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John Sayles’ movie gets special Charlotte screenings

Variance Films and The CineOdyssey Experience present two screenings of writer-director John Sayles’ new film, “Go for Sisters,” Jan. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre, Trade and College Streets. Details: studiomoviegrill.com.

The title refers to Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross), who grew up so close they could “go for sisters.” Twenty years later, their paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her parole officer. When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing, they enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suarez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the underbelly of Tijuana. Harold Perrineau and Isaiah Washington co-star.

Black Women showcase

Deltas of Charlotte Foundation will host an 11th annual Legacy of Black Women Short Film Showcase on Friday at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. The $30 tickets include a reception at 6:30 p.m. and film screenings at 7:30, and a portion is tax-deductible.

The Deltas show short films by up-and-coming African-American filmmakers. Local merchants will display their wares during the reception, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will go to college scholarships for women in the Charlotte area.

Details: LegacyFilmTickets@gmail.com.

Carolina Theatre benefit

Stars of the Carolina Theatre, a new screening series at Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre, will raise money toward restoration of the once-great movie house built at Sixth and Tryon streets in 1927. Tickets are $7.50, and shows begin at 7 p.m.

The series is sponsored by Carolina Theatre Preservation Society. The first two entries are both from 1962. Robert Aldrich’s horrific drama about two sisters who hate each other, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” runs Tuesday; “To Kill a Mockingbird,” with Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning performance as a principled Southern lawyer, follows Feb. 25.

Details: studiomoviegrill.com.

The life of ‘Evelyn Black’

Charlotte filmmaker Michael Foster has been screening the short “Evelyn Black” at film festivals, from the Montreal International Black Film Festival to the Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta. You can see it at vimeo.com.

It’s a thriller about a woman who works as a therapist by day and, on some nights, pursues a different avocation. (No, it’s not what you think.) Foster has posted other videos on the site, and you’ll find them if you go to this one.

ArtPop all over

The Arts & Science Council has created a program called ArtPop in conjunction with Adams Outdoor Advertising. The program displays the work of 20 Mecklenburg County artists on billboards. A list of artists can be found at artsandscience.org.

Wendy Hickey, a Charlotte-based national sales representative for Adams, created the program. Adams supplied the billboard space through the end of 2014; the ASC covered the cost of reproducing artists’ work on vinyl to fit the billboards. Art will rotate across locations.

Jeppesen on a roll

Northwest School of the Arts graduate Travis Jeppesen has been having a good stretch. First, he won a grant from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation for short-form writing; those go to authors “to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.”

Then, the 34-year-old artist was chosen to be a part of the Whitney Biennial, an event at the Whitney Museum of American Art that’s hotly watched by New York art mavens. (It runs March 7-May 25.) He lives and works in Berlin and London, where he teaches at the Royal College of Art. Read about him at artswriters.org.

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