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Movie notes: Burlesque in Cleveland, Ruby Dee double feature, "Cooler" reminder

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 23, 2014

ICYMI, "The Cooler Bandits" --  about a group of local young men, their criimnal acts and the way the justice system treated them -- will be shown again in the main Akron-Summit County Public Library at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is free. The showings are presented by Summit County Reentry Network.

The Cinematheque will have real burlesque performers at a screening Friday. Here's the official word:

Artists from Bella Sin’s burlesque troupe Le Femme Mystique* will perform live on stage after the Cinematheque’s Friday night 7:05 pm showing of EXPOSED, Beth B’s new documentary about the recent burlesque revival. No one under 18 will be admitted to the event. Tickets (at the door, cash/check only) cost $9, Cinematheque members $7, age 25-18 $6 .

The film will also show (by itself) on Saturday night at 8:40 pm.


USA, 2013, Beth B

The cutting-edge performers and artists who have recently reclaimed the once-disreputable art form of burlesque—and pushed it into bold new realms of satire, parody, and even empowerment—are surveyed in this new film by the always subversive Beth B. Features interviews with—and performances by—such groundbreaking underground luminaries as Bambi the Mermaid, Bunny Love, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, Rose Wood, Tigger, and World Famous *Bob*. "Allowing its subjects to bare their souls as much as their bodies, Exposed is as frequently moving as it is entertaining." -The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. No one under 18 admitted! Blu-ray. 77 min.

 Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, telephone (216) 421-7450,

*You can read Mary Beth Breckenridge's 2011 look at the troupe here.

Cleveland's own Ruby Dee will be featured in two films on TCM on Saturday. The official word:

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember actress-author-poet-activist Ruby Dee with a powerful double feature on Saturday, June 28.

The memorial tribute will begin at 4:15 p.m. (ET) with the Martin Ritt-directed drama The Edge of the City (1957), a story of union racketeering on the New York City waterfront. Dee co-stars with Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes and Jack Warden.

At 5:45 p.m. (ET), it's Daniel Petrie's film adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Lorraine Hansberry play about a struggling Chicago family. In addition to Dee, the film stars Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon and Louis Gossett.

A longtime member of the Turner Classic Movies family, Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis, hosted TCM's A Separate Cinema, a 29-film collection examining African-American films, in 1998. Dee passed away on June 11 at the age of 91.

TCM's memorial tribute to Ruby Dee will be introduced by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz


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