Even beyond the title, Sunshine Cleaning shares a lot with the 2006 hit Little Miss Sunshine: part of the production team, positive notices at Sundance, Alan Arkin as an unpredictable but usually devoted grandfather, and the same mix of comedy and tragedy that comes with offbeat, downbeat families. Except the tragicomic tone in Sunshine Cleaning is a thing of its own: Director Christine Jeffs (who was not involved with Little Miss Sunshine) makes her film sadder, less zany, a lot closer to home than the earlier movie. Rose Lorkowsi, the center of Sunshine Cleaning, has no crazy schemes; played by the awfully sweet Amy Adams, she is just a single mom desperate to raise her adolescent son. And if that means mopping up the splattered blood and other remnants of disaster, and bringing her Goth-hearted sister (Emily Blunt) and unreliable father (Arkin) into the business, then shell cheerfully do it. As the company stumbles along, picking up oddball supporters along the way, the Lorkowski family history is revealed, and we see that money isnt the only reason Rose has taken the job of picking up after personal implosions. Life-affirming despite its lingering melancholy, Sunshine Cleaners is showing at the Isis Theatre.
Is a cloud of smoke, a dose of spirituality and the distinctive Jamaican one-drop rhythm the way to attract music fans in what promises to be an otherwise quiet spring offseason? Belly Up is counting on it, with a heavy menu of reggae on its calendar. This week offers back-to-back hits of free shows: the Jamaican roots group Rootz Underground on Wednesday, April 22, followed by rock-influenced SoCal band Stone Senses. Also puffing into town: a double bill (also free) of Outlaw Nation and Lionize (April 27); the High Times Cannabis Cup Band, featuring Junior Jazz and Lenky Don (May 7). Later on, the preeminent rhythm team of Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare return, with a June 14 date.
The art-minded students who participate in the Aspen Art Museums Young Curators of the Roaring Fork program have shown a knack for intriguing themes for their annual exhibitions. In the past, they have explored music and waste; this year, they go for imperfection. Glitchery is organized around the notion of things that are not quite right a piece of spinach in the teeth, a cat in the fishbowl, a happy being among distressed ones. The exhibition organized by 21 curators and featuring 34 pieces of art opened this week in the museums upper gallery. A closing reception is set for May 3.
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