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'Living Dead' to rise for Final Friday

June 27, 2013

YellowBrix

June 27--On Friday night, people wearing costumes at the Capitol Theatre won't be onstage. Members of the audience will be dressed like zombies in order to get a $2 discount.

As part of this month's Final Friday lineup, the Capitol is hosting a unique event that combines a movie with music. While the 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead" is shown, the Poor Nobodys, a Minneapolis band, will play its own original score for the film.

"Night of the Living Dead" is a 1968 black-and-white American independent horror film, directed by George A. Romero. The picture was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." The film has entered the public domain due to an error by the distributor.

"Night of the Living Dead" follows seven characters trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania that is under attack by unnamed "living dead" monsters, which later became known in popular culture as zombies. The film was the basis of five subsequent "Living Dead" films, from 1978 to 2010, also directed by Romero, and has inspired remakes.

The event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is presented by Final Fridays and Capitol Cinema. Admission is $10 -- unless you're dressed like the living dead, then you pay $8. Tickets are available at the door.

Audience members will be able to hear the characters speak. The original dialogue is preserved. In place of the film's original music, the Poor Nobodys will play a score they composed and arranged.

The group has performed several times in Aberdeen. One of the band's members is Aberdeen native Chris Hepola, a piano player and songwriter.

Hepola, 33, is the brother of Final Friday organizer Jason Hepola and the cousin of Slacker's co-owner Jon Hepola.

The Poor Nobodys are described on their Facebook page as eclectic, dark and cinematic. In addition to recording three studio albums, the Poor Nobodys have written and performed live original scores for full-length silent, modern and abstract films, as well as theater. Among the silent films the band provided music for were "The Black Pirate," a 1926 Douglas Fairbanks film, and 1925's "Battleship Potemkin."

The group became involved with "Night of the Living Dead" as part of last year's Twin Cities Horror Festival.

Eight people will perform at the Capitol Friday night. In addition to Hepola, the group will include upright bassist Eric Struve, banjo player and acoustic guitarist Aaron Cantine, mandolin player Chris Duba, electric guitarist Albert Perez, vocalist and accordionist Jenna Wyse and the husband-and-wife team of Christa and Isaac Schneider. Christa plays cello and sings. Isaac plays a noise contraption of his own design.

Recently, the Poor Nobodys and another Minneapolis band, the Dreamland Faces, performed an original score to the 1927 Alfred Hitchcock silent film "The Lodger."

The Poor Nobodys will wrap up Friday night with a 10:30 p.m. show at Slackers, 115-1/2 S. Main St.

This month's Final Friday also includes an Hawaiian Luau party at Erika's Downtown Lounge, 420 S. Main St. The Boys of Summer, a North Dakota band, will perform at the luau, which also runs Saturday night.

Gordy Zens and Dewey Hunt will perform from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Ward Plaza Bar and Grill, 104 S. Main St.

Local art will be featured from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The art of Bridget Solsaa will be showcased from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery Go on Main, 126 S. Main St. Food and drinks will be provided.

People may inspect the work of Mary Ann Nelson-Loefke at the Red Rooster Coffee House, 202 S. Main St., and the photos of Chris Heier at the Capitol Theatre. Visitors to the Dacotah Prairie Museum, at 21 S. Main St., may view the photography of Israel Mickelson and the oil paintings of Paul Peterson.

Works by the YAPAtorium Art Crew are on display at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center's art gallery, 225 Third Ave. S.E., which closes at 5 p.m.

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