Tim League reflects on the sale of Alamo Drafthouse franchising and marketing operations; W. is Dracula; and San Marcos is at the drive-in
Suck It to 'Em Dept.: Just hitting the streets as you read this is issue No. 5 of Austinite Jason Henderson's fine Sword of Dracula comic book, which includes a lengthy cameo appearance by Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, who within the context of the flashback storyline is the pilot of a Swift boat that ferries a CIA spook up the Mekong in pursuit of an AWOL egomaniacal bloodsucker bearing a striking resemblance to George W. Bush. Oops, sorry I meant to say "Dracula." So, swing by your favorite neighborhood comic dealer and get your quick fix of horror, death, and parasitic mind-erasing villainy. Or just turn on C-SPAN. Your call. See www.swordofdracula.com for more info.
It's About Time Dept.: There's a new theatre in San Marcos, and it's just the kind we've been lusting after: a drive-in. This Saturday, July 31, is the kickoff of the Blue Moonlight Drive-In, described by its creator Frank Josh (in conjunction with local biz Moonlight Imports) as a year-round film festival screening Sundays through Tuesdays at dusk, with real drive-in speakers, a screen, concessions, and space for a full seven cars, which makes it a mini-drive-in, apparently. Prices ("donations") are negligible ($2-4) with Fritz Lang's Metropolis backed by a Nine Inch Nails score as the opening-night film. The drive-in is actively looking to be a venue for local filmmakers, as well. Blue Moonlight is located at 217 W. Hopkins (exit 205 in San Marcos off I-35 South, then south to 217 Hopkins.) Contact email@example.com for more info.