FILM: Nick Broomfield--famous for such jarring documentaries as Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Kurt & Courtney , and the insanely wonderful Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam--offers up a rare dramatic film this time around. His latest effort, Battle for Haditha, is about one of the many massacres committed on innocent civilians by U.S. troops (the same troops we're inexplicably asked to support regardless of our views on the war) over in Iraq. This fictional account of a true story follows the "investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb" from three different points of view.
SPELLING BEE: Believe it or not, some people still read text printed on paper. It's true. Strange, we know. And at tonight's fundraiser for Small Press Distribution, you will see tons of these types over at SPD's Bee-In. KQED on-air talent Josh Kornbluth hosts Jack Spicer; the astounding and amazing and awe-inspiring writer, Kevin Killian; political commentator George Lakoff; cookbook-er Mollie Katzen; and Charlie Anders. Evan James promises an "orgy of language, liquor, and laughter," so head on over, old-book smell fetishists; tonight belongs to you.
7:30 p.m. // Crown Point Press (20 Hawthorne) // $75-$250