"Life of Brian" and Holiday Reception

Published Jason Wagner - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 8:56am

The Civic Media Center is hosting a Holiday Reception at 6pm, followed by a screening the “Life of Brian” at 7pm on Monday, December 17th.

The Holiday Reception will feature coffee, spiced cider, baked goods and other refreshments. It will be a great time to pick up a 2013 Slingshot Organizer, artistically decorated day planners with events in“People's History” for every day of the year. People will also be invited to show their holiday spirit by making a tax deductible end of the year donation to the Civic Media Center.

This satirical film from the Monty Python crew follows the life of Brian Cohen. Brian is born just a few stables down from Jesus. This coincidence leads to the Three Wise Men and others throughout his life believing he is the messiah. His life roughly parallels that of Jesus, but the events happen in the shadows and sidelines of Jesus' story, with an absurd and satirical take on the issues of the Jesus' day.

Brian grows up to be an idealistic young man who resents the continuing Roman occupation of Judea. He joins the People's Front of Judea, one of many factious and bickering separatist movements, who spend more time fighting each other than the Romans.

After a series of misadventures, Brian winds up in a motley group of mystics and prophets who harangue the passing crowd in a Jerusalem plaza. Forced to come up with something plausible in order to blend in, he babbles pseudo-religious nonsense which quickly attracts a small but intrigued audience. He unintentionally inspires a movement; and a crowd begins to follow him around, with even the slightest unusual occurrence being hailed as a "miracle."

“The Life of Brian” lampoons religious and political fanaticism and hypocrisy with a hilarious mix of pratfalls, historical anachronisms, surreal plot twists and other comic elements. The total package provides an off-kilter spoof of both contemporary and ancient culture and political life.

Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation
When:
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 6:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation