This documentary follows the career of a group of mostly anonymous studio musicians that played in recording sessions in Los Angeles during the 1960s for some of the biggest artists of all time. They did film scores, TV and radio jingles, and theme songs, while recording for a diverse lineup including Sonny & Cher, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Bing Crosby, The Monkees, Leonard Cohen and tons more. The Wrecking Crew also helped Phil Spector perfect his Wall of Sound production formula among many other things before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. The screening will have a Q&A session with director Denny Tedesco, the son of the Wrecking Crew's late guitarist, Tommy Tedesco. The film is being shown three months before its national release, so now is the time to check out this documentary about the unsung history of music. See page 30 for an interview with the director.
7pm. Sat., Jan. 31. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $14.
A powerful documentary about six of the 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenagers girls who came to the US for the Building Bridges for Peace women's leadership program in 2002. While a coming-of-age story about culture shock, womanhood and friendship, it is also a meditation on the human toll that war and conflict takes on us all. Over the seven years the film follows the women, the film teaches more about peace, humanity and the similarities we find through our differences than any news program ever could. The hope and hopelessness abound in this film, and make it one of the most important documentaries of the decade.
4pm. Thurs., Jan. 29. Hitchcock Auditorium at COCC. Free.
An Opera Fantastique!! Written by Jacques Offenbach in 1880, The Tales of Hoffman tells three fantastical stories written by E.T.A. Hoffman: The Sandman, The Cremona Violin and The Lost Reflection. Offenbach never got to see his opera performed, as he died four months before its premiere, but we Bendites have it easy, we can go check out the Met's version at the Old Mill, with beer, popcorn and freedom! Sorry, Offenbach.
9:55 am. Sat., Jan. 31. Old Mill Stadium, 680 SW Powerhouse. $18-$24.