SUN. MAY 1 @ 1:30PM ONLY
This solid comedy from the UK is set during Shakespeare’s “lost years”—the crucial period, long a mystery to scholars, covering his rise from obscurity in Stratford-upon-Avon to fame as a playwright in London. According to the official synopsis, the film will tell the “real story” of what happens when “hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his family and home to follow his dream. It’s a tale of murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth I.” Writer Rickard further explained that this “very different” version of the future Bard has already tried “everything from contemporary dance to playing lute in a band. He’s never found his calling.”
“Nicely balancing its historically literate gags with broad knockabout slapstick, Bill is a crowd-pleasing treat that should tickle audiences young and old alike.” –Mark Kermode, The Observer (UK)
“A rare family film — one that’s hilarious.” –Gareth Alexander, The Sun Online
“It’s knockabout stuff, a long way from the elegant wit of Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love but performed with infectious gusto by the multiple-role-playing cast.” –Jason Best, Movie Talk
CAN YOU DIG THIS?
SUN. MAY 22 @ 6:30PM
“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
—Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”
South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.
CAN YOU DIG THIS? follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”
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CAPE ANN FARMERS MARKET
THE COMMON CROW
FRIDAY, MAY 20 @ 7:30PM
“Two of the funniest entertainers on today’s music scene.”
–The Boston Globe
“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”
“As you watch Christine and Don, you tend to feel like you’re making a friend, rather than admiring some distant star. I can assure you that is no illusion. Don and Christine are very much what they appear to be on stage: genuinely goodhearted people who use their abundant talents to show us how much we have in common, as we all bumble and stumble through our own day-to-days.
…when Christine Lavin and Don White make us laugh, there is always a warm shimmer of community beneath the silliness. Of all the gifts great entertainers can bring to the stage, I think this is perhaps the rarest and most valuable. Many can dazzle us; but only the very, very best can befriend us, and remind us that, in the end, we are all wary acrobats in the great human circus. And really, when have we ever needed laughs like that more?”
–Scott Alarik, Folk music writer, The Boston Globe, Sing Out, NPR, Author, Deep Community:
Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is proud to offer a free series of Shakespeare films from the BBC’s library this April to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The five films offered in this series range from a highly acclaimed 1963 production of “As You Like It” starring a very young Vanessa Redgrave to an absolutely brilliant update of “The Taming Of The Shrew” where Kate is bad tempered Tory politician.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2 @ 2:30PM
SHAKESPEARE AND US (2012)
U.S. Premiere! A fascinating and fun exploration of Shakespeare and his role in shaping British culture and character by the noted historian Simon Schama.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3 @ 1:30PM
AS YOU LIKE IT (1963)
U.S. Premiere! Starring Vanessa Redgrave (and featuring Ian Richardson), this charming black-and-white adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production made Redgrave a star.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9 @ 2:30PM
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (1971)
U.S. Premiere! A truly all-star production for theater buffs featuring Lynn Redgrave, Michael Gambon, Eileen Atkins, Edward Fox, Eleanor Bron, Robert Stephens, and Ronnie Barker. Set in Edwardian England and shot on location in and around Scotney Castle in Kent.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10 @ 1:00PM
KING LEAR (1998)
Starring the magnificent Ian Holm, this production from for the National Theater is done in a sparse modernistic style that was hailed by The New York Times’ theater critic Sheridan Morley as the greatest of the 50 Lears he had seen over the decades.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24 @ 1:30PM
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2005)
A modern update starring the criminally underappreciated Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell as the most sexually charged Katherine and Petruchio you will ever see!
With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others—as well as her own—and find a new purpose in life.