The nonprofit Mythgard Institute is behind a movie marathon -- all three Lord of the Rings movies -- at the Regent. Run by Corey Olsen, the showings are set Feb. 28, from 9 a.m., until midnight. The cost is $89.
Corey, also known as The Tolkien Professor, will be there, hosting, fielding questions and discussion, and generally being winsome.
The event will be catered: Three full meals with food from the upcoming cookbook by Heath Dill of Arlington, which is about food from Middle-earth. Dill will be there, too.
The dynamic duo would love to have as many folks there as possible.
For Black History Month, the Arlington International Film Festival and the Regent Theatre commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with the screening of "King: A Filmed Record ... from Montgomery to Memphis," directed by Sidney Lumet, and shown on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Regent, an event posted Feb. 10 because of the weather. Admission is $10.
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 1970 and recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as culturally and historically significant, this landmark documentary film biography chronicles Dr. King’s nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social justice from the movement in Montgomery, Ala., culminating in his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
Hey, teen video talents -- are ready to roll again?
The second annual ATown Teen Video contest has received the support of a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, and organizers are looking for your creativity.
Deadline for submissions was 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.
The screening is set for Friday, March 6, on the big screen at the Regent Theatre.
UPDATED, Feb. 28: Recently listed as one of the 12 great children's theaters across America by Backstage magazine, Arlington Children’s Theatre is proud to present "Hairspray, The Broadway Musical" from March 12 through 15 at the Regent Theatre.
See "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, "Hairspray" is a fun musical production that is suitable for children of all ages.
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The timely and important topic of the inequities in our criminal-justice system as they relate to race and class will be the focus of an enlightening program at the Town Hall organized by the town’s Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group. The free event is on Saturday evening, Feb. 28. All are welcome to this panel discussion and community conversation.
The goal of "Unequal Justice: Consequences of Race and Class in Our Criminal Justice System" is to provide information about the inequities of the justice system and ideas for what might be done to improve it. While on paper the law is "equal" for all races and classes, it is unequal in practice, as race and class are critical factors in the actual practice of law.
Panelists include Fred Ryan, Arlington police chief; Peniel Joseph, Tufts University civil rights historian; Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk Law School professor specializing in race and masculinity, and Don Perry, parole-reform activist. oseph, of Tufts University, addressed the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance.
Hear his work on HBO
UPDATED, Feb. 13: John Kusiak was once a rock-'n'-roll guitarist, on the road with the Pousette-Dart Band and other groups, continuing to play the music he had loved since age 12, when he began guitar lessons in his native Agawam. Nowadays, his life is more sedentary. He works out of his Arlington studio, composing music for dozens of commercials, documentaries and live performances.
His latest work will be heard in two upcoming broadcasts. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, "American Experience" will feature a program about Thomas Edison on WGBH, and on Feb. 15, HBO will present "The Jinx," a six-part documentary series about Robert Durst, scion of a wealthy family who may have gotten away with murder.
Kusiak's music will set the mood for these productions, as it has for his other work. He walks a careful line in not overpowering the dialogue or events the viewer is seeing, yet establishing the tone and helping the viewer have an emotional response.
Students would get out at 1 p.m. Tuesdays
The School Committee welcomed a proposal to change the schedule for elementary schools to give teachers more time to plan.
Under the proposal presented Thursday, Feb. 26, as a general outline, because it is part of negotiations with the Arlington Education Association, elementary students would get out of school every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Teachers would have common-planning time until 3 p.m. that day.
A new bell schedule would be from 8:10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., about 15 minutes daily.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the general proposal was made public before it is negotiated to give parents a head's-up. She said further details were expected in the second School Committee meeting in March and via a newsletter to parents.
Bodie called the need for planning time "really essential" and a "significant change to benefit our students."
Teachers use it to collaborate and develop ways to present curriculum. Speaking for teachers, Bodie, said, "We don't have enough time."
The plea also referred to administrators. "I can't begin to tell you how much time is spent every year on scheduling," Bodie said of principals.
The early Tuesday releases would have an impact on families, requiring new plans for their children.