Arlington Community Media, Inc. is proud to announce that it will be the site for the New England premiere of the award-winning film by Pourya Azarbayjani, "Everything is Fine Here," with a postscreening panel discussion that includes the director.
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Recipient of the Human Rights Award at the 2014 Monaco Film Festival, this film is a candid, searing look at a traumatic event and its aftermath in modern-day Iran. It has not been granted wide release in Iran itself but has been shown at film festivals around the world -- not in the Boston area, until this showing.
In collaboration with our partners at the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), ACMi will present "Everything is Fine Here" at its Studio A, 85 Park Ave., Arlington Heights, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24.
Ater the screening, Azarbayjani will sit down for a Q-&-A with the in-studio audience.
After a slow start caused by the unrelenting winter, parking bans and rehearsal cancellations, Arlington Friends of the Drama opened the hit musical "Nine" on April 10. The show continues Friday.
In this Tony Award-winning show, a famous film director is suffering from a creative block and personal difficulties with his wife, his mistress, the actress who serves as his muse, as well as his female producer. A musical adaptation of the semiautobiographical Federico Fellini film "8½," this theater piece tells the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone.
Some of the cast >> April 10 through 12, 17 through 19 and 24 through 27; Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.afdtheatre.org or by calling the box office at 781-646-5922. Tickets are $25. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Arlington resident Jennifer Condon is directing and choreographing the production. A self-identified feminist, Condon had always loved the music of this show (by Maury Yeston, who won both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for the music and lyrics), but initially wondered whether she wanted to tackle a show about a man who appears on the surface to be a manipulative womanizer.
100th anniversary today marks survivors' successes
UPDATED, April 24: What if your childhood was snatched from you by a murderous regime -- as around you whole families were slain? Positive thinking alone would not be powerful enough to pull you through.
What would? Who can say what factors made Zaven Mirakian, orphan of the Armenian genocide, turn out to be John Peter Mirak, a prominent business success of 20th-century Arlington? His son Robert offers signposts to this transformation.
A century after Ottoman Turkish armies killed more than a million Armenians, YourArlington interviewed Mirak about his parents -- and his book, which provides insight about who they are.
You know the name from passing the widespread Mass. Ave. car dealership as you head toward the Heights. The Chevrolet or Hyundai ahead of you in traffic may bear the name atop its license plate.
Providing a deeper history is Genocide Survivors, Community Builders: The Family of John and Artemis Mirak (Armenian Cultural Foundation, 2014).
Bob Mirak, Ph.D., wrote the book to bear witness to times both foul and fair that his family has experienced. It begin with the horrors of Armenia during World War I events that later were called a "genocide."
Just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, flying in 16 B-25s, 80 men, two of them from Arlington, sent Japan a message: Don't mess with the United States.
Now, 73 years later, a congressional medal commemorates the surprise bombing run by Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders, and the designer of the handsome gold piece is Chris Costello of Arlington.
"This was a unique privilege to serve my country as an artist, and to help give these men the honor they deserve, Costello wrote following an interview April 20.”I gave special attention to every detail of my original drawing to make sure it was exactly what they wanted."
The 56-year-old is referring to the United States Mint, for which he has worked since 2010 as a contract artist, and to a variety of groups dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of the original raiders, dwindled now to two.
Two of the members who flew over Tokyo were Arlington High School graduates Eugene F. McGurl and Howard A. Sessler. McGurl was honored in 2009 when the square at Brattle and Summer named for him was dedicated.
Public celebrations of the medal's unveiling include two that have occurred -- on April 15 in Washington, D.C., and three days later, on the anniversary of Doolittle's raid, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A third is set for Saturday, April 25, at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, Calif. The Hornet is the aircraft carrier from which Doolittle, an Alameda native, launched the raid.
The medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can give on behalf of the American people.
In anticipation of Arlington’s seventh annual soap box derby race, those involved plan to meet at Mirak Chevrolet from 10 to noon Saturday, April 25, in the back toward the Mirak Service building and to the left. Families could swing by to check it out.
Also April 25, Mal’s Towing is going to tow a derby trailer to Arlington Center. Participants will have a couple cars out for the public to see and will be handing out fliers from 1 to 4 p.m. in front of Woods & Strings, near the Dallin Art Museum.
The derby is set for Saturday, June 6 (rain date of Sunday, June 7), on Eastern Avenue between the Brackett School and Robbins Farm.
Girls and boys 7 to 21 can participate.
Tickets to the concert at 50 Paul Revere Road (please use the Park Avenue entrance) are premier $20, general admission $15, seniors and students $10. For more information, click here >>
Anger plays five-string fiddle and mandocello. Emy Phelps, guitar and vocals; Jenna Moynihan, fiddle; Mairi Chaimbeul, harp and vocals; and Aidan O'Donnell, bass.
In Greek mythology, the Furies were ferocious godlike avengers who would swoop down on mere mortals and destroy them with relish ... or mustard. The only difference here is that when these talented presences swoop down on Anger, the result is not destruction, but inspiration.
Anger is a unique fiddle guru, who spent three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz and all other music. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and generous humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians and vice-versa.
UPDATED, April 14: Vision 2020 is working with Town Meeting members in several precincts to coordinate meetings for residents to learn about the warrant articles and discuss the issues with their meeting members.
Precincts 2, 3, 4 and 6 will have combined precinct meeting to review the upcoming warrant and discuss issues at the Hardy School cafeteria, on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. No meeting is for Precinct 5.
On the go? Can't decide what to do? Here's help (or more decisions to make) -- five things to consider doing this weekend, as suggested by Cambridge Day.
Yes, the website, a YourArlington partner, focuses on Cambridge, but its suggested events encompass an area within your reach. See the suggestions here >>>
Save Our Wetlands, the coalition that opposes the development plan for the 17-acre Mugar site along Route 2 in East Arlington, is calling for volunteers to hold signs on Lake Street on the evenings of Monday, April 27, and the morning of Wednesday, April 29.
The call follows an organizational meeting April 15 at 137 Herbert Road to form a steering committee and plan a series of educational forums.
Former Selectman Clarissa Rowe is helping the coalition. Read the group's announcement below:
UPDATED, April 23: As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job is set for Thursday, May 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update about the progress made on the reconstruction of Mass. Ave., east from Pond Lane, since work was begun last June. The project team will also provide an overview of construction operations scheduled for this summer, including the resurfacing of Mass. Ave. across the project limits of work from Pond Lane to the Alewife Brook Parkway.
All residents, abutters, local business owners, and interested commuters are encouraged to attend.
The Thompson School is accessible for people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of change upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open and closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternative material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available.
For accommodations or language assistance, contact the project’s liaison, Nathaniel Curtis at 617-482-7080 or ncabral-curtis[at]hshassoc.com.