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September 2018

Film: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

September 28 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$5 - $7

The Varsity features the Cannes-winning Thai film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is a unique tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long-lost son returns…

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Bogart classic ‘The Maltese Falcon’ playing at The Varsity

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$5 - $7

In 1539, the Knights Templar of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a golden falcon statuette encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels, but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token, and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day. And, so opens one of the classiest classic films of all time. The words appear at the beginning of “The Maltese Falcon” as the 1941 film opens. John Huston’s…

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October 2018

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ opens October screenings at The Varsity

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$5 - $7

Fifty years ago, “Rosemary’s Baby” was lauded by audiences and critics, and it remains an all-time great horror film. That’s why The Varsity has chosen to screen the frightening flick to open a month of special movies. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin, “Rosemary’s Baby” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being historically and culturally significant. Today, the film is widely regarded as a classic, described by Rotten Tomatoes as…

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Tawl Paul joins Banjovi for a special concert at The Varsity

October 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$7 - $10

The combination of three musical genres – traditional contra, blues and standards – might seem an odd combination, but you can hear just how well it works when bluesman Tawl Paul joins contra string band Banjovi in a special concert at The Varsity on Oct. 6. The set list includes a variety of songs, including “Big Boss Man,” “The Letter,” “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “Blue Skies,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “500 Miles,” “The Thrill is Gone,” “My Babe” and “High Heel Sneakers.”…

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Film: Meek’s Cutoff

October 11 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$5 - $7

The Varsity features “Meek’s Cutoff” on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. In 1845, a small band of settlers traveling across the Oregon High Desert suspect their guide, Stephen Meek, may not actually know where he is going. What was supposed to be a two-week journey, via what became known as the Meek Cutoff, stretches into five weeks. With no relief in sight, tensions rise as water becomes increasingly scarce and supplies run low. The wives look on as the…

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Terriers Live! Improv Comedy back at The Varsity

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Varsity Center, 418 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 Doors and Varsity Bar at 7 The Varsity Center is proud to announce the return of the Terriers Live! Improv Comedy troupe for a second season of talent and laughs. The troupe is based at Carbondale Community High School. They perform a variety of short-form improvisational games. The show is appropriate for all ages. The troupe is sponsored by CCHS teachers Erik Berrey and Josh Taylor. Their work is also made possible through a grant…

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Carbondale Halloween

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
200 S. Illinois Avenu
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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Halloween officially returns to Carbondale from beyond – for a weekend full of frightening fun, thrilling events, and spine-tingling music for the whole family. Join us for two spooktacular days filled with treats and a few tricks, perfect for your entire brood. When night falls, wicked fun continues with live music and a ghoulish selection of food and spirits. Whether you want to relive the ghosts of Halloweens past, or scare up new memories, Carbondale Halloween is, once again, a…

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Invincible Czars returning to The Varsity with live, original score for 1925’s “Phantom of the Opera”

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$10 - $15

Fans of contemporary, art-house cinematic scoring or classic silent films won’t want to miss the Invincible Czars performing live original accompaniment to 1925’s silent film “Phantom of the Opera.” The unique group is making a stop at The Varsity on Friday, Oct. 26. This show opens a weekend of Halloween events at The Varsity, and patrons are encouraged to dress for the occasion. The Austin, Texas-based band makes quirky, bold music and have filled theaters all over the U.S., delivering…

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Carbondale Halloween

October 27 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States + Google Map

Halloween officially returns to Carbondale from beyond – for a weekend full of frightening fun, thrilling events and spine-tingling music for the whole family. Join us for two spooktacular days filled with treats and a few tricks, perfect for your entire brood. When night falls, wicked fun continues with live music and a ghoulish selection of food and spirits. Whether you want to relive the ghosts of Halloweens past, or scare up new memories, Carbondale Halloween is, once again, a…

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November 2018

Film: Embrace of the Serpent

November 15 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$5 - $7

The Varsity will show the Columbian film “Embrace of the Serpent” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in this third feature by Columbian filmmaker Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Embrace of the Serpent” centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship…

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Film: House of Flying Daggers

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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$5 - $7

The Varsity will show the Zhang Yimou’s 2004 martial arts romance film “House of Flying Daggers” on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The House of Flying Daggers is a rebel group who steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor. Two police deputies working with the government are ordered to investigate the dancer Mei who is rumored to be working with the rebels. But, both men are defenseless against her powers. The film is best known for its…

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