Taking Exams or Taking Woodstock?

The time of death for all social activities is quickly approaching: exam week. However, before we get there we have to suffer through a week of relaxation, hanging out with friends, and spending time with your family. Oh the horror! However, Grafton is with you as always and we have a special treat for the Wednesday and Thursday before Thanksgiving break, November 18 and 19. A special double feature of Taking Woodstock is going to be playing, for the regular price of a whopping $2.50 with only 50 cent popcorn. $3? No, I’m not joking… it really is that cheap.

I’ll be the first to admit, I have no idea what Taking Woodstock is or what it’s about. To answer the first question- Taking Woodstock was premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival before opening in NYC and LA. Based on the memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life written by Elliot Tiber, the film follows the production of the Woodstock Festival of 1969.

Elliot Tiber (played by Demetri Martin), an aspiring interior designer, is helping out his parents who are experiencing some financial difficulties with a barn which has been turned into a motel. In order to raise money, Elliot plans on holding a musical festival but his plans change as he hears of the difficulties which face the Woodstock Festival organizers. He offers his permit for the land and the motel for accommodations. There is some opposition and hatred posed towards Elliot andother helpers of the festival, but it is quickly taken care of and he works hard with his family in order to make money. In the movie we, the viewer, do not get a chance to see the musical performances as Elliot makes a LSD-trip with a couple in their VW Bus. I will leave off the summary there, so as not to ruin the ending of the

movie, but there is more to be seen from this psychedelic movie.*

So as Thanksgiving approaches, consider giving your poor, tired mind a break from the hassle of trying to learn Calculus formulas, the purpose of that random red scarf in that English short story, or the intricacies of economics. Instead, let your mind relax and follow a great story of one of the greatest concerts ever put forth by our humble little country.


*summary adapted from Wikipedia

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