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Austin Film Society: Jewels in the Wasteland: Reds

Beatty directs and stars in this dramatic rendering of the life of American journalist John Reed and his involvement in the Communist Party and the Bolshevik Revolution. The period film also recounts Reed’s love affair with the independent-minded writer Louise Bryant (Keaton). The history the film brings to life is generally fascinating, although the romantic aspects of the story are weakened by their conventional treatment. Reds, however, won three Oscars: for direction, best supporting actress (Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman), and cinematography (Vittorio Storaro). Read a full review of Reds.

7:30PM, The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35

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Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest Party

You know how many stories were submitted to our annual big-money contest this year? Hint: As ever, it rhymes with a fuck-ton. So, of course, among the dross, there were several that were actually worth reading, a few that were superlative, three that were truly remarkable, and, finally, one tale to rule them all. Join the top winners at this wine-lubricated literary celebration tonight, won't you?

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050

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