A look at Romanian cinema

With every “new wave” in cinema, there’s always a past. In conjunction with the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York, the Film Society hosts Shining Through a Long, Dark Night: Romanian Cinema, Then and Now, a look at the similarities and differences between the country’s older films (pre-1989, with all the political censorship of the Ceausescu era) and the daring newer ones—Tudor Giurgiu’s lesbian drama Love Sick being a great example. Tonight features Iulian Mihu’s The Pale Light of Sorrow (1980), a story of one community’s breakdown amid the beginnings of World War I, as seen through the eyes of a young boy who desperately tries to escape his environment by using his imagination. Sunday at Six, directed by Lucian Pintilie, follows—a modern Romeo and Juliet of sorts, the bittersweet tale of two lovers whose relationship is doomed by the country’s harsh political realities. On April 20, Iosif Demian’s A Girl’s Tears (1980) explores a young girl’s mysterious murder and its impact on a Transylvanian village. Check for full schedule, Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, filmlinc.com, 212-875-5601, $7–$11 EUDIE PAK



Two freewheeling avant-pop acts hit the club

His best work to date has been with the Blow, Khaela Maricich’s sublime laptop-pop project, but these days YACHT‘s Jona Bechtolt works alone. Last year’s I Believe In You. Your Magic is Real was an absurdly new-agey and tinny rap-radio pastiche—a fact that hasn’t prevented him from touring nonstop since it came out. In concert, he makes up for the often uneven songs with a marathon multimedia live show: PowerPoint presentations, back flips, relentless audience participation. At Studio B, he’ll be joined by local pop-punk oddballs Parts & Labor, perhaps the only band in the history of music to lose their drummer—occasional Voice contributor Christopher Weingarten—to the extremely dubious siren song of rock criticism. His replacement can’t write as well, but the band bashes on nonetheless. At 8, Club Studio B, 259 Banker Street, Brooklyn, 718-389-1880, clubstudiob.com, $10–$12 ZACH BARON



Disfear celebrate two decades at large

In 1989, four Swedish teenagers with a shared love of Discharge, the pioneering English hardcore band, and of D-beat, the galloping musical style that Discharge helped invent, formed a band of their own, calling it, in homage, Disfear. Throughout the ensuing lineup changes—including the addition of Tomas Lindberg, the former vocalist of the legendary death-metal band At the Gates—and the recent death of their longtime producer, Mieszko Talarczyk, the band has persevered. Disfear’s fifth studio album, Live the Storm, came out in February and was dedicated to Talarczyk. The record’s palpable fury is a more-than-fitting elegy for their fallen friend: After nearly 20 years, the band’s never sounded fiercer or more alive. With Bloodhorse, Atakke, and Parasytic. At 7, the Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, 212-219-3006, knittingfactory.com, $10–$12 ZACH BARON