'The Good Things' premieres in Lawrence
"The Good Things," a short film directed by Seth Wiley and starring Wil Wheaton ("Stand By Me," "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), will have its Lawrence premiere at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., Sunday at 7 p.m. A reception will be held at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass., immediately following the screening.
Wiley's "The Good Things" tells the story of a young toll-booth employee who is torn between a life of adventure and remaining in Kansas. The film won the 2001 Grand Prix du Court Metrage at the Deuville Film Festival.
For more information call the Liberty Hall box office at 749-1972.
RV filmmaker to talk about Cuba trip
Topeka John Holod, a cinematographer who spends most of his life on the road in an RV, will show a documentary chronicling his trip to Cuba at 7:30 p.m.. Wednesday at Washburn University, 17th and Jewell streets.
Holod has traveled and filmed in Hawaii, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the 1,500-mile journey along the Alaska Highway. He has lectured at the National Geographic Society, Carnegie Institute, Cal Tech and the Franklin Institute.
The program in free and open to the public.
Nelson prepares for Electromediascope
Kansas City, Mo. Several experimental films and videos will be shown during the Electromediascope series at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. The program is free and open to the public. Films and shorts include:
Friday, Feb. 1 7 p.m.
"Tabu V (about which one cannot speak)," by Michael Brynntrup (Germany).
"Panic Bodies," by Mike Hoolboom (Canada).
Friday, Feb. 8 7 p.m.
"Analogue Assemblage," by Nam June Paik (Korea/USA).
"She Puppet," by Peggy Ahwesh (USA).
"Involuntary Reception," by Kristin Lucas (USA).
"Between a Rock and a Hard Drive," by Kristin Lucas (USA).
"Fantastic Prayers," by Tony Oursler (USA), Constance DeJong (USA) and StephenVitiello (USA).
Friday, Feb. 15 7 p.m.
"Tetrasomia," by Stephen Vitiello (USA).
"Untitled Echinoderm," by Lia (Austria).
"[rootings]," by Mary Flanagan (USA).
"Fossil," by Gary Zebington (Australia).
"Datamining Bodies in Ruhr," by Victoria Vesna (USA).
"Zoe's World," by Zoe Beloff (Scotland/USA).
"Code Zebra," by Sara Diamond (Canada).
"Gashgirl," by Francesca da Rimini (Australia).
"Subtract the Sky," by Sharon Daniel (USA), Mark Bartlett (USA) and Puragra Guhathakurta (India/USA).
"Refresh," by Diller and Scofidio (USA).
"More-Inc," by Wesley Meyer (USA).
"Apartment," by Marek Walczak (USA) and Martin Wattenberg (USA).
"Carrier," by Melinda Rackham (Australia).
"The Tele-Actor," by Ken Goldberg (USA).
"Sonicflux," Steve Reich (USA).
Nordic Choir coming to Topeka
Topeka The Luther College Nordic Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church, 3033 S.W. MacVicar Ave.
The Nordic Choir will perform an a cappella program of sacred and secular pieces, including works by Heinrich Schutz, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and F. Melius Christiansen.
The event is free and open to the public. However, donations will be collected.
Noted author to appear at Rockhurst
Kansas City, Mo. Daniel Woodrell, author of "The Death of Sweet Mister," "Tomato Red" and "Woe to Live On," will read selections from his historical novels at 7:30 p.m. today in the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd. Kansas City, Mo.
Woodrell won the 1999 PEN West Award for fiction and was short-listed for the 2000 Dublin International Literary Award. "Woe to Live On," about Kansas/Missouri border battles during the Civil War, was made into the 1999 Ang Lee movie "Ride With the Devil," starring Tobey Maguire and Jewel.
Woodrell's reading is part of the university's Midwest Poets Series. Admission is $3 at the door and $2 for students and senior citizens. A reception after the reading is open to the public.
Dipsomania rocks Coco Loco
Coco Loco Mexican Cafe, 943 Mass., will begin hosting Dipsomania, a weekly reggae and soul night held every Monday. The show features 1960s and early 1970s Jamaican boogie, ska, rocksteady, reggae and talkover, as well as Northern, Motown, Stax and other '60s American soul.
Dipsomania begins every Monday night at 9:30 p.m., lasting until 2 a.m. Admission is free and open to everyone 18 and over.
Call Tom Meagher at 218-5630 for details.