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On Kara Nicks' 'Vanniversary,' Nashville Public Library showing Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings, and more




• Maybe you know Kara Nicks from the years she spent booking Springwater, or from nights on the porch these days at The Stone Fox. It was 30 years ago, however, on May 13, 1983, that Nicks caught a ride from Tucson to Phoenix in a Ford Econoline carrying punk heroes Black Flag — an event that changed her life, as she ended up with a staff position at seminal punk label SST. She's survived a run of bad luck that included a severe car wreck and catastrophic flooding that wiped out almost all her memorabilia (but not her original Raymond Pettibon Tripping Corpse issues!), so she's celebrating the "Vanniversary" with a show Saturday night at Betty's Bar & Grill, 409 47th Ave. N., featuring Deluxin, Steve Poulton, and Dave Cloud & the Gospel of Power. If you're wondering why you're reading this in the film section, ask Kara which band member in a group on the Repo Man soundtrack she once clubbed with a drum stand.

• Opening Friday: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington and S. Epatha Merkerson in the romantic farce Peeples; and Luke Evans and Lee Tergesen in the splatter opus No One Lives, from Midnight Meat Train/Versus director Ryuhei Kitamura.

• We've been delighted to hear how people are responding to the mysteries of Shane Carruth's Upstream Color at The Belcourt; join the discussion with Vanderbilt Film Studies assistant director Jonathan Rattner after Thursday's 9:35 p.m. screening.

• Not only is the downtown Nashville Public Library offering a free DVD screening of Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings 2 p.m. Saturday, the library's website has posted a podcast interview with the famed animator and director, whose credits include Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and Wizards. Check it out here.

• We're told The Belcourt's upcoming summer outdoor screening series will include a special tribute to stop-motion animation master Ray Harryhausen, who died Tuesday at 92. We're there.


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