Picks: Not quite silent

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September 14, 2009 // UPDATED 10:01 am - September 14, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes

A man of few words on film — at least in his own movies — Kevin Smith lets loose whenever he speaks in a public setting. In interviews, on DVD commentaries and on stage, Smith is an impassioned person who rarely seems to care about what others think. Good thing his irreverence is often hilarious.

Smith is the writer, director and sometime actor who shot onto the Hollywood scene with “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy.” He’s known for playing a character who rarely has more than one line per movie, got into hot water with Disney for “Dogma” and actually made a mainstream movie with the word “porno” in the title. Despite bit parts in a couple of PG-13 action flicks — and despite his failed romantic comedy “Jersey Girl” — Smith is decidedly R-rated in most respects. Just take a gander at his online journal, silentbobspeaks.com.

His upcoming State Theatre appearance, which will feature a Q-and-A session, is for anyone with the burning desire to question the decision to make a “Clerks” sequel and ask what Ben Affleck is like in real life.

Silent Bob Speaks!
8 p.m. Sept. 17
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Ave.


A way to communicate

Of all the challenges autism creates, barriers to communication are some of the most significant. That’s why Danelle Griner’s Art Shop is so interesting.

While she doesn’t offer a way to literally get autistic children to speak fluently or make eye contact during a conversation, Griner successfully pulls out thoughts and feelings by handing them a paintbrush and a canvas. The ensuing art is creative, and it makes communication real and manageable for Griner’s students and their families.

“A Different Point of View” features the work of four of Griner’s students, whose ages range from 8 to 16.

A Different Point of View
Thru Sept. 28
Hennepin Gallery
Level A, Hennepin County Government Center
300 S. 6th St.