4:20, 7 and 9:30 p.m. June 15 at The Kentucky Theatre. 214 E. Main. (859) 231-7924. Kentuckytheater.com.
1, 2:40, 4:20, 6, 7:40 and 9:40 p.m. June 17 at The Kentucky Theatre.
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What's this? A pair of films dominating a column devoted to live music? Sure, especially when the movies are limited runs of Marley, the new, highly lauded documentary on reggae legend Bob Marley, and a spruced-up edition of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine.
But the reason both are surfacing at The Kentucky Theatre this weekend largely has to do with live music.
Despite its reputation during the past two decades as one of Lexington's prime concert venues, The Kentucky is first and foremost a movie house. That's why concerts there have been limited to weeknights.
Saturday's performance by Bruce Hornsby scrambled the game plan, though. The Troubadour Concert Series originally had booked the show into the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, but scheduling conflicts with the facility forced the search for a new venue. That's when The Kentucky stepped in to offer its first-ever Saturday spot for a Troubadour show.
But to keep his faithful movie-going clientele from feeling shut out, Kentucky manager Fred Mills decided to bookend the Hornsby concert with evenings devoted to the two music-themed films.
"By presenting a concert on a Saturday night, it does create a lot of difficulty for a film booker," Mills said. "But at the same time, the end result is we have a sort of mini film festival."
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland), Marley (see review, Page 14) intersperses archival performance footage, primarily from the mid- to late '70s, with interviews with his son, reggae star Ziggy Marley, Wailers co-founder Neville "Sonny" Livingston and Island records chieftain Chris Blackwell.
Yellow Submarine has long been viewed as one of the more curious chapters in Beatlemania. In fact, The Beatles themselves thought so little of making an animated movie about the fanciful Rubber Soul song in 1968 that they didn't lend their voices to their cartoon likenesses. But the film's imaginative and highly psychedelic design — depicting the invasion of the quaintly British Pepperland by the evil Blue Meanies, the Snapping Turks and, my personal favorite, the Apple Bonkers — eventually won over the Fab Four enough that they appeared in a cameo at its conclusion.
The one-day engagement of Yellow Submarine at The Kentucky coincides with the rerelease last week of fully restored DVD and Blu-ray versions.
Admission for each film is $5 for all showings before 6 p.m. and $7 for evening screenings.
The Beat goes on
Few bands capitalized on the "two-tone" punk-ska-pop revolution more creatively than The Beat — known for copyright reasons on U.S. shores as The English Beat.
Torn between dance- directed political rants and songs of traditionally themed pop romance, The Beat released three stellar albums in quick succession at the dawn of the early '80s, then disbanded.
This summer, that brief recorded legacy has been reassembled into a boxed set called The Complete Beat. It combines the three studio albums — 1980's I Just Can't Stop It, 1981's Wha'ppen? and 1982's Special Beat Service — with two discs of radio performances and dub-style remixes. The studio albums, each as essential for fans as the other, are also available individually.
A reconstituted English Beat — with co-founder, guitarist and principal vocalist Dave Wakeling as the lone original member — returns to Lexington on Tuesday for a show co-billed with the more mainstream '80s pop troupe The Romantics at Buster's Billiards & Backroom, 899 Manchester Street. (9 p.m. $28 in advance, $30 day of show. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com)