Monday, January 24, 2011

"I Remember Better When I Paint"

This Thursday, January 27th, is Thursday Art Night. Thursday Art Night, also known as TAN, is presented each month by the Baker Art Guild.  It is the one night a month when we show an independent film about art.  The night opens with a round of storytelling. Anyone is welcome to tell a story.  These stories are often times humorous but sometimes heartwarming or inspiring, always unique.  Then, after the show, the night closes with a dance party! Can you believe you can get that much entertainment and/or exercise for $6?!  It's true!  And that's not can participate for no extra charge. If you want to tell a story you are welcome to do so, just let us know that you have a story to share. If you want to be our guest DJ for the dance party, you can do that, too! All you need to do is contact Brian Vegter to get on the DJ list.  What makes T.A.N. super worth your time and money is the fact that the ticket proceeds benefit a different charitable organization each month.

This month we will be showing a film called "I Remember Better When I Paint." This film is about the positive impact of art therapy on people with Alzheimer's.  This month's storytelling theme is "I Have a Story to Tell," and the guest DJ will be DJ Doggy B.  Ticket proceeds will go to the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP). To learn more about the film, go here. To learn more about this month's TAN, go here.

Storytelling starts at 6:30, and the show will start at 7:00.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Awards Season

I love awards season.  This is the time of year when lots of really wonderful films creep up and out of the realm of the "art house" and into mainstream theaters. Usually there are a few films I didn't even know about because I am usually so focused on what mainstream titles are coming out and the buzz surrounding those films. I get so excited to sit down and watch a few meaty and/or quirky films that won't leave my consciousness for weeks.  (I say "meaty" because often times these films are a lot for my brain to digest after a steady diet of romantic comedies and action/adventures).

Around this time of year, I try to pick up a few of the titles that are getting the most "Oscar Buzz:"  We have already shown "The Social Network" and "The Fighter," which were both nominated for Golden Globes and will almost certainly be nominated for an Oscar or two. We are currently showing "Black Swan" and next week we have tentatively scheduled "The King's Speech." I have heard glowing reviews of both of these films. Please, click on the hyperlinks to learn more about those films.

Last Sunday the Golden Globe Award ceremony was held. You can view the list of nominations and winners here. Natalie Portman won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama for her role in "Black Swan," and Colin Firth won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama for his role in "King's Speech."  You don't want to miss these performances!

The Screen Actor's Guild has already announced its list of nominees, and the SAG award ceremony will be held next Sunday, January 30th. View their list of nominees here.

On Tuesday, January 25th, the Academy Award nominations will be announced.  The awards ceremony will be held on February 27th. You can keep up on the Academy Awards here.

So, what film do you think will win the Oscar for Best Picture?? If I have time (which is tough with a 2 month old) I'll post my Oscar predictions after the nominations are announced next week.