Some listeners find Pink Floyd's The Wall an impossible slog; others (the majority of us, given the album's staggering sales figures) think it a masterpiece, one that sticks to the darker hues of the emotional and psychological spectrum while always remaining musical. Making the unremitting gloom and alienation palatable are gorgeous playing and arrangements throughout, and in particular many of David Gilmour's most sublime guitar parts. In 1982 the double album became a movie directed by Alan Parker. It's a richly metaphorical, imagistic affair; instead of making the fatal mistake of merely aping the studio record, the film strikes out on its own highly original journey. Floydians owe it a look-see, which you can do tonight as part of A Film Series at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337 or www.afilmseries.com). The Wall begins at 7 p.m. and admission is a suggested $6 donation to A Universal Design Project, which advocates for universally accessible design in the built environment.
Thu., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., 2014