Upcoming Special Events At Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre
The Cinema Arts Centre is gearing up for a winter season filled with great special events and screenings. Events include, performances and films meant to celebrateBlack History Month, a special early screening of a controversial Kenyan LGBT film, some Cult favorite comedies and dramas, Stand-up comedy performances, Valentine’s Day Swing Dancing and romantic movies for Valentine’s Day, a horror movie double feature, and great new documentary films.
The Learning Tree (1969) (Black history Month)
Sunday, February 10th Bagels at 10 am | Film at 11 am
$11 Members | $16 Public
Autobiographical drama based on photographer Gordon Parks’s 1963 novel. The Learning Tree covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations, and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values. (USA, 1969, 107 min., M, English| Dir. Gordon Parks)
Monday, February 11th at 7:30 PM
$11 Members | $16 Public
NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION! Film noir fatalism at its rawest, Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour is a mesmerizing pulp hallucination, in which a down-on-his-luck pianist (Tom Neal) flashes back to his time hitchhiking west. Winding up as an accessory to murder on the open road, he becomes ensnared by feral wayfarer Vera (Ann Savage) – one of noir’s most fearsome femme fatales – in a desperate cover-up. Roger Ebert hailed it as “haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir,” and in 1992, the film was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. (USA, 1945, 68 mins., NR, English | Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)
Swing Dancing In The Sky Room: Co-presented with the Long Island Swing Syndicate
Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16
The Long Island Swing Syndicate returns to the Cinema Arts Centre for a special pre-Valentine’s swing dance session. All are welcome – come with your better half, your friends, or your sweet single self. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned Lindy hopper, a newbie, have two left feet or even three! We’ll start with an intro lesson in slow swing dance at 7:30 pm and then play romantic swing tunes from 8 o’clock onward, with inspiring dance clips from classic movies playing along in the background.
Long Island Swing Syndicate (LISS) aims to grow and enhance the local swing dance community. They offer weekly group classes, private lessons, social dancing, workshops, and crash courses in all the Jazz Age and Big Band Era swing dances, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and vernacular Solo Jazz. Whether you’re new to partner dancing or an experienced Lindy hopper, there’s a LISS class or event for you! For more details, visit LISwingSyndicate.com.
Casablanca (For Valentine’s Day)
Thursday, February 14th at 7:30 pm
Members $15 | Public $20 | Includes reception with champagne & chocolate-covered sweets
One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick’s café has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick’s great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she’s renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. “You must do the thinking for both of us,” she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. (USA, 2018, 102 min., PG, English | Dir. Michael Curtiz)
How To Train Your Dragon (Cinema For Kids- Free for kids under 12)
Saturday, February 16 at 11 am
Members $7 | Public $12 | Free for kids under 12
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father(Gerard Butler) is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people’s future. (USA, 2010, 98 min., PG, English | Dir. Dean DeBlois/Chris Sanders)
Fatal Attraction (For Anti-Valentine’s Day)
Saturday, February 16th at 10 PM
Members $5 | Public $7 | In the Cafe
The intense psychological thriller that shocked the nation. Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is a successful, happily married Manhattan lawyer who has what he thinks will be a one night stand with editor, Alex Forrest (Glenn Close), but she becomes obsessed and begins to stalk him and his family, getting more and more persistent and violent over time. (USA, 1987, 119 Min., R | Dir. Adrian Lyne)
Sky Room Talk: Japanese Monsters
Monday, February 18 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16
Giant reptiles, moths, robots, mushroom-people and other odd behemoths have caused worldwide havoc in many Japanese Monster films from the 1950’s and 1960’s. American film critics at the time sneered at these wild, unusual films. A second look at these highly entertaining movies prove these are well crafted works of monster-movie art. While on the surface, these are action-packed monster movies, they also tell the story of Post-War Japan rebuilding itself. Come to the Cinema as film historian/film maker Glenn Andreiev tells the back-story of these films that has worldwide admirers such as Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Spielberg.
