Speaking of classics, the Van Duzer Theatre has a pair of big-time, high-cred shows this week.
Did you spend the '90s curled up with your journal in a coffee shop, sweater sleeves well past your fingertips? Wait, are you doing that right now? Good news! Indie elder stateswoman Ani DiFranco brings her guitar-slapping, personal and political, raw and funny, alt-folk-punk-funk self to town on Sunday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ($45, $22 HSU students). Put on some headphones for "Untouchable Face" and the ticket price won't seem so steep.
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? How about New York? Because Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra take over the stage on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ($65, $25 HSU students). That's 17 world-renowned soloists under the guiding coolness of Marsalis — if jazz had a situation room, they would be in it. The night promises to be an education, starting from Ellington all the way up to original compositions by Marsalis and the band.
When the Eureka Theater first opened 75 years ago, seeing one movie cost a quarter. And they've gotten cheaper! To celebrate its diamond anniversary, the art deco beauty (so she needs a little work — not everybody is Helen Mirren) is running an all-day movie marathon on Saturday, March 1 from noon to midnight for 35 cents (a dime for kids), featuring six films from the year she opened, 1939.
Bring the kids early at 11 a.m. for face painting and meet characters from The Wizard of Oz (Humboldt Light Opera Company performers) before watching Dorothy, and her little dog, too, on the big screen at noon. John Wayne rides in on Stagecoach at 2 p.m., followed by an upbeat Greta Garbo in Ninotchka at 4 p.m. Then line up the martinis (cocktails available in the lobby) for Another Thin Man at 6:15 p.m. and chase it with another mystery when Sherlock Holmes pursues The Hound of the Baskervilles at 8:45 p.m. At 10:15 p.m. Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi lurch toward midnight in Son of Frankenstein.
Catch a little beauty rest and come back gussied up for Oscar Night on Sunday at 5 p.m. with a red carpet, a no-host retro cocktail bar and appetizers ($20). At 5:30 p.m., grab a seat for the awards show broadcast (free for party guests). You could win a chocolate Oscar for guessing the winners, so prepare a speech just in case.