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Thu March 6, 2014
Arts This Week: The Flick, BSO and Belmont Film Fest
The Flick, Presented by Company One Theatre with Suffolk University, it plays at the Modern Theatre through March 15th
Welcome to a run‐down movie theatre in Worcester County, MA, where Sam, Avery and Rose are navigating lives as sticky as the soda under the seats. The movies on the big screen are no match for the tiny battles and not‐so‐tiny heartbreaks that play out in the empty aisles. Boston’s relationship with playwright Annie Baker, one of the country’s greatest young writers, began with the Company One's award‐winning production of The Aliens as part of the Shirley, VT Plays Festival. Baker (who grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts) recently won both an OBIE for playwriting, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Flick.
Boston Symphony Orchestra 2014-15 Season, New Music Director Andris Nelsons held a highly-anticipated press conference to announce his first season of programming.
Last May, Andris Nelsons was appointed new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 15th man to hold the position since the orchestra's founding in 1881. Mr. Nelsons took over for James Levine and worked with the orchestra in its 2013-14 season; his first full season with the BSO will begin in this Fall. Nelsons, a Latvian-born conductor, is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years. His first season will include an appearance by his wife, soprano soprano Kristine Opolais, another by Yo Yo Ma. Nelsons will also take the BSO on tour this year, stopping in Berlin, London and Paris.
Belmont World Film, The film festival runs March 10th to May 5th at the Studio Cinema in Belmont.
Eight internationally acclaimed films, including many New England premieres, and several submissions for best foreign film at this year’s Oscars, were culled from the world’s top film festivals. Several come from countries not known for filmmaking, such as Singapore, Chad, and Afghanistan, as well from more familiar countries, such as Brazil, France, Morocco, and Portugal. Every screening includes a post-film discussion by notable experts or culturally-related performances.
Each film in this year’s series is concerned with the home, "whether it’s returning home, finding a new home, being imprisoned at home, or finding home through personal pursuits,” says Belmont World Film Executive Director Ellen Gitelman. I will be at the screening of Only When I Dance on Monday, March 31. It's a film about two black teenagers from a favela in Rio, Brazil, who follow their dreams to become world-class dancers despite constant prejudice. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Irlan Silva, one of the dancers featured in the film who is now a member of the Boston Ballet.
300: Rise of an Empire, In theaters Friday (shown in 3D)
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, this new chapter of the epic, ancient saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield on the sea, as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. Super-stylized; horrifically gory and fantastic to watch, director Noam Murro pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
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