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Paso Robles Entertainment – Jan. 21-27 

By Russ Troutt

Yet another week of great movies, music, and plays here in the Paso Robles area. Oscar nominations came out last week. As always, some got snuffed and some are well deserved. Out of the well deserved column are all the nominations for “Silver Linings Playbook”, which I review below in the current installment of The Park Cinemas Picture of the Week. Thanks for taking the time to stop by Paso’s number one source for all the current entertainment in our area. Let’s waste no more time and get right into it. Here is your entertainment for the week of January 21st through the 27th.

The Park Cinemas Picture of the Week: “Silver Linings Playbook” (R)

It’s another great week at the cinemas. Lots of great movies to choose from, but if you choose just one movie to see this week make it “Silver Linings Playbook”. To me there is no better feeling than that moment right after you walk out of the theater from seeing a great movie. Throughout the year you will see some good movies and some not so good movies, but there’s usually just a couple of movies that stand out as being great. I’ve been lucky enough to experience two great movies this month. The first was “Django Unchained” which I reviewed here a couple of weeks ago. The second being “Silver Linings Playbook”. I’m still compiling my top ten movie list of 2012 and I can tell you this movie will probably fall in at second on my list. Great writing, great casting, and amazing acting. It’s not everyday a movie this good comes along. While you will get your fill of laughs, prepare to have the old heart strings pulled on as well, so you may want to put a tissue or two in your pocket. After the movie as I sat and watched the credits roll and the lights turned back up the gentleman at the end of my row walked over and asked what I thought of the movie. We talked briefly about how great it was. Talking to a complete stranger about the movie you both just watched is something I imagine happened a lot more back in the day that just doesn’t seem to happen much anymore. I didn’t get your name old fella, but thanks for the perfect ending to a perfect movie.

“Silver Linings Playbook” opens up with Pat Solitano, Bradley Cooper(The Hangover), just getting out of the mental institution, where he has been the past eight months. We soon realize the reason he was there is because he is bipolar and lost control when he caught his wife cheating on him. He moves back home with his parents Pat, Sr and Dolores who are played wonderfully by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Pat, Sr is OCD and obsessed with the Philadelphia Eagles, so you can imagine things get a little crazy around the Solitano house when Pat moves back home. Even though he has a restraining order keeping him from getting in contact with her, Pat is dead set on getting back together with his wife and showing her he is a changed man. Not long after being home Pat meets Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence(Hunger Games), who is just as crazy as he is. Tiffany just happens to know Pat’s wife and makes a deal with him. She will pass along a letter to from Pat to his wife and in return Pat must enter a dance competition with her.

The Oscars are a month away and “Silver Linings Playbook” has racked up quite a few nominations, and rightfully so. Nominated for Best Picture, Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for Best Actress, Robert De Niro for Best Supporting Actor, Jacki Weaver for Best Supporting Actress, and David O. Russsell for Best Director just to name a few. If you haven’t seen “Silver Linings Playbook” yet then as soon as you get through reading this you need to head over to Park Cinemas and get your ticket.

Also playing at Park Cinemas this week:

Mama (PG-13)
Broken City (R)
The Last Stand (R)
Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
Gangster Squad (R)
Zero Dark Thirty (R)
A Haunted House (R)
Les Miserables (PG-13)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13)

Playing at The Palm:

Deadfall (R)
How to Survive a Plague (NR)
Life of Pi (PG)
Hyde Park on Hudson (R)

Paso Playlist

The Great American Melodrama & Vaudville:
“The Fox on the Fairway” playing January 24th – January 27th (Showtimes vary daily)
If you love all the mistaken identities, plot twists, and silliness of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor”, then you’ll love his newest farce! This hilarious romp begins at Quail Valley Country Club as they prepare to take on arch rival Crouching Squirrel in the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. Join us for a charming, madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with outrageous sweaters and…golf. (Rated PG)

San Luis Obispo Little Theater:
“Honk, Jr.” playing from January 21st – January 27th
The whimsical, witty retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is an enchanting comic musical for all ages.

Performing Arts Center San Luis Obsipo:
Herndon Spillman: Forbes Pipe Organ Recital on January 25th in the Christopher Cohan Center at 8PM
The renowned American concert organist- who has earned an international reputation for his interpretations of the works of French composers- will perform for the first time at the PAC, crafting a program that spans 300 years of French glory.

Bach in the Mission III on January 26th at the Old Mission Church at 8PM
The Early Music Ensemble will be joined by student instrumentalists, Cal Poly faculty, and professional guest artists to perform great music by the baroque master:
• Motet #3: “Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227”
• Solo Cantata #84: “Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke”
• Concerto for Oboe
MET Live in HD: Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito on January 27th in the Christopher Cohan Center at 2PM
The virtuosic Elīna Garanča sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.

Clark Center for the Performing Arts:

The Claire Lynch Band on January 26th at 8PM
By any measure, the Claire Lynch Band is high on the bluegrass world’s A-List, with musicians whose accolades include two International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year awards and two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album. Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Claire’s musical direction dates back to the days of the Front Porch String Band, resulting in a seasoned sound that is simultaneously unpretentious and richly textured. It’s down-home, front porch sensibility- until you realize that it’s a rare front porch that has ever hosted musicians of their caliber!

Live Music

Thursday, January 24th:
Brothers Gow at Frog & Peach at 9PM

Friday, January 25th:
Dread Daze at Frog & Peach at 10PM
Two Gallants at SLO Brewing Company at 7:30PM
The McCoy Tyler Band at Steynberg Gallery at 8PM

Saturday, January 26th:
Natural Vibrations at SLO Brewing Company at 7PM
Cafe Musiqe and Joe Craven at Steynberg Gallery at 3PM and 7PM

Sunday, January 27th:
Band of Skulls at SLO Brewing Company at 8PM


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