A friend of mine on Facebook this week announced that she could smell fall in the air. And she was glad about it.
It's true, too. Fall is just around the corner. Heck, Pig Out in the Park, the unofficial harbinger of chilly nights and changing colors, opens Wednesday.
But don't pull the sweaters and boots out of the closet yet. There's still plenty to enjoy.
At the Gorge Amphitheatre, three founding members of the legendary metal band Black Sabbath - including Ozzy Osbourne - will be performing Saturday in support of their new No. 1 record, "13." Yes, new. Yes, No. 1. Even after 35 years without Ozzy, "Iron Man" survives.
Closer to home, comedian Dana Carvey will headline a show at the Fox as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer benefit, presented by head Zag Mark Few and his wife, Marcy. Carvey promises some of his favorite characters will make an appearance. In addition to the comedy set, the show will feature GU basketball players, ESPN personalities and the Fews, and a "paddle raise" to help collect funds for Camp Goodtimes, a summer camp for kids diagnosed with cancer that is losing its funding. It promises to be a night of fun, all for a good cause.
At the movies, film fans will have a chance to check out two of the most acclaimed performances of the year so far.
First up is Cate Blanchett, who could star in a cat food commercial and get an Oscar nomination. As the title character of Woody Allen's latest, "Blue Jasmine," Blanchett is garnering a lot of Academy buzz for a performance touted by critics with words such as "riveting," "exceptional," "wrenching" and "fiery."
In "The Spectacular Now," which opens Tuesday and won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Shailene Woodley stars as a high school student who falls in love with an alcoholic classmate, Sutter (Miles Teller). Woodley came to everyone's attention as George Clooney's oldest daughter in "The Descendents." As Aimee in "Now," Vanity Fair praised Woodley, saying she was "vulnerable but eager, possessed of a lovely inner light and a fragile outer shell, and sharper than she lets on." The writer, Bruce Handy, later adds, "I'm not sure how else to praise the performance except to say that I can't think of a more honest and natural movie teenager than Aimee, and that Woodley provides 'The Spectacular Now' (awful title) with instant narrative tension because, of course, once she's introduced, you spend the rest of the film fearing that Sutter and the film will break her heart."
Music, laughs and movies. Sounds like a great combination for a cusp of fall weekend.
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