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Dinner and a Movie series: Cutie and the Boxer

When: Thu., Aug. 21, 7 p.m. 2014

If you missed this sharp, funny, sad documentary on its 2013 theatrical run and its brief Full Frame encore, don't let it slip by again. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, who took Best Director for it at Sundance, Cutie and the Boxer traces four decades in the marriage of artists Ushio Shinohara, known for his Dada-inspired "boxing paintings," and Noriko Shinohara—or Cutie, according to her frank, heartrending cartoon strips about the union's alloyed joys and sorrows. Upon moving from Tokyo to New York in 1969, the brash young Ushio made a big splash that never quite turned into a wave. But he became famous enough that Noriko quit the art education she had moved to New York for to marry him, letting his art and ego supersede hers over the years. There are deep-threaded miseries: A drunken son who floats through backgrounds like a ghost, bitter skirmishes and sprints for rent. But a stubborn, loving rapport clings on, and a twist of roles near the present redeems. Indelible images of an 80-year-old Ushio, still wiry and lithe, pounding a wall-size canvas with huge paint-drenched boxing gloves, distill his unquenchable, struggling spirit. The film at 7 p.m. is free, but only a 5 p.m. dinner reservation at the Nasher Museum Café guarantees you a seat. —Brian Howe

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