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  • Art From Under the Bed
    Saturday’s “Art From Under the Bed” silent auction included many notable pieces among the large collection of donated artwork on display at the Monroe Congregational Church. 
  • Choir students take show on the road
    It took two years for Pam Weaver’s home-school show choir students to prepare for their performance at the Burroughs Music Showcase in California last month.
  • ‘King Arthur’ fails royally
    There’s a lot to criticize about this film, mostly from an objective angle; costumes, dialogue, underdeveloped characters — even gaping plot holes. But if you strip away the layers of expectation, there is some pretty entertaining action going on in “King Arthur.” Of course, some action is never quite enough to carry a feature-length motion picture.
  • Big roles for ‘Little Women’
    The tale told in “Little Women: The Musical” holds a hefty weight for many of the performers and crew members who wove together this year’s Monroe High School spring production.
  • 'Guardians 2' a space blast
    Take a deep breath. The sweet smell of summer blockbusters is in the air. With dazzling special effects, brilliantly chosen 1970s music and a genuine movie-going good-time vibe, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” hits the big-budget bullseye.
  • ArtUpMonroe
    The ArtUpMonroe campaign set to launch in June will rely more heavily on social media — complete with its own hashtag — and supply more events and programs in the area. Regular art walks, public classes and community partnerships are also on the list.
  • ‘Free Fire’ a simple, fun shoot’em up
    “Free Fire” is a nice break from the mainstream-targeting fare that’s consumed the theaters over the past few weeks, and it even provides an impressive cast for a meager $10 million budget.
  • Fast  and the  terrible
    The eighth film in the shockingly successful franchise has arrived, and unfortunately there is no end in sight. The eight films have grossed just under $4 billion worldwide, with production budgets totaling just over one billion (the-numbers.com). It’s a no-brainer from the studio perspective, but I find myself wondering, what is it about this franchise that keeps people coming back time and time again?
  • ‘Life’ a sci-fi must watch
    One thing that makes a sci-fi film great is the realism it can provide. If the future is not so dystopian, or if the technology is not so far off. “Life” captures that framework nicely, establishing a setting that we could imagine possible.
  • Kong is blockbuster royalty
    The iconic chest-thumping beast is back, and bigger than ever. Warner Bros. has been retelling the King Kong legend for decades, and in what is rumored to be the setup for the Godzilla/King Kong showdown, we have a 100-foot- tall, sometimes disproportionately represented gorilla, ready for his close-up.
  • 'Get Out' a brilliant balance of horror, racism study
    Jordan Peele, of “Key and Peele” fame, throws his hat in the ring as writer/director of a new breed of horror, and it’s fantastic. Imagine if “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was thrown in the ring with “Cabin in the Woods” and “The Stepford Wives,” and they had a tussle. What emerges is a delightful film that reiterates some of the darkest thoughts and fears that Americans hold inside for fear that those around us will think we are, gasp, racist.
  • The community totem pole project originally planned for Gold Bar is still moving forward, but the final placement and design remain undecided.
  • John Wick fights for legendary
    Legendary film characters just happen; they can’t be forced. In 2014, we were introduced to John Wick, the boogeyman of hitmen at the twilight of his career, his reputation preceding him wherever he goes, inspiring trepidation in all he encounters. 
  • Adam’s 2017 movies to watch
    2017 holds some promise, but also will devour the movie-going audience’s money by putting out sequels, reboots and recycled material galore. I’ll break some of the more anticipated films down into four distinct categories, and hopefully it will help you navigate the convoluted path of how to spend your hard-earned money on movie night.
  • ‘Hidden Figures’ adds  history, entertainment
    Based on the remarkable true story about the space race in the 1960s, “Hidden Figures” is a clever double entendre, referring to the complex and cutting edge mathematics as well as the unsung heroes who helped put the first American rockets into space. 
  • ‘A Monster Calls’ for Kleenex
    Are you in need of a good cry? Apparently I was; a bawling, blubbering mess of a man sitting by himself in a dark theater. Embarrassing as it may be, it was also an extremely cathartic and refreshing experience.
  • Swifts a permanent fixture in Monroe
    Some might call 2016 the year of the Vaux’s swifts, as the graceful migratory winged creatures became Monroe’s official city bird. The theme is being carried over into 2017, as the city ushers in the new year with a sculpture to honor the petite birds and their swirling flight. 
  • ‘Passengers has space, no chemistry
    Ill timed, but well intentioned is the first thing I have to say about the long-awaited sci-fi film, “Passengers.”
  • ‘Rogue One’ brings action, respects  canon
    The highly anticipated standalone to the beloved franchise has arrived. Brilliantly planned, this film is the second in a six-year sequence of Christmas openings, with Episode VIII in 2017, the Han Solo origin in 2018, Episode IX in 2019, and a yet undetermined film in 2020. I’m no seer, but I don’t think that will be the end of the Star Wars Extended Universe.
  • Oscar nods to surface for ‘Manchester by the Sea’
    Once in a while a film comes along that reminds you just why you go to the movies in the first place. None too often does something this utterly heart wrenching and beautiful unfold in front of your eyes. It’s an immersive tale so simply done, but so complex in emotional range.
  • ‘Fantastic Beasts’ bites off a long story
    In your local theaters — that’s where you can find them. The Fantastic Beasts. For a film that tends to live more in the realm of mediocre, the beasts are not just fantastic, they are spectacular. They are magnificent and awe-inspiring. They are the whole reason this film exists, except of course to make money and set the table for what’s to come.
  • With her penchant for magic and her ability to fly, Mary Poppins is one of the most enchanting and well-known characters in all of theater. For Sultan actress Maleah Haverly, Mary Poppins has always been her dream role, and one that she has aspired to play ever since she was a little girl.
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