Sunday: "Archie's Betty"

Nov. 8

There is plenty of weird stuff to unpack when you dive deep into "Archie" comics. For one, it's like, how in the hell has this fairly safe and cutesy teenage comic stuck around for so long? And then there's that whole kind of incredible but also pretty disturbing story about how the head of Archie Comics, the publisher, allegedly sexually harassed five employees and then, when she was accused, said that she couldn't be guilty of harassment, because those alleging the harassment are white men and as a result they are not part of the "protected class." All of this in some dopey kiddie comic! Add to the "Archie" comics unpacking Gerald Peary's documentary "Archie's Betty," which explores the possibility that the characters from the "Archie" comics—Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and all the rest—were based on real people. What begins as kind of a hunch from childhood turns out to yield some legitimate results after 25 years of research. I won't spoil many of the details but it ends up being a kind of Errol Morris-esque exploration of memory and pop culture. 7 p.m., 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St.,, $5-10 sliding scale donation suggested. (Brandon Soderberg)

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