Under The Radar: Local Entertainment Gems That Deserve Your Attention

When it comes to many local level arts events a common refrain is, “Gee, if I had known about it I would have gone.”  Fair enough, so here’s three quick hits on some worthy happenings deserving of your attention this coming weekend.

moving-imagesMoving Images: It’s a film festival devoted to the understanding of living with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.  Expect to be challenged, and entertained by a series of short and feature length films aimed at combating the stigma of mental illness and developmental challenges.  One of the films is called “Cracking Up” … it’s a documentary about people with mental illness pursuing a year of  stand up comedy.  Find out how laughter sometimes is the best medicine.

The festival is this Saturday (March 28) at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard University.  It’s free and open to the public.

http://www.vinfen.org/newsroom/releases/movingimages2009.htm

hs-drama-fest1The Massachusetts High School Drama Festival: Call it Varsity Theater, or Tournament Drama, this is an amazing event involving fourteen Bay State High Schools that have already battled through two rounds of festival-style competition.  Expect to be stunned by the level of talent and commitment shown by these young performers and their teachers.

The Boston Globe sponsors this event, which is much appreciated … but last year didn’t cover it, which was a stunning omission.   This competition deserves to be seen and talked about.  Plenty of media attention is given to high school athletics, but not nearly enough to the creative arts.

The festival runs from Thursday-Saturday (March 26-28) at the Back Bay Event Center (also known as Old John Hancock Hall in Boston).  Tickets will run you about $15.00 and packages are available.

http://www.mhsdg.com/finals09.html

art-of-life-gold-schoolThe Gold School, Art Of Life: This phenomenal dance school in Brockton presents an evening of entertainment that is sure to leave you inspired and exhilarated.  I have been to Gold School shows in the past and I can’t recommend them enough.  You will see young dancers, performing at the peak of their abilities in beautifully choreographed pieces that range from the kinetic to the sublime.

The shows are this Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29) at the beautiful performing arts center at Whitman/Hanson High School.  $15.00 will get you in.

http://thegoldschool.com/performances.htm

Three great choices, and now you know about them.  Have fun.

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