(Anything but Silent Series- with live organ accompaniment from Ben Model)
Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr. and The Goat
Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 PM
$11 Members | $16 Public
Sherlock Jr.: Buster Keaton’s sublime comedy about reality and illusion, in which projectionist Buster literally dreams himself into the detective movie he’s screening is considered one of his finest works. Buster stars as a movie projectionist/janitor who dreams of being a detective, and impressing the girl he loves. When Buster dreams himself into the film he’s showing, he is propelled into a visual wonderland where real life and fantasy come crashing together. Sherlock Jr. was Keaton’s 3rd feature-length film as an independent after switching to the longer format following a series of brilliant 2-reelers in the early 1920s. The film was innovative in its technical mastery, its surreal explosion cinematic space, and its wonderfully pure zaniness.(USA, 1924, 49 min., NR, Silent with English intertitles| Dir. Buster Keaton)
The Goat: Buster goes from Forgotten Man to Most Wanted when his photograph is mistakenly circulated as that of an escaped criminal in one of his funniest and wildest short films. (USA, 1921, 21 min.| Dir. Buster Keaton
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
Thursday, February 21st at 2:00 PM
$20 Members | $25 Public
Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.
In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman, a penniless solider, is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires.
The Queen of Spades is one of Tchaikovsky’s most impressive and varied scores, containing grand choruses, intimate arias and duets, a masquerade paying tribute to Mozart and a terrifying supernatural episode. Stefan Herheim’s spectacular production places Tchaikovsky himself at the heart of the action, and asks searching questions about the nature of creativity and the parallels between life and art. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling. 210 mins.
The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents Hard Luck Café starring Bryan Gallo and Anne O’Rourke
Thursday, February 21st 8:30 PM (Open Mic at 7:30
$10 Members | $15 Public
Two top young singer-songwriters play for the Folk Music Society! A 7:30 open mic precedes the 8:30 feature performances. (Sign up at 7:00) Tickets for this event are available at the Cinema Arts Centre on the day of the performance.
Stand-up Comedy in the Cafe!
Friday, February 22 at 9:30 PM
$13 Members | $17 Public
Dina Hashem first tried stand-up by auditioning for the 2010 New Jersey Comedy Festival at Rutgers University. After winning 1st place, she continued to pursue comedy and has been performing regularly in New York City. Dina’s style involves a subdued delivery with dark observations about her life and Islamic upbringing. She was a competitor on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and recently made her late-night debut on CONAN on TBS. Her writing has been featured on Comedy Central.
Lords of Chaos
Saturday, February 23rd at 10 PM
Members $5 | Public $7
The Insane-but-true story of Norwegian black metal bands Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone and Emperor, based on the book by the same name. In the late 80s in Oslo, Euronymous (Rory Culkin) starts Mayhem the first black metal band, whose singer Dead (Jack Kilmer) exhibits self-destructive behavior on stage cutting himself, bleeding on the audience, etc. The black metal scene begins to flourish and starts a chain reaction of crimes including church burnings and murder. ( UK/Sweden, 2019, 112 Min., R | Dir. Jonas Åkerlund)
People’s Republic of Desire
Monday, February 25 at 7:30 PM
$11 Members | $16 Public
With Skype interview with Director Hao Wu
Yes, Black Mirror is already here. SXSW Grand Jury Award winner, People’s Republic of Desire explores the phenomenon of China’s live-streaming showrooms, where ordinary people can find legions of fans and financial rewards. Hao Wu profiles two unlikely stars of this online world as they seek fame, fortune and human connection only to find the same promises and perils online as in their real lives.
