What’s the next best thing to attending a Pearl Jam concert? How about sharing food, drink and memories with fellow fans at a screening of “Pearl Jam Twenty,” a film portrait of the seminal American rock band by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe.
Eight, Arizona PBS hosts a viewing party Friday for the documentary, which chronicles the years leading up to Pearl Jam’s formation and the chaos that ensued after their rise to mega-stardom. It follows how the band regrouped, creating a work culture that would sustain them throughout their 20-year history.
The two-hour film is made from more than 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage.
Radio station X103.9, co-host of the event, will provide refreshments and prizes at the screening. They’re also collecting donations for Central Arizona Shelter Services. Event-goers are asked to bring donations of clothing, blankets, socks and underwear to help the homeless.
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DETAILS >> Festivities begin at 8 p.m. Friday, film screens at 9 p.m. Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free. (602) 496-2308 or http://azpbs.org/pearljam