"[Richard] Jenkins plays Walter Vale, a beanstalky, slightly hunched economics professor who's been teaching the same course for years and who leads a life that's uneventful and solitary. He lives alone in a spacious, silent Connecticut house that seems underfurnished and under-lived-in.... He's kept an apartment [in New York] for years, an East Village walkup....When he unlocks the door, he's startled to find that two people -- both of them illegal immigrants -- have taken up residence there: A Syrian musician named Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his girlfriend, Zainab (Danai Gurira)....Tarek is by nature open and friendly (Zainab is more guarded, although she eventually warms to Walter as well), and when Walter expresses an interest in African drumming, Tarek sits down and gives him an impromptu lesson. Not long after, he brings Walter to a drum circle in Central Park, where the two take their places -- Tarek eagerly, Walter reluctantly -- among a group of musicians playing an array of percussion instruments and various flutes."*
"...for those who have complained about the constant noise generated by the $10.8 billion "Big Dig" project, officials have announced a solution: a program to 'soundproof' residential buildings by installing special thermal windows."
“The drummers are our friends, neighbors and brothers, and are an important cultural part of our neighborhood,” said Donald K. Williams, president of the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association. “But the new residents have said, ‘We have the right to live here too, and the right to have some aural privacy,’ and they do.”
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