Calendar Highlights: Oct. 18, 2010

Michael J. FoxEmbracing the abstract: Meadows’ successful Taste Series on New York Avant-Garde Film continues on Monday, Oct. 18 as the fifth installment features select films of National Film Registry inductee Ken Jacobs. Jacobs, an experimental filmmaker, is known for such oddities as Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969), an abstract breakdown of a simple fairy tale, and Star Spangled to Death (2004), a seven-hour found-footage film. Attendees of the 7 p.m. showcase in the Greer Garson Theater won’t be subjected to seven hours of footage, however, as the event will focus on some of Jacobs’ shorter works, including Soft Rain (1968), Perfect Film (1965) and The Whirled (1961). For more information call 214-768-2129.

Back to the Tate: If you didn’t catch Michael J. Fox‘s listing as guest speaker for the Tate Distinguished Lecture SeriesTolleson Lecture earlier in the year, your chances of getting a ticket now are extremely slim. The star of Back To The Future is also an acclaimed activist for research on Parkinson’s disease, which he also lives with. Fox will deliver the lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in McFarlin Auditorium. For those who didn’t get tickets, another chance to see Fox will take place earlier in the day at the 4:30 p.m. Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. No tickets are required for the Student Forum, but the ballroom is expected to fill quickly. For more information (including tickets or the lack of), call 214-768-8283.

His day was worse than yours: If it’s that point in the semester where things are starting to get to you a little bit, consider breaking the tension by getting a sneak peek at absurdist documentary Winnebago Man, playing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. The “Man” in question is Jack Rebney, now an infamous YouTube icon for becoming “the angriest man in the world” in a series of furious (and hilarious) foul-mouthed episodes while filming advertisements for the iconic RV. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-802-7070.