Tuesday, March 21, 2006

At a theater near you

A friend of a friend, Aric Avelino, has written and directed a new film soon to be released in a theater near you. American Gun, starring Linda Cardellini (from ER), Macia Gay Harden, Donald Sutherland and Forest Whitaker, was featured at the Toronto Film Festival and the recent SXSW film festival. The good news is that Gun has been picked up for distribution by IFC Films and will be playing across the country later this month. So consider this my humble, little effort to campaign for an independent film for which I am a strong supporter. Thanks goes out to Jay Flyer (I am friends with Jay, Jay is friends with Aric) for the recommendation. And be sure to check out the trailer at this myspace site.

Built to Spill announces postponement of tour due to eye surgery recently undergone by frontman Doug Martsch. BtS had been scheduled to kick off their US tour here in Minneapolis, concurrent with the release of their upcoming album, You In Reverse. But assuming Dougie heals nicely, they'll be back in the fall as promised.

If you somehow missed the million or so blogs and pubs covering each and every gig, party and rumor with excrutiating detail to be found at this year's SXSW music festival, I recommend checking out this comprehensive review at Austin360.com. On the other hand, if you're sick of hearing about SXSW and how Austin is such a cool city, especially if you used to live there but now you live in fuckin' Minnesota, I do understand.

I found the following on the AP wires...

By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent
March 21,2006 | WASHINGTON --

President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, he declared, "I'm optimistic we'll succeed. If not, I'd pull our troops out."

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