By Timmy Watson in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 31, 2007 1:30PM
As the weather has gotten a bit warmer, we've noticed there are more and more things going on. This weekend we've decided to do some nerdy things before we sit at a bar for the Final Four and embellish to our friends how we were so good at basketball in High School but, had to give it up due to
- We thought we would make it to Facet's Cinematheque last night to see His Big White Self, part of the Chicago International Documentary Festival. Unfortunately, we realized late in the day that, in fact we couldn't sneak out of work early. But, good news, it is playing today at 3:00 p.m. at Gallery Theatre, 1112 N. Milwaukee. The documentary focuses on Eugene Terreblanche, a brutal leader in the African Nazi Party in South Africa. Terreblanche plotted to have Nelson Mandela killed and was behind over 120 bombs that took out schools, buses, trains, and airports. Nick Broomfield, the director focuses on Terreblance's life and provides an interview with the man around the time he is released in 2004. Terreblanche received amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but served six years for attempted murder and assault.
- This is by far much nerdier, but translation and its impact on the world was a major theme in our senior seminar. We recently revisited Swann's Way by Marcel Proust. The first time we read it we had the original translation by C.K. Scott Moncrieff, a god with words. This time, we had the version with additional translation by Terence Kilmartin. This version reflected the original intentions of Proust as additional sections were published post Moncrieff translation. The act of translation, that continually evolves, allows us to be spoken to from 94 years in the past. This idea will be expanded upon at The Caxton Club/Newberry Library 2007 Symposium on the Book today from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The symposium will focus on the difficulties of translation as well as what the future, with increasingly effective emerging technologies, has in store for us.
- Enough documentaries and books already! We felt we needed some intellectual stimulation, because at 5:07 p.m. we plan on being parked at the new Cleo's on Armitage with a tall boy Pabst. We were at the new Cleo's the other night and we must say, the space fits them perfectly. They will be showing, on amazing televisions, Georgetown take on Ohio St in the first game, then UCLA versus Florida at 7:47 p.m.