Most intense art-related experiences I've had

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  1. Seeing Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3 in a theatre.
  2. Seeing Chris Marker's Sans Soleil in a theatre.
  3. First live opera I went to: Verdi's Macbeth done on a tiny intimate stage with just singers and piano as accompaniment (particularly the finale of every act).
  4. Reading Plato's Euthypro/Apology/Crito/Phaedo (the last days of Socrates) and feeling simultaneously completely stupid/in awe/warm and positive because of them.
  5. Discovering the portraits of John Singer Sargent (via google image search).
  6. Performing Shylock in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
  7. Wordsworth's "Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey".
  8. Watching Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life during a really panicky day (especially the wrong-medicine scene for some reason).
  9. Robert Frost's "Birches".
  10. Going to a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni and being only about ten feet from the orchestra pit (especially the overture and dinner scene).
  11. The ramen shop scene of Ozu's Late Autumn.
  12. The handful of times Peter Keating shows his fragility in The Fountainhead.
  13. The ellipses surrounding
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    in Tokyo Twilight.
  14. Reading Jorge Luis Borges's "House of Asterion" for the first time.
  15. Performing the first-act finale of Verdi's Macbeth, just in the chorus, but one night it was just AN INTENSE FEELING OF FEAR AND DREAD doing that part.
  16. Hearing Maria Callas's version of Lady Macbeth's mad scene for the first time.
  17. Finally "getting" Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom after 20 or so listens.
  18. Watching an incredibly tense small-stage production of Shakespeare's Macbeth that induced a panic attack by the fourth act.
  19. Sarah Connolly singing Dido's Lament in Wayne McGregor's production of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (DVD).
  20. Seeing Monet's Rouen Cathedral paintings in person, up close.
  21. Seeing Paul Morrissey's and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (pirated DVD).
  22. Just about crying at several parts of The Velveteen Rabbit.

I'm jealous of the fact that you actually get good movies playing in your area. Although Rules of the Game and A Woman Under the Influence are playing here soon, if I miss them I'll kick myself worse than I did after missing Solaris and Through the Olive Trees on the big screen.

Interesting list! I saw Don Giovanni at one of the MET screenings, it was incredible but I can imagine it being even more mind-blowing live. The only opera I've made it to in person is Aida, which is staggering. The Maria Callas rendition of that and M. Butterfly are probably my most played operas. I'm surprised more literature hasn't made the list. Things like this and the opening of this destroy me often.

There's no cinematheque or anything in Halifax? :'c IF YOU LIVED IN VANCOUVER, I WOULD TAKE YOU TO THE MOVIES ALL THE TIME <3
The theatre here has played A Woman Under The Influence 3 or so times in the past year. I need to start flooding the suggestion box with "Cassavetes retrospective" in different handwriting to make it not seem like it's just me demanding it (I would kill to watch the TV things he directed; they're fucking impossible to find and if they're at all as good as his episodes of Johnny Staccato, OH BOY OH BOY <3). I've been missing stuff a lot lately myself. Nothing really major but still stuff I want to check out-- some Altman movie from the 80s, a Cecil B DeMille epic, a documentary written by John Steinbeck. I also missed Ozu's Early Spring when it was playing the other week.

I was thinking of going to that but ehhhhh-- I might try to hit an encore though (and the latest of the Met's Ring productions was great. The graphics for the stage were amazing, especially the occasional moments of implied 3D stuff. It was also strangely funny, and Siegfried (both character and actor) was adorable. Looking forward to Rodelinda and Gotterdammerung the most now).
I'm surprised more literature isn't on here too now that I think of it...

Updated this list JUST FOR YOU and made a couple things a little more specific.

It's curious that u find the most intense experience in Don Giovanni the ouverture and the dinner scene when there are so many moments musically superior, imho. The last 20 mins of the first act, for instance, are something incredible expecially the mask trio.

I think it's just the stark contrast between the Commendatore scene and everything else that helps that. There are also many parts of Don Giovanni that I just find somewhat stilted and boring. That part is extremely good, but that scene is the one that had me leaning back in my seat almost terrified.

>gets to see art movies at theatres

so jealous. small towns suck. you should see how many movies I've pirated because that's the only option (hundreds)

I know exaaaaaaaaaaaaactly how you feel... I grew up in a small town and did a lot of pirating myself-- first experiences with several of my favourite films were through pirated copies (Stalker, Faces, Last Chants For A Slow Dance)
My sympathies!

But in my small town experience I often found that they can have pretty good used book stores just by virtue of generally being cheaper than big-city used-book-stores are. So that's pretty good.