On Oct. 31, the Savannah Film Festival will screen Rabbit Hole, the new film from director John Cameron Mitchell, creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Actor Miles Teller will be here for the screening, and receive the Discovery Award.
Starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole is based on the 2005 theatrical drama by David Lindsay-Abaire. Cynthia Nixon (from TV's Sex and the City) won the Tony for Best Actress for her performance in Rabbit Hole on Broadway.
And actor Vincent D'onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has been added to the festival's "galaxy of stars." He'll be here for a Nov. 3 screening of his directorial debut, the "slasher musical" Don't Go in the Woods.
Coming to Loco's
Singer/guitarist Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit make their second Savannah appearance in 2010 with a Nov. 12 performance at Loco's Grill & Pub.
A former mainstay of the Drive-By Truckers, Isbell went the solo route in 2007 and the 400 Unit's self-titled debut was praised far and wide as one of the finest American records to come out of the South in a long time.
"The Truckers were a band, and we tried to remain a democracy as much as we could," Isbell told us last February. "That's a difficult thing to do. I think I really try to keep veto power nowadays, as much as possible. And after you get the right players together, you don't really have to exercise that veto power too much. The trick is getting along with people from the start, getting the correct people to do that, so they CAN be that involved.
"Where you run into problems is when you get in the studio and somebody isn't really on the same page as the rest of the band."
Loco's has also booked the legendary Randall Bramblett again. The former Sea Level vocalist (and Steve Winwood sideman) will play a solo show - piano, guitar and vocals) Nov. 26, followed by a full-on performance from the Randall Bramblett Band.
• Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre: The annual Johnny Mercer Birthday Concert, musically-directed by Eddie Wilson. This year’s theme is “Johnny’s Second Century Begins.”
• Trombonist Bob Masteller, founder of the Jazz Corner club in Hilton Head, presents A Tribute to Louis Armstrong at the Westin Resort Sunday, Nov. 21. This is, of course, the Coastal Jazz Association’s doing, part of the organization’s “Jazz Just Across the River” concert series. Admission to the 5 p.m. performance will be $10 for the public, and free for CJA members.