Saturday: Fabulous February Fringe Festival in Shelburne Falls
Feb06

Saturday: Fabulous February Fringe Festival in Shelburne Falls

Quick Flicks February is typically rather bleak, and this year – once again – even Punxsutawney Phil can’t hack it. We don’t blame him. We’d be headed back to the burrow too, if not for a concerted effort up and down the Valley this year to make the coldest winter days feel a bit more warm and communal. Case in point: the new Fabulous February Fringe Festival, a Shelburne Falls event that seeks to promote films written or directed by...

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Stream Queen: From Golden Statues to Small Screens
Feb06

Stream Queen: From Golden Statues to Small Screens

There are few mediums more powerful than the moving image. Movies, TV shows, and even music videos can transport viewers to another time, place, or lifetime. I love cinema but, with so few compelling female/LGBT characters (my favorite kinds) in mainstream titles, I have become something of an expert at ferreting out niche media. In the age of warring streaming services, that means I’ve consumed vast portions of the Internet. Those of...

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Scary Movie Club: Split
Feb06

Scary Movie Club: Split

Horror auteur M. Night Shyamalan returns to what he does best Spoilers ahead! A pumpkin won the presidency, the Power Rangers are returning to theaters, and the Pats came back from 19 points behind in the fourth quarter to win the Super Bowl. To this list of bizarre upsets, add one more: M. Night Shyamalan is back to making good horror movies. After an early trifecta of good flicks with great twists (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable,...

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Friday Folk: James Hill and Anne Janelle
Feb06

Friday Folk: James Hill and Anne Janelle

Heartstrings James Hill and Anne Janelle are set to bless Vermont with their folk music this week. Winners of the Canadian Folk Music Award for traditional album of the year, Hill and Janelle focus on traditional folk with an interesting twist. The low sounds of Janelle’s cello provide a unique and refreshing complement to Hill’s twangy and high-pitched ukelele. What seems like an odd combination is actually their strength: Hill...

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On Exhibit: Judaicas by Marius Sznajderman
Feb06

On Exhibit: Judaicas by Marius Sznajderman

Meditating with Marius Artist Marius Sznajderman will be hosting his third solo art show at the Jewish Community of Amherst through April 30. Sznajderman focuses on art highlighting “judaicas,” or artwork that reflects and comments on Jewish life and culture. Sznajderman creates his judaicas through contemporary media like acrylics and ink on paper collage. Since the artist has lived in Spain and Venezuela, guests can expect artwork...

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Cinemadope: The Venice Ghetto – 500 Years of Life
Feb06

Cinemadope: The Venice Ghetto – 500 Years of Life

Every year at Oscar time we get a speech about the power of visual effects and their ability to “capture the magic in our mind” or some such thing, followed by a green-screen montage of dragons, space aliens, and transforming cars that are also space aliens. Don’t get me wrong: great effects can make a movie magical. But without a story that we care about, even the best effects are just lightning trying to reanimate the dead. The true...

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