If you're a film buff or a music lover -- and especially if you're both -- there's a new series in downtown Bradenton that you'll want to check out.
Most Fridays through Sept. 19, Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum will join forces for "Music & Movies." The idea is that a local band will perform, and then a music documentary will screen in the museum's Bishop Planetarium.
The films include some of the best music documentaries ever made, including "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which won the Oscar for Best Documentary this year; "Shut Up & Sing," a powerful film about the Dixie Chicks and the repercussions of their politics; and "The Last Waltz," Martin Scorsese's star-filled concert film that revolves around the Band.
The music starts at 6 p.m., and the films start at 7 p.m. There's no event July 18, because the museum will be gearing up for Snooty's birthday.
Here's the lineup:
July 11: "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928) Not Rated, 97 minutes. Performance by Peter Tavalin.
July 25: "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" (2007) PG, 95 minutes. Performance by Matt Waldon & Friends.
Aug. 1: "Muscle Shoals" (2013) PG, 111 minutes. Performance by David Smash.
Aug. 8: "Twenty Feet from Stardom" (2013) PG-13, 91 minutes. Performance by The Glee Club.
Aug. 15: "The Last Waltz" (1978) PG, 117 minutes. Performance by The Billy Rice Band.
Aug. 22: "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" (1970) PG, 97 minutes. Performance by The Wright Band.
Aug. 29: "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" (2006) PG, 103 minutes. Performance TBA.
Sept. 5: "Shut Up & Sing" (2006) R, 93 minutes. Performance by Brooke Bonderer Band.
Sept. 12: "End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones" (2003) Not Rated, 110 minutes. Performance by Tony Tyler Band.
Sept. 19: "Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser" (1988) PG-13, 90 minutes. Performance by Intuit.
Details: 6 p.m. Fridays July 17-Sept. 19 (except July 25), South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 museum members. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17, southfloridamuseum.org.
-- Marty Clear