The fourth annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) -- set for Wednesday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Regent Theatre -- will take moviegoers on a cinematic journey with films from these countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, Greece, Germany, Haiti, Hawaii, India, Malta, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Venezuela, Ukraine and the United States.
Here are the festival's jury awards:
Best of Festival
Petra Costa, Director | Brazil | 2012
The title character of Petra Costa’s poetic, intensely personal documentary essay, Elena, is her older sister, a Brazilian dancer and aspiring actress who settled in New York City and eventually committed suicide when Petra was 7.
"Guiding Good Choice," forums for parents of children 9 through 14, consists of five interactive workshops facilitated by professionally trained members of the Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition.
The workshops are held Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, at the Whittemore-Robbins House, 670R Mass. Ave.
Workshops are free, but registration is required.
UPDATED, Sept. 29: Andrew P. Flanagan, Arlington's deputy town manager since April 2012, is among three finalists to be town manager for Danvers, he has confirmed to YourArlington.
"The position presents a tremendous professional opportunity for me and I am humbled to be considered among the finalists," he wrote in an email Monday, Sept. 29. "I look forward to meeting with the Board of Selectmen tonight."
In a story published Sept. 26, the Salem News reports that at 29 Flanagan is the youngest of three seeking to fill the position held for 35 years by Wayne Marquis, who retires Friday.
Flanagan has been deputy town manager of Arlington since 2012. Previously, he worked for nearly two years as director of policy and administration in Newburyport. He has also worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and as an assistant to the town manager of Winthrop.
Nov. 1 event to include Arlington football author
UPDATED, Sept. 25: Andrea Nicolay of the Robbins Library has announced the schedule for its first book festival, set for Saturday, Nov. 1.
The free festival is open to the public. Current official sponsors are the Friends of the Robbins Library and The Book Rack.
Eight moderated panel discussions will cover a range of topics related to writing and publishing. To round out the day Steve Almond will present a talk in the Community Room on his new book Against Football.
All authors who applied to be part of this festival are considered participants, whether serving on a panel or simply "on the scene" that day. The library had many more applicants than panel slots.
Jeffrey Brody, music director and organist at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington Heights, shares his expressive keyboard skills with the community when he performs in PACC’s concert series. Many may not be aware, however, that he is also active as conductor and vocal coach, and that he is the composer of more than 80 pieces including two operas.
As music director of Longwood Opera, Brody supports talented young singers in gaining performance experience, while keeping costs down for the audience. He conducts auditions, works with the singers at rehearsals, and then performs piano reductions of full orchestral scores at the company’s performances in Needham.
He explained that creating his two operas involved a multistep process:
"Many do not realize that composing an opera amounts to setting music to an existing text. Once I have the text, I work almost every day for many months. Changes and improvements, big and small, are all possible.
"These changes are made with feedback from the performers as well as further self-criticism. Assisting singers to learn and perform other composer’s music is what I normally do, so it’s a true delight to not only prepare, but also perform my own composition for a change."
Brody’s interest in opera, and especially Wagnerian opera, began early. He remembers listening to the radio at the age of 12, and his profound reaction upon his first exposure to Wagner when he heard Arthur Fiedler conducting "Siegfried’s Rhine Journey" in a Boston Pops performance. Because of his deep love for opera, Brody sought out opportunities to accompany voice students when he majored in organ at Boston University.
BostonGlobe.com oublished this following account by AHS graduate Trevor Hass:
The Arlington players crouched in a circle in the end zone, smiles across their faces and helmets in their hands. Coach John Dubzinski stood in the middle, delivering a postgame speech that elicited applause.
"I am so proud of you guys right now, it’s not even funny," The Globe quoted Dubzinski.
Besides Roche, quarterback Alec Coleman and running back Tommy Houston added two TDs apiece. The Spy Ponders stymied Reading quarterback Corey DiLoreto on defense and were sharp on offense.
The Globe Arlington ranks No. 2 in its division's power ratings, behind Concord-Carlisle, also 3-0.
The Arlington High School boys' cross-country team won by a hair, 27 to 29, on Tuesday Sept. 23, in its home opener against Winchester high school on the 3.1-mile Arlington Reservoir course. The tenacious win offset the disappointing loss to Melrose the week before.
The team (2-1) was led by junior Andrew Peterson, who finished first, with a time of 15:52, narrowly beating Jacob Zuch of Winchester, Andrew’s unofficial rival through last year’s track and cross-country seasons.
What's up tonight -- something to eat, a drink ... painting a picture?
Not expecting the last one? Soon this trio of events will be brought to you by three women who are part of a changing Arlington.
It's happening in the Heights, where the former Savory Plate, at 1346 Mass. Ave., is becoming artlounge Arlington (yes, the first word is lowercase).
"We'll put on a party," said Helen Galanopoulos, smiling, but "we're not cooking." The Lexington co-owner described the food as Middle Eastern, "low prep" and brought in from such places as Moody's Delicatessen (tentative menu below).
"Every night will be an event. ... It will be as if you come to my house and say, 'Let's have a great time.'"
The three owners, who hope to open by the end of September, laid out their vision this month to YourArlington.
Offering food, drink and paint, they hope to "bring arts and community closer together," Kim Bradshaw bubbled, her enthusiasm bursting. "Each night will be a surprise."
With her compatriots, Sheila Carme sat on dark, plush couch and smiled. They call her "the artistic one."
Here's what the three expect will happen: