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THE FRONT MAN, co-presented by The National Poetry Slam and featuring a live poetry performance (Doc Night)
The New Parkway Theater
Oakland, CA
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THE FRONT MAN, co-presented by The National Poetry Slam and featuring a live poetry performance (Doc Night)
A 27-year journey about a man so busy chasing his dreams that he risks missing what success really means. Jim Wood is an everyman middle-class musician burdened by the desire for stardom. Dynamic and abrasively funny, he reveals surprising insight and intelligence as he grapples with the broken promise of Rock 'n' Roll. Jim must reconcile his joy creating music and his wife Christie's desire for a child with a culture in which anything short of celebrity is failure. Jim and Christie's quest for fame takes us to the homes of acclaimed musicians, inside a legendary recording studio, on the set of a cult horror movie, onto American national television as well as inside their very personal, but also hilariously candid debates about whether or not to have children. Their pursuit of celebrity becomes a rite of passage, transforming them in surprising ways. Perhaps success isn't what we expected it would be.

In his 5th feature documentary, five-time Emmy winner and Spirit Award nominee Paul Devlin has created a rare non-fiction rock 'n roll comedy love story. Join us for Oakland's premiere of this internationally acclaimed film, co-presented by the National Poetry Slam. This evening will feature the animated short "The Box," the hilarious short film "Waiting" by Thadra Sheridan, and featuring a live poetry performances by several Bay Area superstars!

Please attend this fascinating series of films throughout the month of July in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the National Poetry Slam. Also included in the series are: "SlamNation" on July 22nd, "Louder than a Bomb" on July 26th (A free show), and "Slam Planet" on July 29th.

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THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our café or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Nerd Nite to Party at the Parkway, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Open Mic Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and First Fridays.

The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.


The New Parkway Theater (View)
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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