Seven things that are happening this week.
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The Iron Giant at Showcase Cinemas
What's Happening This Week

Monday - 6:30PM
Stephen P. Kiernan
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street, Mystic

A hospice nurse with a PTSD-afflicted husband cares for a disgraced historian whose research centers around a Japanese pilot hellbent on firebombing the forests of Oregon. Kirkus accuses Stephen P. Kiernan's second novel of "occasional sanctimony, bald symbolism, and overly facile epiphanies," but other critics have praised the book's warmth and ability to juggle three different melodramatic storylines that jump back and forth between World War II and the present day.

Tuesday - 9:00PM
Wolf Alice
The Met
1005 Main Street, Pawtucket

The bodies pile up pretty quickly in the video for “You’re A Germ,” the latest and maybe best single from London quartet Wolf Alice. Named for an Angela Carter story, the band run through a haunted house as they’re chased by both zombies and a chainsaw-wielding clown. It doesn’t end well. I like Wolf Alice's nineties-inspired approach to rock, with big guitars, poppy choruses, and few songs extending past the four-minute mark. The show’s being put on by WBRU, hence the odd pricing.

Wednesday - 7:00PM
The Iron Giant
Showcase Cinemas (Providence Place and Warwick only)

The Iron Giant tanked at the box office when it was released in the summer of 1999. Critics loved it, though, and over the years audiences have grown to love the strange Cinemascope story of a hand-drawn boy named Hogarth and his friendship with a 50-foot CGI robot voiced by Vin Diesel. Set in 1957, the film features both rural town worried about Russian satellites and also a beatnik voiced by Harry Connick, Jr. It's an Americanized take on a book that the poet Ted Hughes wrote so that his children might understand the suicide of their mother, Sylvia Plath. The film’s been cleaned up and remastered, and returns to select movie theaters for two showings only.

Thursday - 7:30PM
Dry Land
The Wilbury Group, 393 Broad Street

The Wilbury Group tackles abortion in Dry Land, a locker room drama about two girls on a high school swim team. Amy is pregnant and alone, the result of an encounter with a boy she’s no longer dating. Transfer student Ester is school's star swimmer, and the two girls cling to one another largely because they have no other choice, attempting various (sometimes very graphic) methods to end the pregnancy. Written by 21-year old Ruby Rae Spiegel, Dry Land premiered off off Broadway last summer to a glowing review in the Times.

Friday - 7:00PM
Machines With Magnets
400 Main Street, Pawtucket

There's a closing event for the WORK/DEATH installation at Machines With Magnets. Scott Reber will be performing one last time on the two-part piano board installed in the gallery space. The night also features performances by V Manuscript and 大凶風呂敷 (DaiKyo FuroShiki), a collaboration between saxophonist Tamio Shiraishi and sculptor Cammisa Buerhaus that "fuses handmade sound, free noise, and guttural blooms of tone poetry." That pair is traveling in support of their album YUU. Buerhaus will play her self built pipe organ, and Tamio will play the saxophone.

Saturday - 7:30PM
Thought Broadcasting: Images of Psychosis in Media
AS220 Mercantile Building
131 Washington Street (enter on Lucie Way)

This one's unusual so I'm just going to paraphrase AS220's description: Providence-based Travis Martin is a clinical social worker, writer, and filmmaker who has worked for ten years with people living with schizophrenia. He'll be talking about the schizophrenia's problematic history, and the media which influences, shapes, and comments upon it. He'll specifically discuss the ways that the media has depicted people living with schizophrenia, who all too often are portrayed as dangerous, unstable, and/or socially maladjusted. The talk will also consider how the schizophrenia diagnosis has been developed in the context of an increasingly media-saturated culture.

4:15PM - Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike
5:00PM - URI Providence, 80 Washington Street

It's the 23rd annual Providence Latin American Film Festival, a decentralized weekend of recent films from the Spanish-speaking world or, in this instance, the Kaqchikel-speaking world. Jayro Bustamente's dramatic thriller Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano) has already won awards at major film festivals in Berlin and Colombia. The film tells the story of Maria, an indigenous teenager whose unwanted pregnancy draws her away from her coffee farming community and into the city. The name Ixcanul refers to the active volcano on which Maria lives. The film is pretty bleak, although it has received international praise, and it's Guatemala's first ever attempt at a Best Foreign Film Oscar. The film screens at Bryant's Fischer Center and the Paff Auditorium at URI Providence.

Headmaster Meets The Dean...

I've got a few events of my own coming up this month. On October 18th, Headmaster (the magazine I co-edit with Jason Tranchida) is throwing a night of performance and mandatory fun at The Dean Hotel (122 Fountain Street). The event is hosted by Providence's own Maxfield Munson and features a performance by JR Uretsky. Space is very limited, and tickets can be purchased at the Headmaster web shoppe for $40.

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