As an entire generation in China has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. People’s Republic of Desire provides a vérité journey into the Chinese digital universe, where performers earn as much as $150,000 a month to share their lives online with interactive audiences of tens of thousands ranging from the super rich to the dirt poor, all searching for a way to feel connected. The film follows three young people: a singer, a comedian, and a migrant worker, as they search for fame, fortune and emotional contact in live streaming. We also meet their families, those managing the online talents, as well as the wealthy men who control the fate of these talents behind the scenes, much like the Wizard of Oz. The story culminates in the bizarre annual online idol competition, in which the rich can buy unlimited amount of votes for their favorite performers. Filmmaker Hao Wu offers an eye-opening look at the on and offline reality of life in this supposedly Communist country, where money alone pulls the strings, and human connection and personal happiness remain as illusive online as – perhaps even more so than – in our real and broken world. (China, 2018, 95 min., NR, Chinese with English subtitles | Dir. Hao Wu)
Going My Way – Bing Crosby: Swinging On A Star, The War Years 1940-1946
(Featuring Lecture and the film, Going My Way)
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16 | Includes reception and discussion with Gary Giddins
For Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star, The War Years 1940-1946 Gary Giddins tells the story of the most popular performer of his time, an artist who transcended differences in age, gender, ethnicity, religion, and politics. It depicts the home front at a time when entertainment was “no mere diversion but a necessity.” Much of the world huddled around his recordings (including “White Christmas,” still the best-selling disc of all time, his Academy Award-winning performances as Father O’Malley in Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s, his irreverent forays on the Road with Bob Hope, and his weekly radio staple, Kraft Music Hall.
Giddins will speak about Crosby and his book, and introduce his most honored film, Going My Way. Father Charles O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is an easy-going, golf-playing young priest whose entry into a tough neighborhood parish in midtown Manhattan is viewed with skepticism from all quarters, especially the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). While dealing with some unfinished business from his former life in the form of an old flame who now sings at the Metropolitan Opera (Rise Stevens), Father O’Malley inspires the youth of his parish by forming a boys choir. (USA, 1944, 126 min., NR, English| Dir. Leo McCarey)
Rafiki (Out at the Movies Series/ Black History Month) (Early sneak peek screening)
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16 | Includes Reception
Swahili for ‘friend,’ Rafiki chronicles a story of two girls in love, challenging deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships. Rafiki was also banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law,” which dictates gay sex is punishable by 14 years in jail. Nonetheless, Rafiki made history as the first Kenyan film to be in competition at Cannes Film Festival. Director Wanuri Kahiu sued Kenya’s government, to allow the film to be screened and eligible for submission as the Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film. On 21 September 2018, the Kenyan High Court lifted the ban, allowing it to be screened for seven days, shown to sold-out shows in Nairobi. (Kenya, 1944, 83 min., NR, Swahili with English subtitles | Dir. Wanuri Kahiu)
VOX LUX (Night Owl Cinema film series)
Friday, March 1st at 10:00 PM
$7 Members | $12 Public
Natalie Portman is brilliant as Celeste, a pop singer whose meteoric rise to fame dovetails with a personal and national loss of innocence, elevating the young powerhouse to a new kind of celebrity: American icon, secular deity, global superstar. The pop savior must overcome her personal struggles to navigate motherhood, madness and monolithic fame. Vox Lux is a story about our present moment, when the lines that once divided private from public — and real-life horror from entertainment — seem to have dissolved. (USA, 2018, 114 min., R, English| Dir. Brady Corbet)
Live Gospel Music in the Sky Room Cafe
With Deacon Leon Jamison (Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church)
And featuring Local Choirs
Friday, March 1st at 8pm
$11 Members | $16 Public | Includes Reception
Deacon Leon Jamison began singing at the early age of 3 years old. During his career, he sang rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz and blues, but Gospel music is where his calling and love of sharing his gift remains. He has performed at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, and dinner clubs such as Sweet Waters. His international shows in Switzerland, Paris, Italy and Osaka, Japan were all sold out.
Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown
Saturday, March 2nd at 10 PM
$5 Members | $7 Publics
Quentin Tarantino’s often overlooked gem pays homage to 1970’s Blaxploitation films and even stars Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier as Jackie Brown, a middle-aged flight attendant trying to make ends meet by smuggling money from Mexico into the US for LA gunrunner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who is under the ATF’s close watch, forcing him to use couriers. Ordell learns that another of his couriers, Beaumont Livingston (Chris Tucker), has been arrested, and becomes an informant and ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and LAPD detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) begin their hunt for Brown. Also Starring: Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro and Lisa Gay Hamilton. (USA, 1997, 154 Min.,
R | Dir. Quentin Tarantino)