If you were hoping to attend Saturday's concert by TANGOHEART, but have yet to purchase tickets, be advised that as of this hour only 18 ticket remain. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing them play, you are in for a treat. I have known Bertram Levy, the artistic director of TANGOHEART, for nearly as many years as I have been in Port Townsend. As a musician, physician, boatbuilder and the founder of Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, he is one of the most accomplished and talented individuals I have ever known. I look forward to their beautiful music filling the Rose this weekend.
HIDDEN FIGURES is a winner. Not only is the movie wonderfully entertaining, but it's a very important story, a story that I suspect most people were unaware of until the publication of Margot Lee Shatterley's book, "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race." Like THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, HIDDEN FIGURES is a very empowering, uplifting story.
David Rooney, writing in The Hollywood Reporter said that JACKIE is "extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow." I think that his take on this movie is spot on, and that Natalie Portman's performance is enthralling. The movie opens this Friday in the Starlight Room.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is next Monday, January 16th, and our (almost) annual event begins at 1:00 with a screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. The movie is being hailed not only as one of the best documentaries of the year, but one of the best movies of the year, period. As this new movie is not opening nationally until February 3rd, securing it for this advance screening at the Rose is coup. My thanks to Neal Block of Magnolia Pictures for making it possible. All tickets to this showing are only $5.
Our National Theatre of London series continues this Sunday, January 15th with NO MAN'S LAND, starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. "Two of the greatest actors ever born in one of the greatest plays ever written." -Time Out
Thursday will be your last opportunity to FENCES, and Viola Davis's Golden Globe award-winning performance. THE EAGLE HUNTRESS and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA are both holding over in the Rosebud.