Controversial Anita Hill documentary screens in Charlotte
05/13/2014 5:17 PM
05/13/2014 5:18 PM
“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” gets a screening June 10 at Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre, 210 E Trade St., via CineOdyssey Experience and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The documentary tells of Anita Hill, who testified in 1991 that her former boss – Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas – had sexually harassed her. Conservatives then set up a smear campaign to discredit her testimony, but the national dialogue about harassment had changed.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of “Affliction,” a short film on domestic violence by local filmmaker Marcus Ross, and a brief Q&A. “Anita” follows. Tickets: $10.25. Details: 704-972-1062 or studiomoviegrill.com.
Race Across America documentary
“HOPE,” a documentary about Maria Parker’s 2013 Race Across America and her sister Jenny’s fight with brain cancer, gets a Charlotte premiere Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Rookie filmmaker Tim Mulligan, a marketing student at UNC Charlotte and Jenny’s son, directed the picture. Tickets for the red-carpet premiere cost $50 or, for a VIP package, $150; 100 percent of the total will go to brain cancer research. Details about the film: 3000milestoacure.com. Details about the event: charlottehopepremiere.
Marsalis leading workshop
Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis will conduct a free jazz workshop 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square, 345 N. Tryon St.
The sponsoring Jazz Arts Initiative invites musicians of all ages to bring instruments and improve playing skills in this hands-on workshop. Space is limited, so register beforehand at jazzarts.org. Marsalis will also perform at an invitation-only fundraiser Saturday to support JAI.
WDAV chamber competition
WDAV-FM has launched a Young Chamber Musicians Competition sponsored by OrthoCarolina. Aspiring chamber ensembles can submit video performances for a chance to win their share of $4,500 in prizes and regional recognition. Two finalists from each age group will be invited to perform in a live, judged concert in September in Tyler-Tallman Hall at Davidson College.
Musicians age 14-23 can submit entries through June 21. Details: wdav.org/ycmc.
Charlotte Shakespeare returns
The ninth annual Charlotte Shakespeare Festival has announced its summer season. It will open with a musical, 1960s-set “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” May 29-June 15, done outdoors at The Green, 400 S. Tryon St. Then it moves indoors with a 1970s-set “Measure for Measure” at Booth Playhouse Aug. 7-24.
The first follows four friends who swear off women and devote themselves to study for three years. When a princess and her pals show up, they forget their vows. Charlotte Shakespeare founder Elise Wilkinson directs a Beatles-inspired version.
The second has a darker tone: The acting ruler of Vienna asks a nun to give up her virginity in exchange for freeing her brother from jail. Will the absent Duke who appointed him return in time to prevent calamity? L.A. director Tiger Reel sets this one in the world of exploitation movies.
Admission is free, though a donation is requested, and seats can be reserved for $25. Musicians, poets, performing artists and storytellers entertain before each performance. Details: charlotteshakespeare.com.
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