Tree of Life, finally; plus opera, a zombie musical, lots of tunes and more


First things first. After a long run for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life opens at Vinegar Hill Theatre tonight. Reading reviews for the last several of months, I’ve felt like a dog with a sausage dangling in front of its face. No more!

Locally, after previewing its season, I went last to check out Ash Lawn Opera‘s production of Barber of Seville at the Paramount. That show’s final performance is tomorrow. A sidenote for those who don’t yet know they like opera: Don’t be deterred if you don’t know anything about opera—this performance was only my second time—for the show is hilarious regardless of how they sing it.

The Pavilion hosts the very young rapper Wiz Khalifa, whose hotly-anticipated album Rolling Papers was released earlier this year. That album’s tepid critical reception has done little to deter Khalifa’s fans, who have rallied around singles like "Black and Yellow"—a jam for the Steelers of his native Pittsburgh—and "Roll Up." Big Sean and Chevy Woods join.

"Black and Yellow"

Some pop pros take the stage at the Southern, starting with the elder statesman of local songwriting, Andy Waldeck. Headlining is the part-local group Sinclarity (the other part is from York, Pennsylvania), who play polished rock with soaring vocals and driving beats. Filling out the bill is Kingsfoil, another York group.

Sunday night at the Tea Bazaar, some of our towering local talents come together for a neighborhoody night of folk tunes. D. Charles Speer (labelmate to Old Calf), Sin City (a new Alex Caton duo) DBB Plays Cups, Ned Oldham and Sarah White come together for what will be a good, great, relaxing time.  

Also this weekend, Live Arts‘ Teen Theater Ensemble opens what’ll likely be a fun one for the summer: Zombie Prom, a work that premiered in 1993 (well before today’s scourge of media starring the undead). The action—a golden girl falls in love with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who happens to be a zombie—unfolds at Enrico Fermi High.

The trailer from the Zombie Prom film.


What’re you up to this weekend?