State of the Arts
So, your best friend’s a doctor, and ever since getting sued for malpractice he’s been cooking meth for a drug dealer who makes bestiality-themed pornos on the side. To remind the defrocked doc what’s really important in life, you and your other buddies bring him the ninja thowing stars you used to play with as kids. But one of those stars somehow ends up in the drug dealer’s forehead. Just another night out with the guys, right?
It is in Who’s Your Monkey, an indie comedy from director Todd Breau. Breau, who grew up in Vermont, moved to L.A. in 2000 and has worked on the crew of various TV series, such as Oprah’s “The Big Give.” Shot in Jacksonville, Florida, from a script by Ryan Steckloff, Monkey won the Audience Award at the CineVegas Film Festival last June under its original title, Throwing Stars. This Friday it will be released theatrically in three venues: a theater in Jacksonville, one in Madison, Wisconsin, and Burlington’s Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas.
Like a modern-day Diner, the movie revolves around the bull sessions of guy friends who find it hard to grow up. The cast features familiar faces — most notably Jason London, who starred in Dazed and Confused, and Wayne Knight, a.k.a. Newman from “Seinfeld.” He plays the trooper who pulls our heroes over and discovers them harboring a trained monkey, who has, um, special porn-related talents. ’Nuff said.
It’s a good — make that amazing — week for starved dance fans when not one but two performances come to town . . . and they’re not on the same night. A mostly student show at the University of Vermont does overlap with Bridgman/Packer Dance  at the Flynn MainStage Friday night (see www.flynncenter.org ). But though UVM’s “Dancing Uphill” is subtitled “an evening of original choreography,” it’s actually three evenings — Thursday through Saturday. The solo and ensemble pieces have been choreographed by students, UVM dance prof Paul Besaw and special guests. “Dancing Uphill” will surely showcase Besaw’s notable efforts to develop the school’s dance program. The show’s at Mann Gymnasium on the Trinity Campus, March 27-28, 8 p.m. $7 at the door. Reservations: 656-2295 . . .
Bristol, Vermont, has a lot of things going for it, but cultural diversity is not one of them. Now, though, residents of the small Addison County town who want to learn about other cultures have a new resource: the One World Library Project . A special kiosk at the Lawrence Memorial Library offers a “growing collection of personally recommended books, films and other media to enlighten our community,” according to its website. The project will include occasional lectures and other events. Call it a Library Without Borders? One World launches elegantly with a tea party at 2 this Sunday, March 30. More info at oneworldlibraryproject.org . . .