Weekend roundups

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Before your work overwhelms you or SEPTA dies a painful weekend death, try a trip to Philly. Here are some of the more exciting things going on this weekend.

Check out Pedro Almodóvar’s new movie, Bad Education (he also directed Talk to Her and All About My Mother), playing at the Ritz at the Bourse this weekend. While not as emotionally rich as his previous two films, it’s still an enjoyably twisty and surprising take on one very deceitful woman, er, man. Enrique, a film director, is given a movie script by a man (Gael García Bernal), who goes by many names and may or may not be Enrique’s long-lost first love. The past is seen in several ways, the truth only gradually emerging. Fans of film noir should especially enjoy this film, which is not nearly as difficult to understand as it sounds.

Still bummed about the election? Just want to hear some punk? Either way, you would enjoy “Noise Against Fascism,” a concert by Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, the “First Couple of Art-Punk” and half of Sonic Youth. The show also features free jazz saxophonist Paul Flaherty, drummer Chris Corsano and experimental bands Nautical Almanac and Buzzardstain. It’s at 8:00 Friday, at Vox Populi at 1315 Cherry St., and tickets are $10.

If you want to stay on campus (or are broke), you can catch techno-wonder movie “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” Friday and Saturday night. For the more adventurous, “Screaming Shrubbery,” a mysterious performance by the Third Rail Dance company will probably prove surprising. For those with more Elvish vocabulary words than reading assignments, there is a Lord of the Rings movie marathon scheduled from noon to midnight on Saturday. We suggest wearing something comfortable.

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