Banff Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival began in 1976 as a 10-film festival drawing 450 people to the small but famed mountain town of Banff, Canada. Each November, Banff celebrates the spirit of adventure by featuring that yearâ€™s best films on mountain themes. Then the best films hit the road.
If youâ€™re looking for a celluloid high, check out the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Capitol Theater Saturday. The festival features the best in â€œmountainâ€ film from all over the world, from white water to heli-kayaking, summitting a high peak to mastering fresh powder. â€" Suzy Stump
[Capitol Theater, Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m., $10, $17 for both nights, 206 E. Fifth, Olympia, 360.956. 1699]
MORE FILM: On local screens today.
Fred and Toody Cole, from Dead Moon fame, formed Pierced Arrows this past May, Oregonâ€™s Dead Moon were the definition of seminal over their lengthy career, and when the band officially called it quits in 2006, you could feel the sadness among lo-fi garage fans. Pierced Arrows, while destined to be compared to Dead Moon, fills some of that void.
While itâ€™s true that Pierced Arrows isnâ€™t a drastic diversion from Dead Moon, the sight of the Coles still on stage is enough to bring a smile to most faces. There are deviations, as evident on a 7â€™â€™ released by Pierced Arrows earlier this year, and as time goes on the differences become more evident. Howâ€™s this for a curveball? The band plans to release a LP in January, and went as far as to employ a few digital recording techniques in the recordâ€™s production. I guarantee you that was new territory for Toody and Fred. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Hellâ€™s Kitchen, with The Fucking Eagles, Gold Teeth and The Mosquito Neckties, Saturday, Dec. 1, $5, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]
What exactly makes me classify MxPx as a â€œChristian band?â€ What I know of MxPx has nothing to do with Christianity. â€œMove to Bremerton,â€ the song most people around these parts associate with MxPx, has nothing to do with Jesus â€" nor does â€œChick Magnet,â€ one of my favorite MxPx songs of all time. Even their later work, from â€™98â€™s Going the Way of the Buffalo, to this yearâ€™s Secret Weapon, at most, only ever offer vague, ambiguous Christian overtones.
Upon review, it seems I call MxPx a Christian band because theyâ€™re Christians, not because they write Christian music. Christian music is full of loving the grace of god and singing the praise of Jesus. MxPx doesnâ€™t do that. They write well constructed pop punk. For me, and so many others, to pass them off as simply a Christian band is, at best, narrow minded.
MxPx will play Club Impact Brick City tonight. Itâ€™ll be a high-energy punk rock show at one of Tacomaâ€™s most important all-ages venues. Jesus or no Jesus, this oneâ€™s a winner. â€" MD
[Club Impact, with Search/Rescue, The Real You, The Enemies Of, 7 p.m., all ages, $10 at www.brownpapertickets.com, $12 door, 754 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.1583]
MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.