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From @play Reports
Oct. 4, 2012 at 11 p.m.


<strong>'Thunder Soul' documentary and orchestra</strong>

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong> The venue has changed to the Mickey Melton Performing Arts Center on the Longview High School Campus.</em>

In the 1960-70s, no school put on performances like the Kashmere High School Stage Band from Houston. They brought the funk, and their funk brought them stacks of accolades.

They were recently the focus of the award-winning documentary "Thunder Soul," and the band has reunited and will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mickey Melton Performing Arts Center on the Longview High School Campus. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The documentary also will be shown.

The movie focuses on Conrad O. Johnson, the man who built the prestigious music program, and his students in the 1970s. The documentary, produced by actor Jamie Foxx, is available on DVD, Blu-ray and for instant streaming on Netflix.

Tickets range from $5-20 and are available at the door. For information, visit www.thundersoulorchestra.com or call (903)235-9087.

<strong>Downtown LIVE!</strong>

The Downtown LIVE! series and Downtown Market starts today and is scheduled each Friday in October.

This free event is at Heritage Plaza, at the corner of Green and Methvin streets in downtown Longview. It will feature East Texas musicians, refreshments and Downtown Market vendors.

Each week, Downtown Market will begin at 4 p.m., and Downtown LIVE! will be 5 to 7 p.m. A variety of local vendors will sell products, and a different band will perform each week.

<strong>Kilgore Art Film Festival continues</strong>

The Kilgore Art Film Festival continues its fall lineup with "Beasts of the Southern Wild" through Saturday.

"Beasts" won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the this year's Sundance Film Festival. A 6-year-old girl, Hushpuppy, who lives in a backwater southern bayou community, is raised with tough love by her father. When he falls ill, nature goes awry. Ice caps melt and an army of prehistoric aurochs - the ancestor of domestic cattle - is released by the floods. With waters rising, beasts coming and her father's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her long-lost mother.

"Intouchables" starts Sunday and continues through Tuesday. It stars François Cluzet as an aristocratic paraplegic in need of a full-time caregiver. Driss, played by Omar Sy, is a young offender from the projects who applies for the job, and to his surprise, is hired. The two men from different backgrounds go on to develop a close friendship. This movie was one of the top grossing and most popular films among French moviegoers when it was released.

Throughout the festival, films will have three showings on weekdays at 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. On weekends, an additional matinee showing starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $8; senior admission is $6 and matinee admission is $6.

Check out listings on the Kilgore Film Festival Facebook page or QXFM radio's website: QX-FM.com.

Or sign up for the mailing list at bmovies@sbcglobal.net.

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