Kenny Blake Combo Plays Savoy; Monday Movie Fun Day: ‘We Are Your Friends’ and ‘Turbo Kid’ (Mon., 8/31/15)

1) Savoy Restaurant’s Savoy Jazz Mondays continues tonight with renowned saxophonist Kenny Blake and his combo as  the featured performer for tonight’s performance. His sound is a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues. Swing, Latin, ballads, and standards are also musical components of Blake’s versatile repertoire. Blake, who’s released five solo CDs, has performed throughout the United State, Europe, and South Africa. Chill out with some great jazz on Monday evenings. 6 – 10 p.m. No cover. 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District.


2) We Are Your FriendsThe world of the electronic dance music and nightlife scene in L.A. is cut throat. Don’t believe me? Well this film, directed by Max Joseph (from a screenplay by Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer from a story by Richard Silverman) rips the lid of the seething cauldron of said scene.

Zac Efron plays a young DJ who harbors big dreams of becoming a record producer. He eventually garners the notice of DJ James, an electronic dance music legend in that world. DJ James, played by Wes Bentley, takes the young Zac under his wing and begins to mentor him in the secret ways of the electronic dance music. It all looks like it’s smooth sailing ahead until … enter the dame. (Cue lonely saxophone wailing out a plaintive, bluesy tune in the background.) Emily Ratajkowski plays Sophie who is DJ James’ girlfriend. You don’t have to be an aficionado of The Bold and the Beautiful to figure out what happens next. Will Zac go for love, fame … or what’s behind door number three? Electronic dance music and nightlife stars – Nicky Romero, Dillon Francis, Alesso, and Them Jeans – make cameo appearances as well. Check Fandango for screens and times.


3) Turbo Kid – It’s a Canadian action horror film … and you gotta admit there’s not a lot of those around. We open in the future: 1997. Confused? Turbo Kid is a retro-futuristic action comedy saluting sci-fi movies from the 1980’s. So of course it’s 1997. The world collapsed sometime in the 80’s and now, in this post-apocalyptic nuclear winter there’s a young boy, The Kid, scratching out a life for himself and his friend Apple, by travelling The Wasteland on his BMX in search of water. The brutish thug who rules the land, Zeus (and his sidekick Skeletron) kidnap Apple and The Kid has to find a way to get her back. Written and directed by Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. 7:30 p.m. Runs through September 3. Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. (TH)

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