up from some vast well of collective human subconscious and could be interpreted in a way that could point me on a journey of self-discovery; or 2) I lived in a town that was once almost leveled by a tornado, where during the summer I was frequently awakened by the eerie sound of a wailing tornado siren. Which view is correct? If you're inclined to believe the first, this Friday haul your New Age butt to the Spiritual Fitness Center, 1213 E. Executive Drive in Richardson, for a dream interpretation workshop featuring Father Peter Bowes, an "expert" in Jungian dream interpretation. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Price is a suggested donation of $10. --Patrick Williams

All Keyed Up

Just as the first Friday of every month sees the masses converge on Deep Ellum for live music, the third Saturday of every month is the day for the West End Computer Fest. Both these days are probably equally thrilling. Under the Woodall-Rodgers Freeway in the West End, one can find a plethora of electronic systems, parts and accessories. If you've ever needed parts for an old PC or if you want to feel the thrill of buying some licensed software from a guy selling it out of the back of his car, this is the place for you. Be prepared to be there before the sun comes up, though, as these deals don't last long. The West End Computer Fest is the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1801 N. Lamar St. under the Woodall-Rodgers Freeway. Admission and parking are free. --David Wilson

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