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Friday, June 2, 4–8PM
JCArts Annual Year-End Gallery Show of works
by students of the Arts High School of Jersey City.
A yearly tradition at the Loew’s, this exhibition displays the often breathtaking and always remarkable talents of students at the four year conservatory program of JCArts. Since being established in 1981, JCArts has taken young people who demonstrate both a high degree of talent in the arts and a desire to professionally pursue and enhance that talent, and provided them with artistic training and professional development from faculty whose own skill is only equaled by their dedication. The young people of JCArts come from every neighborhood and all the marvelous diversity that defines Jersey City. In one very basic indicative of their talent, JCArts students have, to date, won in excess $23 million in scholarships to such prestigious institutions as Yale University, Parsons The New School of Design, Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, Rutgers, etc.
At a time when there is much talk about the problems of young people and public education, JCArts quietly proves that some schools and students excel. You’ll very much enjoy seeing their work.
ADMISSION IS FREE
Stanley Kubrick changed the rules about how a mainstream, major-studio motion picture could look, sound, and feel like with this groundbreaking work. At a time when science fiction onscreen meant bug-eyed monsters menacing scantily clad women, “2001: A Space Odyssey” was a visually dazzling and intellectually challenging experience. Kubrick abandoned movie convention to tell four tangentially related stories about man's destiny, reflected in the conquest of space. Even more fundamentally, it can be argued that Kubrick in essence abandoned the conventional idea of narrative because it is the imagery of “2001” even more than the spoken script that conveys the key ideas and feelings of the story.
Kubrick had insisted that a story set in outer space should look like it was taking place in outer space, and his special effects team (headed by Douglas Trumbull) created some of the most stunning visual effects to appear onscreen before or since. Unlike the special effects-laden films that followed in the wake of Star Wars, the imagery in “2001” is not a space age exercise in the shoot-outs and car chases that are set-piece staples of terrestrial-bound actions sagas; instead the imagery creates the genuine sense of wonder about the beautiful, dangerous vastness of space that underpins the whole story. Kubrick's embrace of avant-garde music and abstract visual textures brought experimental art to an audience that had no exposure to the works of such '60s avant-garde filmmakers as Stan Brakhage or Jordan Belson, and the film's resulting "trippy" atmosphere greatly increased its popularity (and revenue) as a late '60s drug movie.
Still as richly thought-provoking as ever, 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a watershed work in '60s cinema and lives up to its billing as "the ultimate trip."
Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Kids & Seniors
*Film description complied from various sources.
We at Friends of the Loew's invite you to enjoy this legendary film on the Loew's BIG screen, and also to come out to show support for our arts groups as they strive to secure reliable local funding and survive challenges on the national horizon.
The Red Shoes
Starring Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer, Maeius Goring.
Written & directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. 1948, 136mins., Color.
The Red Shoes is an extraordinary film by a host of measures. It was arguably the first film to include an extended ballet sequence, setting a precedent that would soon be followed by Gene Kelly and others in some of the greatest mid-century American musical movies. It held the title of highest grossing British film in America for four decades, a remarkable feat for a movie about what many consider the rarefied subject of ballet.
It’s a story within a story: a classic tale of love and jealousy built around a ballet version — created for the film — of Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic fairy tale of the same name. It is a visually stunning film, with an eye-popping pallet of colors that must have seemed in miraculous contrast to the grey, faded feeling of Britain in the exhausted years immediately after WWII. But above all else, both in allegory and straight dramatization, it is one of the most profound ruminations ever filmed over the intensity, drive, creativity, hard work, triumph and heartbreak that comes with artistic talent.
* Film description complied from various sources.