Cabin Fever at Stuart's Opera House

Music Films, Record Sale On Tap For Cabin Fever Festival

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For many people, cabin fever is setting in right about now. But if you’re confined indoors, what better way to spend your time than catching some movies and buying some records?

Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville’s historic theater and music venue, is hosting the Cabin Fever Film Festival and Record Sale this Friday and Saturday, featuring 10 films that are sure to please even the pickiest of music aficionados.

“We’ll have lots of great films for all music lovers…everything from The Grateful Dead Movie to documentaries on Fugazi, Shovels & Rope and Miles Davis’ electric band from 1970,” said Stuart’s Opera House Marketing Director Brian Koscho.

Each screening costs $3, but for those who wish to see multiple movies, a weekend pass will provide access to all films for just $10.

In addition to the films, music lovers and collectors will gather for the annual Record Sale and Music Swap Meet on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12-8 p.m. Vendors will be selling and trading vinyl, CDs and cassettes.

“The vendors who are set up all day at the record sale are also music collectors. They’re usually interested in checking out things that people bring in that they might not want anymore,” Koscho said. “There is a lot of trading that happens between vendors themselves and also with the folks attending. We just want people coming to know they can feel free to bring a stack of records to see if anyone would like to trade.”

According to Koscho, the Record Sale has been going on for about six years. Hundreds, if not thousands, of LPs and CDs will be available in the lobby, and it’s free to attend and browse.

“If you love music, Stuart’s is the place for you this weekend,” he said. “This is also a great event for anyone who has not been out to Stuart’s before. It’s a chance to come see a movie and see this beautiful, historic theater…and then of course we hope you come back for a show, too.”



6:15pm – Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue (2004)

Documentary about Miles Davis’ legendary gig at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970. Includes full live footage and recent interviews with bandmates and others.

8 p.m. – Rockers (1978)

Starring Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace and Richard “Dirty Harry” Hall, Rockers is a Robin Hood-style story of oppressed Jamaican musicians getting even with the “mafia types” in the business. Featuring Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Peter Tosh and more.

10 p.m. – The Grateful Dead Movie (1977)

Jerry Garcia directs this concert film of highlights from the five-night run at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom that capped off the Grateful Dead’s 1974 tour. The film is distinguished among concert films for its unusual focus on the band’s fans and their often extreme commitment to the Deadhead lifestyle.


12:30 p.m. – Sunny Side of Life (1985)

Sunny Side of Life celebrates the legacy of a country music dynasty by focusing on the Carter Family Fold in Maces Spring, Virginia–an old-time music hall founded in 1975 by Janette, Joe and Gladys, the children of A.P. and Sara Carter.

1:45 p.m. – Instrument (1999)

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the years 1987-1998. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a portrait of musicians at work.

4 p.m. – My Prairie Home (2013)

Alberta singer/songwriter Rae Spoon reflects on gender identity, faith and the challenges of family through songs and stories.

5:30 p.m. – The Ballad of Shovels & Rope (2014)

From working for tips to becoming the emerging artist of the year, a two-person family band uses hard work and ingenuity to create something out of nothing.

7 p.m. – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.

9:15 p.m. – American Juggalo (2011) – free admission, donations accepted, Rated R

A look at the often-mocked and misunderstood subculture of Juggalos–hardcore Insane Clown Posse fans who meet once a year for four days at The Gathering of the Juggalos.

10 p.m. – 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

A therapist’s questions and a visit to a voluminous archive propel a dramatization of a day in the life of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.

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