If you haven’t already made it to Hatlen Theater to attend the Dept. of Theatre and Dance’s sixth-annual UCSB New Plays Festival, you still have a chance. The festival runs through May 31, and features original plays penned by UCSB playwrights. Tickets to the festival are $13 for UCSB students. Call (805) 893-7221 for more information.
Prolific lyricist Robert Pollard – also known as the man behind indie rock heroes Guided By Voices, releases yet another album, Robert Pollard Is Off to Business on his own label this Monday. Tuesday brings us new stuff from Aimee Mann, Fleet Foxes and everybody’s favorite trashy TV bachelor, Mr. Bret Michaels.
Director Anton Corbijn’s film “Control,” a biopic about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, comes out on DVD on Tuesday. The film, which chronicles Curtis’ early life, musical career, struggles with epilepsy and depression and untimely death, won rave reviews and a multitude of critics last year.
Insomniac Cinema presents Aaron Katz’s 2007 film, “Quiet City” in I.V. Theater on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. The film, as part of the appropriately awkwardly termed “mumblecore” genre, depicts a meandering but momentous day shared by two twentysomethings in Brooklyn. Katz will be on hand after the screening to take questions.
Artsweek pays tribute to Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, who passed away last Monday at the age of 73. Pollack had a long career in Hollywood, directing canonical classics like “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” in the ’60s, “Tootsie” back in the ’80s and 2005’s “The Interpreter.” He will be missed.